‘Lawmen: Bass Reeves’ Episode 5 Recap & Ending Explained: Why Did Jackson Cole Kill The Senator?


In the previous episode of Lawmen: Bass Reeves, the deputy marshal understood that the journey was not going to be easy for him. Apart from the discrimination, the nature of Bass’ job was such that it made him privy to certain truths about life and made him understand the dynamics of society. He understood that the truth was much more gory and harrowing than he had anticipated it to be. Bass Reeves caught Silas Cobb in the last episode, but then he got killed by Billy Crow when he was trying to escape. Silas Cobb told Bass Reeves that he could barter his freedom for a criminal named Jim Webb, who had a huge bounty on his head. Bass Reeves had accepted the offer, but then a series of unfortunate events led to an unprecedented outcome, and Silas lost his life. One could decipher the kind of man Bass Reeves was from what he did at the end of the previous episode. He personally took Silas’ letter and delivered it to his wife. Bass knew how it felt to lose one of your own, and his empathy was one of the key elements that made him stand apart from the crowd. So let’s find out what awaits Bass Reeves in the 5th episode and if he is able to overcome the challenges that life throws at his way.

Spoiler Alert

Was Bass able to catch Jim Webb?

Bass came to know the exact location where Jim Webb had been staying, and he reached there with Billy Crow in order to arrest the fugitive. Jim Webb started firing, and Billy almost lost his life when a bullet grazed his neck. Bass killed Webb, and then he came back to find that Billy was standing in front of one of the gang members who was gravely injured but was still somehow breathing. Bass asked Billy to finish the job, and the latter found it very hard to do so as he was still not accustomed to taking lives. Bass made Billy privy to the harsh reality and told him that it was never going to get easier and that his conscience would be tainted, and he would have to deal with it no matter what.

What happened to Sally and Arthur?

Jennie was against Sally meeting Arthur, but in Lawmen Bass Reeves episode 5, she herself asked her to go with him to the carnival. Jennie knew that Sally was extremely disappointed in her father, as he had promised to go with her to the carnival, but in the end, he had to back out due to an urgent mission. Jennie was upset about the fact that Bass just didn’t have any time for his family. Bass told her that he couldn’t have the best of both worlds. When he worked at the farm, the family wanted money, which was why he joined the forces. But now that he had money, he didn’t have peace or the time to spend it. Bass knew that he needed to have a work-life balance as he was missing out on so much, but as of now, he didn’t have an option. He had become Judge Parker’s favorite, and he was obliged to follow the orders no matter what.

Sally went to the carnival, and a little white girl stood in front of her in the queue. When Sally asked her to move back, she made a racist remark, which deeply hurt Sally. Time and again in the 5th episode, we were reminded of the fact that, though the emancipation proclamation had been made, the ground reality was pretty much the same. On their way back from the carnival, Sally and Arthur were stopped by a bunch of white boys who wanted to bully and hurt them. Though Sally and Arthur were able to handle the situation, it terrified them about the state of things. Probably Esme was right when she told Jennie that it was very necessary for them to take precautions, as there were still people who just couldn’t digest the fact that slavery had ended, and a black person could do as they wished.

Why had Jackson Cole killed the senator?

Bass Reeves was told by Sherrill Lynn that Judge Parker wanted him to urgently go and catch a perpetrator named Jackson Cole, who was accused of killing a state legislative senator. Lynn told Reeves that the guy hadn’t ever been charged with such a grave crime. Reeves didn’t want to go on the mission, as he had promised his family that he would spend some time with them, but then the order had directly come from Judge Parker, so he didn’t really have a choice. Jackson Cole had seen things that no man should ever have. When he got caught by Reeves, he told him that he kind of felt nice being in the company of a black man. Jackson told Reeves that after the emancipation proclamation in Texas, he went around with a couple of his friends to celebrate the moment. He reached the senator’s house, where he saw how barbaric a man could get. The senator burned his slaves alive because it was against his pride to let them leave. Cole couldn’t forget that sight he saw that day, and he had decided there and then that he would take revenge on that predator. Cole had no qualms about killing the man, and he was ready to face the consequences of his actions. After staying the night at the house of a Spanish couple, Bass Reeves handcuffed Cole once again, though the dilemma was quite evidently visible in his eyes. Reeves didn’t want to put Cole behind bars, but he didn’t let his personal emotions come in between his duties.

Who did Bass Reeves meet at the end?

At the end of Lawmen: Bass Reeves Episode 5, the deputy marshal, together with Billy and Cole, was on his way back to find the Texas Ranger, who was going to take Cole into custody. That’s when they saw an encampment set up in the middle of nowhere, and to Bass’s surprise, it was Esau Pierce and he was the Texas ranger Bass had been looking for. The episode ends while Bass is still trying to figure out what happened. It was Esau who had killed Curtis, Sara Jumper’s kid, in cold blood, and Bass still bore the regret of not being able to save him. It would be interesting to see if Bass Reeves will try to balance the scales and take revenge for what happened back in the day or if he reconciles with Esau and gives him another opportunity to understand his intentions and motives.

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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