'American Rust' Episode 9: Virgil's warning comes a little too late for Del Harris
With 'American Rust' coming to an end, it looks like Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) is now in the thick of it. Not only did he try to help cover up Billy (Alex Neustaedter) and Issac's (David Alvarez) crime, but now, he is caught in a web of crime. But there clearly is someone else pulling the strings behind Harris' actions. As per the synopsis of the episode -- "Harris finally finds the anonymous eyewitness. Lee decides not to return to New York. Billy is returned to the general prison population to face the consequences of his actions. The D.A. may be forced to drop the case."
Episode 9, titled 'Denmark', follows the events of the previous episode, where botched an attack in the prison planned by the Aryans. He ends up in solitary confinement, which might be for the best because back in the general population, he is sure to get beaten up by the other inmates. Back in Buell, things aren't looking much better for Harris either, who is now living with Grace, after she burned down her trailer. Harris later meets with Jackson (Dallas Roberts), who is now on edge, seeing that he is worried the drugs will be traced back to him. Harris even comments about how the issue is now like cancer and the best course of action is to rip the entire thing out.
With a plan in place, Harris finds himself in Bobby's (William Apps) house. The two get into a scuffle where Bobby tries to choke him, but Harris ends up shooting him in order to free himself. He notices that Jackson has arrived as well and kills him too. While he is trying to make it look like a shootout, Jackson's 87-year-old cousin appears, armed with a shotgun. She fires at Harris only for him to fire back and kill her as well. After staging the entire scene, Harris calls 911 and flees.
He returns to Grace, who helps patch him up, while ominously making it seem like nothing ever happened and that she was now waiting for her son to walk free. Meanwhile, Billy, as expected, gets beaten up badly in the general population and ends up in a medically induced coma. Lee (Julia Mayorga) on the other hand has a heart to heart conversation with her father (Bill Camp), who admits that he prevented her mother from going back to Mexico with eventually ruined her life and that he wouldn't be responsible for Lee ruining hers. Lee disagrees and leaves for work, as Henry decides to take matters into his own hands, by overdosing on his medication. As Harris returns to work the next day, Steve (Rob Yang) notices his strange behaviour regarding his arm. Harris brushes his concern off and ends up meeting Virgil, who talks about his trailer having burned down.
He mentions that the only thing that survived was his shed and in there he made a startling discovery -- a bag of Billy's photos that were all around the house and out of the three canisters of kerosene that were kept there, only one empty can remained He indirectly tells Harris that Grace is not to be trusted so easily and whatever he was doing for her was no more than him being caught up in emotion. Virgil's warnings come a little too late, seeing that Harris is now in too deep.
To make matters worse, the Philadephia PD shows up, asking Harris questions about Chuck. While talking to them, Harris notices an unlikely visitor -- Issac. Issac approaches Harris and places a wrench in front of him -- the murder weapon used to kill Novick. Taken aback by his sudden reappearance, Harris demands Issac take the wrench back and never show it to anyone. Meanwhile, Steve has now discovered that a bulletproof vest and a gun is missing from the station armoury, ending Season 1 on a cliffhanger -- Did Harris trade his own freedom for Billy's?
What do you think? With Harris be able to get away with it? Is Grace the real selfish mastermind here, using Harris to save her son? Will Billy survive without any major brain damage? Sound off below!