Since helping Darren Richmond perform everyday tasks for the rest of his life pretty much already defines Jamie's sex life, it's no wonder he calls Gwen up in DC for more details on the Councilman's daily routine. The heartbreaking moment that follows pretty much sets Jamie up for a huge disappointment, especially when some well-placed barbs during the Mayor's goodwill visit convince Darren his political career is over. One intimate embrace and a hell of a shit-fit later, Darren fires Jamie, the better to concentrate on going as insane as possible.
Terry realizes she's losing control of the domestic situation, and possibly starts digging into her own sex-worker past? Meanwhile, Stan convinces Tommy to become a thug, buries Belko, and -- once he realizes Yanik was the one that burned down Beau Soleil, using his own vans for pete's sake -- alienates the Mob pretty impressively...
With whom his history does not disappoint. As we learn from Sarah's friend Corey -- a flamboyant FBI agent with a penchant for RICO cases and a case of the mutual flirts with Linden -- the price for leaving Yanik's service was the murder of another junior member, Piotr Mikhailski, who was getting a little too wiseguy for his britches. A visit to his widow, Monica, yields some crazy behavior (by episode's end, Monica's dropping by Stan's house in the middle of the night to tell him he deserved what he got, is how crazy).
Keeping mum about the fact that Jack's father is suing for custody, Sarah otherwise lets Linden back into her prickly confidence -- especially for Sarah, it's pretty smoothly done -- and they follow the tattoo lead, things start to get complex. After working the tattoo artist in juvie with her firsthand knowledge of the System, Sarah's able to convince Tattoo Kid's social worker to illegally hand over his file the same way:
He's a 20-year-old who has fallen in with the Yanik gang, who had some kind of negative attachment to Rosie that seemed to creep her out, and who's also been working for Stan this whole time. His name is Alexei Giffords, but that's just the name of his last foster family: His birth parents are Monica and Piotr Mikhailski: Rosie's father killed Tattoo Kid's father, and among his Ogi Jun memorabilia is a hand-drawn picture of Rosie that's been scribbled up all to hell... Making Stan the sensei that Alexei's doing all his father-avenging on.
All in all a pretty fast-paced hour, with some solid "please trust us" dog-whistles for whatever backlashers are still watching the show, that don't really detract from the story. I mean, it's one thing to have an entirely new can of worms opened after a season and a third... But seventeen days into a murder investigation? Why not. The eternal dilemma with this show.
Next week: Stan's past sins continue to rain down on his family, as Mitch returns and Yanik exacts more of the price for Stan's ambivalence. Jamie takes Darren to a cabin in Maine to write his final book about Misery Chastain and/or turn him gay. The entire casts of both Battlestar Galactica and Caprica cameo simultaneously, as part of Vancouver's annual Our Local Economy Depends Entirely Upon American Cable Dramas celebration. I'm guessing a bunch of sour-pussed crummy little teenagers come back into the picture. Holder continues to charm his way back into Sarah's disdain.
Old Holder was just losing it after realizing his responsibility for betrayals both diagetic and extradiagetic. Linden's Mom abandoned her when she was five, mostly because of her personality and now even Jack's deadbeat dad is alarmed by her continuing erratic behavior. Belko went on a killing spree that ended with himself. Gwen left for DC, meaning Jamie finally had Richmond to himself. Stan's old mob boss secretly owned a Russian escort service, which got burned down -- as most things are, in cases of arson -- by somebody with a tattoo.
BLOOD IN/BLOOD OUT: A STORY OF THE UNDERWORLD
Once upon a time there was a burgeoning Mob Boss named Janek, who was pretty sure he was fated to be the most glorious scumbag in the entire land. But one day, he looked into his magic mirror and saw he was fated to be overcome by a young street tough named Piotr Michaelsky, who had lips as red as blood and hair as black as night and skin as white as snow.
A young huntsman named Stanley A. Larsen came to Janek then, and said to him, "I liked it when we were illegal-betting mobsters, but this stuff with drugs and hookers, I dunno. It's a little too real."
And Janek smiled to himself, and offered Stan an apple: "All you must do is go out into the forest and kill a boy with lips as red as blood, hair black as the night, and skin as white as snow."
"Should I bring you his heart?" Stan asked, and Janek replied, "No, you idiot, you should bind his hands and feet, stuff him in the trunk of a car, and deliver a single gunshot to his brainpan. And then you will be free. But let me ask you something. Why is it so important that you get out now?"
"Because I am marrying the happiest, most winsome princess in all the land, Mitch Marek! I want to make her my wife, and give her three charming children," Stan replied.
"Her joy is contagious."
STAKEOUT: LARSEN'S MOVING VANS, PARENTING & MISERY SERVICES
Holder: "I guess I didn't do a bunch of drugs. I guess sometimes people just act like that, on this show."
Linden: "A human person would only leave this backpack on a porch if they were continuing to avenge, or to otherwise torture. I read about this in a book on human persons."
Holder: "Or maybe it's a sign of remorse."
Linden: "I have not yet reached that chapter in my book."
Question One: How could the tattooed person be both a friend to Rosie, and the posthumous arsonist of her prostitution concern.
Question Two: Why did Rosie's backpack contain so relatively few items of clothing, books about humans, or tools for survival.