Based on the John Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson, Logmire is set around the life of Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and his job of keeping the peace in Absaroka County while trying to hide the dark secrets of his past from his daughter (Cassidy Freeman) concerning the death of her mother. In the latest episode, the Sheriff’s best friend Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) overhears a man (Rhys Coiro) trying to hire a biker (Michael Graziadei) to kill his wife (Andrea Roth). Following the kind of twisted logic the series is known for, Henry agrees to accept the job in hopes of helping Longmire set a trap to catch man before someone else takes him up on the offer.
Things take a turn for (even more bizarre) when the man’s dead body shows up in a boxcar on a train car headed for South Dakota. Later the dead man’s lawyer (Rodney Rowland) shows up at the station giving Longmire plenty of motive for the not-so-grieving widow to want her husband dead. There’s also the problem of the missing hitman (John Hensley) who is still unaccounted for and blames Henry for his latest job opportunity being taken away.
In the episode’s B-story Deputy Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is shaken after running into an old friend (Lee Tergesen) from Philadelphia who says he stopped by to make amends but the vibe the man gives off makes Vic question his real motives. The reveal of the former police officer’s real motives, along with the continuing drama behind the upcoming election between Longmire and Branch (Bailey Chase), are put on hold for at least another week.
Vic’s past and the complicated relationship between Henry and Deena (Mädchen Amick) are the only two ongoing storylines touched on this week, although neither reveals much about the outcome of either storyline. Roth is well-cast in the role of an untrustworthy femme fatale whose motives are never quite clear and the sequence in which she comes onto Branch without actual doing so is one of the episode’s best. The episode treads the line with her long enough for either her involvement or innocence to be equally possible. Longmire’s reaction to Cady’s (Freeman) decision to work part time and Henry’s bar also provides some fun. I’m coming to the show halfway through its Second Season, but the handful of episodes I’ve seen so far have all been top notch.