Claws Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Fallout

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OK, so it's the safer, more plausible direction.

Roller wasn't back from the dead. Instead, it appeared that Desna is cracking up, as she was seeing Roller, not just in nightmares, but during waking hours as well on Claws Season 1 Episode 4.

Does this mean Claws is about to get even more deranged? Is that possible?

A New Irritant - Claws Season 1 Episode 4

If Desna is indeed going nuts, that's entirely realistic. After all, she is the stable center around whom the series' colorful cast of characters revolves.

And if she's not coherent enough to keep everyone else somewhat under control, what then?

So far, except for her conscience appearing as Roller, she's been keeping things together fairly well. She calmed down Dean, bucked up Polly and kept Virginia from further complicating their cover-up of Roller's murder.

 Desna rightly decided that the only way out from under Uncle Daddy's thumb is to pay him back for the stolen drugs as quickly as possible.

Special Promotion - Claws Season 1 Episode 4

So the girls dressed up in their Vanity 6 costumes and handed out Rice Krispies Treats in an effort to recruit more addicts to the clinic. (Let's face it. Those going to the clinic are not patients.)

Poaching from Peter Pain may come back to bite them in the ass, but with Uncle Daddy behind them, maybe not.

Desna realizes there's no controlling Uncle Daddy, who is literally a loose cannon.

I mean, he killed the man from Titus Industries because he thought he was Roller's killer even though Virginia wouldn't identify him.

Then the psychopath sat there eating while Chip and Bryce carved up the body with a chainsaw.

Also, he got a great new tattoo of his baby boy on his back.

And, of course, Uncle Daddy was part of this episode's WTF moment, serenely reclining in a silk robe while his boy toy Toby was the star of an Esther Williams-style synchronized swimming production number.

Once again, Claws has made me laugh and shake my head in amazement at the same time.

Family Troubles - Claws Season 1 Episode 4

Uncle Daddy is also ruining poor Bryce, who just isn't cut out for the Dixie Mafia life. The wet work in the swamp left him babbling. Then the genius decided unstable Dr. Ken was the mastermind behind Roller's murder and kidnapped him at his ex-wife's engagement party. (You gotta love an abduction to There's a Kind of Hush.)

Seriously? The impending nuptials of his ex-wife sent Dr. Ken into a spin. So how could anyone think he has the brains to pull off Roller's murder and the theft of $50,000?

Beleaguered Desna had her hands full. Besides being haunted by Roller and bullied by Uncle Daddy, she had to deal with crises for Dean and Polly.

We got more of Desna and Dean's back story, as Dean freaked out about their horrible foster-parents (feeding them from dog bowls) being back in town. You know there's more of that coming.

And while we've learned Dean is an autistic genius, did he really learn Vietnamese just to impress Virginia? Jeffrey Osborne's On the Wings of Love his safe song. Bless. What a complex dude.

Polly Reconnects - Claws

Despite being on probation, Polly Pol slipped back into her conning ways as a way back to the good life she used to enjoy.

Polly was truly in her element as she was bullshitting away, and it was painful seeing her exposed and humiliated when she couldn't make up stories fast enough to fool Sally. And she was right to point out that Sally was a con artist as well, just waiting for her elderly husband to die.

It was great watching Polly give Sally her comeuppance with the blackmail photos, which should have gotten Desna out of hock to Uncle Daddy. But I suspect it's not going to be that easy.

That $20,000 that Desna was flashing will probably come back to haunt her. An advance from her credit card? Really?

Bryce may be in over his head, but he's fairly sharp, at least when compared to, say, Dr. Ken, so he may get suspicious of Desna. And if he compares notes with Uncle Daddy, things could get dangerous for Desna.

There are so many balls to juggle for Desna, and what's going to happen when those balls start to drop? Desna could use improvisation lessons from Polly.

Fortunately, Virginia has kept her mouth shut, but how long can that last? Also, there's a murder weapon out there that hasn't been recovered. Gators don't eat murder weapons.

To catch up on the complex storyline, watch Claws online.

How much more can Desna take? What's going to trip her up? And how will Uncle Daddy react?

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Claws Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Virginia: Are you serious?
Jenn: Serious as a pair of spoiled Spanx.

Jenn: Sorry I'm late. I had to drop the girls off at the babysitter's because Bryce came home late.
Customer: He's not cheating on you?
Jenn: No. That was my last husband. Bryce don't cheat.