ANIMAL KINGDOM SEASON 4 EPISODE 11 – “JULIA” REVIEW AND DETAILS (SPOILERS!)

SMURF AND COLLEEN

The episode opens with a flashback scene of pregnant Smurf playing the hostage as she and Colleen, whom we now know to be Pope and Julia’s dad, rob a dinner.

POPE, JAY, AND ANGELA

And then we are back to the present and see Pope sitting just outside the bathroom where he had locked Angela last episode when she came home stoned. Jay comes to stand behind him prompting Pope to confront him about lying to him that he had not seen Angela when he was looking for her, Jay says he forgot, which we all know is a lie.

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Jay is a really manipulative schemer and I think Pope is beginning to realize that. Although, Jay doesn’t trust Angela and frankly, neither do I — and most of the viewers, I’m sure. I do feel like she is a plant, working undercover with the police. She is asking too many questions, trying to manipulate both Pope and Jay, trying to find out about Smurf’s money and will. Things don’t just sit right with her.

Recall some episodes ago she had a friend come over, who was really shocked that she had got out of jail already, and we got to know that the offense for which she had been sent to jail wasn’t breaking and entering like she had told Pope but for armed robbery because she was caught with a gun.

DERAN AND ADRIAN

Deran is in a really bad mood and then he tells Adrian that Smurf knows he has been talking to the police and wants him to kill Adrian.

Can we just take a minute to agree that although we all love Smurf, she is a really terrible mother! What kind of mother tells her son to kill his boyfriend? Smurf kind I guess. Deran already hates her guts and this situation will only make it worse but I guess Smurf doesn’t care because she has cancer, has refused to take treatment and has basically resigned to her fate. Even planning a last heist, sort of.

Deran tells Adrian that he has to leave town to avoid getting killed and then he goes to see Craig about helping him get some fake passports so he could take Adrian away.

CRAIG AND RENN

Craig is really getting acquainted with daddy duties and I think he is loving it.

Renn, on the other hand, is back to her drug-dealing ways and I’m getting quite anxious because it looks like she is not ready to be a hands-on mum and might like take off and leave Craig with the baby.

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? DO YOU THINK THE BABY WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH RENN’S MUM?

JAY AND FRANKIE

Frankie shows up at the house to talk to Jay about a job. Last time they did a job for her, she shorts them some money and then went to Smurf who rebuffed her and got mad at the boys for working for her.

If anything, Smurf detests her boys being hired hands for jobs. Jay listens to her proposal though, albeit reluctantly.

POPE AND ANGELA

Pope takes Angela to an AA meeting and things take a turn when Angela reveals that she came to the house hoping to get some money from Smurf, like she had been giving Julia to stay away. She basically tells Pope that she has been conning him, guilt’s him about abandoning Julia and siding with Smurf. She felt this would make Pope hate her, but Pope appreciated the honesty and they made up.

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I still don’t trust her, I think she is holding back a lot more information.

She let it slip that Jay took her for lunch at her former dealer’s place and that got Pope’s attention. I think she did that on purpose in other to have Pope alienate Jay and she succeeded quite a bit because later on Pope confronts Jay about it.

SMURF, COLEEN AND, THE GANG

In a flashback episode Smurf calls the gang for a job and convinces Collin to go with them, they succeed in the robbery and hit it big. They go out for beers and while in the store a Sherriff walks in and when he sees Smurf and Colleen suspects them to be the dinner robbers who have been reported to be a pregnant woman and a man. There is a shootout and colleen gets shot, the gang escape in the car and colleen dies.

Jerk Manny tries to dump a devastated Smurf on the side of the road but she outsmarts him, points a gun at him and Jake, takes the care and drives Colleen’s body to his brother, Jed, who buries him with the car. Manny should be glad, smurf didn’t kill him there, that was really cold of him.

This scene lets us see just how much Smurf has been through and frankly, it makes me want to give her a pass for a lot of things.

THE BOYS

As the boys prepare for the job Smurf is planning and load up their equipment on the back of the truck, Pope confronts Jay about taking Angela to lunch on the day she disappeared and then lying about it, he tells Jay that he is out once Smurf dies. A win for Angela.

WE KNOW JAY IS ALREADY MAKING MOVES TO SECURE HIS HOLD AS A LEADER IF SMURF DIES BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS PLAY WILL BE, NOW THAT POPE IS NOT IN HIS CORNER?

Deran and Craig venture to the poolside while they discuss Deran and Adrian’s impending trip. From the way Deran is sounding, and his long lingering look at his bar and Smurf’s house it doesn’t look like he is coming back soon and Craig is worried too. I think Deran is going to be gone for a long time.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU THINK HE IS LIVING THE LIFE BEHIND? TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENT SECTION.