“Wynonna Earp” Episode 405 Recap: A Leapfrog of Faith

Previously on Wynonna Earp, after a weird hazing ritual that involved kidnapping and guard duty, Wynonna and Jeremy got permission to re-open the Purgatory BBD office; Wynonna got hunted by a reaper that we learned were part of the Clanton family aka historic enemies of the Earps; Rachel’s sweet boy crush was turned into a reaper; and Nicole tried to go back on a deal she made with the matriarch of the Clantons but Mam told her it was time to pay up.

We open in a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare. Nicole is in a black wedding dress and Wynonna walks her down the aisle; she’s ready to join Waverly.

funeral wedding

I mean this seems like a cool vibe for a wedding but it doesn’t seem like WAYHAUGHT’S vibe, yaknow?

But something is weird… I mean, besides the fact that it’s an outdoor wedding in the Calgary winter and everyone is dressed like they’re going to a really elegant funeral. Wynonna is being sassy in a more biting way than usual, and Waverly is nowhere in sight. Wynonna turns to Nicole and says that Waverly isn’t coming, not after what Nicole did. Nicole doesn’t remember though, and when Wynonna asks her to say it, Nicole realizes she can’t. She looks over at Doc and his eyes are weeping blood and… I think this is a clue. But we’ll get back to that. Nicole realizes she has a lighter in her hand and she laughs, not of her own volition; she’s still scared and confused. She lights Wynonna’s cigar and suddenly everyone is coughing. And like I know this was filmed before the pandemic but that was stressful to watch.

And then Nicole wakes up, but she’s still coughing.

nicocle wakes up

Once I had a dream that I got bitten by a vampire and when I woke up my neck hurt.

She realizes there’s a fire and goes into emergency response mode. She tries to wake up Waverly but she can’t, so she wets a cloth to put over her mouth, slings Waverly over her shoulder, and heads outside.

Out in the barn, Wynonna wakes up to see Doc watching over her, realizing that he doesn’t really have to sleep now that he’s a vampire.

wynonna imitates a vampire

Grr. Argh.

It’s something they don’t really talk much about, but then again there’s plenty they don’t talk about. Wynonna says talking is overrated and she gets out from her makeshift bed to reveal she is severely underdressed for sleeping in a barn but no one here’s complaining. She gets real close to Doc when she smells the smoke from the Homestead, hilariously thinking Doc ate another fireman before realizing what was going on.

When they go outside and see the flames, they run toward the house yelling the names of those left inside. Rachel emerges first, assuring them she got the fire out, but when Nicole appears with Waverly, Waverly isn’t breathing. After Wynonna yells helpful things like, “Breathe, asshole!” Waverly does wake up, and when Nicole tells her to never do that again, she says she doesn’t know what she did. And so my question is…i s she just a really heavy sleeper, or did she go into some kind of Angel Survival Trance and just not need to breathe for a while? I suppose it’s possible she just passed out from the smoke before Nicole woke up but I don’t know, she’s half-angel and has spent some time in the Garden often associated with the afterlife, it just felt worth mentioning.

The fam huddles together on the porch as the sun rises, recovering from the unexpectedly eventful evening. Waverly wonders if Rachel got distracted cooking, but the fire started in the living room. Wynonna wonders if it was from scissoring friction but there’s a whole whack of reasons why that wasn’t it, either.

incredulous wayhaught

“If scissoring could start a fire this place would have been cinders ages ago.”

So the most logical conclusion they can come to is that it was the Clantons, but Doc was keeping watch and he recognizes all the footprints, so whoever (or whatever) started the fire didn’t walk into the Homestead to do it.

Wynonna and Doc decide to go see Amon at the Glory Hole to see if he knows anything but he doesn’t even like the Clantons, let alone associate with them. He does, however, want to help the infamous Wynonna Earp get rid of them. You see, he knows where Peacemaker is, and he’s going to help her find it. He tells her that demons get chatty, which is how he knows where she can find her beloved SwordGun, though the people who have her will want something in return.


She’s gonna get her girl back, come hell or… well actually it’s probably going to be hell.

(Side note: if I’m not mistaken, I think this is the first episode Wynonna ever used gendered pronouns for Peacemaker? I could be wrong but I think she’s ever only called the gun just that or talked directly to it before? I thought that was interesting.)

Meanwhile, at the Purgatory Precinct, Jeremy is setting up the BBD office and doing his best Agent Dolls impression while robbing Cleo of some of her Magistrative space, much to her chagrin.

cleo pouts

Girl gives good pout.

She’s getting more and more furious but Jeremy does his best to stand his ground, knowing he has the upper hand here. Holt comes in and tells her to stand down too, and she’s sick of being told what to do. By Jeremy, by Holt, by Mam, by the curse. She wants to make her own fate.

After she storms off, Waverly and Nicole show up with an office-warming gift for Jeremy. Well, Waverly does, and Nicole is with her.

nicole glares

Nicole looks like a teenager being dragged to a family function.

Nicole is a little salty about being abandoned, but Waverly does her best to diffuse the situation. They get to work setting up the office, and Nicole installs a lock to keep the Clantons out, but it’s not Wynonna-proof so she barges right through it with Doc in tow. While Wynonna updates everyone about the lead they got on finding Peacemaker, Nicole finds herself compelled to take her drill and point it up, the ginger soft butch we know lost behind cold, empty eyes.

evil nicole

Not exactly subtle there, killer.

And at first it seems like Nicole is pointing her drill at Wynonna, but know who is sitting between her and Wynonna? One Doc Holliday…

Wynonna snaps her out of it (with a hilarious quip about Extreme Makeover: Homo Edition) and Nicole says she searched the whole Ghost River Triangle for Peacemaker, so Amon’s story that someone has it checks out. They know they can’t entirely trust a demon they just met, but they also know they don’t have another option at the moment. So they decide as a team to trust him just enough to get Peacemaker back.

earp sisters

Look at them, making decisions as a team instead of going off half-cocked.

And speaking of teams… where the heck is Rachel? Rachel is going full Season One Waverly with binoculars (and I assume snacks) lurking on the Clanton ranch, looking for Billy. Wandering into barns and calling his phone to try to find him.

Back at BB2: Electric Boogaloo, Jeremy walks in on Nicole and Waverly breaking in the couch they saved from the renovation.

wayhaught kissing on a coach

I guess they’ve been at this “anywhere but a bed” game since day one, eh?

They claim it’s just a place where they can hang out, and Jeremy teases them, asking if that’s what the queer lady kids are calling it these days. And it struck me in that moment that we don’t hear queer characters use the word queer on TV very much. But it’s exactly what Jeremy, a gay man, would say to tease his two friends, a bisexual and a lesbian, in a short quippy way. It’s exactly how we talk to and about each other, and it’s once again refreshing to hear. (And is absolutely a direct result of having queer people in the writers’ room and on set.)

Jeremy tells them that Wynonna and Doc are off to find Peacemaker, and Nicole once again kicks herself for not being able to find it in the 18 months everyone was gone. Jeremy says the Earp Heir might have better luck, and Nicole takes an opening to sass him about ghosting her. Waverly tries to change the subject and ask about Robin, and Jeremy assures them that he’s safe but won’t go into more detail. Nicole accuses him of being cagey, but Jeremy blames BBD. He looks at her, desperate for her understanding; they just did what they had to do to survive. They all did.

And this fighting is so genuine but it hurts my heart because I can’t help but think of the bond these two shared. That season two finale where they bonded over being the two newer additions to this Earp clan, the outsiders who were welcomed in and made their own space in the family, found their own roles. But when there was no one left but each other, they split apart and they’re both hurting because of it. Nicole starts to wince in pain and Jeremy feels bad, thinking their fighting is giving her tummy rumblings, but the truth is Nicole is having a violent memory that is causing her to vomit.

nicole squats in pain

More like Sickole amiright?

In the memory, Nicole goes to Mam, desperate after a year and a half to get Waverly back, willing to do just about anything. Mam whispers her price into Nicole’s ear, it clearly being too terrible to say out loud, and Nicole’s face falls slightly but she’s resolute. It’s a price she’s willing to pay to get Waverly back.

nicole makes a choice

“There’s a kind of a sort of, cost. There’s a couple of things get, lost. There are bridges you cross you didn’t know you crossed until you’ve crossed.”

Which is another point in the “Doc is the target” column. I could see sacrificing Doc as being something Nicole wouldn’t feel great about doing but could rationalize Waverly eventually forgiving her for; unlike if her target was actually Wynonna. She knows that sisterly bond is the only thing that matters to Waverly more than Nicole herself. It wouldn’t have been worth it. But Doc? Who is a vampire now? Who she watched kill Charlie before she knew he’d come back from the dead? I could see her talking herself into that. So maybe THAT’S why she instinctively resisted Doc’s comforting touches in the earlier episodes, maybe THAT’S why she froze when Doc was in danger. Even though it wasn’t activated yet, something in her knew she had betrayed him. Something deep inside was telling her that saving him wasn’t her main directive.

Anyway, whatever it is, present-day Nicole doesn’t want this to be true, says she couldn’t have promised that. When Waverly comes into to check on her, Nicole tries to tell her what she remembered, but when she opens her mouth, instead of a story, frogs come out. Which is poetic in a way I can appreciate.

At the museum, Wynonna finds Doc watching an old video interview with Wyatt Earp himself. At first he’s talking about a time Doc saved Wyatt’s life, and it’s all well and good. Then Wynonna sees a picture of Rosita on the wall and gets huffy about it. Wyatt’s interview turns to the O.K. Corral and the Clantons, but he starts talking about it in a way that Doc doesn’t remember. Then starts talking about Doc like he was a sex robot killing machine, and Doc realizes that all the love and respect that he held tight to for Wyatt in those decades in the well wasn’t quite returned. Wynonna asks if Doc thinks Wyatt would be proud of her, but now he’s wondering if Wyatt himself is worth being proud of.

wynonna cries

Woof does is suck when someone knocks over the pedestal you put them on.

Over at Magpie Ranch, Cleo is cutting onions which is funny only to me who called her layered like an onion in my recap last week when Mam comes into tell her children she’s found a way to end the curse so she doesn’t have to pass on her legacy to her children she hates oh so much. She has set into motion the end of the Earps, and the beauty of it is, they’ll be destroyed by one another.

Cleo looks wary

I have a feeling that all Cleo needs is one heartfelt speech and we could get her on our side.

Back in Purgatory proper, Nicole runs into Shorty’s, Waverly and Jeremy hot on her heels, and asks Nedley for booze to help wash the tastes of frogs out of her mouth. He quickly realizes that this isn’t something that can be solved with “chicken soup and a One Day at a Time marathon” — a shoutout I very much appreciated, especially since ODAAT shouted out Wynonna before, too. I love when shows I love also love each other.

Between the time we left them at the office and now, Waverly and Jeremy have deduced that Nicole did something but every time she tries to tell them about it… frogs happen.

Nicole chugs booze

There’s a song called Lowkey Fuck 2020 and I get it stuck in my head every time I see stills/clips from this scene.

In fact, even if they try to guess what it is, it’s Frog City, USA. It’s toad-ally gross. She even tries to write something down but ends up just drawing tadpoles, much to her frustration (and my delight.)

Instead of trying to figure out what caused it, since that’s going to wind up with them having to open an aquarium, they decide to focus on a cure instead.

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  1. Every time Wynonna has mentioned Alice this season I keep waiting for her or Doc to process the fact that their baby is now like 2 and I WILL NOT be able to handle the sad Scrofano/Rozon faces.

    Also, Wynonna doesn’t know about Fleabag (because of the time dilation) but does know about Lizzo, and Waverly knows about TikTok? Confusing.

  2. So Nicole is indeed zombified (partly)… Damn, what price did you pay for saving the girl you love? I kept thinking about the book that Waverly choose in the garden, maybe it will counter whatever curse was brought on to them.

    Love the teamwork mantra. I think, not having Peacemaker (hey, girl, hey) is kind of an equaliser for team dynamics.

    Nuns (Warrior nuns?!), scorned women, vomitting frogs, exorcisms… I guess, all that angel business and the garden opened up the door for some religion to waltz through.

    Rachel, you survived in that shelter for a long time, but no reason to go into Zombieland without backup! You have people now!

    Part 2 please…

  3. – Liked that lighter in Nicole’s dream.
    – Wow. WayHaught is super comfy talking about their sex life.
    -Seriously. None of them are checking up on Rachel?
    – Yay! Rosita is back.
    – Knowing Waverly the way we do, I expect nothing less than a terrarium filled with frogs in the Earp household by season’s end.
    – Queer Icon Shoutouts: One Day at a Time

  4. Top shelf pun in the title, Valerie Anne.


    For those keeping score, two characters have escaped handcuffs off screen.


    I hope that the wedding scene was shot on a green screen and not outdoors in the Canadian winter. I grew up in Colorado and even I would nope at that.


    Interesting choice to have the men mostly talking* while the woman are out and about getting shit done. Amon and Doc are immortal and centuries old, Wyatt Earp was very old in the video – how old is Holt, I wonder?

    * waxing philosophically about legacy and choice


    Anyone else think nightmare bride Nicole had a bit of an Eve vibe to her? Just me? C’mon, you know she’s coming back at the worst possible moment.

  5. I’m intrigued by your Nicole agreed to kill/harm Doc theory! It certainly seems more likely that Nicole would agree to that than she would agree to do anything to Wynonna. One thing I can’t quite make sense of is why possessed Nicole started a fire in the house when Doc (and Wynonna) weren’t in there. If she has a specific target and it’s one of them- why not burn the barn down? It honestly seems like the barn would go up in flames pretty quickly. Can’t wait to find out more next week but not looking forward to the break! I just found Wynonna Earp during this pandemic so I was fortunate to not have to wait 2 years between seasons. I honestly don’t know how y’all did it because I am already feeling very impatient for the second half of this season and I haven’t even finished watching the first half yet. I guess I’ll just spend that time filling in the Knows vs Don’t Knows powerpoint or perhaps the Haught Topics powerpoint.

  6. – I also clocked the reference to Peacemaker as “her” as strange or at least new. Maybe its absence has made Wynonna miss it in a way that merits personification?

    – What I totally *didn’t* clock was the targeting Doc thing… but you lay out the evidence very compellingly. I think it’s totally possible.

    – Jeremy (the writers) speaking directly to Waverly (the audience) was so special. Reading your recaps is always a joy whether they make me cry (Poussey, my heart) or literally sing (the Wicked deep cut, nice) or in this case, jump up and down shouting at my screen THAT! THAT is what I was feeling watching that moment but couldn’t articulate. Thank you.

  7. This is such a small thing given all the crazy that’s going on in the show right now, but I really love every time the show has referenced other queer shows (legends, she ra, odaat, etc). Odaat did this several times too with shows like buffy and supergirl, and I just really enjoy the connections. Queer, feminist shows so rarely get the love they deserve, and it’s so nice to see queer women’s tv supporting each other in that way. The writers know that these shows are connected by fans who crave the particular representation they offer (i.e. queer women with good storylines), and it makes the shows almost feel like a little community, just for us. :)

  8. Yay, Rosita!

    BB2: Electric Boogaloo made me l-o-l.

    Yes, I noticed Wynonna calling Peacemaker “she” as well. Very interesting!

    I am enjoying all the little kink references in this series. Wynonna and Doc’s safeword. And yeah, I bet Nicole likes being tied up.

    Love the shout-outs to other shows as well.

    I like the theory re Nicole being tasked with taking out Doc.


    Kat Barrell is knocking out of the park this season. There have been one or two times previously when she’s gone a little too OTT with her char reactions, but this season, even with the Psycho-like moments, she’s hitting the OTT parts perfectly, as well as the more emotional moments.

    I’m loving all the bonding Wynonna and Haught are doing this season, punch-outs and all. Wynonna’s come a long way, and I really loved the veranda talk.

    (I’m sorry to mention fanfic, but I’m feeling pretty damn vindicated with my AU featuring Haught and Wynonna and some kinkytimes. Absolutely not canon, and that’s fine, I love this show just as it is.)

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