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Jul 9, 201211:26 AMThe Telegraph

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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Longmire,' Episode 6

Jul 9, 2012 - 11:26 AM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Longmire,' Episode 6


Episode No. 6 of Longmire – the hit series based on the western mystery novels by Craig Johnson – aired Sunday evening on the A&E Network. If you missed this segment – titled “The Worst Kind of Hunter” – here’s the Top 5 things you need to know about it. But be forewarned: The following recap contains spoilers.

UNBEARABLE: Responding to a call from vacationers who found a body in the woods, Deputy Ferg discovers the victim was literally torn to pieces by a bear. His reaction: He throws up. (Hope you weren’t eating while watching this, viewers.) Meanwhile, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Deputy Victoria "Vic" Moretti are called in to quell a disturbance at a retirement home, where cantankerous resident Lucian Branch (played Peter Weller of RoboCop fame) – an ex-sheriff who just happens to be Deputy Branch’s uncle – is tired of waiting too long for his medication, and expressing his impatience by firing a shotgun.

BEAR FACTS: With Lucian safely behind bars, Longmire and Moretti are able to join Ferg at the crime scene. At first glance, it appears to be a simple case of a hungry bear attacking a hapless human. But a local wildlife researcher who specializes in bears argues against a rush to judgment. And Longmire himself suspects the bear may have been baited. His suspicions are confirmed when he discovers – with a little help from Henry Standing Bear – that a piece of meat he recovered from the crime scene wasn’t part of the victim’s body, but rather a hunk of flank steak.

CROSSES TO BEAR: The victim is identified as Ed Crowley, a convicted murderer and drug dealer recently paroled from prison after serving several years for the brutal murder of a 17-year-old girl. The girl’s still-grieving parents, it should be noted, are not exactly saddened by news of his slaughter. In fact, when they have a chance to identify the corpse, the distraught mom takes it upon herself to make sure the guy really is dead. (No problem: He is indeed very seriously deceased.) Longmire questions newly retired Dan Blackburn, who had been warden at the prison where Crowley was serving time – but was eased out of his job due to budget cutbacks before Crowley’s last parole hearing. Blackburn is sorry he wasn’t able to prevent Crowley’s release – especially since he holds the victim responsible for the murder of a prison guard.

BEAR NECESSITIES:  Vic and a local hunter go out in the woods to terminate the bear with extreme prejudice. But just as they’re closing in on the accused killer, Vic is hit with a tranquilizer dart fired by the wildlife expert, who claims he actually was aiming at the bear. (Yeah, right.) This plot twist serves two important purposes. First, it lulls Vic into such an uninhibited state that, for the first time in the series, she freely discusses (much to Longmire’s discomfort) the quarrels she’s been having with her husband – who, you may recall, is the one who got her to move from Philadelphia to the wilds of Wyoming in the first place. Second, Vic points out that the wound left on her back by the tranquilizer dart is exactly like the wounds they found on Crowley’s mauled corpse. Which, of course, means that Crowley was tranquilized before being slathered with flank steak – and that the bear was the victim of entrapment.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Longmire brings the caged bear along with him when he pays another call on ex-warden Blackburn, and threatens to release the animal if Blackburn doesn’t confess to setting up Crowley for his grisly demise. (To reinforce his threat, Longmire pelts Blackburn with a bloody hunk of beef that likely will attract the bear.) Blackburn makes no apologies for causing the death of a convicted killer who never should have been released from prison, and who also killed a guard while he was behind bars. Indeed, Blackburn sees himself as a hero in this situation, and wants Longmire to promise he’ll be portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in any movie made about the case. (No, seriously.) It’s not entirely clear how Longmire intends to use this coerced confession – a confession he neglects to record, by the way – in any subsequent trial. But never mind: Longmire is last seen setting the bear loose in another part of the woods, smiling the smile of a lawman who knows that justice has been served.    

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