Midnight, Texas (S01E05) "Unearthed"

So, we are officially halfway through the first season of Midnight, Texas. Tonight’s episode had two plot lines, each of which answered a question that had been lurking since the first episode.
The first question involves Manfred and the mysterious Hightower. For my own amusement, I’ve decided to name the plot line in several different styles. Here are my names for Manfred’s plot line.
If this was a Miss Marple mystery: The Body in the Greenhouse
If this was a Nancy Drew mystery: The Message in the Old Music Box
If this was a Scooby Doo mystery: The Lowdown at the Hoedown
Sadly, that’s kind of as far as I got. (Don’t judge me! We have to get our reviews up in 2 days.) Feel free to contribute if you come up with anything clever.
Manfred’s family has magic in their bloodline. It turns out that Manfred and Xylda conned Hightower, who was also a gypsy but one without magic in his bloodline. To make up for the theft, Xylda arranges for Manfred to marry Hightower’s daughter Violet, thereby introducing magic into his family’s bloodline. However, just before the wedding, he chickened out and fled, taking the money with him. It gets worse: not long after being left at the altar, Violet committed suicide. So now we know what Manfred did and we also know what pain he caused that made the succubus interested in him. A twofer! Really not cool Manfred. However Manny decided not to run, which is his usual M.O. (no wonder he has an RV,) but stay and, well, man up. Why? Because of Creek. Awww, sweet! Nuthin’ like the love of a good woman to stiffen up a guy’s spine. (No, I said stiffen his spine, grow up and stop snickering.) He confronts Hightower, who is being played by the always awesome Christopher Heyerdahl. He has given up an eye in exchange for some black magic, including the ability to make shards of glass fly through the air. Manfred has scraped together the money to pay Hightower back, but suggests that what Hightower really needs is to get some closure. Really? Who in this world gets closure, that’s less believable than the idea of a vampire.
Manfred summons Violet, and much to his surprise, she didn’t kill herself because of him (it’s less conceited than it sounds) but because of her father. Who she hates. Eventually, she gets closure too, which allows her to pass over to the afterlife, and Hightower turns his flying glass trick on himself, also getting closure in a pretty final kind of way.
Creek shows up at his house. Seems Manfred isn’t the only one who decided to face the music. She told her father about the two of them. No more sneaking around and no more running. Adulting is hard. Good for them.
The other plot line is about Bobo, and why Peter Lowry sent Aubrey to get close to him. After the pawn shop is bombed, Mr. Snuggles reveals to Bobo that he can talk. Mr. Snuggles tells Bobo that the pawn shop bomb was a distraction, and that Fiji has been kidnapped. When Lowry contacted Bobo, Bobo agrees to give him the money and the weapons. What money and weapons, you ask? Excellent question! It seems that Bobo stole a whole lot of cash and guns from his family. His rich, well connected family, who happen to be white supremacists. Wow.
He gets everything together and goes to the meeting place, where he hands over the keys to the truck. They take him to Peter Lowry, who is still angry at him for killing Aubrey. But Lowry killed Aubrey, so why would he be mad at Bobo, you ask? Another excellent question! Since Lowry seems to genuinely believe Bobo did it, wouldn’t that indicate that he, Lowry, didn’t do it? Why yes, yes it would. But we know Bobo is innocent. So if Bobo didn’t kill her, and neither did Lowry, who did?
The Sons of Lucifer take Bobo to Fiji, but instead of releasing her, they lock them both in, and wherever they are, it’s airtight. Before they go, they tell Fiji about Bobo’s past, Nd she’s suitably horrified. Fiji casts a spell gathering all the air in a bubble around the two of them. I’m not sure how that helps, as it doesn’t actually create any more air, but it does give them an opportunity to stand close to each other and gaze dreamily into each other’s eyes. Lem arrives and saves the day, first killing most of the Sons of Lucifer, then freeing Bobo and Fiji. On the way out, Lowry, who looks like the only surviving Son of Lucifer, attacks Bobo, who kills him with his own knife. Bobo then throws a hand grenade into the stacks of weapons, which blow up very satisfactorily.
The episode ends with a deep crack appearing in the earth outside Manfred’s house. A poor, innocent armadillo, who is seriously in the wrong place at the wrong time, is killed. The crack in the earth is glowing red.
Okay, so at the midpoint in the season, two questions were answered and two more asked. I like the pacing that the show has. As usual, the Baddie of the Week was vanquished at the end of the hour. Because the show likes closure.
Other Things:
– Hightower suggests 10 in the morning for a meeting. Am I the only one who thinks that mid morning seems a really mundane time for this kind of meeting?
– Creek tells Manfred that she often thinks about leaving Midnight. Everyone in town, human or supernatural, seems to be hiding from something. Does anyone else wonder what brought the Lovells to Midnight?
– Where is law enforcement? Seriously, both a sheriff and a deputy are killed and no one’s investigating that? Where’s the FBI?
Choice Quotes:
“Yeah, he slept through it. He doesn’t have to breathe; I do.”
“Oh my beeswax, the cat talks!”
“We’re not even in the vicinity of settled.”