Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 4 recap – “The Price”

November 29, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 1
Paramount+, TV, Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

“The Price” turns out to be a high one as Mike tries to navigate the fallout of last week’s deals.

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3.5

Summary

“The Price” turns out to be a high one as Mike tries to navigate the fallout of last week’s deals.

This recap of Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 4, “The Price”, contains spoilers.


You’ll recall that last week, everyone in Kingstown was competing to murder a meth addict named Kenny. And everyone did, which is precisely why Mike has such a problem in “The Price”. With virtually every gang in the city having participated in the murder, they all want favours from the cops for apparently doing their dirty work. And it turns out cops and criminals have a very different idea of favours. Being light on frisking prison visitors and tossing cells isn’t enough. People are getting unreasonable.

Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 4 recap

It’s Mike’s job to manage all this. But Mike has other things to worry about. He’s having sex with random women in bathrooms (who can’t be seen with him, naturally) and chilling with bears in his front yard. His mother is slapping him in full view of the public because he doesn’t know his sister-in-law is pregnant, and now it’s his responsibility to ensure that Kyle gets a job that won’t leave her a widow. Mariam doesn’t say it out loud, but she means a job as far away from Mike and the family business as possible.

But some things won’t wait. Bunny calls Mike to explain that his guys want candy for offing Kenny, and Pete later calls to demand Mike push him and his boys to the top of the line for the same candy. It’s a conflict of interest. Mike isn’t exactly amenable to demands – he throws a trash can through Pete’s plate-glass office window – but he tells Pete the same thing he told Bunny. There aren’t any favours, at least not specific ones. The prison officers will lighten up a bit, at least for a while, and that’s that.

But you can tell the stress is getting to Mike. His best friend is a wild bear, he’s putting liquor in his coffee, Kyle is hesitant about accepting a safer job because it doesn’t “feel right”, which only opens Mike up to more slaps from Mariam, and he needs to start taking on some clients lest the office go under. But the only person arriving to meet him is Iris, the pretty young hooker that Milo sent from New York to keep him on-side. Mike isn’t falling for that. She’s barely 22 and obviously naïve, and he gives her a year to live in this business if she doesn’t get out. Maybe she’ll listen. Maybe it’s not that easy. Either way, despite Mike telling her to report to Milo that they had “a good time”, I don’t imagine we’ve seen the last of her.

For now, though, Mike has bigger fish to fry. He advises one of his connections in the Department of Corrections to turn up the heat on the prisoners as a reminder that you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth and then makes a $4000 bail for Carlos Jimenez, who has been picked up for failed child support payments, to make the same message clear to the Mexicans. Carlos knows Mike from his own time in the yard. They’ve both been in the game a long time, so he’s willing to shelve his pride, but he cautions Mike that some of the younger players might not be. This all seems likely to blow up sooner rather than later.

What is arguably the best scene of “The Price” comes right at the end, and doesn’t seem to have much to do with anything. Kyle and Ian are stopping off for pizza when Kyle realizes the joint is being cased by a tweaking addict. Thanks to Mike’s conversations with Mariam and Kyle earlier, and knowing what Taylor Sheridan is like, it’s easy to think that this is going to go pear-shaped and Mike is going to pay the price. And it does indeed go wrong, but in a surprising way – the owner tries to open fire himself and Kyle and Ian are forced to gun him down. It’s a tragic scene that speaks to the violence of Kingstown and the familiarity everyone there has with it – including Kyle. Maybe that’s why his potential new job doesn’t seem the right fit for him. There’s no wonder Mariam is worried.

You can stream Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 4, “The Price”, exclusively on Paramount+.

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1 thought on “Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 4 recap – “The Price”

  • December 4, 2021 at 6:27 pm
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    Excellent recap. For the life of me, I could not figure out what the heck the end scene at the restaurant was about.

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