'Perpetual Grace, LTD' episode 7 review: From Paul Allen to Byron and Lillian, everyone has something to hide behind a mask of lies
Among the many things that are interesting about 'Perpetual Grace, LTD', what has to be noted are the stunning shots that portray not just the humdrum lives of the border town but also go beyond that. For instance, in episode seven, we see this scene which portrays the perspective of the world outside as seen from inside a barrel. Initially, it is a stationary shot, and once the barrel topples, the scene transitions into a beautiful narrative with the help of New Leaf's (Chris Conrad) voiceover about life lessons. This beautiful scene serves as the opening of the episode that was aired on Sunday, July 7, and we are intrigued.
At the beginning of episode six of 'Perpetual Grace, LTD', we saw Texas ranger Wesley Walker (Terry O'Quin) come face to face with New Leaf, instead of the man he knew to be Paul Allen Brown (Damon Herriman), who is technically James (Jimmi Simpson) duping everyone. Now, in episode seven, we see how New Leaf was convinced by James to take his place and get the ankle bracelet.
While we saw the device in New Leaf's hand go off the last time, there is no reference to his parents or their impending death in this episode. All New Leaf wants is to get the money that Byron Brown (Ben Kingsley) and his wife Lillian (Jacki Weaver) conned out of his parents. We also see the real Paul Allen try to close some loose ends with James' help.
The two decide that it is best to pay off Scotty Sholes (Hana Mae Lin) and keep her by their side. The price for silence is $65,000. Not much, considering they are getting ready to swipe millions here. Paul Allen also meets his uncle and convinces him that the Texas ranger is a man not to be believed. He asks his uncle to believe that he, Paul, wouldn't stoop down to the level of hurting another human being and after a few moments, his uncle understands and agrees.
His uncle also promises that he wouldn't talk to the ranger anymore and instead tells Paul Allen that they need to bring his father and mother back from Mexico to give them the respectful funeral that they deserve. Just when Paul Allen was about to breathe a sigh of relief, now that he had solved one problem, another arises.
James, on the other hand, sits down with Glenn Pirdoo (Dash Williams) for a heart-to-heart conversation. He is also the only one telling the truth, at least partially, at the moment and the conversation between them provides us with a contrary, yet dark perspective to how life can be when you have to depend on yourself.
In Mexico, Byron and Lillian have managed to hitch a ride with three women, who are incidentally trying to catch hold of him because he killed the son of their boss in the jail. At gunpoint, the women in the car decide to go with what the old couple wants for now and they drive to a location where Byron can hopefully block transactions in his bank accounts, but alas, he falls into yet another trap... Also, just before that, Byron had told Lillian that Donny (Timothy Spall) was back.
Who is Donny and why has he traveled from the UK to the USA? It is clear that he has the intentions of either killing Byron and Lillian or wants to defend himself from Byron. He is a smart man who is ready to earn money in cash cab to be able to buy a gun. The reveal at the end of the game tells us that things will only get further chaotic for Byron and Lillian even as we get a chance to learn more about their collective past.
How will Donny's arrival change 'Perpetual Grace, LTD'? That is something we will have to wait until the next episode airs on Sunday at 10 pm on Epix.