'Animal Kingdom' Season 6 Episode 1: Did Smurf kill Julia's aspirations for her own personal gains?
Spoilers for 'Animal Kingdom' Season 6 Episode 1
Over the course of five seasons, we have seen how troubled Smurf's relationship was with Julia, the mother of J. Since Season 1, it was quite evident that Smurf (Leila George) never really liked Julia because she was never like her. She always wanted to do something more and different rather than being a member of a family that's into illegal business.
However, Julia's end was actually really tragic. She overdosed and killed herself, forcing J to join Smurf and other members of the family. Now, we know how str1ained their relationship was and the premiere episode of Season 6 gave us another glimpse at how their relationship went from bad to worse.
At the start of the first episode, we see Julia accompanied by Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and one of their friends as they go to the school. The plan is that Julia will distract everyone and from behind, Pope and their friend will steal the computers from the school's computer lab and sell them. However, the plan takes a u-turn when one of the teachers arrives and sees Julia in the hallway. Julia gets really worried after seeing him and asks, "What he's doing at the school on a Saturday?".
He replies that he's working on the SATs and needed to do something. As Pope and their friend finish doing their work and get out of the school, they are seen by the teacher. He asks Julia if that was her brother? Julia says that it was not him because he's at home. However, the teacher gets suspicious and runs behind them. As they were returning to their car, the teacher and the school's janitor sees them, but they are unable to catch them.
Pope tries evading the janitor and the teacher by showing off his skills on his skateboard. On the other hand, Julia and their friend try to leave, but Julia doesn't want to leave without her brother, Pope. When Julia tries to save him from the janitor, the janitor touches Julia, Pope gets really angry and starts hitting him hard with his skateboard.
He keeps on hitting him continuously and is only stopped after getting tackled by a police officer. Smurf takes them out of the police station and when they reach home, she gets really irritated by Julia when she says that she wants to continue going to school and studying.
Things get really bad when she sees Julia playing with someone Smurf knows dearly. She gets irritated that she is getting so happy with that person, Smurf comes up to her and says that she is getting expelled from school. That crushes Julia as she gets into her room and cries.
That's one of the reasons why Julia never really liked Smurf and moved out. It's going to get even worse as the season moves ahead.
'Animal Kingdom' Season 6 will return to TNT with a new episode every Sunday at 9 pm EST.