Killer Women (ABC) Review “In and Out”

Killer Women Season 1 Episode 5 In and Out (2)

The trend has been broken.

The killer women in “In and Out” were greedy basketball wives miffed over having their allowances cut. (What horrible fate would befall them if their dogs couldn’t eat fresh lobster?) It’s not that their husbands were saints either, but their indiscretions didn’t warrant murder. However, the show spinning the murdered spouse as a secret good guy– he was going to leave his wife for a nurse who worked with sick children because she saw his “sweet, country boy heart” –wins the most ridiculous plot twist ever award. Once a cheater, always a cheater and any guy who slept with all of best friends’ wives isn’t one you want to hang around. Nor should all of the blame for his bad choices be placed on the women he surrounded himself with, even though they were admittedly terrible people. The love of a good woman idea is only fit for country songs; the idea that anyone is purely “good” is just silly and people can’t look to others to “save them.” The lack of accountability in the A-plot was distressing on every level.

Of all the murder of the week stories we’ve had so far, this was my least favorite, even counting last week’s Psycho rip-off. Luckily, the bulk of the episode focused on the extended Parker clan. Hailee’s Quinceanera arrived, giving the series an opportunity to focus in on how happy the family is: Molly has Dan, Becca recently discovered she was pregnant, Billy pulls off the father/daughter dance with style. All is well in the Parker world until the senator shows up to once again reinforce he is Molly’s husband.

His gross and threatening behavior continued later during a counseling session when he all but physically threatened Molly in front of the counselor. The senator’s need to control Molly is stomach turning. Even in an episode featuring Dan cutting into a cow carrying drugs, the counseling session was the most disturbing scene in all the land.

Speaking of the cow, we got to follow to Dan around as he did his DEA work and if you thought that was a suspicious turn of events then give yourself a gold star (I know I did). Remember how Billy said the family was having money issues? His solution was smuggling cattle packed full of drugs across the border. So he isn’t dying…but Dan did have to arrest him during a big bust.

This turn of events was depressing enough, but we had the added pain factor of watching Molly wait for Dan to come home and whisk her away for a celebration that had absolutely nothing to do with her birthday. When Dan didn’t show, you could see Molly’s trust issues beginning to flare again. How will she feel when she finds out what her own brother has been doing? For such a guarded person, it’s hard for Molly to pick herself up after a betrayal. There is also Becca to consider– she has a baby on the way, plus two kids to care for on her own now. (Unless the senator pulls some strings…oh, please let me off this train of thought.)

Since the show has been cancelled, maybe Hannah Shakespeare should pitch a spin-off: Molly Parker, Ranch Hand. She could move back to the ranch permanently to help Becca, pursue criminals on the side and work on building a life with Dan. I would watch that show. Of course, I was already happily watching this one.

Only one episode left to air, Killer Women fans, unless ABC burns off the final two in a deathslot. Are you ready to say goodbye to Molly?

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