The next story comprises very mild spoilers for Ozark.
The second half of Ozark‘s last season has some fairly main duties on its shoulders. It must not solely carry the story of our primary characters—the Byrde household and Ruth Langmore—to an in depth, but in addition guarantee that the story of your entire present feels full. Which means calling again issues from the start, and, in some instances, bringing again folks from the very starting.
So when Ruth wants assist to make a play at taking up the Byrdes’s riverboat on line casino in Season 4, Episode 11 “Pound of Flesh and Nonetheless Kickin’,” she tracks somebody she is aware of who occurs to be somebody we all know too—we simply might have forgotten about her. This individual she goes to go to, now working in sunny Miami, is Rachel Garrison. Rachel was a key character within the first two seasons of Ozark, however hasn’t been seen or talked about within the years since. Nonetheless, in looking for her out and bringing her again, Ruth makes her a key participant in how issues wind up taking part in out on the finish of the collection.
The rationale you might not bear in mind this lady Ruth went to go to—named, once more, Rachel— is as a result of she hasn’t been seen on Ozark because the finish of Season 2. As a result of varied delays (each Covid-related and never), that was all the best way again in 2018, almost 4 years in the past. So should you do not solely bear in mind a personality who hasn’t been seen in almost 4 full journeys across the solar, on a present designed to be binged briefly order (it’s a Netflix unique, in spite of everything), we’re not going to fault you an excessive amount of. We’re additionally going to assist refresh your reminiscence.
So, uh, who precisely is Rachel on Ozark once more?
Again on the very starting of Ozark—when Marty, Wendy, and the household first arrived and had been residing in the home with terminally in poor health outdated man Buddy (guess you forgot about him too!)—Rachel was a key determine in Marty establishing store within the Ozarks.
When Marty first obtained to city, he went round on the lookout for companies to “spend money on,” actually on the lookout for companies to repair up and make investments cartel cash in as a part of the laundering scheme he was each extraordinarily good at and doing to maintain his household and himself alive. Finally, he discovered the Blue Cat Lodge, a run down motel and bar that was owned by Rachel. After some convincing, Marty satisfied Rachel to permit him to spend money on the Blue Cat Lodge, and he made some modifications to spruce enterprise up (together with hiring Ruth as a dishwasher). He finally obtained the enterprise booming…however then Rachel discovered that Marty was cooking the books, tactfully mendacity concerning the cash moving into and popping out—once more, all as a part of the cash laundering that he was so superb at.
Rachel took Marty to job on this, however he had no alternative however to proceed—stopping would imply his and his household’s dying by the hands of the cartel. Rachel finally uncovered $100,000 that Marty had stashed away off-site, and at first left it—however on the finish of the season, took it and ran after a threatening cartel member got here on the lookout for Marty. That was sign to get the hell out of there, and she or he took it.
Rachel returned to Ozark in Season 2, and with an excellent darker and extra upsetting storyline. Rachel had the $100,000 in money that she had taken, however had fallen right into a spiral of alcohol abuse. Early within the season she was caught drunk driving, and FBI Agent Petty (a real corrupt asshole) blackmailed her; return to the Ozarks to eavesdrop on Marty, or go to jail for all times.
Rachel returned to city, however simply concurrently Marty’s companies had been being squeezed and investigated by the FBI. Wendy was suspicious when Rachel returned at this actual second, and she or he had each proper to be—as Petty had Rachel sporting a wire when she was interacting with Marty.
All through this, Marty and Rachel had been getting nearer and nearer, and whereas the emotions between them had been actual, Petty was additionally encouraging her to get near him (whereas sporting a wire) to get him to say one thing incriminating on tape. Petty additionally obtained Rachel hooked on Oxycontin, and there was a complete mess right here, the place she wound up getting heroin that originated from the Snell farm that Darlene had laced with Fentanyl, and Rachel wound up overdosing. Truthfully, it was a complete mess.
Anyway, Rachel finally instructed Marty that she was sporting a wire, and Marty finally maneuvered Rachel out of Petty’s clutches (and Petty later obtained murdered by Ruth’s piece of shit father, Cade). The 2 clearly had emotions for each other, however it wasn’t secure or wholesome to do what they had been doing. Marty had Rachel flown all the way down to Miami, the place he would pay for rehab therapy and ensure the cash from the Blue Cat was in her account. At that time, they most likely thought they’d by no means see one another once more.
However that Ruth Langmore tends to take pleasure in throwing wrenches into issues like that.
Rachel is performed by actress Jordana Spiro.
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The position on Ozark is the most important that actress Jordana Spiro has had but, however she’s additionally had main roles on a pair different exhibits. From 2000 to 2001, she was one of many leads on The Huntress, a present a couple of bounty hunter (tangentially associated to the real-life inspiration of the Steve McQueen film The Hunter). She was additionally the lead for 4 seasons of the TBS comedy My Boys, which was type of like a before-its-time hybrid of New Lady and Everyone Loves Raymond; within the present she performed a sportswriter whose good friend group is all male.
Spiro has additionally made a mark in some small however notable movies in recent times. In 2021, she appeared (alongside Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham) in Small Engine Restore, together with all three Worry Road films that debuted on Netflix. In 2018, she made her directorial debut with a film referred to as Night time Comes On.
Subsequent up, she’s set to star in Vegas Excessive, from director Gillian Robespierre. Robespierre has executed a bunch of excellent TV in recent times (together with a couple of episodes of Solely Murders within the Constructing final yr), however her first two function movies, Apparent Little one and Landline, each starred Jenny Slate and each had been each superb.
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