Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 8 recap – “The Devil Is Us”

January 1, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
Paramount+, TV, Weekly TV
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Summary

“The Devil Is Us” gets complicated quickly, as Milo’s request goes sideways, and Mike takes Iris’s protection into his own hands.

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Summary

“The Devil Is Us” gets complicated quickly, as Milo’s request goes sideways, and Mike takes Iris’s protection into his own hands.

This recap of Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 8, “The Devil Is Us”, contains spoilers.


When Milo told Mike to dig up a “metal box”, he wasn’t expecting it to be a school bus full of 26 dead and rotting corpses. To be honest, there’s a good chance Milo wasn’t expecting that either. After discovering the crime scene – the leftovers of that serial killer we saw be executed in the previous episode, I think – Mike goes right to Milo’s lawyer to rough him up a bit. But he’s visibly panicked. He starts talking about millions in bearer bonds, not dead bodies. The police are going to try and charge Milo for being associated with these murders in any way they can. Mike’s sure he’s being set up, but in what way? What can Milo possibly be up to?

“The Devil Is Us” abandons this subplot for the rest of the episode, so presumably it’ll be revolved in the remaining two. The remaining time is spent, mostly, on Iris, though there’s plenty going on in the prisons, too. We’ll start with the latter.

Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 8 recap

So, at the women’s prison, Sam continues to be seduced by Cherry, the inmate who kept displaying herself to him in the previous episode. Here, she feigns a pain in her flank so that she can be escorted to the infirmary, but on the way, she drags Sam under the stairwell, which is unmonitored by cameras and is apparently a popular hook-up spot. Sam tries to resist for all of five seconds but quickly succumbs. As if proving that he’s totally unfit for the position, he finishes inside her, which is a remarkably stupid thing to do. Luckily, Cherry gets all praying mantis, stabs Sam multiple times in the neck, and then screams for help, making it seem like he attacked her and she defended herself.

Mariam told him that he was in danger.

At the men’s prison, meanwhile, the very well-orchestrated passing of a shiv between queueing inmates allows P-Dog to stab one of the guards and, in the commotion, slip out of a nearby door. Where this is going is anyone’s guess, but it probably isn’t anywhere good.

Anyway, Iris. When “The Devil Is Us” picks up, she has been thoroughly broken by Duke and his gang to the extent that they have to inject her with drugs just to stop her crying and screaming. Determining that she’s no use to them in this state, Duke sells her to another gang. Mike arrives shortly afterward, oblivious to all this, to try and talk Duke out of his white trash race gang conspiring to kill one of the guards, fearing the consequences will spill out into the streets. Mike used to roll with Duke in prison, we learn, but he’s quick to remind him that it was out of necessity, not desire. Mike visibly can’t stand him, and he doesn’t even know yet what he’s done to Iris.

Speaking of Iris, while she’s being driven away, the car is forced to detour towards the Commons, which is the territory of Bunny’s gang. Almost immediately, another vehicle pulls up alongside and opens fire. All the occupants are killed except Iris. The next we see, Mike is receiving a call from Bunny, who tells him he has something that belongs to him.

When Mike arrives – we get to see inside Bunny’s rather nice apartment for once, which is filled with his family – Iris just wants to leave. But since Bunny tells Mike that Duke is the one who sold Iris, he makes a stop along the way, gets Iris to identify Duke, and then shoots him and all his goons dead. He takes Iris into the woods to remove Milo’s tracker from her – “I don’t have anything to numb the pain,” he says. “Don’t worry, I’m numb enough.” – and then continues on the way to his cabin, letting her see his favorite spot in the world on the way. It’s the crest of a hill where his phone loses signal. As Iris points out, though, he has to drive back down eventually.

You can stream Mayor of Kingstown season 1, episode 8, “The Devil Is Us”, exclusively on Paramount+.

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