Wynonna Earp Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Friends In Low Places

Wynonna Earp manages to surpass all expectations in a thrilling episode that closes out the three season curse arc and introduce a new twist into the story.
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Wynonna finds Doc first and it isn’t a warm greeting between the two which makes sense since Doc was fighting Eve who looked like Wynonna last time he saw her. In true Wynonna Earp fashion, it isn’t the mention of their daughter, Alice, that gets him to recognize this is the real Wynonna. Instead, it’s their safe word. This scene is a testament to Doc’s growth as a character from the selfish gunslinger who was afraid to die, into a selfless protector who will do whatever is necessary to keep those he loves safe.

In the final battle between Eve and Doc it may seem like Doc won, but the fact that he has kicked her out of the garden will inevitably come back to bite them all in the ass. It looks like an apocalyptic threat may have been released upon humanity and it is completely the fault of our heroes. 

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WYNONNA EARP — “Friends In Low Places” Episode 402 — Pictured: Tim Rozan as Doc Holliday — (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY)

The scene between the Earp sisters as Wynonna pleads with Waverly to get off the throne and return home with her and Doc to Nicole and their friends is heart wrenching, with Waverly finally having found her destiny and a place where she is in fact the heir. 

Wynonna Earp flips the usual trope of supernatural heroes on its head when instead of sacrificing herself to save the world Wynonna convinces Waverly that it is more important to come home to her loved ones. This bond between the Earps is at the heart of what makes the show great, with their love for one another overpowering anything else even fate or destiny itself.

“The curse is over, Waves. It’s time to start living for ourselves.”

– Wynonna Earp


The reunion between Doc and Wynonna both in the garden and out has a layer of romance and love that reflects the characters’ growth. These are two people who for a long time were very similar in their selfishness and traumas. It looks like they may finally be ready and mature enough to truly be together.

The sex scene between Waverly and Nicole needs to be touched upon for a number of reasons. In the context of the show it was a beautiful, and yes explicit, scene about connection that felt earned and celebrates their love. This is a relationship that fans have rooted for and watched grow and develop over the course of three seasons. WayHaught is a hugely important part of Wynonna Earp and beloved by the fans because of its positive representation in a plethora of ways. This is one more step with a sex scene between two women that has not been portrayed in such a way on basic cable before. 

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WYNONNA EARP — “Friends In Low Places” Episode 402 — Pictured: (l-r) Katherine Barrell as Officer Nicole Haught, Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Waverly Earp — (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY)

In the context of LGBTQ representation in television, this is a milestone that will be appreciated by members of the LGBTQ community, like myself, because that is who this is for. Often times on basic cable and network shows love scenes between LGBTQ couples are clearly different than love scenes between heterosexual couples. Whether it cuts away, is from an angle that obscures the kiss, has poor lighting, the list is endless. A sex scene like this between two women on a basic cable channel is unprecedented and shows that the people involved with this series understand the importance of WayHaught to LGBTQ people.

Now that the curse is broken you would assume it would be smooth sailing for Wynonna Earp…not so much. Not only have Wynonna, Waverly, and Doc been gone for 18 months (and 3 weeks and four days). But Purgatory looks like it has gone back to its roots as an old west town, with bodies hanging from scaffolding some with bags over their heads. Could this new Purgatory be a result of Eve being kicked out of the garden or is a new mysterious villain responsible for the horrific scene that is now the center of town? Next week should bring some answers as to what has been going on for the last year and a half. 


While last week brought back the shit show we all know and love, Emily Andras and crew followed it up with one of the series best episodes. In many ways, this felt like an ending with the curse arc finally coming to a close. The curse is the premise that started Wynonna Earp and to see that chapter close is bittersweet, but well deserved. The curse is broken and all of the obligations that come with it are over.

Right up until the twist at the end this could have easily worked as a series finale with all of the best parts of the series shining through humor, heart, action, and love. I can’t wait to see what happens in this next chapter of the show and how the time jump has affected Purgatory and will affect these characters. Earpers can get an inside look into the making of Wynonna Earp “Friends In Low Places” with Making Your Peace 402.

New episodes of Wynonna Earp air on Sundays at 10pm/9pm Central on Syfy. What did you think of season four episode two of Wynonna Earp? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.



Caitlin Tyrrell

Caitlin Tyrrell

Features Manager & Producer with The Illuminerdi. Caitlin has a deep love for storytelling of every kind. She is a huge fan of television, animation, and film, but Star Wars, the MCU, and Critical Role hold a special place in her heart.