This episode is not quite as sweet as the “Greasy Fry Bread” that Bear’s dad, Punkin Lusty (Sten Joddi), hilariously raps about in his catchy song. While this week focuses on Bear’s (played by breakout star, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) relationship with his estranged father, the more compelling story is about Native American women.
I’m trying to think of any film or TV show that depicts Native American women as independent, and I sadly cannot. That’s how rare it’s to see, and it’s done sensationally by Elora (Deverly Jacobs) and Rita (Sarah Podemski).
The lesson Elora and Rita learn is, “you can’t make people come through if they don’t want to.” This should have ramifications in future additions of RESERVATIONS DOGS. From Rita, protecting her son from his dad, and Elora trying to figure out how to lead. The plot is set for an exciting final four episodes.
Racism, feminism, and some Lynyrd Skynyrd pop up, all with the point that Native American women can do more than just “dealing with the reality that men go and play and the women have to make it work.”
It’s available on Hulu FX.