WARNING: The following contains significant Walker spoilers Episode 4, « Don’t Fence Me In », on The CW.
In The CW’s Walker series, Jared Padelicki’s role as the titular Texas Ranger revolves a lot around the death of his wife, Emily, and whether he is truly fit to continue the service. This has left his new partner, Micki, a bit worried, but little by little, Walker is showing that he can overcome the past and move on.
However, when it seems like Walker has put the past behind him, Micki makes a big raid that unwittingly shakes up Emily’s case, hinting that there may be traitors at the Texas Rangers camp.
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This week’s case finds Micki investigating why a former gang member, Enzo, turned on his boss, oil magnate Bob Harlan, and killed him. He suspects the department is so eager to blame Latinos and, upon further investigation, discovers that Enzo is Bob’s illegitimate son. In reality, his wife has conspired with his sheriff, Monty Shaw (his secret lover), so that once Enzo is indicted for Bob’s murder, the ranch is for her. Fortunately, Micki unmasks Shaw’s corruption, but what stands out is the social injustice and the general inequality that he exposed.
Walker’s brother, Liam, works in the district attorney’s office, and takes note of this, realizing that there is a custom for certain cases to be closed within a couple of days. It occurs frequently in murder cases, and now he believes that Emily’s death was closed too conveniently after Carlos Mendoza was booked and admitted to the crime. Interestingly, the series hinted that there wasn’t much evidence pointing to Carlos, so Walker tried to dig into the case early on. However, his old partner and new boss, Captain James, made it clear that the case was off limits, urging Walker to move on.
Ironically, when Liam starts pulling files out, he discovers that James has been doing his own research. He’s confused because while James might not want Walker to get involved due to their personal and emotional connection, Liam discovers that the captain is doing things on his own.
It is imprecise because James should consult with someone and the fact that he tried to close the case makes Liam distrustful. He no longer trusts the Rangers and begins to think that there is something more to Emily’s death. He has a special interest in immigrants coming to the border and fighting ICE, and seeing as Em was helping refugees when she was killed, Liam is willing to go after Walker’s colleagues. The only problem is that if Walker finds out, he will want to go in, which would complicate things.
Walker stars Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, and Coby Bell. New episodes air Thursdays at 8 pm ET / PT on The CW.