Daylight. Donner is in Cates's study. The Runner™ is in "Station Twelve," and they're just hoping for the best. Donner adds that "our pal Seattle" showed up on the scene, and although they spirited him away before he saw anything, it still felt like a dangerously close call. They imply that Donner might've killed Lou if he'd seen The Runner™. Suddenly, Ty rounds the corner and breezily knocks. "What the hell is this?" Donner growls. Ty, too, is aggravated to see the sheriff. Cates orders them to sit down and listen, and we're treated to yet another of the most brilliant lines ever scripted. "On the day my father died, I came down to the kitchen in this very house and I saw him rubbing butter into his opera pumps," Cates says. Ty and Donner react as though they Get The Message and Deeply Appreciate the Wisdom, but that's impossible, because whaaaaaat? Cates adds, "That man led us for twenty-five years, and all he cared about was that his shoes were shiny." Has he tried shoe polish? Cates gets all the shit lines, but I have to give the actor credit -- he can keep a straight face. Scott Bairstow, however, is caught on-camera biting his lip, which redeems him for slumming on this show. Cates alludes to Donner turning his back on his heritage, so we're pretty sure he's a shapeshifter at heart. Basically, Donner enforces human law now, and Cates is the leader of the wolfpack, which tends to run with its own special code. Donner wants to bust Ty because he thinks he's a drug dealer, and is therefore breaking human law; Cates reminds Donner that all conflicts still must come through him. Of course, the language isn't this plain; they still don't outright admit the wolf thing. The language is replete with "us" and "them" references. Ty smirks and denies selling drugs; Donner claims he uses an intermediary, who we saw get chased and killed last time. But Cates never asks whether this is true; instead, he asks Ty whether he's aware of this intermediary's whereabouts. Therefore Ty can honestly reply, "No." Cates orders Donner to drop it.
Episode Report CardHeathen: C- | 684 USERS: B-
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