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Animal Kingdom Episode Synopses

Season 2 Episode Synopses
 

Episode 201: "Eat What You Kill" – Tuesday, May 30, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
After a risky heist misfires, the boys blame Smurf (Ellen Barkin), sending shock waves through the family. Baz (Scott Speedman) copes with being a single parent, while Deran (Jake Weary) makes plans for the future.  

Directed by Christopher Chulack
Written by Jonathan Lisco

Based on the Australian motion picture “Animal Kingdom” written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 202: "Karma" – Tuesday, June 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) 
As Smurf (Ellen Barkin) adjusts to being sidelined, the boys scope out their next job. Deran (Jake Weary) needs quick cash, and Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Craig (Ben Robson) lend him a hand. Baz (Scott Speedman) investigates Catherine’s disappearance. 

Directed by Thomas Carter
Written by Eliza Clark
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 203: "Bleed for It" – Tuesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Smurf (Ellen Barkin) takes J (Finn Cole) to the desert for an old friend’s wake. Baz (Scott Speedman) visits Lucy (Carolina Guerra) in Mexico and Pope (Shawn Hatosy) bonds with Amy (Jennifer Landon) from the megachurch while babysitting Lena (Aamya Deva Keroles). Deran (Jake Weary) considers what he’ll risk to get a liquor license for the bar.

Directed by Jimmy Muro
Written by Megan Martin
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 204: "Broken Boards" – Tuesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
With the bar set to open, Deran (Jake Weary) frets about telling Smurf (Ellen Barkin) about it. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Amy (Jennifer Landon) go on a date, while Nicky (Molly Gordon) must choose between Craig (Ben Robson) and J (Finn Cole).  

Directed by Emmy Rossum
Written by Etan Frankel
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 205: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses" – Tuesday, June 27, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As the boys put the megachurch heist in motion, Craig (Ben Robson) has second thoughts. Javi (Alex Meraz) surprises Smurf (Ellen Barkin) with a visit.   

Directed by Laura Innes
Written by T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 206: "Cry Havoc" – Tuesday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As Javi (Alex Meraz) ratchets up the pressure on Smurf (Ellen Barkin), she enlists J (Finn Cole) to help her. Baz (Scott Speedman) is confronted by a secret Catherine kept from him. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Baz clash in the wake of the megachurch job. 

Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Jonathan Lisco
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 207: "Dig" – Tuesday, July 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The boys consider how far they’ll go to help Smurf (Ellen Barkin) eliminate Javi (Alex Meraz). Shaken by what’s happened, Nicky (Molly Gordon) and J (Finn Cole) get closer. Baz (Scott Speedman) shares new information with Pope (Shawn Hatosy) about Catherine’s disappearance.     

Directed by David Rodriguez
Written by Eliza Clark
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 208: "Grace" – Tuesday, July 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As cops press Amy (Jennifer Landon) about the church robbery, Pope (Shawn Hatosy) diverts their suspicions. Craig (Ben Robson) plans an unusual heist of his own. Baz (Scott Speedman) tails Smurf (Ellen Barkin) to find out what she’s really hiding.  

Directed by Cherie Nowlan
Written by Megan Martin
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 209: "Custody" – Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Baz (Scott Speedman) bows out of the yacht heist, Craig (Ben Robson) and Deran (Jake Weary) consider their options. Meanwhile, Baz recruits J (Finn Cole) for a more personal job.

Directed by Gary Goldman
Written by Etan Frankel
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 210: "Treasure" – Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As Craig (Ben Robson) leads the boys – and Nicky (Molly Gordon) – in pirating the yacht, Smurf (Ellen Barkin) tries to find out who robbed her. Meanwhile, Baz (Scott Speedman) considers what life would be like without Smurf calling all the shots.

Directed by Josef Wladyka
Written by T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 211: "The Leopard" – Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Baz (Scott Speedman) puts his plan to take down Smurf (Ellen Barkin) in motion as Marco (Joseph Julian Soria) cashes in a favor with Craig (Ben Robson) and Deran (Jake Weary). Meanwhile, Pope (Shawn Hatosy) seeks the truth behind the reasons for Catherine’s death.

Directed by Michael Morris
Written by Eliza Clark
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 212: "You Will Be Gutted" – Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
With Smurf (Ellen Barkin) in jail, Baz (Scott Speedman) makes his move to run the family, but his brothers have other plans.

Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Jonathan Lisco
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 213: "Betrayal" – Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Smurf (Ellen Barkin) realizes she may be in jail a lot longer than expected, she pits her sons against one another, the consequences be damned.   

Directed by John Wells
Written by John Wells
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco