As she leaves, Glittery Ghost Nicole shivers. She’s running out of time.
The nuns and their spears are still cheering on Wynonna and Rosita, and the head nun is so horny for all this fighting that her eyes go black and she reveals herself as a demon. The gals realize they’re better off on the same side of this and shout two different distractions (one for people into men, one for people into women) to cover their bases and scurry into the armory.
They call a truce and Wynonna says that the curse is over and she has Clantons to deal with so she’s perfectly happy not killing Rosita anymore. Besides, the most “evil” thing Rosita ever did was under duress so the likelihood of Rosita being a threat to her anymore is very low. Wynonna asks Rosita to help her find Peacemaker and they get ready to face some real angry nuns.
Sneaky Squirrel Rachel Valdez got busted snooping around the Magpie Ranch so Holt drags her downtown for Uncle Doc to pick her up.
The Sheriff asks to talk to Doc “man to man” and proposes they end the generational fighting. But the thing is? This isn’t their decision to make. Maybe Holt is next in line to be the heir, maybe Doc is affected by his and Wyatt’s past mistakes, but right now? Margo and Wynonna are the heirs of these curses. The ones who have had to put in the work, suffer the losses, carry the burden. And as I think they eventually learn, just because you think you’re right and have the moral high ground on something doesn’t mean a) you are or you do b) you can convince someone else you are or you do.
While Rosita and Wynonna are looking for Peacemaker, the nuns start chanting a Requiem and Wynonna admits she’s glad Rosita isn’t dead and hopes they can keep it that way.
The nuns are getting closer and closer to breaking down the door so Wynonna starts giving Peacemaker a speech. She says their enemies won’t stop coming just because they’re tired. They have to keep going, keep fighting. She says she’s had to make hard choices before, had to take lives she wish she didn’t have to, but Peacemaker doesn’t get to judge her on those choices. The nuns bust in and Peacemaker finally gives in and starts to glow. Wynonna holds out her hand like a goddammned goddess of thunder and Peacemaker the Sword comes right to her. It starts to glow blue, then orange, then turns back into Wynonna’s trusty buntline special.
Together at last.
Wynonna tells the demon nun to make her peace and shoots her dead, just like old times. The other nuns quickly surround Wynonna but not to attack her, to thank her. They are finally free.
Outside the Sheriff station, Rachel tells Doc that she doesn’t trust this supposed Clanton truce proposal, because she overheard Margo cursing Waverly and talking to who she realizes is probably Dead Billy. Doc realizes things are about to get complicated.
Wynonna tells the nuns they’re free now, but they can’t leave the grounds. They’re Revenants too, you see. Collateral damage of Wyatt Earp’s, just like Rosita. Wynonna tells them she can help them, but Rosita tells her that not everyone’s version of happiness looks the same. They can be perfectly free right here on these grounds. Besides, being a bisexual babe in a coven of newly liberated nuns? Rosita is going to be juuuuust fine.
Before Wynonna leaves, Rosita tells her that she wasn’t just going to steal her baby as a bargaining chip; she was stealing it because someone offered to buy it from her. Margo Clanton wanted to buy Alice Michelle.
Wynonna’s face steels up and she turns and walks through the Celtic knot portal, finding herself back at Shorty’s, much to Jeremy’s surprise. He fills her in on what’s been happening on this particular plane of existence, and Wynonna knows her baby girl needs her, so she heads off to the ranch.
Waverly is already there, and finds herself face to face with Mam Clanton. She threatens Margo with her shotgun, ordering her to fix Nicole, to end the covenant.
Margo says she can’t do that; she already held up her end of the deal, she guided Doc to the right door to get them out of the Garden. So now Nicole has to turn Doc over to the Clantons. Margo has a deep hatred for the gunslinger dating all the way back to well before her time, back to the OK Corral. Waverly thinks that’s ancient history and as someone who also hates generational feuds, I agree.
But Margo doesn’t much care about Waverly’s opinions on the matter, and they start to fight. Margo starts to yell at her, saying she has powers Waverly can’t comprehend. And then in one of my favorite Waverly moments of all time, she shouts, “Same same, bitch!” Because it’s true. Her whole life, she’s been underestimated. By Ward, by Willa, by Champ, by Jolene, sometimes by Wynonna, and maybe especially she’s underestimated herself. But over these past few years as she’s learned more about who she is and what she truly cares about, she’s also coming into her own power. There was a time in the not so distant past that Waverly wouldn’t have come here on her own. She would have waited for her sister, she would have asked Wynonna to help her. Waited for Wynonna to take care of it. After all, she’s the heir. But through Nicole’s eyes, and through surviving Jolene, and her ordeal in the Garden, she’s starting to learn how to stand up on her own. She has her own place in this fight. And even if it doesn’t look the same as Wynonna’s, she has her own kind of strength. Her own kind of power.
Oh also literally she has powers. She grabs Mam by the face and brain-fries her the way she killed Bobo when he killed her dad, the way she slowed down Doc in the Garden. When her moment of blackout rage is over, she looks at Mam on the ground, bleeding from all of the places one could bleed and then some, she is immediately like, “What did I do?”
Not unlike Waverly, I am a pretty friendly person. I’ve never gotten a sash but I was the first runner up for “Nicest” in my class for our senior superlatives. But it’s not that I don’t have the capacity to be mean or cruel or unfriendly, it’s that my default is to choose not to be. I choose to let out my frustrations about situations or people in a private way, and not start shit that doesn’t need to be started. But if you cross me? Or worse, you cross my friend? I can and will eviscerate you.
Anyway Waverly melting Mam’s eyeballs was worth it, because back at Shorty’s, Nicole comes to. Nicole tries to apologize, but Jeremy won’t let her; he says that’s what happens when they’re not all together, which felt a little like an apology of his own for not being there. They hug and their outsider friendship is restored and I feel warm and fuzzy even though Nicole still looks very, very cold..
Waverly is stumbling away from her crime scene when she sees Holt is back. Wynonna pulls up and she’s so relieved and starts to tell Wynonna what she did but Wynonna reassures her that whatever it was worked. Waverly is so happy Nicole is okay, and delighted to see Wynonna reunited with Peacemaker, and they’ve both had quite a day apart and are glad to be together again.
Holt storms out, furious, wanting to know why his mother is dead, but Waverly doesn’t really have an answer for him. She mutters out an apology but he’s seeing red and ends up in a gun-to-gun standoff with Wynonna.
Doc shows up and shoots at the sky and tries to talk them down. He tells Holt they can work this out together “like we agreed” and Wynonna and Waverly have similar “doesn’t feel like your decision, bubs” reactions as I did.
Doc starts to walk him back inside, and a shot rings out. Holt drops to the ground. Wynonna shot him in the back. She coldly thanks Doc for distracting him and Doc looks like he’s the one who just got shot.
And y’all when I say my jaw hit the ground. I love being utterly gobsmacked by a TV show and I sure as hell didn’t see that coming. Though as much as I loved the surprise of it, I can’t help but wonder if Peacemaker glowed before Wynonna shot. Did it glow blue with regret? Orange with hatred? Did it not glow at all? All I know is that Peacemaker doesn’t shoot if she doesn’t want to, or maybe if she senses hesitation in Wynonna, but the girl and her gun were on the same page for this one.
Back at the Homestead, Doc and Wynonna have one of their classic heart-destroying porch chats. Doc expresses his disappointment, accusing her of not having honor, which is really rich coming from the guy who disrespected the Iron Witch’s last wishes that could have protected Waverly, turned into a vampire because he was afraid of getting old, and a whole lot of other things that would take too long to list. Also, not for nothing, but that story he told last week? About the man who was going to shoot Wyatt in the back? So Doc shot him instead? Was that not shooting a man in the back himself? And wasn’t that man a Clanton? So like I get that Doc regrets his life choices and doesn’t want Wynonna to follow in his footsteps and feel his same regrets but also those in glass houses etc etc.
Wynonna says some things to hurt him because she knows exactly how, and it’s clear they’re in very different places right now. They always are. Close enough to be unable to escape each other’s orbit, too far to connect.
And anyway, Wynonna knows she can win this argument, and she does with a simple fact: It was the Clantons who wanted Alice.
Waverly comes out then and invites them inside, pleads with Doc to join them even though he really doesn’t want to.
And inside the mood is celebratory. Waverly asks about the tears welling in Wynonna’s eyes but she gives her sister a wink and says she’s fine. Jeremy teases Waverly and Nicole about not being married yet and the couple looks at each other because actually they were both planning to propose to each other on this very night. And ditto proposals are queer culture so it really does feel right.
Nicole starts to propose, but Waverly stops her. She wants a redo of her pre-Bulshar almost-proposal, she wants Nicole to know she meant every word then and means it now, in chaos and in peace. She gets down on one knee and Doc takes off his hat. Waverly glances at Wynonna, and Wynonna musters every last drop of energy she has left to smile at her little sister.
Waverly asks Nicole if she’ll marry her, and Nicole says yes.
Everyone cheers, everyone but Wynonna and Doc. Wynonna is watching her sister’s dreams come true while her own heart breaks. She sees this normal, loving moment and knows her and Doc will never have that kind of normalcy. Here are Waverly and Nicole, so much on the same page they both planned to propose, while Wynonna and Doc aren’t even in the same library. So while Wynonna is happy for Waverly, she’s also devastated. And Melanie Scrofano’s face shows every beat of it.
But Waverly and Nicole are too lost in their own world to notice. They kiss and smile into each other’s eyes. The song sings about being all in, the fire flickers, the light is soft and warm.
Amidst the cheers, everyone distracted, Doc slips out the door and Wynonna takes advantage of people being likely to mistake her tears for happy tears and lets them stream down her face.
Waverly and Nicole exchange “I love yous” — like actually literally say “I love you” and “I love you, too” right in a row, something that is extremely rare on television in general, let alone for a queer couple.
And then they kiss. And that’s where the midseason finale ends.
The whole entire episode ended on a WayHaught post-proposal kiss! No one immediately got shot or hit by a car or yeeted out of an airplane. There was no other shoe to drop. Granted, I’m sure things won’t be smooth sailing for the rest of time, but to be able to live in a moment of pure joy? A moment just for us? A moment Waverly and Nicole have earned and fought and sacrificed for? Gosh it was a beautiful thing.
Obviously everything wasn’t all glitter and rainbows at the end there with Wynonna, and there are still plenty of loose ends flying around out there, ready to strangle us at any moment (For example, Cleo and the Reapers are still an issue, Casey mentioned that there are more demons on the loose, and where the hell is Eve?) but if we have to have another hiatus, it sure feels good to know our gays are all safe and accounted for. And together.
It was so nice to finally, finally have this show back, even if it was only for a few weeks, and I can’t wait to see what the back half of the season holds. Thank you all for reading and chatting with me about the show every week. I look forward to doing it again with you in a few months!