Series Issues: American Gods breathes some Git Gone

Spoilers might haunt you.

(Source: Starz)

This week we take a little stroll down memory lane and find out the story of Laura and Shadow. Laura was a dealer at a casino. Shadow was a small time crook who knew a couple of tricks with cards and chips. They met the day that Shadow tried a few sleight of hands at Laura’s table that would’ve gone missing to most people but not to Laura’s keen eye. This is not a fairy love story.

The fact they end up together is an unexpected story, but once they do it’s obvious to everyone that Shadow loves Laura more than she can love him. Before Shadow, Laura’s only thrill seems to be committing near suicide inside a jacuzzi with a can of insecticide (the Git Gone of the title). Now she wants more of life, basically she wants to rob the casino with what she thinks is a near perfect plan. Of course Shadow gets caught, but he’s not one to rat out the love of his life. He prefers to rot in jail for six years.

Laura is mostly idle, until the death of her cat and getting drunk one night makes her take the shitty impulsive decision of fucking Robbie. This keeps going until the very day that they drive to pick Shadow up, where fooling around causes them to have an accident. Enter Mr. Jacquel / Anubis again, as he tries to lead a very reluctant Laura through her death. Which requires her to enter a jacuzzi with a can of Git Gone all over again. Instead, she is literally beamed up and ends up digging herself out of the grave.

(Source: Starz)

She seems to have some sort of undead strength. She’s revealed as the force that ripped apart Technical Boy’s goons and saved Shadow from death by hanging. That somehow costs her arm to fall off, which I can only guess was due to the original car accident. Carrying back her own arm, she ends up breaking into Audrey’s trying to saw her arm back together. In a humorous twist, she encounters Audrey to have a bizarre conversation. It’s one of the few moments of lightness in this episode, albeit of a somewhat dark variety.

But as Laura convinces betrayed Audrey to drive her in pursuit of the light she sees in the horizon, they are met with Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis (Anubis and Thoth). It seems they’re willing to help Laura by securely fastening her arm and giving her skin a retouch so she can meet Shadow. However Mr. Jacques is quick to point out that after this, she will finish the death ritual with him.

Highs/Lows/EyesOnTheRoadAsshole:

  • Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis own a funeral home. Because of course they do.
  • Laura never let her heart/soul be weighted on the scales of Mr. Jacques. As much as Mr. Jacques insists that others have begged, promised, bluffed and threaten they all submitted to Death in the end. Perhaps the denial period is longer for some people.
  • Audrey and Laura should have a spinoff in which they keep hurling insults at each other. You can’t help but love Audrey’s comebacks to Laura’s half assed apologies at sleeping with her husband. “Fuck your feelings.” Instant classic.
  • Laura must have Mad Sweeney’s lucky coin. Perhaps she has swallowed it? Perhaps she can make it appear with sleight of hand.
  • Dane Cook plays Robbie, who turns out to be an asshole. I really want to put some reference over how that was not a stretch, but I will hold back. Whew. That was close.
  • Someone else has to be involved in Laura coming back to life, as in some other god.
  • When Laura is getting her arm reattached and her skin painted by Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis, I had a flashback to Death Becomes Her.
  • However, the fact that she was not dragged back to the ethereal plane means she’s made a deal with death or being offered a reprieve. That usually comes with an exchange of some sort.

That will do for now.

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