"Party's Over" hit a high point for "Longmire " this season as the most entertaining episode so far. It isn't the mystery that makes the story unique this time, but the characters. The secondary storyline shines with an abundance of humor, showing the good-natured side of each of the main characters.
The mystery, in a nutshell
Walt (Robert Taylor) and his team find Tanya Dove, a teenage Cheyenne girl, dead from a gunshot wound in the side. She has one pill and a key in her pockets, and a prescription for Oxycodone belonging to someone else in her apartment. Her sister Lorna admits that Tania was addicted to pain meds, and some research by the local pharmacist shows that the Oxycodone bottle actually contained generic Hydrocodone.
Lorna attempts to confront a gang of teens who sell drugs and comes back severely beaten. Walt confronts and roughs up the weakest of the gang (mostly with strong words) until he admits that the gang has a deal with the pharmacist. They get addresses of prescription holders who bought large amounts of popular drugs, then steal the meds and sell them on the street.
Lorna's boyfriend, Justin, was buying the painkillers for Tanya. Walt finds that the key found in Tanya's pocket fits the door to Justin's house and that their address was on the pharmacist's list. He confronts Justin and his mother.
It turns out that Justin's mother shot Tanya as she snooped through the medicine cabinet looking for the pain meds, which the mother was under the influence of. She went to the trouble of hiding Tanya's body so her son wouldn't hate her. That didn't work out so well in the long run.
Walt avoids romance
Walt is called in on a home invasion at the beginning of the episode, but it is actually a ruse by Lizzie (Katherine LaNasa) to lure him into a romantic evening. He immediately answers the first call he gets, skipping out before anything can happen besides a couple of stiff-lipped kisses. Walt is painfully and hilariously uncomfortable with romantic overtures.
Lizzie doesn't seem to have a clue about how far her relationship with Walt has come, and she immediately begins to strike up an awkward conversation with Cady (Cassidy Freeman) after spotting her on the street. Walt has not mentioned either of them to the other, so it's not really Lizzie's place to force an introduction based on a photo of Cady she spotted on Walt's desk.
It all works out, however, when Lizzie shows up in Walt's office to confront him about not introducing her to Cady. Walt had been unable to find Cady, so at least he now knows she's in town.
This leads to yet another comedically awkward moment when Lizzie spots the unopened gift she had given him. Vic (Katee Sackhoff) had thrown the gift in a drawer many weeks prior and had only recently handed it to him. After some uhhhs and ummms, and, "I wanted you to be here when I opened it," he changes the subject to tell her that she was right: He should have told her about Cady. Then he proceeds to rush off to go tell Cady about Lizzie "right now," before he faces further embarrassment.
Cady and Walt finally reunite
Now that Cady knows at least part of the truth regarding her mother's death, she is much more open to speaking with her father. She also reunites briefly with Branch (Bailey Chase), her former fiancé, but that doesn't amount to much. She even asks Branch to take his "Branch for Sheriff" sign back; it sounds like she'll be voting for her father for sheriff, after all.
The funniest moments are all in this episode
This episode could almost be described as a dramedy. From "not as tough as she thinks she is" Vic getting the snot beaten out of her after challenging kick-boxing Lorna to a match for information, to Branch asking Vic whether Walt seems nervous about the upcoming debate before learning he's on speakerphone with him, the episode had plenty to laugh about.
Even Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) gets some chiding from Walt about a rekindled (for the fifth time) flame and the lengths to which he will go to shower her with expensive gifts. Each character is knocked down several pegs, and each of them handles it in his or her own amusing way.
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