As election day dawns, Longmire (Robert Taylor) spends nearly the entire day in the hospital at Cady’s (Cassidy Freeman) bedside following a hit-and-run involving a stolen car that left her bleeding and broken body in a ditch on the side of the road. With both Walt and Branch (Bailey Chase) too emotionally-invested in the case to be of much assistance, it falls to Vic (Katee Sackhoff) and Ferg (Adam Bartley) to track the man (Arron Shiver) who ran down the newly re-elected sheriff’s daughter and left her for dead.
Trying to save his son, Bob (John Bishop) attempts to confess to the crime feeling responsible for his son being on the road that fateful morning. Longmire sees through the obvious lie but allows the father to take responsibility for the crime as the sheriff carries around his own guilt and the feeling that the karma of what was done in Denver is finally coming due. And in a bizarre twist, Longmire even goes so far to ask Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) for help with a blood sacrifice to help set things right with the universe. Although I understand Walt’s need for the ceremony, the episode doesn’t quite sell me on the idea, nor Henry’s involvement in carrying out Walt’s request.
Cady’s condition brings the depth of Ferg’s true feelings to light for both Vic and Branch, as well as sends Longmire into a haze for most the first-half of “Election Day.” Tense and emotionally-charged, events of the day hit home for every member of the Absaroka County Sheriff’s office as the election itself is nearly forgotten. Although Branch looses the election, once he gathers himself, he’s far more interested in Cady’s accident and begins his own investigation into the flat tire on her car which was the first domino to fall in the series of events that left her on life support. We’ll have to wait until next week to discover what exactly he’s found and where it will take him as well as the first post-election conversation between sheriff and deputy.