We start this week with Maddie driving her sorta stolen pickup truck to Pottsville to see her family. Maddie seems to be genuinely trying to get her act together and apparently the plan to do that is to go back to where it all started. We get a flashback to Maddie working as a waitress changing her accent for each table and earning big tips. We learn that Max and Sally discovered her talents in this dinner and got her started in a much larger and more dangerous con game.
The TOV plus Poppy are not getting along at all at the moment. The guys are uncomfortable being locked in such a tiny space. Richard accidentally cops a feel of Ezra’s package and was impressed. Richard tells Ezra that he doesn’t think he is cut out for conning in the long haul. He is destined for greatness. He can feel it in his balls. Over in the other car trunk, the girls fit the space a little better but are face to face and arguing like…well sisters. Poppy tells Jules that she is not happy in her marriage. She asks about Richard.
Suddenly the truck stops. Some kind of military guy with a gun opens the trunk with the boys in it. The scene didn’t make much sense. It seems it was supposed to be the border patrol. But they were speaking Spanish. Whatever it was, the shut the trunk and the car carrier carried on down the road.
Maddie arrives home and scares the crap out of her mother. Maddie admits to her mother that she doesn’t work for UNICEF and says she has just been working from job to job. She apologizes for not being honest. Her mother wastes no time in ratting her out to Colleen and Patrick.
The TOV and Poppy get tossed out on the side of the road near dumpsters and they all are dying to pee. I love the humor sprinkled throughout this crazy show. Ezra takes the lead in the planning. He says he has to go to his house by himself and the three of them need to go to Scottsdale and get the ring. The plan to meet up at Jules parents cabin in the woods in New York state. Richard hot wires a car for Ezra, gives him a gun and says, “Try not to kill anybody.” and off he goes. How is he going to start the car again if he has to shut it off? Will he know how to do that?
Maddie goes to her old room and finds the sweater she was wearing when she met The Doctor. Max and Sally were sitting a few feet away watching her speak to the doctor like a couple of parents hoping she will get the job. He gives her her first assignment. I didn’t recognize the face.
Max, Sally and Arthur have been waiting on Ezra’s call in the hotel. He finally calls and even gets to talk to his father. Ezra is headed that way with a brand new box of bullets. Arthur keeps trying to make small talk. At one point Sally busts out with the information that Arthur stole a patent from his brother and then had him institutionalized. Sally seems to have a personal issue with the Bloom family.
Colleen and Patrick decide to stay in a hotel just outside of Pottsville for the night before going to visit the Blooms. Why would they be going to see the Blooms? That seems random. But not as random as them staying in the same hotel that Ezra is headed to where his Dad is being held by Max and Sally.
Jules, Poppy and Richard have apparently rented a really nice car on Poppy’s credit card. But the trip turns sour when they arrive in Scottsdale to find that Richard’s parents house and been foreclosed upon and all the items in the house sold at auction. How long were they in Mexico? There are a lot of plot holes this week.
Colleen and Patrick have a bit of trouble trying to check into the hotel. Max sees them and freaks out and goes back to the room to tell Sally. At the same time Maddie’s mother calls her and so they take off for her place. As they are about to pull out, Arthur from reasons I cannot fathom decides to take a fork to a gun fight and stabs Max in the shoulder and tries to get the gun away from Sally. Max and Sally shove Arthur into the bathroom. Sally yanks the fork out of his back and they realize that they really need soap and water and a towel from the bathroom. When they open the door, Arthur is dead on the floor. Heart attack? Ezra shows up to find his father dead. Sally seems almost kind to Ezra.
Maddie talks to her dad and confesses everything. He has Alzheimer’s so it doesn’t matter. She says she wants to stop conning people. Maddie says the only way out for her is to kill the doctor. She gathers her stuff and takes off. She takes the mail from her house. There is an envelope with no return address and a phone inside. She stupidly turns it on and places it on the seat next to her. Now whoever sent it can track her! A message pops up that says, “MJ- Keep the phone on. I’ll call you soon! X.” Meanwhile, Patrick and Colleen were waiting at the end of the driveway and follow her. Why didn’t they just go into the house?
Next week, Uma Thurman is back!
I have a lot of questions about this week’s episode.