Animal Kingdom 5 × 10 Review: “Relentless” – The Geekiary
With only three more episodes remaining, “Relentless” changed things in a very big way for Cody’s men.
Animal Kingdom Season 5 Episode 10, “Relentless,” asked Deran to share his idea with Joshua for the family’s next job. It turns out that Deran wanted to steal the Hawala that Jess was using to send money to Adrian in Indonesia. For those who are not familiar, in a simple sense, a Hawala can be described as an illegal Western Union.
While I understand that the Codys are criminals, seeing Deran and Joshua collude to do such a job didn’t suit me. Regarding the fictional world of Animal Kingdom is concerned, I agree with the Cody family rip off the rich. I didn’t want to see them rob a low level criminal who was also helping people send money to their families abroad without going through the proper channels.
I was relieved to see Joshua determine that stealing the Hawala was not worth the risk because this person was not sitting on a lot of money. The Codys needed to think bigger and that’s why Joshua recommended that they steal a Hawala used by the rich to move money to buy paintings, cars, etc. In other countries. Such a plan brought Frankie back into the fold. However, she warned Craig to accept such a job. Apparently, the Hawalas working for the rich don’t play.
Speaking of Frankie, she is clearly keeping a low profile. She is definitely in big trouble. Hopefully she can count on the Codys to help her out if she offers them a way or two to complete their job of stealing Hawala.
But before the Codys continue with the mission, I want Craig to clean up his act. He was in a mess during ‘Relentless’ as he tried to cope with Renn leaving with baby Nick. Seeing Craig spending time with a group of children was sad and pathetic. Craig breaking into Candice’s house to look for Renn and Nick was no better. His behavior only justified Candice’s opinion of him and why she wanted to take custody of Nick and keep him away from Craig and his daughter Renn.
Seeing Craig with tears in his eyes in front of his brothers and his nephew made an emotional scene, but he will have to help himself out of such a situation. Craig must not only try to find a way to contact Renn, but also admit his mistakes if he wants Renn to come back with Nick. He cannot continue to control what she can and cannot do to make money.
Craig not staying in Baz’s house because Nick’s belongings were there was similar to how Deran is unable to stay in the house he bought with Adrian. There are just too many memories for Deran and Craig to talk about now.
Another problem in Cody’s men’s life came via Pete. It was revealed that Pete was telling everyone they had to get away from the Cody family because they were under investigation by the DEA. Pope didn’t understand how much Pete’s statement hurt the family business. With Pope making it clear that he will harm Pete’s business in retaliation, I guess the confrontation between the Cody family and Pete’s crew is inevitable.
“Relentless” also allowed Pope and Joshua to bond. Both are murderers. However, the difference is that Pope is being manipulated into killing people by Smurf while Joshua is ready to kill anyone who sees him as an obstacle between him and his goals. With the two talking about getting rid of the issues, I’m not sure if they were talking about Pete or if the scene was meant to foreshadow a new threat to come.
One of the most annoying people in Cody’s men has been Agent Livengood. But ‘Relentless’ decided to give it a very unexpected spell. I had speculated that Pamela would play a role in eliminating Livengood from the Cody family. But I was completely wrong. It turns out that it was Chadwick who decided to do the Cody a favor. Seeing Chadwick shoot Livengood in the head in the middle of the monologue took me by surprise. Officer Chadwick wants to continue taking money from the Cody family. He even increased his monthly fee and demanded five thousand dollars for killing Livengood (although they never asked him to kill Livengood). Chadwick is a complete mess. Maybe this is the obstacle related to the conversation Joshua and Pope had earlier in the episode? Chadwick is a wild card that Cody’s men lack the skills to handle properly. They will have to kill him or accuse him of a crime somehow.
With Livengood out of sight, I wonder if Deran will try to contact Adrian and ask him to come back to Oceanside. While I miss those two, I also think Adrian had better stay as far away from the Cody family as possible.
Also, with Livengood dead, wouldn’t Cody’s men be the prime suspects? I say this because Livengood was quite public about his investigation. He recently contacted the Régie des alcools to suspend the Deran bar. It was a small gesture, but Livengood did it anyway.
As for the flashback streak, I think Max just signed his death warrant. Janine had warned him to threaten his grandchildren. But ‘Relentless’ showed Max threatening the twins again. I liked little Andrew who stood between Max and Julia to protect her. But he’s still a kid. He couldn’t physically fight Max even if he wanted to. I was glad to see little Andrew having enough self-control not to punch Max.
Max being Oceanside’s bully and even forcing Janine to pay him a discount for work done outside of her territory, it’s time for Janine to take Max down a few notches. I wouldn’t be surprised if Max ended up being Janine’s first murder. She can’t become Oceanside’s crime queen with him. Let’s see if she gets rid of Max herself or if Manny or someone else does it for her.
Some other thoughts and questions:
- The police chase scene with Craig and the bike cop went on a bit too long.
- Do you think Renn will be ready to get back to Craig and agree to raise Nick together?
- I’m still waiting for Pamela to play a bigger role in the present. Due to her appearance in the promotional campaign, I didn’t expect her to disappear for so many episodes. I want to see her more.
- While I understand that most of this episode wasn’t that exciting, I think the ending streak more than made up for that.
What did you think of “Relentless”? Let us know.
Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.
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