Season 3 Episode 6
"Reports of My Death"
When a man missing for 30 years shows up dead, Walt must deal with a media frenzy and determine if he really is the long-lost heir. Henry is tired of relying on others and makes a risky decision...[button color="red" size="small" link="http://www.aetv.com/longmire" target="blank" ]Official Site[/button]
Inside The Episode
Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman discuss how Henry's remorse over the death of Hector and his frustration at having to rely on others for help cause him to jump bail, and how Cady reacts to his rash decision.
Walt finds a dead homeless man who seems to be the heir to a mining fortune.
Walt and Branch rush to the Four Arrows Casino construction site.
Branch (Bailey Chase) practically leaps from the truck in his eagerness to question Jacob Nighthorse.
Branch and Walt (Robert Taylor) are furious. Hector identified David Ridges as his killer just before dying. If Hector was right, it means that Nighthorse has been lying to them about cremating Ridges body.
Branch confronts Nighthorse (A. Martinez) and attempts to put him in handcuffs, but Walt restrains his deputy. Suddenly, they are joined by an unwelcome party.
Walt isn't happy to see Malachi (Graham Greene), and he's even less happy to hear that Nighthorse has made him the head of security for the casino.
Malachi informs Walt and Branch that, if the questioning continues, he'll be contacting their attorney. Walt explains that there's no need, as they aren't arresting Nighthorse.
Malachi watches as Walt and Branch drive away. Walt tells Branch that without stronger evidence they won't be able to hold Nighthorse. Both men know that Malachi will be a real thorn in their side as they attempt to build their case.
Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) looks up as Malachi's thug walks into the Red Pony. He's returned to pick up the taxidermy heads that Malachi purchased from Henry.
Henry is frustrated that he can't leave to keep an eye on Malachi's man, but the visit gives him an idea.
By holding his leg in the intense cold of the freezer behind the bar, Henry is able to make his ankle monitor brittle enough to snap off. He quickly follows Malachi's thug back to the casino construction site.
Henry takes cover as he snaps photos of Malachi and his crony. Hopefully the images will allow Walt to identify the man, and provide a new lead in the case against Nighthorse.
Meanwhile, Walt sits with the body of a homeless man he found on a bench in front of the sheriff's office. According to the dead man's ID, he is Welles VanBlarcom, the eldest son in a wealthy oil family who was set to inherit a fortune before he went missing thirty years ago.
Walt is surprised to see that the tox screen lists some kind of opiate overdose, possibly heroin, as the cause of death, considering the lack of track marks on the dead man's arms.
Further complicating matters is the abrupt appearance of another man claiming to be VanBlarcom. He says that he paid the homeless man to assume his identity in order to throw off anyone trying to track him down. Walt wonders, if that's the case, who would want to kill this homeless man?
Henry follows Malachi's man to a bar. After getting an angry call from Cady, who is furious with him for ditching his ankle monitor, he decides to start up his truck and head home for the night. He is about to leave when he spots a familiar face leaving the bar.
Deena (Madchen Amick), Henry's off-again, on-again significant other exits the bar and heads to a nearby trailer.
Henry switches off the ignition. He has unfinished business with Deena.
Deena answers the knock at her door and is stunned to see Henry.
Deena invites Henry in and quickly embraces him. Henry pulls away, saying that he has spent some time in jail recently, and it helped him to realize what's really important to him. "So, Deena," he says, "I have a question for you."
Henry surprises Deena by dropping to one knee. Is he really proposing? "Deena," he asks, "where the hell is my $40,000?"
Henry confronts Deena about the money she stole from him and her involvement in the Malachi conspiracy.
Deena shoves Henry away, but he's not leaving without getting some answers. She explains that she had money troubles and had to leave town. She met Malachi's thug, whose name is Darius, and he offered to help her out.
Deena tells Henry that, at first, Darius only wanted her to keep tabs on Henry and the business he was doing at the Red Pony. Eventually, he forced her to rob him. She tells Henry that she never meant to hurt him, but Darius didn't give her a choice in the matter.
As he leaves, Henry tells her, "There is always a choice, Deena. In this case, we both just made the wrong one."
Walt returns home where he's keeping the man who claims to be the real Welles VanBlarcom safe from the prying eyes of the press.
Welles (Parker Stevenson) tells Walt that he admires the life Walt has created for himself. He can tell that Walt knows the meaning of hard work and thinks that if his family had been more like "Wally's," he might not have felt like he needed to run away.
Walt is surprised to hear Welles refer to him as "Wally," the nickname Walt's father would use when he took his son to the VanBlacom's place to see to their horses. Could this man be the real Welles VanBlarcom after all?
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