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Animal Kingdom Episode Synopses

Season 3 Episode Synopses
 

Episode 301: "The Killing" – Tuesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Baz (Scott Speedman) fights for his life as the Cody boys figure out what their next move is in the aftermath of the shooting. Smurf (Ellen Barkin) gets some surprising news in jail and fields an offer from Pearce (Gil Birmingham).  

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

Episode 302: "In the Red" – Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
J (Finn Cole) struggles to keep the family business afloat after Smurf (Ellen Barkin) enlists him to make sure all the bills get paid. Deran (Jake Weary) makes his own moves independent of the family. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) learns the ins and outs of parenting as he cares for Lena (Aamya Deva Keroles), and Craig (Ben Robson) makes enemies in Mexico.

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 303: "The Center Will Hold” – Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Smurf (Ellen Barkin) navigates prison politics in pursuit of a potential job. J (Finn Cole) pulls the Cody boys together to keep the family enterprise going. Nicky (Molly Gordon) gets into serious trouble when she tries to impress an old friend.   

Directed by Alex Zakrzewski
Written by Daniele Nathanson
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 304: "Wolves” – Tuesday, June 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
With the cops on their tail, the Cody boys try to pull off their first heist without Smurf and Baz. They return to find unexpected guests waiting at the house. Smurf (Ellen Barkin) demands that J (Finn Cole) get rid of them as she deals with a problem of her own in jail.

Directed by James Hanlon
Written by Bradley Paul
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 305: "Prey” – Tuesday, June 26, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Deran (Jake Weary) gets to know his father Billy (Denis Leary) and helps J (Finn Cole) with a dilemma as Pearce (Gil Birmingham) closes in on Smurf’s laundering operation. Craig (Ben Robson) uncovers a secret that sends him to Smurf (Ellen Barkin) and Nicky (Molly Gordon) must decide whether she belongs in the Cody family or not.
 
Directed by Megan Griffiths
Written by Addison McQuigg
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 306: "Broke from the Box” – Tuesday, July 3, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
J (Finn Cole) tries to make his relationship with Nicky (Molly Gordon) work as he faces pressure from Smurf (Ellen Barkin) to clean up loose ends from Javi’s murder. Craig (Ben Robson) gathers the boys to defend the Codys’ reputation in town when outsiders move in on their territory. Billy (Denis Leary) gives Deran (Jake Weary) an idea for a job.

Directed by Mark Strand
Written by Matt Kester
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 307: "Low Man” – Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Deran (Jake Weary) leads the charge in planning the weed heist. Lucy (Carolina Guerra) calls Pope (Shawn Hatosy) down to Mexico for some intel on Baz’s murder. J (Finn Cole) reaches a breaking point with Smurf (Ellen Barkin). Craig (Ben Robson) learns more about Billy’s (Denis Leary) girlfriend Frankie (Dichen Lachman).

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

Episode 308: "Incoming” – Tuesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The weed heist goes awry and leaves J (Finn Cole) and Deran (Jake Weary) stranded. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Billy (Denis Leary) butt heads as Craig (Ben Robson) tries to keep the peace between them. Smurf (Ellen Barkin) learns about what J has been hiding from her since she’s been away.

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

Episode 309: "Libertad" – Tuesday, July 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
A decision from Deran’s (Jake Weary) past comes back to haunt him. J (Finn Cole) works to get back into Smurf’s (Ellen Barkin) good graces as she tries to take away his control over the family business. As he learns more about the Cody dynamics, Billy (Denis Leary) uses his past with Smurf to his advantage.

Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Bradley Paul
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco

Episode 310: "Off the Tit" – Tuesday, July 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Tensions run high as Billy (Denis Leary) pressures the family to give him what he’s owed. Craig (Ben Robson) has a surprise meeting that makes him reconsider his future. Smurf (Ellen Barkin) comes to the boys with a proposal and they struggle to hold onto the freedom they had when she was in jail.

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

Episode 311: “Jackpot” – Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Smurf (Ellen Barkin) enlists the boys in a surprise job that results in devastating consequences. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) is forced to confront the truth about Baz’s murder as J (Finn Cole) steps up for the family in an unexpected way.

Directed by Shawn Hatosy
Written by Matt Kester
Based on the Australian motion picture Animal Kingdom written by David Michôd
Developed for Television by Jonathan Lisco