“Longmire” can be seen each Monday evening on the A&E cable TV network at 10/9 p.m. Check the A&E schedule when each episode repeats after the original airing of the show. Last night’s episode on July 29, 2013 was called, “Tuscan Red.” The TV series was on hiatus last week & the cable TV ratings are not available for this particular episode. “Longmire” is now coming to the end of its’ second highly rated & critically acclaimed TV season. It is set in Absaroka County, Wyoming but filmed in the state of New Mexico. It stars Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry Standing Bear), Katee Sackhoff (Vic Moretti), Bailey Chase (Branch Connally), Adam Bartley (The Ferg) & Cassidy Freeman (Cady Longmire).
According to the official website of “Longmire” the synopsis is right here. It is – “Based on the ‘Walt Longmire Mystery’ novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson – returns for its second season with more murder, secrets and betrayals from Absaroka County, Wyoming. The new season finds reluctant hero Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) back in the saddle after coming to terms with the devastating loss of his wife and dedicated to serving his community.”
The “Tuscan Red” episode opens with Walt Longmire & Henry Standing Bear walking in the forest looking for wood. Henry is the only person Walt can openly talk to. They discuss Detective Fales (Charles S. Dutton) who had questioned Henry about the homicides in Denver. Henry only wants to talk about the election for county sheriff which is now one week away. They are interrupted by an explosion in the distance.
A house on the Indian Reservation was deliberately set as Walt finds a methane gas leak. Tribal officer Mathias (Zahn McClarnon) shows up because this is his jurisdiction & the underlying tension is still extreme between him & Walt. A Cheyenne male body is found under burned debris. Meanwhile, Branch Connally & Cady Longmire finally talk. She cannot see him anymore because he is running against her father Walt for Absaroka County sheriff. It is complicated, but their physical attraction is too hard to fight.
“Idle No More” has pushed the Cheyenne people to protest against a local energy company. It is headed by Dolan (Eric Schweig) whose brother Ethan was murdered in that fire. According to the preliminary autopsy Ethan was extremely drunk. His body was painted red then dumped in the house with a gas leak that went up in flames. The Cheyenne protest group targets the energy company because most of the homes that they live in have faulty gas pipes.
As the Nighthorse Indian casino is being built. Cheyenne tribal employees train for their jobs under a large tent. Ethan was married to a black woman named Lauren who works at the casino. She believes that Ethan may have been murdered because of their interracial marriage plus his job as head of human resources. There were threats against both of them. Tribal board member Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez) wants Branch to stay out of this murder investigation because it might jeopardize his election. He pays for Branch’s campaign ads with huge amounts of cash.
As the “Idle No More” protest begins at the town plaza. Is the Cheyenne tribe involved with killing one of their own? Was Ethan a closet alcoholic? (His wife claimed he never drank). Was the energy company responsible for Ethan’s death? Will Branch jeopardize his election chances as sheriff by involving himself with this investigation?