The penultimate episode of RESERVATION DOGS steers clear of any genre spoofing and goes for the emotional climax fans have wanted Elora (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) to receive. This is, without a doubt, the best episode of DOGS’ stellar final season. Yet, it’s nearly impossible to review as it hinges on one incredible guest star that I dare not spoil. I will say that said guest star turns in a flawless performance as Elora’s dad (not a spoiler since it’s the title). And the title character is burdened with guilt, humility, longing, and a genuine search to learn about his daughter.

As this intimate character study unfolds through music cues and looks of regret, I couldn’t help but come to terms with the loss of DOGS in one week. This show has been my go-to for the last three years, and I’m saddened that it will no longer be my gateway into a world that’s so different from my own yet completely relatable.

ELORA’S DAD is two characters talking for twenty minutes and catching up on life. Yet, those twenty minutes are some of the best writing (accomplished by Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) and acting you’ll see in 2023. The complex emotional revelations could’ve gone anywhere, yet I’m glad Elora’s journey ended as it did. She’s been through losses and hardships, so it was rewarding to witness her feel like she could depend on others for once instead of only herself.

I’m not going to lie. This episode hit me right in the feels. As a dad, I was engulfed with empathy for Elora and her dad, which, of course, led to 😭.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee (pie optional), grab your box of Kleenex, and enjoy seeing how these two characters may not have gotten their first pancake right but have a chance to make it up in their second batch.

RESERVATION DOGS is streaming on Hulu FX.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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