Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – What happens to Joe in the woods?

June 4, 2023
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Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1 Recap - What happens to Joe in the woods?


As we move into season two of Joe Pickett, the writers do a great job with the first episode of setting the stage for what’s ahead for the Pickett family.

This recap of the Paramount+ series Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1, “The Missing And The Dead,” contains spoilers.

Joe Pickett Season 2 picks up one year after the end of the first season. Marybeth and Joe are dealing with the anniversary of losing their unborn baby boy. As the couple struggles to cope, Joe sets out on a hunt for a missing person in the woods.

Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

A mysterious man walks through the woods and sets his rifle sights on an animal only to turn it towards a hunter and pull the trigger, killing the hunter.

Joe picks up his new trainee, Luke, and throughout the ride, the young kid refuses to stop talking to the point that Joe is annoyed. The duo shows up at an orchard farm that elk have destroyed. Joe is worried about Marybeth as she hasn’t returned her text messages, so he leaves the kid and heads to check on her.

Marybeth struggles to get the kids together and off to school at home. She meets with Blair to discuss the estate plan, where Blair mentions her husband Frank has yet to return home from hunting. Marybeth continues to struggle since being shot and losing her baby leads her to daydream about it. Joe arrives to comfort her as she struggles with it being the one-year anniversary of the shooting.

How does Luke get the elk out of the school?

An elk is wreaking havoc on the school when Joe arrives to help tame the beast. Luke comes up with an idea he saw on TikTok to get it outside. We see him turn on “Kissed by a Rose” by Seal, which works. However, it leads to the elk destroying Joe’s truck.

Blair arrives to talk to Marybeth about Frank going missing, so she asks Joe to go and look for him. Joe begins the search in the woods and stumbles across a drunken man who said he was in the woods looking for the elk he shot. After finding it, the elk was already stripped by someone else. Joe asked if he had seen anyone, and he said he hadn’t.

What does Joe give the brothers tickets for?

Joe repeatedly asks for Caleb’s gaming license, but after giving him the runaround, Joe gives him and his brother tickets for failure to produce the license and for the amount of game they had on their site. Upon Joe leaving, the brother burns his ticket.

Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1 Ending Explained

What happens to Joe in the woods?

After dealing with the Grimm Brothers, Joe attempts to make his way back to his truck. However, one wrong turn causes him to be lost. His horse starts to feel something weird is bound to happen, and Joe gets hit by a bow. The person shooting continues and doesn’t stop. As Joe tries to pull the bow out of his leg, the horse goes wild, and Joe hits his head on a tree, which knocks him out.

What did you think of Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Joe Pickett Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – What happens to Joe in the woods?

  • June 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    No one in there right mind would of done what Joe Pickett did . Silly content ?

  • June 6, 2023 at 2:35 am

    “would of”? In 3rd grade I learned it was “would’ve.”

  • June 27, 2023 at 2:32 am

    He isn’t shot by and “bow” and a “bow” NOT stuck in his leg. It’s an ARROW!

  • July 4, 2023 at 3:14 am

    So far not happy with season2. First of all, leaving his horse and all of his stuff to follow one brother in the woods and leave the other one at camp is like leaving a car door open with all your possessions inside. Joe is a seasoned game warden and meets 2 crazy bros in the woods. C’mon, now that was terrible writing. It makes you think Joe needs a different line of work and you lose faith in the hero of the show. Not a good way to start a second season. Not to mention, you injure the horse. I don’t know when writers will finally realize, we don’t like it when any animal is injured or killed no matter the circumstances. The fact the writers kept Joe’s dog and horses away from danger on season 1 was great. REMEMBER: NEVER INJURE OR KILL AN ANIMAL. No one likes it!

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