Duty still calls
Walt visits Cady for a while, but she's still in need of rest. Walt's staring and doting comes at exactly the wrong time, as it prevents her from sleeping. So, what better time to take on a new case?
The body of game-warden Connor Redding is found next to a headless elk, outside of elk-hunting season. Walt and Vic (Katee Sackhoff) assume he was killed after catching a poacher who was hunting when he shouldn't be. They visit the local taxidermist and give him a heads-up about the elk head, then head on over to Omar's (Louis Herthum) place for help.
Omar digs inside the elk, only to find that the pancreas is gone. He knows exactly what's going on: The elk was killed out of season in order to create a Chinese "cure-all" called velvetine, consisting of antler velvet and pancreas. Yum!
The kid who wanted to play football
Walt remembers a kid he just happened to meet at exactly the right time in the hospital where Cady is staying. He was suffering from a degenerative disease, which is one of the side-effects of the supposed performance-enhancing velvetine supplements. Turns out his dad just wanted to help his son be the best he could be, so he bought all he could from a man named Mr. Chen. What a good idea to load his son up on an unproven substance he knows nothing about, based on stories told by a man trying to take all his money!
Well, Mr. Chen was indeed trying to find a way to produce the velvetine more cheaply in the U.S., but he was not willing to kill someone in order to do it. No, leave that to a man who is trying to save his wife from cancer and fully invests himself in those unlikely Chinese cure stories because they are so believable. That velvetine must be a cure for everything, even sanity.
The game warden had caught him hunting, but he was afraid to leave his wife alone while he went to jail. So, he figured murder would be a good problem solver. Now his wife can die in peace knowing her husband is rotting in jail worrying about her.
Who punctured Cady's tire?
Branch (Bailey Chase) crawls back to Walt to keep his job, which Walt accepts with an enormous grin on his face, but no hard feelings. Branch then continues to look for the people responsible for puncturing Cady's tire, and a fingerprint leads right back to a man who works for Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Remember how Cady was about to help bring in voters for Walt on "Election Day"? Yeah, funny how that works out.
Of course, Jacob didn't know that Cady was about to be hurled into a ditch by a passing drunk driver as she changed her flat, but the ironic part is that Walt won the race anyway. Branch doesn't have enough proof to drag Jacob in. It seems the theme of this episode is for one to take drastic measures only to fall flat on his/her face. Hopefully Jacob's introduction to prison will come soon.
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"Longmire" airs Mondays at 10 PM on A&E.
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