The penultimate episode of Beef starts to amass a genuine bodycount as the drama comes full circle in time for the finale.
This recap of Beef Season 1 Episode 9, “The Great Fabricator”, contains spoilers.
As if things weren’t going badly enough for Danny, the penultimate episode of Beef, “The Great Fabricator”, opens with Isaac getting out of jail. A call came in claiming it was Danny driving the car, not him. And, to put things mildly, Isaac isn’t happy about Danny’s betrayal.
Beef Season 1 Episode 9 Recap
Isaac arrives at Paul’s place at around the same time Danny does – with Junie, who he accidentally kidnapped in Episode 8. She’s perfectly safe and happy, but he’s understandably panicking, and that’s before Isaac, Michael, and Bobby burst in looking for the rice cooker stash to pay off the Filipinos who want to castrate Isaac.
What is Amy’s plan?
Isaac comes up with an idea. He calls Amy and tells her he’ll return her daughter safely for half a million in cash. But Amy has a counter-proposal. She’s currently at Jordan’s place, where she was making another stop on her confession tour and trying to buy back the Tamago. She tells Isaac that the place is full of art and other trinkets worth upwards of a million dollars. If he leaves Junie in the car outside, she promises he’ll be able to get in and out without anyone calling the cops.
Isaac and Michael carry out the robbery, leaving Danny, Paul, Bobby, and Junie, who is still having the best night of her life, in the car. Paul manages to choke Bobby unconscious without June realizing it, and the brothers manage to safely put her in the car before they attempt their escape in a stolen Hummer.
Who called the police?
However, the sound of sirens coming over the horizon throws everything into disarray. Earlier, Amy had called George to tell him to come and pick June up but warned him not to contact the police. He obviously did. Hearing the sirens, Isaac angrily reveals that Amy was collaborating with the robbers (“This is who you want to leave me for?” snaps Naomi to Jordan, who by the way seems totally unphased by all of this.)
Michael catches Danny and Paul outside and takes them in at gunpoint. Amy says she’ll tell the police that Danny and Paul committed the robbery if Isaac lets June go and leaves. He likes the plan and locks Danny and Paul in another room.
How does Jordan die?
When they get a chance, Naomi and Jordan bolt for the panic room. Naomi gets there first, though, and rather than risk Michael catching up, she seals the room, trapping Jordan in the closing door, which brutally – and fatally – bisects her.
Is Paul dead?
In probably the episode’s strongest scene, Danny gives Paul a boost over the wall that’s containing them. He can’t reach, however, so to compel Paul to leave without him, he finally opens up to his brother, confessing about burning down their parents’ house with faulty wiring, and throwing away Paul’s college applications to hold him back. For once, he needs Paul to get away from him, not be dragged down with him.
It’s a powerful moment, this, and Steven Yeun sells it again. But when Paul drops down on the other side of the wall, Danny hears the cops confront him and then hears several gunshots. His fate is unknown.
What is the outcome of the robbery?
Michael is shot dead by the police. Isaac and Bobby are arrested. Naomi survives, traumatized, as does Amy, who is distressed to learn that George has already picked Junie up and taken her home, leaving Amy behind.
Beef Season 1 Episode 9 Ending Explained
Danny manages to escape through a drain in the floor, but he can’t contact Paul or find any evidence of what happened to him. At the same time, Amy receives an emergency child custody order from George, forbidding her from contacting June. As Danny drives past, they lock eyes, and another chase ensues like the one that started all this in the first place.
With everything having been brought full circle in time for the finale, Danny gives Amy the same gesture she gave him way back in the premiere, and they both go barrelling off a hillside.
You can stream Beef Season 1 Episode 9, “The Great Fabricator” exclusively on Netflix.