Animal Kingdom Season 4 Finale Recap: Smurf Left Her Fortune to [Spoiler] — Plus, [Spoiler]'s Back… to Stay?

TVLine | 8/20/2019 | Charlie Mason
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Warning: The following contains spoilers for Animal Kingdom‘s altogether shocking Season 4 finale. If you’d rather watch first, read later, you know what to do, baby.

Leave it to Janine “Smurf” Cody to find a way to hiss “**** you!” to her boys from beyond the grave. In Animal Kingdom’s surprise-filled Season 4 finale, the contents of her will set the stage for massive conflict in Season 5. The episode also included a heartbreaking resolution to Deran and Adrian’s story, a comeback that we (at least I) never saw coming, another big confession from Angela and an ending that almost seems designed to say, “Chillax, people. The show’s gonna be fine without Ellen Barkin.” Read on, and we’ll go over it all blow by blow.


‘LOSE THE GLASSES, YOU’RE NOT JOHN GOTTI’ | As “Smurf” began, after J informed Gia that Smurf was dead, the fence informed him that she wasn’t interested in moving the Codys’ gold — not until the smoke cleared and she learned who was going to be taking over for the late queenpin. When J subsequently joined his uncles at Casa Cody, he suggested that they hold a memorial for Smurf and find a way to let people know that they were still in business. (Note: He did not mean putting up fliers.) Following that brief powwow, Craig gave Deran his and Adrian’s fake passports and took a last, futile stab at convincing his brother to stick around. Inside, Pope gave J 24 hours to clear out. He had a total of zero f—s to give about his twin sister’s son. “You wanna be one of us so bad,” Pope growled. “You think you can run the family? You think you can be Smurf? You’re a leach, J. None of us trust you.” Harsh, Pope.

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