Longmire Season 3 Review “Miss Cheyenne”

Longmire Season 3 Episode 3 Miss Cheyenne 10

Longmire pushed forward this week in a procedural vein. A well-liked local doctor turns up dead, and Walt struggles to figure out who would have the motive to kill him. Meanwhile, as a favor to Henry, Walt also volunteers to judge the Miss Cheyenne pageant. The nice thing about this episode is that it brought together several interesting aspects of Native American culture and raised some important issues regarding their treatment historically.

Cady initially has the challenging task of getting bail for Henry when he doesn’t have any traditional ties to the community, such as being married and having children. But, at his bail hearing, May Stillwater testifies that Standing Bear is an important member of the community who saved her daughter. His actions make him family. Just based on his relationship with Walt, we know that Henry is an incredibly loyal friend. The only reason he’s been arrested is because he doesn’t want Walt to take the fall for Miller Beck’s murder.

With lots of help, including a fat check from Branch, Cady is able to secure Henry’s release. This is good news because it means no more beatings. But, I’m interested to see how Henry’s going to deal with his limited freedom. Somehow, I doubt that the tribe is going to stop hassling him. I’m guessing that with a parole hearing coming up, Malachi is going to get out and cause more trouble for Henry and Walt. I’m curious if there is going to be a connection between Beck’s death and the tribe. I think that there’s got to be more to the story of Walt’s wife to tie everything together. We still don’t know a lot about her.

Walt eventually figures out that the doctor and his brother’s murder is revenge for their father’s sterilization of a Cheyenne woman. The storyline about the sterilization of Cheyenne women has a basis in history. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Indian Health Services used coercion and misinformation to convince women to undergo sterilization. The scene of Neena Wapasha’s confessing to Walt with her wrists bleeding is heartbreaking. The blood dripping from her wrists is a touching physical manifestation of the hatred of the doctor pouring from her. She tells Walt that the murders haven’t lessened her feelings of loss from never being able to have children.

One of the best things in the episode was the introduction of a potential new love interest for Cady. I kind of feel like we need a break in the Cady/Branch relationship and a new guy may be just the thing. It also helps that he’s easy on the eyes. Branch seems like the man Cady is meant to be with, but maybe she’d be happier in a relationship with less drama. It’s a tough break for Branch, particularly as he’s still not looking so hot. There were several moments during the episode where it looked like he was going to keel over. Thankfully, there were no creepy Vic/Walt moments. I’m all for moving the love triangle focus to Cady and her men.