Kingdom is a show about people. Sure, they’re people with less than 10 percent body fat who probably have more anger issues that the average Californian, but they’re still just people—people who love their parents; people who want to be better; people who spend every second of every day fighting their demons; people who want to succeed. And that’s what this hour was all about: The people that they are, the things they want, and what they’re willing to do to get there.
We start with Jay doing a bit of shopping at a hardware store. He picks up some wood, a drill, some heavy-duty locks and quickly heads home to build himself a new bedroom door with more locks than any interior door should really need. When Nate starts to ask questions, Jay assures his younger brother that it’s all about safety. You know, because safety is an “illusion” and there aren’t nearly enough cops in Los Angeles. And considering that it’s up to the citizens to protect themselves, Jay has decided to give himself a new door, put bars on his own bedroom window and not do a thing to protect his little brother? Needless to say, it’s evident that Jay is up to something. And after he asks Nate to stay away from the house for the evening, Nate does his best not to pry.
Cut to Jay meeting his mother for lunch, where she admits that she needs to make a change in her life. She says she wants to get away from it all. But when Jay offers to have her stay with him and Nate, she claims that’s not enough. She’s thinking about moving out of Los Angeles and finally finding a clean slate. It’s just an idea she had, but Jay has an idea all his own. Instead of helping her decide on a new city to call home, he does what all caring sons would do and puts his mother in a sleeper hold and tosses her in his trunk, making sure to tie her hands. Turns out, the locked door and window weren’t to keep criminals out, but rather to keep his mother in. He’s forcing her into detox. (And it actually is oddly sweet.)
But that’s only step one of his process. Once mom is secure in his room, he heads over to her apartment to get some of her clothes. And as luck would have it, Terry also decides to stop by. Seconds later, Jay has taken Terry’s gun from him, taken off his own shirt (either to protect from blood splatter or simply to intimidate), and given Terry the beating he deserves. To be fair, Jay did warn him.
So with Jay out dealing with his mother, Lisa begins making calls to try and get him the fight she promised in the last episode. After getting suckered into drinks with Allison Castro, the investor chick, she finally gets in touch with a promoter who’s willing to take a chance on Jay. Enter Bucky Demarco, the sort of guy who drives around town in “Bucky’s Fun Bus.” That really says it all, doesn’t it?
At the gym, Bucky agrees to put Jay in a fight, but it will have to be at a welterweight, and it will have to happen in three days time. Also, there’s pretty much no money in it. But it’s a fight, and it’s all Jay is going to get at this point. It’s not exactly what Jay wants to hear, but for now, he takes it.
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