'Longmire' Episode 2 Recap
Walt and company walk 'The Dark Road' in search of a murderer.
It's always complicated between fathers and daughters -- with varying degrees of severity, in some cases. This week we got a glimpse of just how much tension lies between Walt and his daughter Cady as Walt searches for the killer of a not-so-innocent girl caught between two worlds. If you don’t have time to catch it before next week, here are the Top 5 things you need to know from Episode 2.
YOUTH GONE WILD: Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) wastes no time in tracking down the identity of a young girl found dead by the side of a road — the scene from any parent’s nightmare — but it isn’t clear at first how she came to leave home. He and deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) follow her trail to a crash-pad for unsupervised teenagers. We are introduced to the concept of Rumspringa: a rite of passage for Mennonite youngsters who are given the choice between life in the wide world or in the closed society in which they were raised.
TOO CLOSE TO HOME: When Longmire confronts the dead girl’s family about her death, it hits a nerve. His own daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman), while not exactly estranged, isn’t being completely honest about her latest flame. Longmire does what any Dad would do — grill her about it — and sets the stage for a confrontation that is sure to do anything but improve their relationship.
OFFICER ON DUTY: Meanwhile, deputies Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) and Moretti head to the local den of iniquity as the search for the murderer gets more complicated. We get a glimpse of Vic’s wilder side as she employs some unorthodox methods of police work in order to discover the name of a suspect – and appears to have a little fun at the same time.
MYSTERY MEN: Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Philips) shows up at the station to meet with Longmire as they search for clues of different kinds. Longmire digs deep in his detective kit for the murderer’s true identity and Standing Bear searches for the identity of Cady’s new boyfriend (Cady’s response to his informal line of questioning is just the kind of snappy patter that is a hallmark of the Longmire novels).
NOTHING’S EASY: We begin to see the hidden tragedy that hangs over Walt begin unravel as he closes the case, and we’re left with a sense of two lives that could’ve been so different — no real answers, but neither life nor fiction easily provides that kind of resolution. Walt’s character has to come out of his internal funk — but it remains to be seen just exactly what it will take to make that happen.
NEXT UP: Horse lovers — you may want to cover your eyes as Walt investigates the circumstances behind a deadly barn burning in “A Damn Shame.” Longmire airs Sunday night, June 17, 10/9 C on A&E.