More red, and of course, blue, comes to the Byrdes’ nest

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Navarro wants Marty and Wendy to use their influence to create a nice nest for him where he can get away from his drug business and be “free from the threat of arrest or assassination…able to roam freely in the United States, back and forward.” It’s an impossible request, but on a show where Wendy isn’t above any “godfather” and facilitating the death of her own brother, Ben (Tom Pelphrey, who left last season), it is an offer the Byrdes cannot refuse.

Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) has come a long way since the first season of “Ozark,” and seeing her back at the same Lazy-O Motel, where she once worked as a maid, highlights that. Now she is offering to buy the place. She fires her former boss and plans to use the motel as a money laundering front for her, Wyatt (Charlie Tahan), and Darlene (Lisa Emery).

Jonah gives Ben’s ashes to Ruth, and at home he remarks to Wendy, “If Helen were to die anyway, then there’s no reason for Ben to be killed.” That’s a good point, which might have gotten lost in the shuffle for some viewers. Ben followed the path of Fredo Corleone, but with Helen’s death, her death was for naught. It’s kind of absurd when Marty tries to play the shrewd dad and says to Jonah, “The world doesn’t work that way, mate.

What he means, if I understand correctly, is the show business, in which the Byrdes continue their same casino boat ride on the River Styx, gambling lives and always conspiring to stay in the game a bit Longer. “I’m not losing,” Wendy said. “So how do we not lose?”

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