“Finger Lickin’ Good” progresses each of the major storylines while adding new layers and complications in a decent follow-up episode.
This recap of 68 Whiskey Season 1, Episode 2, “Finger Lickin’ Good”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Continuing the plot threads established in the premiere, 68 Whiskey Episode 2 does a decent job in following up on the shenanigans while adding further complications. Boz, the dopey goat that Petrocelli (Nicholas Coombe) befriended, makes several appearances in various circumstances, even including himself in the tensest moment of “Finger Lickin’ Good”, in which he trots up to the Orphanage, sending the guards frantic – is he a suicide goat? That’ll do for a cliffhanger.
In the meantime, though, there are on-going matters to attend to, including Roback (Sam Keeley), Davis (Jeremy Tardy) and Petrocelli having to make their way through the desert with their lifetime’s supply of hashish while running afoul of Sasquatch (Derek Theler) and his unit. This looks like it’s going to be a season-long conflict.
Boz involves himself in matters by biting a finger off one of Sasquatch’s men, giving Roback, Davis, and Petrocelli a chance to make it back to the Orphanage, where they stash the drugs with Davis since Roback is likely to be facing additional scrutiny and disciplinary action.
It’s Alvarez (Cristina Rodlo) who gets the better plot in 68 Whiskey Episode 2, at least in my opinion. Facing her hopeless situation, she decides that there’s nothing to lose when she’s summoned to help out a high-ranking officer who has been injured. While she gets into disputes with the man, who doesn’t want to leave his men or the fight, she drugs him in order to return him to the Orphanage, which inadvertently saves him from a lifetime confined to a wheelchair.
A nice dynamic in “Finger Lickin’ Good” is the one shared between Alvarez, Roback, and Davis – Roback resolves to help Alvarez out of her predicament, and their sense of camaraderie seems genuine enough to me. It should make for a strong through-line in coming episodes. Knowing Roback, whatever scheme he comes up with will likely get himself and everyone else in danger or trouble, so it has to matter on a character level in order to work for the audience.
68 Whiskey Season 1, Episode 2 does a good job of continuing the events of the premiere while also complicating them, suggesting that while certain events may be moved on from and new plotlines will be introduced, nothing is going to be forgotten about. While the show is still finding its feet in terms of tone and balancing the cast, if there’s one new weekly series which stands to really benefit from each new episode, it’s probably this one.