It's Not What You Think

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Title It's Not What You Think
Episode 2.04
Aired November 18, 2021
Ratings 1.649mil - 0.20 (18-49)
Director Jackeline Tejada
Writer Casey Fisher
Synopsis Walker tells his family about the surveillance cameras in their home and partners with Denise to lure out whoever is watching them. Liam doesn’t trust Denise, or her husband Dan, which frustrates Walker who is trying to mend the rift between the families. Micki continues to deal with the ramifications of her time undercover.
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The morning after the chili cook-off, Cordell takes his family to the Side Step for breakfast where he privately reveals that he discovered hidden surveillance cameras monitoring them at their home. As the family processes this shocking news, Liam angrily insists this is the latest trick by the Davidsons and gets into a heated shouting match with Cordell when the Texas Ranger assumes that the culprits are likely the Northside Nation. Liam notes that none of the evidence they've uncovered about Serano alludes to illegal surveillance networks while, back at work, Captain Larry James and District Attorney Denise Davidson-Miller share that they don't have a strong case to prosecute Serano.

Revealing to his superiors that he is being spied on, likely by Serano's associates, the group plans to lure out the remaining Northside figures through the "Cobie Gambit". The tactic has Cordell and Denise act like they've gone crooked while claiming they have actionable evidence on Serano. As Denise's husband Dan watches, Denise arrives and claims to have a hard drive full of evidence to decisively convict Serano while she and Cordell engage in heavy flirting to sell the deception. As Dan and Denise are in a major rough patch, going as far as to attend marriage counseling together, Dan is incensed while the Northside spy he is working with plans to slip in and steal the hard drive while Cordell is distracted.

Geri Broussard stumbles on this scene and assumes that Cordell and Denise have rekindled their relationship before awkwardly returning to the bar. Liam joins Captain James and the others as they regroup in between bouts of their charade, revealing that analysts have deduced that the spy network is relatively close to the ranch. While this fuels Liam's suspicions about the Davidsons being behind the surveillance system, Cordell and Denise move to root out the hidden cameras. The Northside spy Earl tacitly coerces Dan in remaining behind while he moves to recover the supposed evidence against his boss; once he is a suitable enough distance away, Dan recovers the surveillance network's hard drive, the spy's phone and torches the surveillance station.

While Cordell and Denise are distracted by the resulting fire occurring near the ranch, Liam moves to defend his home while Micki Ramirez takes point despite Captain James' insistence she stand down. Micki is clipped by a speeding car and injured, with Captain James admonishing her for her recent reckless streak, while Dan saves Liam's life by fatally shooting the spy when he gets the drop on the younger Walker brother. Visibly shaken by the whole ordeal, Dan claims to have arrived on the property when he noticed the fire and came to Liam's defense when he saw the spy, assuming he was responsible for the arson. Cordell thanks Dan for saving his family though Liam continues to harbor his reservations about Dan and the Davidsons.

As the authorities take the surveillance system out of the ranch, they find an old case from their ancestors listing the ranch as their property along with an old map. Stella, who is stressed out about discovering she has been spied on for some time, bombs her SAT exam, but Todd sabotages the whole exam session by triggering the sprinkler system to help her; Stella quietly thanks him for the move afterward knowing he was doing well on his own test. Distraught by the incident, Micki decides she needs to take some time away from it all and clear her head. For his part, Cordell finds himself caught in between a rock and a hard place, Liam accusing him of forsaking his own family to side with the Davidsons while Denise is deeply hurt that Walker would suspect her family of being behind the surveillance network in the first place.[1]


  • Near the end of the episode, Bonham opens a box that was found with the Walker family crest. Inside is a map and a colt. The colt isn't the exact same as the one featured heavily in Supernatural, but it's a very similar gun, and it's believed to be a reference to the show.

Music In Episode

Song Title Artist Scene Info
treading water girlhouse Trey talks to Stella, to try to calm her down after her SATs.
Shake Samuel Jack Denise and Cordell pretend to be talking, just before Cordell spots something on fire in the distance.
Wanna Say Richrad Orofino Bonham, Abeline, and August find the map and the colt.
(Unreleased Track) ZOI Liam walks through the house with a gun, before being saved by Dan.
The Kids Matt the Electrician During flashback, we see Young Cordell and Young Denise meeting at the borders of their properties.


Lead/Recurring Characters

Guest Stars

  • Amara Zaragoza (Tamara Feldman) as Denise Davidson
  • Cameron Vitosh as Todd
  • Cliff Chamberlain as Earl
  • Dave Annable as Dan Miller
  • Kamille McCuin as Technician
  • Lila Jean Gonzalez as Young Denise
  • Mason Thames as Young Walker

Episode Stills

Rebecca Brenneman/The CW

Episode Transcript

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