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second part Ozark it’s primarily about getting the Byrde operation off the ground (even if Marty thinks about leaving it all behind), escalating the marital drama between Wendy and Marty (sending Marty to some pretty dark places), and placing the chess pieces like Langmores, Blue. Cat Lodge and Lickety Splitz are on the boardwalk.
“Family is like a small business,” Marty tells his puzzled children as the episode begins. This family has demolished their old establishment and has to build a new one. As Marty searches the Ozarks for a money laundering scheme, he has his first encounter with the Langmore clan, which appears in one of the best character introductions of the modern TV era. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner), a genius surrounded by idiots. It makes perfect sense that Ruth and Marty’s first real encounter would take place at the kind of high stakes that could kill Marty. This dynamic has been life and death from the very beginning.
Wendy goes home shopping while Charlotte and Jonah stay at the motel. What do they say to the children? Who was Wendy? only Caught cheating, he already has the guts to accuse Marty of throwing a pity party, pointing out that his girlfriend, Gary, colluded with Marty’s election. Well. He states that Gary is a good guy, not like Bruce. Good and The villains will die if they get around Byrdes. Marty points out that he might have overlooked Bruce if he hadn’t been distracted by his wife’s cheating on him. The only joy in your life lately? When I heard Gary hit the pavement. Wendy hits him. (Honestly she deserves it.)
This is Sam! Kevin Johnson’s local employee has no idea what’s up when Wendy Byrde arrives at her real estate office and wants to look at homes. Marty searches for investment opportunities around the Ozarks, while Wendy does some shopping with him. It keeps throwing it out. For example, it buys a landfill in the town, but does not receive an investment for the entire operation. It also gets some warning from the owner about bad planning, which he should probably take into account.
While Wendy seeks a place to live and Marty a place to be acquitted, Charlotte meets Wyatt Langmore (Charlie Tahan), who is trying to give her a Bible. Not a bad pickup line. However, the religious angle doesn’t work on Char nearly as much as it does financially. Notice how much more interested he showed Wyatt when he told her that his father was a lawyer and that he and his brother Three (Carson Holmes) were going to go wakeboarding later.
Marty eventually arrives at Lickety Splitz with its owner steadfastly refusing to call it a “nipple bar.” He looks for fetish workers like the topless, very pregnant woman on stage or the “plain Janes with a work ethic”. The owner realizes that Marty is involved in money laundering. Let the titty bar owner be the first to understand Marty. He offers to work with her. A dumb Marty knows it’s a very good, cash-heavy front, but having someone who already knows his deal isn’t great.
Sam finally takes Wendy to the right house, where she meets Buddy Dieker (Harris Yulin), who will play an important role in their lives, not just because she lives in the basement. The feisty puppy has only one year left to live and spends his last moments downstairs while he rents out the rest of the house. It’s creepy, but it gives Byrdes the kind of home they’re used to living in and surrounds them with some more death.
Speaking of death, Marty is contemplating his own death. When he gets up, he eats a sandwich on a cliff called Sweetwater Bluff, dropping the sandwich over the edge. He’s watching his fall. Does he want to join this? Maybe.
Jonah gets bored watching Shark Week as Charlotte races around the lake with the Langmores. She goes for a walk and meets a boy named Tuck (Evan Vourazeris). Another seemingly random event that will basically save Marty’s life. There was a brochure at the premiere. In the second part, Tuck has a knife. About that later.
Wendy is trying to decide if she wants a grumpy old man living in her basement. We learn that Buddy is 82 years old and a bad ticker that cannot be changed. He doesn’t disdain words, as Wendy appreciates. He calls the tampons Wendy hates “period plugs.” When Buddy refers to Marty as “The Decision Maker,” it almost feels like a challenge that will make Wendy say yes. HE IS This is the decision maker in the family.
The cops chase the boat and Charlotte learns hard that Wyatt and Three don’t come from a wealthy family. They throw Charlotte overboard, leading to a meeting between Wendy, Marty and Sheriff Nix (Robert Treveiler), who basically asks them to pay. The Byrdes are playing hard and Marty is hearing Ruth Langmore for the first time. She’s tough she, 19 years old and Marty probably knows she’s already robbed them she. She panics and runs to the motel to find an empty suitcase under the bed.
Marty doesn’t hesitate. He hires a boat and finds his way to Ruth and the rest of the Langmores, the gang overhears Wyatt discussing how he trapped Charlotte so Ruth could steal the money. Marty hurries in and meets the two branches in this sketchy family tree, Boyd (Christopher James Baker) and Russ Langmore (Marc Menchaca). Marty is seriously outnumbered, but keep in mind that he doesn’t have much to live for at this point. He is already considering jumping off a cliff. What could the Langmores really do to him?
The truth is, Marty will die anyway if he doesn’t get the money back. He begins to negotiate. What could the Langmores do with all that cash? He tells them that stealing Omar Navarro, the head of the cartel, and his money is a crime. lots bad idea. If they keep the money, they’ll have to kill Marty. His strategy is to put everything in order. These people are SO DEEP.
Ruth’s business acumen comes into play. He tells some of Marty’s bullshit and notes how his death could have helped everyone, including the drug addicts he essentially activated. Marty backs off, arguing that even if he dies, one of this filthy crew will disband. This is a Good It’s a scene that’s even better in retrospect, considering what’s going to happen between Marty and Ruth. Everyone but the couple leaves the room, and Ruth gets the first of many great finishers: “I’m almost done with this, right? Why do I get the feeling that we both know you’d be better off dead?”
A quick return to Chicago reveals that Petty soon moved to the Ozarks to chase after Marty Byrde, outpacing his partner Trevor Evans (McKinley Belcher III). He doesn’t seem to care much about what relocation will do to their relationship.
Marty gets up early the next day and kisses his children on the head. Ready to jump? Did he take Ruth’s words seriously? Marty learns of the Blue Cat through Jonah, and Jonah recounts meeting Tuck after Marty found the new knife. A dilapidated cottage like Marty’s that could use the money. But he still plans to jump. He tells Wendy that he has $1 million in life insurance and money in a warehouse. Email Del. No one else can find the money. Wendy continues to encourage him not to do it, but Linney deftly leaves the door open enough to leave us wondering if he knew this was the best plan for him.
Marty is released on bail after calling his detective about insurance investigations into possible suicides. He comes home, shocks Wendy, and goes to the Blue Cat, where he meets Rachel Garrison (Jordana Spiro). She turns him down, but soon reconsiders when he sees Marty defending Tuck against some bullying bar crawlers. Marty has no idea how much Blue Cat will change his life.
In the final scene, Wendy shows the kids their new home (and new roommates). As if the emotion of the day had destroyed their entire defense, the hammer falls on the children: “Your father is laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. I’m not pissing on you.”
• It’s incredible to think how many of these people didn’t know that meeting Marty Byrde was essentially signing their death warrants. Ozark He had a higher body count than even the fans realized.
• But not Sam! Other supporting cast may come and go, but Sam is still in season four. In fact, it may have the longest orbit from the first episode to the last episode outside of Byrdes and Ruth Langmore himself.
Like the echoes of Del in Javi and Petty in season four, the private penis sniffing Helen’s disappearance, it’s funny to see these early characters mirrored in later ones.