#IntotheBadlands S2 Ep5 “Monkey Leaps Through Mist” Recap & Review
Episode Grade: 9
We start with Jade standing over Ryder's corpse. armadillo Clipper Merrick, tells Jade that Quinn's actions were “a declaration of war.” Jade states that as Ryder's rightful and only successor, all powers now fall to her. Merrick administers the oath for Barons using Ryder’s sword, and Jade cuts herself on the blade to use her blood as part of her pledge and the Clippers kneel before her.
Sunny and Bajie finally arrives at Nos's compound to trade Nathaniel Moon's signature blade for passage through the tunnel. Sunny spots Mechs all around (the same tribe of people who sold him to the Bordo mines) and grows suspicious, but Bajie tells him that Nos was there only way out. Nos greets Bajie and welcomes him warmly. Bajie introduces Sunny as one of the deadliest Clippers in the Badlands showing him Moon's blade and telling him that Sunny killed Moon for it, and Nos tell them they have come to the right man.
Quinn hallucinates and imagines Ryder standing near a tree while he and his men trek through the woods back to their train station bunker.
Tilda apologizes for disobeying the Widow and showing up to the conclave at The Widow's Sanctuary. The Widow tells her that she wishes she had listened to her gut instead of trying to play by someone else's rules. She shows her appreciation to Tilda for saving her life and asks for a private moment with Waldo. Waldo insists he didn't know that Quinn was alive, but deliberates his reappearance could buy them some time with the other Boron who would go after Quin instead of focusing or her. Waldo suggests that delivering Quinn’s head on a platter would gain her leverage in their fight and create an Ally with the other Barons, but the Widow doesn’t seem to want to align with her enemies.
M.K. continues to train amongst the other Novices at the Monastery. Ava signals the end of training, the novices make their way back, but M.K. uses the opportunity to run into the woods.
At Nos's compound, Sunny and Bajie are treated like honored guests. Nos asks Sunny to name his favorite kill, but Sunny doesn't respond. Nos says he takes pride in his own work and his Dolls and references a young girl, Amelia, and says he knows when she will be ripe. Nos mentions trouble brewing in the Badlands and explains how Quinn showed up at the Baron conclave and killed Ryder. Sunny is stunned at the news telling him that it could not be possible as he clipped himself and Nos told him that maybe he is not as good as he thought.
Quinn hallucination of Ryder continues as Ryder taunts Quinn for killing him. Ryder's apparition says Veil is lying about Quinn’s tumor being gone, but Quinn insists he's healing. Ryder ask, “then why am I here?” Ryder suggests using Henry to find out the truth by putting a knife to his neck.
At Ryder's mansion. Jade fills Lydia in on Quinn's return and shows her to Ryder's body. Lydia asks Jade for some time alone with her son and weeps over his body.
Declan has Veil tied to a chair in the barber shop and interrogates her about Edgar's death. When he puts a knife to her throat, Veil claims self-defense from rape, but Declan doesn't buy it because, as he reveals, Edgar was gay. Declan tells Veil that she is only still alive since she's needed as a medic to heal Quinn. He shows her the X-rays she hid and demands she start healing Quinn's tumor for real.
In the woods, M.K. comes across a tree with the corpses of young men hanging from ropes. He cuts down one of the bodies and changes into the boy's clothes, then buries him.
At Ryder's mansion, Lydia opens up to Jade about her difficulties having children including Ryder, telling Jade that all her hopes and dreams have being wrapped up in just Ryder because she couldn’t have more children. Jade insisted on their shared love for Ryder, and the need to avenge his death and Lydia says she knows where Quinn is hiding and requests to kill him herself.
The Widow studies a map of the Barons' territories and removes an armadillo insignia pin and thinks.
Sunny and Bajie spend the night on Nos compound, and Nos sends Dolls to please Bajie and Sunny in their tents. Amelia enters Sunny's tent and tells him her mother, Portia, is getting ready for him but tell Sunny that he was not like the other men. He tells her that he has a woman and baby already. Portia enters Sunny’s tent and sends Amelia back to her tent. Sunny tells Portia he doesn't need any company but tells Sunny that if she does not stay, she will be punished by for disobeying Nos’s order. Sunny allows her to stay to fool Nos and Portia shares her fears over Amelia's future and begs Sunny to kill Nos in exchange for payment. Sunny tells him that he doesn’t do that anymore and she refer to all the marks on your back, saying what difference would one more make? but Sunny adamantly refuses.
Meanwhile, Henry goes missing, and Veil finds him in Quinn’s office, Quinn is rocking Henry while holding a knife near Henry’s throat. Quinn asks Veil about his tumor, and she says he's healing, but Ryder's apparition warns Quinn not to trust Veil and reminds Quinn that he killed Veil's parents. Veil watches as Quinn talks to the air and admits she once despised Quinn, but her feelings have changed for him. She kisses Quinn tenderly and promises they can be a family as she takes the knife and Henry from his hand. Ryder hallucination taunts that women have always been Quinn’s weakness.
As Sunny and Bajie prepare to leave, Nos confronts Sunny about Portia's request to have him killed expressing he overheard from the Doll in Bajie's room. Nos thanks Sunny for not taking the offer, and slashes Portia's in her face as her punishment. Nos deems Portia worthless as a Doll and mentions Amelia's potential. Sunny asks to take Portia and Amelia with him, as the sword he traded is worth more than the just a passage, but Nos declines the offer and jabs a knife into Portia's side while Amelia watches. Sunny refuses to leave without them and springs into action as Nos's Mechs surround him.
Sunny battles the group of Mechs, as Bajie carries Portia to the car Nos has provided for passage, but the keys are missing from the ignition. Nos prepares to kill Amelia with Moon’s sword, but Bajie steps in and knocks out Nos with a bat. Bajie then takes the car keys and takes Amelia away. As more Mechs come at Sunny, Bajie throws Moon's sword to Sunny so he can finish the fight. Sunny, Bajie, Portia and Amelia escape from the compound in Nos's car.
At the Widow's Sanctuary, the Widow tells Waldo she's decided to make an alliance with Quinn, telling him that she have tried it his way and instructs Waldo to find Quinn before the other Barons do and pretty much that he his life depend on it.
Quinn smokes opium while watching a film and sees Ryder's apparition again. Meanwhile, Lydia and the Armadillo Clippers close in on Quinn’s hideout. As they rush in, a bomb goes off, and Quinn rushes through the station and finds Veil missing. Out in the woods, Veil escapes with Henry in her arms
Overall another amazing episode, I am happy Ryder is hunting Quinn's ass, what man kills their only son for power. Veil and the rape accusation only to find out Edgar was gay my heart almost fell out. Veil kissing Quinn to save baby Henry talk about a mother that would so anything for her child. Jade and Lydia working together, I never saw that coming. The Widow want to join forces with Quinn, I think that is a bad idea, I think she should just get ready for her war, Quinn cannot be trusted, Sunny has taken on more responsibility, but I was happy to see that Bajie had is back even if it mean losing an old friend.