Mother Nurture is the fifth episode of the second season of Big Sky, and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. It was written by Annakate Chappell and directed by Darren Grant. It aired on November 11, 2021 on ABC.
As they approach the cabin where Harvey is holding Bridger, Jenny and Cassie are shot at by an unknown assailant (Donno). Madison and Harper draw Harvey into the woods where the bags are, giving Max time to release Bridger, but Ren shows up and Bridger recognizes her. When Harvey pulls a gun on Harper, the mysterious man who had been following the teens jumps him, and kills Harvey with his own gun during a tussle. Tonya visits Ren and Donno, saying she can help them launder the cartel's money. Jerrie learns her estranged mother is dying, and makes the painful decision to see her one last time. Wolf feels like he's making progress with Ronald and reveals he's trying to sell a book about the experience. At a bar, Cassie and Jenny see Dietrich and follow him outside. They scuffle with one of Dietrich's crew, and Travis shows up, telling Dietrich the two women are cops.
Badger, who is still tied up. Madison tells deputy Harvey that if he cuts her brother loose she will tell him where the money is. He won’t cut her loose, he tells her to show him where the money is, her life depends on it. Madison and Harvey head out of the house, when Max and Harper see them leave, they go to rescue Badger. Meanwhile, Jenny and Cassie are being shot at. Jenny calls for backup.
Inside the house, Badger tells Max where there is a knife to cut the tape and free him. All of a sudden, there is a knock at the door, it is Ren. She goes inside, her gun aimed, and looks around to see if anyone is there when she sees the knife on the floor with the duct tape. Meanwhile, Badger and Max are in the closet hiding. Ren calls Donno who is shooting at Jenny and Cassie, she tells him that something strange is going on and she needs him at the house, to handle his trouble and get there quickly.
Deputy Harvey tells Madison that he is tired of the nature walk, she tells him not much further. Ren then calls Harvey, she hears his cell phone ringing in the house, it is on the floor near the closet.
Jenny and Cassie are looking for Donno, they find some shell casings and take a sample. Mac and Badger hear Madison scream, then Madison kicks Harvey and makes a run for it. Ren and Doono are in the woods as well, they are wondering where the shots are coming from. Harvey shouts out loud that next time he won’t miss. Madison picks up a wooden stick, behind her is Harvey, then Harper has the bag of money in front of them and when Harvey tells her to drop the bag, Madison hits him with the stick and he stumbles, the man in the woods runs forward and jumps him. Harvey shoots him, the man stabs Harvey dead and tells them to run. Sirens are going off, Sherriff Tubb is there with his men. Ren and Donno find Harvey’s dead body, she tells him that works and it wasn’t their mess. Donno hears the sirens and tells her that they have to go.
Back at the station, Jenny doesn’t think Harvey was working alone. Inside his office, he tells her that she is starting to become a liability. She tells him that if Harvey was working for the cartel, Tonya and others are still in danger. He says if she is right the state investigators will find something, she has to stand down. Jenny leaves and calls Travis, telling him to call her back.
Cassie tells Jerrie that the more she thinks about it, she thinks something was off with Tonya. A man walks into the office, he is looking for Jerrie, it is her father.
Tonya goes back to the trailer, she tells Ren that she doesn’t want to leave town, what if she stayed to work for her. Tonya says she knows that she uses her profits from drugs to invest in legitimate businesses. People are distrusting outsiders and she needs a local to get them on her side. She made the police believe that Harvey was responsible for kidnapping her. She wants more for her life, not just a waitress pay. Renn says there is maybe something they can do.
Ronald and Wolf are having coffee, Ronald tells him that he is not going to let him hypnotize him. Ronald starts feeling funny, Wolf drugged him. he gets Ronald to lie down, he tells him to think about his mother, Ronald doesn’t want to. He says to picture his mother in this room, what she looks like and feels like. He thinks back to when he killed his mother and starts screaming stop. He says his mother was a hypocrite, she had her secrets too. Wolf asks him to tell him the secret, Ronald says she killed his father, she hated him and he saw everything. Wolf tells him he is a good boy and comforts a sobbing Ronald.
Badger, Madison, Max, and Harper meet and he says this needs to end now before anyone else gets hurt. Max says they need to return everything to that woman that was at Harvey’s house.
Cassie finds out that Tonya quit her job and she put her boss in quite a bind.
Max and Harper are out walking, Harper says the man who saved them didn’t look like a bad guy, they should try to find him. Max is afraid, she doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Harper.
Jerrie is sitting in the office staring into space, Mark asks her what is wrong. She tells him that her mom is dying, she found out today. They weren’t close, when she came out, everything changed and they haven’t spoken since she kicked her out. He asks her if she wants to see her mom again, she says yes and no. There is so much she wants to say, but when she was trapped in that cage by Ronald, she said if she had a second chance she would want to see her parents. But, why should she rush there after everything she put her through. Mark says he is slow when it comes to relationship dynamics, but he is an expert at not getting closure. She should go for herself, not for her mother so she can get closure because she won’t get it when her mother is gone.
Jenny goes to see Travis, she tells him that she needs whatever information he has. He says he can’t say, there has been a development. He says he cares about her, but he is not some guy she is going to wring out for information whenever she wants. She says she is sorry, and he tells her to back off. He opens the door and tells her to go.
Later that night, Ronald goes into Scarlet’s room. She asks him if he is making progress, he says he doesn’t buy it but he is doing his part. He tells her that they can escape, she doesn’t want to, she says she can’t look over her back for the rest of her life. She kisses him and asks him if he trusts her. Then she throws him on the bed and jumps on top of him.
Jenny and Cassie are together, they are looking over information on the case, Jenny tells her that Travis is pushing her out and she thinks she really likes him.
Its late, Max can’t sleep so she goes into the kitchen to talk to her mother. Max starts to cry, her mother says whatever it is, she can tell her. Max asks her not to tell anyone, not even T-Loc. Max spills the beans.
Cassie and Jenny are at the bar having tequila shots.
Wolf tells his wife that he had a breakthrough with Ronald, being forthright with his past will help him take ownership for his past. And, when he confesses the Legarski name will be wiped clean.
Mark helps Jerrie to pack, she gives him a book “Good dog, bad Dog,” by Wolf Legarski, she says it is pretty out there. He gives her a CD of music for the drive, they hug each other. She asks him if he thinks they could have ever been together He kisses her, she smiles. He tells her to call him when she gets there.
Wolf is dancing with his wife, then he dances with Scarlett, she tells him that Ronald is still talking about escaping.
Renn calls Jag, they get into an argument about what she is doing there and she says she knows what she is doing.
Cassie and Jenny are in the bar when Jenny sees Dietrich and tells Cassie this is their chance to see who he is working with. They are found out by Dietrich and his men, Cassie manages to get a hold of one of their guns and pulls it on Dietrich who tells her this is not a good idea. All of a sudden, Trevor is there and he points his gun and Cassie, he tells Dietrich that she and Jenny are cops.
- Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt
- Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell
- Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane
- Omar Metwally as Mark Lindor
- Anja Savcic as Scarlet Leyendecker
- Janina Gavankar as Ren Bhullar
- Logan Marshall-Green as Travis Stone
- John Carroll Lynch as Wolfgang Legarski
- Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie Kennedy
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya Walsh
- Romy Rosemont as Agatha
- Patrick Gallagher as Sheriff Walter Tubb
- Ryan O'Nan as Donno
- T.V. Carpio as Rachel
- Vinny Chhibber as Jag Bhullar
- Madelyn Kientz as Max
- Jeremy Ray Taylor as Bridger Ryan
- David Meunier as Dietrich
- Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Harper
- Lola Skye Reid as Madison Ryan
- Ryan de Quintal as Creary
- Michael Karan Tomsu as Smiley (credited as Michael Tomsu)
- Jeff Kober as Mr. Kennedy
- Conrad Padilla as Buddy
- Eddie Garcia as Reporter
- This episode scored 2.74 million viewers.
|Big Sky: Season 2|
|"Wakey, Wakey" • "Huckleberry" • "You Have to Play Along" • "Gettin' Right to It" • "Mother Nurture" • "Heart-shaped Charm" • "Little Boxes" • "The End Has No End" • "Trust Issues" • "Happy Thoughts" • "Do No Harm" • "A Good Boy" • "The Shipping News" • "Dead Man's Float" • "The Muffin or the Hammer" • "Keys to the Kingdom" • "Family Matters" • " Catch a Few Fish"|