Sigh… there are only three episodes of Wynonna Earp left forever, and this week is another Monster of the Week? The show did this with the first half of the season, too, cramming almost all of the actual plot into the last two episodes before the hiatus. There are so many plot lines and relationships to wrap up that I had hoped the show would address literally any of them this week. Instead, strap in for … cannibalism. Yeah.
Spoilers ahead for Season 4 Episode 9 of Wynonna Earp. You have been warned.
But you didn’t shoot the deputy …
The episode opens on Nicole and Wynonna sparring, fairly evenly. That is, until Nicole gets distracted by Waverly walking in to the BBD offices, causing immediate smooching. They’re across the hall from the sheriff’s office where several townsfolk are waiting to talk to the sheriff, who is out of the office and uh … dead. Wynonna and Waverly float the idea of Nicole becoming sheriff again, seeing as no one else seems to be signing up, but Nicole isn’t interested, saying she didn’t win the election during the 18 months they were in the Garden.
Nicole goes by Shorty’s where they are setting up for yet another trivia night, which seems to be the town’s new favorite activity. Nedley reveals that Rachel let Billy out of the basement, which she’s not too pleased by. Nicole goes to confront Rachel, who insists he’s harmless, and also calls Nicole “Chicken Kicker”, which gets quite a reaction for un unknown reason. No time to find out, though, because we have ourselves a dead body.
Jeremy presents the corpse of Ricky Brock – father, husband, and the most recent winner of Shorty’s trivia. Most notably, there are two fang-sized holes on his neck, causing Wynonna to track down the one vampire in Purgatory, Doc. She finds him at the Glory Hole and tries to have it out with him, but all of the other demons come quickly to his defense. (Unbeknownst to her, that would be because he orchestrated the death of their last leader, Amon.) It’s a tense conversation in which he insists he had nothing to do with it. And he’s proven innocent when another body shows up with similar marks, but they’re too large and far apart to be from a bite. While Wynonna deals with petty sheriff problems like loud neighbors and cars with bad paint jobs, Jeremy and Waverly discover that both bodies are completely missing their brains, but there are no wounds to show exactly where they went.
Just for funsies, Waverly and Jeremy launch into a very Criminal Minds-esque debrief about the “unsub,” before they’re interrupted by an actual problem at the sheriff’s office. A townsperson reports a man shoving a woman, presumably his girlfriend, into his car, shouting things like “you belong to me,” and “I’m your master.” The man identifies that the car had tacky flames on them, which fortunately Wynonna received a report about earlier with an address. As she and Waverly leave to check it out, the man informs Jeremy of another weird thing – as he went to confront the couple, the man told him to “eat shit,” and then… he actually did. So, definitely some kind of magic at play.
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CooCoo for Kuru-Puffs
Wynonna and Waverly show up at the address and a man casually invites them in. Waverly goes to find the presumed girlfriend while Wynonna talks to him in the kitchen. He goes on and on about the trivia night at Shorty’s that night, and then just openly admits to eating brains, before trying and failing to cover up that it’s “cow brains.” Yeah, sure they are, buddy. Wynonna tries to call him Doug, the name on the report, but the man insists repeatedly his name is Kuru, and that he is a demon. Waverly tries to comfort the girlfriend, but she’s pretty indifferent and much more focused on her phone. As Wynonna corners Doug he yells for the girlfriend, Ginny. She comes in and Doug starts yelling about “I wish they would die!” before throwing brains at them and running out the backdoor. Ew.
Wynonna and Waverly bring Ginny to the station to try to protect her, until she sits down and Peacemaker lights up the same way it does when in the presence of a demon. Wynonna immediately draws her gun before Ginny explains she’s not a demon, she’s a genie, and Doug is her master which, as Wynonna repeatedly points out, double ew. She explains his mission is to be the smartest person in Purgatory, so every time someone wins, he commands her to kill them so he can eat their brain. This reminds Jeremy of a rare disease called Kuru, the same name Doug wants to be called. It’s an infection that comes from cannibalism, eating brains specifically, that causes psychological and neurological symptoms before eventually killing the person. Because of Doug’s wishes, everyone in Purgatory is obsessed with Shorty’s trivia, and he’s officially gone insane from Kuru, but insane with a genie at his command. The catch, which Wynonna figures out, is that she can only grant his wishes if she’s physically touching him, which gives them some time to figure out how to stop them.
Meanwhile at Trivia…
Doc, Jeremy, Nicole, and Waverly head to Shorty’s for trivia, partially as part of the plan and partially because, per the wish, they feel highly compelled to. Nicole hesitates to go into a crowded Shorty’s because as soon as she does, the other people in the bar start calling her “Chicken Kicker” and clucking at her. She’s mortified, but won’t tell Waverly what they mean. As for the trivia, it’s the finals and Doc, Waverly, and Jeremy are playing against each other in a sudden death game while Nicole waits for Doug to appear and try to, well, eat whoever wins. When Doug fails to show up, Nicole tries to leave but is trapped at trivia, per the wish.
Meanwhile, Ginny and Wynonna are not alone because surprise! Doug can … walk through walls? He frees Ginny using her magic and commands her to kill Wynonna so he can eat her “street brains,” which is Dumb Doug for “gain her street smarts.” Ginny has to comply and makes her lie down on the medical examination table.
Back at trivia, Doc answers a question wrong so Jeremy and Waverly are in a dead heat getting every question right. As long as the game keeps going Nicole and Doc can’t escape and save Wynonna, so Nicole realizes she needs to do something drastic. She realizes she can distract Waverly and make her lose, ending the game, if she shows her what everyone means by “Chicken Kicker” – she streams a video onto the TVs at the bar … of herself. In the video she storms the sheriffs office, drunk, in the middle of a party celebrating the new sheriff who isn’t her. She trashes the party, yelling about losing the election, and drop kicks a chicken off the table. This video works in distracting … everyone, causing Waverly to lose the trivia competition and, with Jeremy being crowned the winner, the wish to be broken. Doc runs out of Shorty’s towards the sheriff station to save Wynonna, despite their current relationship problems.
The Chicken-Kicker Sheriff
Things are not looking good for Wynonna – Ginny even essentially seals her mouth so she can’t scream as Doug caresses her head with a knife. Ginny also keeps distracting Doug, suggesting he use a bigger knife or a different method, wasting as much time as possible. She wastes so much time that before Doug can kill Wynonna, he just keels over and dies from the Kuru just as Doc bursts in. Such breaks Ginny’s bond to him, and Doc and Wynonna celebrate.
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Back at the bar, Doc and Nicole make amends for Nicole exchanging Doc to the Clantons for their safe return from the Garden. He calls her Sheriff Haught, to which she remarks he’s the only one who still calls her that. He reminds her, “Badge alone does not give authority.” Nicole gets the attention of the bar patrons, essentially the important members of the town, and gives a speech about her commitment to protect and serve and her dedication to the town and the people. They vote and unanimously decide to reinstate her as sheriff. Hooray!
Back at the sheriff’s station, Wynonna and Ginny exchange pleasantries, before Wynonna aims Peacemaker at her. Wynonna remarks that Ginny seemed to be using her “masters” as excuses for murder, and that she seemed to be the one suggesting the killings. Ginny retorts that they are one in the same – she hides behind her “masters,” and Wynonna hides behind Peacemaker. Wynonna replies, telling her that’s why they’re different – Wynonna doesn’t have a way out. And with that, she shoots Ginny, setting her free.
The next two episodes had better get to the overall plot they set up this season, as there is a lot to wrap up over the next two hours – Wynonna and Doc, Jeremy and Robin, a #WayHaught wedding, the Clantons, the mist, the Garden, even … there’s a lot. I look forward to Wynonna Earp going out in a blaze of glory.
Season 4 Episode 10, “Life Turned Her That Way,” Premieres on March 26, 2021 at 10/9c on Syfy.