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Wynonna Earp provides major revelations while revelling in the crazy

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Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Spoilers for Wynonna Earp Season 3, Episode 4 follow. 

If there was anything we needed after Sgt. Dolls’ heartbreaking farewell, it was some light-hearted Wynonna Earp fare where we see the Earp Crew hanging around, quipping and drinking the day away – in an alternate reality, this could very well be how episode four plays out. In our universe, our favourites encounter everyday hurdles involving potential filicide and the evil trees from The Wizard Of Oz.

The aptly titled name of the episode, “No Cure For Crazy,” begins with Wynonna and Doc tracking down the final Revhead who stole a vial of Dolls’ dragon drugs. While I certainly didn’t expect to see a tree transport itself into the middle of a snowy road, the shocker of this opening sequence has to be when Revhead prepares to make his peace staring at the end of Peacemaker… and no peace is made. Maybe it was Shark Week in the world of the mythical weapon?

As Wynonna and Doc continue their flirtatious streak while babysitting an incapacitated Revenant off-screen, we’re introduced to a brightly coloured jacket-wearing Robin who believes it’s perfectly fine to lick the blood-like contents from a tree. For those of you with a sharp eye and IMDb access, you’d recognize the actor portraying this fashionable weirdo as Justin Kelly, a veteran of the official TV show of Canada, Degrassi. As he finally decides to bolt, we’re left with the wandering eyes of a person seemingly stuffed into the tree’s trunk to usher in the title credits.

Side note: the opening theme reverts to its original version following last week’s touching acapella version and I will forever squeal in delight seeing Katharine Barrell’s name appear alongside the crew.

After two seasons of Earpers striving to learn anything about Nicole Haught, this season so far has done a phenomenal job in sprinkling newfound tidbits about her throughout, gradually connecting the dots between her childhood and an apparent burned down forest that somehow contains fully-grown trees. Haught’s professional growth is an aspect of her character I am incredibly invested in. Later on Wynonna implies, using the subtlety of a jackhammer on a New York City block, if Nedley isn’t feeling the fight anymore he must step aside and let Haught assume the role of Purgatory Sheriff, a prospect I am vocally rooting for.

The episode contains a delightfully awkward “boob-smush” hug between our beloved trio and is something that really should happen more often, as I truly savour moments where everyone is in a single room together. As Waverly attempts to work her way through Mamagate, Wynonna assures her that Mama is “doing better” – the scene that promptly follows warrants a Ron Howard voiceover stating, “She wasn’t.” If you’re one to classify a woman pleading to get out of an enclosed space because an inmate is painting the walls with her blood as “doing better,” well then congratulations on being you, Mr. Lecter.

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 4 – No Cure for Crazy. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 4 – No Cure for Crazy. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Doc and Wynonna steam up the basement at Shorty’s with talk of old-timey dick pics and pistol innuendos. The only thing that could possibly ruin this moment would be her uncovering a bassinet causing the couple’s feelings to resurface regarding the life-altering decision made about baby Alice last season… and would you look at that! The steam is gone and all that’s left is a cold wind of adoption. Just as the heat levels begin to rise again, Haught pulls a Wynonna and interrupts the doting lovebirds.

Another key revelation made in the episode involves Waverly attempting to set Jeremy up with a unicorn of his own in the form of Jazz Lover Robin. The two lads bond over tree-cherous puns and the Glorious Gay Gods are smiling down upon Queen Emily Andras. They travel down to where Robin spotted the Murder Tree and honestly, the forests of Purgatory are easily the second danger residents must steer clear of if Revenants aren’t in view because NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS WHEN WANDERING AROUND THESE WOODS. When they encounter a stairway to nowhere, Jeremy calls on “sexy human bloodhound” Holliday and, as if we need more reason to fear the trees, Doc suddenly hears the cries of a baby while attempting to find them. We’re then treated to a surprise Bulshar appearance, blubbering nonsense about Doc’s destiny and damn it, can’t he & his moustache just live a demon-free existence for a few days?!

Waverly visits Mama after receiving a call that she is set to be transferred to another facility because yet another “incident” has occurred. It goes just as well as anyone would think, as Mama declares she must “kill the demon” while looking directly at a distraught Waverly. It’s no secret that the Wynonna Earp cast is a stupidly talented bunch and Dominique Provost-Chalkley further proves this notion with her nuanced portrayal of Waverly’s internal struggles. Her chemistry with Melanie Scrofano is continually amplified whenever Wynonna learns of any imminent threat to the Earpiest Earp of them all. Mama morphs into Michael Scofield and breaks out of police custody, Peacemaker in hand, leaving Wynonna in the capable hands of the men who let her mother escape.

Wynonna manages to obliterate a guard twice her size while back at the prison and, I mean, what else is new? She nonchalantly brings his decapitated head into the Warden’s office as effortlessly as I bring in Timbits for my co-workers and politely asks to be freed in order to save her beloved sister from their murderous mother.

We’re finally treated with some domesticated Wayhaught sipping tea by the fire as Waverly listens in on her mother’s interrogation tapes. Haught is also wearing a unicorn t-shirt. #RelationshipGoals. When Doc stumbles upon the Homestead looking for the good whiskey, Waverly heads to the barn to find the cure to sooth Doc’s woes and, of course, we see Mama preparing for an attack by a Waverly-hating demon.

The episode concludes with Robin being kidnapped by a tree and a mysterious woman in an apron named Jolene showing up, pouring out some cups of ambition in the form of terror and pastries. The core four seem to be in some kind of food trance and everything seems to be going wrong. Yet another day in Purgatory!

My 3 Favourite W’s of the Episode

I would now like to turn your attention to my 3 Favourite W’s for this episode of Wynonna Earp. These consist of favourite Wynonna Insult, Wayhaught Moment and Waverly Expression – the three pillars of any Wynonna Earp episode.

Wynonna Insult: “I would’ve kicked you in the neck, but you don’t have one.”

Wayhaught Moment: While I adore domesticated Wayhaught as much as the next conscious person, my favourite moment this episode involves Waverly breaking down when discussing what occurred between her and Mama at the prison to Haught. Wayhaught’s consistent support of each other is a vital component of the series and seeing Nicole whip out any pertinent files needed to help out her partner will never cease to give me joy (~26:15).

Waverly Expression: When Wayhaught run into Robin and he compliments Waverly’s bangs (~5:08).

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 4 – No Cure for Crazy. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 4 – No Cure for Crazy. Photo courtesy Bell Media

What did you think of “No Cure For Crazy”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Schitt’s Creek to conclude after next season

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The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.
The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.

The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, series co-creator and star Dan Levy announced March 21.

“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”

Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC in 2015, becoming one of the network’s most successful half-hour comedies ever. The show follows the fish-out-of-water Rose family, forced to assimilate into a small town after they lose their family fortune.

Though the show’s first season received mixed reviews, it grew in regard with both fans and critics over subsequent iterations. Schitt’s Creek’s fifth season, which premiered on January 8, 2019, scored a 100 per cent “Fresh” ranking on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

The show is also among select company among Canadian sitcoms, drawing strong viewership in the United States and elsewhere thanks to distribution on Netflix and the American Pop network. Critics have reacted favourably to recent episodes, with TV Guide’s Megan Vick writing that each season of Schitt’s Creek has “gotten better and better.”

Read Levy’s full statement below.

New episodes of Schitt’s Creek air Tuesday nights at 9/9:30 NT on CBC.

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Watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short “Animal Behaviour”

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The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB
The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB

To get prepped for the 91st Academy Awards, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering Canadians the chance to check out Animal Behaviour, nominated tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Animal Behaviour is a new short from Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won an Oscar in 1994 for Bob’s Birthday. The short is the 75th Oscar nomination for the NFB, and the first short film for Snowden and Fine since Bob’s Birthday. The 91st Oscars air tonight at 8 Eastern on ABC and CTV.

Watch Animal Behaviour below (expires tonight).

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Wynonna Earp Season 4 is in jeopardy, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, due to financial difficulties. Photo courtesy Space

All of a sudden, Wynonna Earp is in Purgatory.

Earpers were stunned Thursday night when executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet suggesting that fans of the show may soon have to fight for it. Another tweet, posted shortly later, took a decidedly more straight-forward approach.

Andras appeared to be responding to the news that funding for the fourth season of Wynonna Earp appeared to be on shaky ground, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, financial challenges faced by IDW Entertainment have stalled production on Season 4, despite the company being contractually obligated to deliver the show to Syfy.

In response to the news, Earpers took to Twitter with the hashtag #FightForWynonna, which at the time of publication was one of the top Twitter trends in Canada. Though Season 4 has yet to be officially cancelled, IDW has yet to commit to a start date for the new season.

“IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.”

Our resident Earper, Ghezal Amiri, was a big fan of Season 3, writing that the show’s season finale, entitled “War Paint”, was a “wildly emotional conclusion.” Read her recap here.

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