Really great episode here. And this starts a brief run of episodes where Tony Goldwyn does not appear as President Grant; this episode, at least, is so packed with developments and reversals that I didn’t really miss him. Just so much great stuff. We finally have a name to the conspiracy: Defiance. And it could lead to jail time for a ton of characters here. Tom Amandes makes his first appearance as Governor Reston, Grant’s opponent in the election, and we get to see the fall-out his loss has caused in his life. Cyrus and Mellie have an epic faceoff and here’s an example of the show’s dialogue just being astoundingly great: “You may be a political animal,” Cyrus barks at Mellie, “But I’m a monster.” Then Guillermo Diaz gets an interesting plot; Huck’s got a date! This comic relief actually works, surprisingly. And then the final scene of the episode is a stunner and suddenly we begin to understand what exactly Defiance might be. This is episodic television at its most entertaining. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
tl;dr – plot twists and surprising revelations abound in this intense, insanely entertaining episode; and the cast is just getting better. 4 stars.