|Aired||December 9, 2021|
|Ratings||1.691mil - 0.30 (18-49)|
|Writer||Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer|
|Synopsis||Micki comes clean to Trey about her past and they question what it means for them in the future. After a heartbreaking talk, Micki realizes it might be time to start a new chapter. Meanwhile, Walker and Liam put their differences aside and agree to trust each other when Denise asks them to investigate a case. Bonham dresses up as Santa Claus for the annual holiday party.|
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A group of gunmen wearing reindeer masks intercept the transport containing incriminating evidence on Northside Nation's nefarious leader Serano, incapacitating the guard escorting such a deadly criminal and seizing a van containing the evidence for themselves. District Attorney Denise Davidson-Miller alerts Cordell and Liam of the heist while they adorn the ranch with Christmas decorations. Meanwhile, Micki Ramirez reveals the truth of her past relationship to the fallen Garrison Murphy, and the circumstances surrounding his death to Trey Barnett, with the two reconciling over this... for now.
While following up on a lead regarding the evidence theft, Cordell and Liam encounter Denise's husband Dan Miller, who appears to be hiding similar contraband to the gunmen that carried out the heist. Though Cordell and Liam are suspicious of finding Dan on the scene, especially after spotting him hiding a shotgun, they let him go as they don't have anything to act on. The encounter reignites Liam's past trauma of being shot by the Northside Nation and his paranoia surrounding the Davidsons. Davidson family matriarch Gale Davidson conveniently approaches the Walker brothers over lunch and tries to cover for Dan, though Cordell's own suspicions are aroused by conversation while Liam steps out and quietly busts one of the taillights on Dan's truck.
The Walker brothers and police track down the gunmen at a nearby garage as they struggle to breach the van to extract the evidence. After taking down the gunmen, Cordell feels that this clears up Dan of suspicion and feels as though they owe him an apology. However, on the ride home, they come across Dan being busted by the police, with Liam ashamedly admitting he put in a false call on Dan to initiate the bust and see if he was up to something. Cordell admonishes his brother for this, pointing out such a reckless move on a petty grudge could jeopardize his entire career.
Micki and Trey visit the local high school's holiday celebrations, where Trey is lauded for all his work as a school counselor and soccer coach and August maneuvers himself to impress his latest crush Faye, though his shoulder is still injured from enduring a recent fall back at the ranch. Trey tacitly implies that Micki accepted the undercover assignment when their relationship was becoming much more serious, an implication that leads to a bitter argument between the two. Guilty over what he had done, Liam admits to Denise what he did to Dan at the high school Christmas celebrations while August and Dan's son Colton entertain the crowd.
As Bonham arrives at the school dressed up as Santa Claus to light up its Christmas tree, August confesses to his father that he hurt himself venturing into the burned-out barn on the ranch; while taken aback, Cordell understands why his son would go into such a traumatic location for the Walker and Davidson families. Though Micki and Trey are able to make amends, she feels she is better suited to rediscovering who she is in light of everything that's gone on back in her hometown of San Antonio. Captain Larry James and Cordell reluctantly accept Micki's resignation back at the Texas Ranger headquarters as she thanks them for their time together before walking off into the night alone.
- This was Lindsey Morgan's final episode as Micki Ramirez. When asked if she'd ever revisit the character in the future, she said: "One-hundred percent. No questions asked."
Music In Episode
|Song Title||Artist||Scene Info|
|Christmas Time||Black Tie Dynasty||August runs into Colton|
|Verde River||Kassi Valazza||Cordell and Liam argue over Dan.|
|Good Time Daddy Blues||Carson McHone||Cordell talks to Gale about Dan|
|Tanokumbia||The Halluci Nation (feat. El Dusty & Black Bear)||Cordell takes on the meth-heads.|
|Joy to the World Y'all||Eddie Gore, Justyna Kelley||Santa!Bonham shows up and August asks Cordell for a pass for Christmas.|
|Someone Has Always Got Someone||Brendan Losch||Micki and Trey break up (though they never really said it was permanent so...) and she leaves for San Antonio.|
|Start Again||Daniel Trakell||Cordell and Captain James say their goodbyes to Micki. We all cry.|
- Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker
- Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez
- Keegan Allen as Liam Walker
- Molly Hagan as Abeline Walker
- Mitch Pileggi as Bonham Walker
- Violet Brinson as Stella Walker
- Kale Culley as August Walker
- Coby Bell as Larry James
- Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett
- Amara Zaragoza (Tamara Feldman) as Denise Davidson
- Bella Samman as Faye
- Betsy Currie as Teacher #2
- Dawson Towery as Donner
- Dave Annable as Dan Miller
- Garrett Kruithof as Boyd McNeil
- Jalen Thomas Brooks as Colton Davidson
- Jasper Keen as Barry McNeil
- Paula Marshall as Gale Davidson
- Valoneecia Tolbert as Teacher #1
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