Things have not been going well for the Leary family in the last few weeks, and things are about to get much, much worse. Between Omar’s outrage over his payment, the I.R.S. creeping further and further into the Leary financials, and Johnny’s serious gambling problem, someone is going to be forced to reveal some secrets that will turn the family on their heads.
It will be up to the help of some outside influences to get Lights and his crew out of this jam. And before all is said and done, someone will have to take a trip to the hospital.
Review: “I’m not a boxer.”
I think there was no better way to some up everything in this episode than with that line from Omar right before the credits rolled. Omar in that moment came to a realization that everything he is/was, was all show. He wasn’t a boxer, he was a just a dude that could punch really hard. And that realization can been seen in different ways in a bunch of characters in this episode.
Take a look at Theresa for example. She comes to the realization that money doesn’t last. She isn’t the wife of a millionaire, she is the wife of a man. A man with faults and limited wealth. And I think Catherine McCormack’s performance during the pivotal scene in the episode where she learns the truth, is all you need to get that message across. Her breakdown into tears sums up all the damage Johnny has caused the family.
But it wasn’t enough just to damage Light’s wife, he ended up damaging Light’s himself, physically. By the end of the MMA fight, Light’s is a bloody mess, and if you were to look at him after the fight without knowing the result, you would think he was the loser. The fact is, Light’s didn’t win that fight because of skill, he won it because he got in his own Bolo Punch against his opponent. Nothing more, and nothing less.
As for Johnny, it was nice to see him finally get his hands dirty. We keep hearing Pops talk about how much of a great fighter Johnny is, and I think this episode showed the potential he probably once had. The kid can give as good as he gets, no doubt. But the fact is that he can only take so much at this point in his life.
And if the “I’m not a Boxer” scene was the most telling of the episode, I think the most entertaining, and a bit freaky was the opening where Omar pulls a gun on Lights. It’s in that moment that the last three weeks are summed up for Patrick. He’s at his wits end with all the bull shit around him, and he’s not afraid to put himself in the line of fire, literally. I think that scene, above all else, shows full well what kind of man Patrick “Lights” Leary truly is.
Final thoughts: As of now, this is the best episode of the season.
Episode: “Bolo Punch” (Season 1, Episode 4)
Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm
What’s next: Unknown.
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