Thursday, December 1, 2022

Take Three: Tulsa King

Tulsa King: Season 1, Episode 3 “Caprice” (B+)

I thought that the explosion at the start of the episode was going to be the most intense point of the episode, but I would say that description should be reserved instead for the extended car chase scene in which Dwight demonstrated that he’s more than capable of operating a vehicle in a high-stress situation. As soon as we first saw Armand in Tulsa, I kept thinking back to the fifth episode of the first season of “The Sopranos,” where Tony encountered someone living in witness protection while visiting colleges with his daughter in Maine and, similarly, that man believed he was there to kill him and tried to take him out first instead. Dwight also put his unforgettable shared experience with Paul the driving instructor to good use, giving him money he didn’t feel he had earned so that he could look up the partial license plate he saw. I have a feeling he won’t act to kill Armand now that he’s seen him with his kids, but Dwight also isn’t someone to let a grudge go. Tyson was surprised by Dwight’s assessment that college was just to show employers that potential employees are capable of exercising discipline, and he seems intent on sticking with his new boss even as Dwight tries to guide him towards a stabler life. I like how the relationship between Dwight and Stacy is evolving, problematic as it is for her professional future, and I was also intrigued by the standoffish flirtation between Dwight when he was posing as a private investigator and Margaret Devereaux, played by Dana Delany.

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