In 1×09 ‘The Art of the Deal’ secrets are revealed and lives fall apart as we gear up for the final episode. Who will survive the oil boom? Let’s bitch it out…
I’ve said it all along. I could write this show; the plot points are so predictable, including (but certainly not limited to) the interaction between Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and their respective attractive distractions. It’s been obvious since the beginning that Emma (Peyton List) has wanted to get busy with Billy. The only surprising element is how long it took her to make her move. And Alex (JD Pardo) saying things like “if you were my wife…” are so cliché that they actually made me blush in embarrassment. Cody acts like she’s such a saint all the time, it’s no wonder Billy can never live up to her standards. However, in her defence, it only takes him a hot second to kiss Emma back so maybe her skepticism is warranted.
Clearly the most predictable “surprise” is that Jules (India de Beaufort) is pregnant. I mean, there’s no greater suspense on a show than a good ol’ fashioned ‘who’s the daddy’ storyline. It’s just a sad and gross story worthy of a soap opera that the potential daddies are father and son. The only question I have now is how they’re going to wrap up the paternity issue with only one episode remaining.
Now we all know how much I can’t stand Lacey (Miranda Rae Mayo). In fact, I’ve never hated her more than when she cracks the season-long case that Wick (Scott Michael Foster) was the one who held up daddy Hap (Don Johnson) at the beginning of the season. AJ (Adan Canto) has checked his photos dozens of times, but one quick click through and Lacey solves the mystery, much to her dismay. The most disappointing part is when Hap confesses to his daughter why Wick hates him and she just glosses over the whole thing. Once again, Wick is the enemy. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not defending Wick and his crazy destructive behaviour, but I do think he deserves a little more credit. And Hap, ever the master manipulator, totally schools his daughter in that conversation. He sandwiched his misdeed in between two of Wick’s so that all she remembers are the bad things her brother has done. Hap leaves a winner because his daughter is more pissed with her brother than her father, and Hap has a clear conscience because he told her the truth. It’s no surprise that he’s a billionaire oil tycoon.
Another predictable plot twist is that Alex is the son of the chief. So I’m figuring that Annie’s (Lolita Davidovich) team has no shot now. Alex had an instantaneous crush on Cody, saw Billy (Chase Crawford) treating her like garbage and, to top it off, saw Billy kissing Emma, his business partner, in front of his wife. This guy couldn’t be more predisposed to side with Hap and it’s all because Billy is an idiot. He won’t have anyone to blame but himself if this deal goes south for them. On the other hand, I just can’t imagine that the show will end with the manipulator anti-hero winning in the final episode. If there were more episodes, maybe. But since there’s only one left, I’m thinking (hoping?) some kind of compromise can be reached so that the drilling and profits are shared somehow. You heard it here first folks (in case there’s anyone out there who’s taking bets on what will happen in the final episode). Until then, we’re all waiting on the edge of our seats, I’m sure.
- Please, please, please explain to me how Carla (Amber Valletta) is taken away to jail and somehow allowed to stay in her beautiful gown from the party the night before? And then when she’s released, she comes home in yet another outfit and is impeccably styled. That’s the kind of prison you want to go to!
- The conversation between Jules, Hap and Wick in the hospital room is so anti climactic. She just tosses out everyone’s secrets with no pomp and circumstance. Good for you girl. I’m thinking maybe this is part of a re-write that took place when three episodes were cut from the season. The writers probably would’ve dragged out the ‘Wick is the mole’ story a little longer, but likely had to figure out a way to get it out in the open quickly.
- The logical thing would’ve been to have Jules complain about men and then have the cute doctor be interested in her to change her mind. But nope, the cute married girl who’s not in the market for a man gets a second one in addition to her gorgeous husband…’cause life is fair that way.
Your turn: are you prepared for the final episode next week? How do you think the writers will end the show? Do you think Hap will win the chief’s favour? Sound off below!
Blood & Oil airs Sundays at 9pm EST on ABC