Longmire" episode "A Good Death is Hard to Find." While Vic deals with her problems on her own, Walt (Robert Taylor) must deal with a dismembered finger on his desk.Vic's (Katee Sackhoff) past followed her to Wyoming on Monday night's "
The poet sheriff
Walt receives a finger from James Knotley, a man who has just been murdered in prison. He whips up a little salt water to re-hydrate the dried-out old thing, then sets off to find former sheriff Lucien Connally (Peter Weller), who had arrested James. Lucien is a poet at the Red Pony now (Hey, it's "Robocop" cowboy poetry!), always working on perfecting his art. He claims he doesn't remember James.
Walt visits the prison where James was killed, only to find that James had been visited by his girlfriend Connie (Robyn Lively) and by Lucien only a week ago. Walt goes back to Lucien, who refuses to talk without a game of chess with Walt.
Once Walt sits down for the game, Lucien begins the story. Apparently, James's big crime was stealing dinosaur bones: Triceratops bones worth over $800,000, that is. James had that money hidden somewhere, but Lucien doesn't seem to know much more.
Walt visits Connie, but she feigns ignorance, as well. Something definitely seems fishy, however. Somebody is lying.
A letter is found in James's old mattress at the prison. It lists a man named Riley Manning as his accomplice. It also says that if James is killed, it means that Riley found the money and is responsible for the murder.
Then Walt discovers a little detail that Lucien left out: He had an affair with Connie. Lucien owns up to it, but not to the murder. Walt goes back to talk to Connie, and she is in bed with Hank, a guard who works at the prison.
Connie tries to pin the whole thing on Hank, saying he was violent and controlling of her. Walt tapes Connie's interview, then plays it for Hank, who finally confesses to making a remark to a fellow inmate that resulted in James's death. He says that it was all for Connie, because James was supposedly the violent one, and he had to protect Connie from him before he was released from prison.
It turns out that James wrote the letter implicating Riley -- despite Riley's insistence that James would never do such a thing -- since Riley cut off his own finger and gave it to James as a sign of trust. Connie made James paranoid by implying that Riley had found the money and was planning on killing him. So, Walt places Hank and Connie in the same jail cell together, right where they belong.
Vic has a stalker
Ed Gorski (Lee Tergesen) ups his game, breaking into Vic's truck to leave a postcard that reads "Go Eagles." When Vic triangulated Ed's location via a cell phone call where he claims to be in Philadelphia, she sees that he's only 8.5 miles away.
When she catches up to Ed and pulls him over, he claims that she is the one who is harassing him. It's enough to drive anyone crazy.
Later, she takes a shower at home with her gun on the counter for protection, then finds that her bar of soap has been bitten in half. She's too terrified to stay home, so she ends up staying the night in a jail cell at work.
When Walt finds her there in the morning, she is finally forced to tell Walt the whole story of why she moved to Wyoming. She used to be a brunette at her old job in Philly, where she worked with a cop who had been caught up in some dark dealings. Vic reported him, which led to his suicide via a bullet to the brain. Ed blamed her for his partner's death and began stalking her the same way he is now, while leaving behind zero evidence.
Lizzie flips out
Consequently, Walt offers to have Vic stay at his cabin until they can work out the problem. Unfortunately, that leads to another problem. Walt's girlfriend Lizzie Ambrose (Katherine LaNasa) decides to stop by unannounced as Vic is getting ready to turn in for the night on the couch, and Walt is in the shower. Vic answers the door, and Lizzie immediately flips out, assuming they are sleeping together.
Lizzie was slowly becoming a charming, if eccentric, bit of comic relief for the show, but her jealous melt-down is not worth the entertainment value she offers. Walt should be glad to be rid if that mess, although she'll probably have another emotional breakdown and try to "win back" that which was never lost to begin with. Maybe next time, Walt will be a little wiser and avoid the trouble.
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