Animal Kingdom: A turning point for the Codys

Animal Kingdom reached 36.5M total viewers in season three and ranked among the top 20 cable dramas with 18-49 and total viewers.  It was one of only three top 40 cable dramas to grow year over year in total viewers for 2018 and Season 4’s storyline keeps us reeled in with the dire fate of Smurf looming as we saw in Episode 8 a world without her!  New episodes on Netflix each Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 7.07.56 PM.pngThings never run smoothly for the boys with the surprise teller the bank manager was banging who tripped the alarm in episode 1, the renegotiated payment terms of Frankie after the sculpture heist in episode 5, but the music festival was different!

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With concurrent stories unfolding in the 1960s and present, we see the ambition of intergenerational Codys Ellen Barkin (Janine / Smurf) and Shawn Hatosy (Josh / J)

No one was at home baking the pie, the relief after the homefree stretch out of the driveway was shortlived and we saw the genesis of Cody ambition in the concurrent stories of past and present as Janine recovers the stolen money hiding it from her crew, while Jay tells Pete he’s the new ‘go to’ guy.

Present day Janine was no where to be seen however in the past we see her pregnant with who we assume is Pope and teaming up with the woman who stole from her crew and hiding the recovered money she stole from them.  Parallels are seen in the present as Craig stares at an empty baby crib appearing to be clucky now that Renn has left after his domesticity freaked her out.

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Joshua and Uncle Andrew: “Say hi to your nephew for me”

We only ever get glimpses of Pope’s temper and we know that scene with J was only the tip of the iceberg, but boy is it nasty when he gets an idea in his head and starts doling out the accusations.   He and his brothers were smashed in by a truck during the getaway though, so forgiven.

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Pete tells J: “I’m not gonna do it for you, she’s your problem to deal with… or not”

Tupi and Mia’s were revealed as the thieves who hijacked the music festival job and ran off with their loot and its the events that follow that sees J descend into a deeper darkness crossing a line of no return.

With just a handful of episodes left, the impending fate of Smurf and with J and Deran having killed for the first time (at least on screen) we’re seeing a shift in power and capability unlike any other season.

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