Tulsa King – Season 1 Episode 2 “Center of the Universe” Recap & Review

Center of the universe

Dwight looks up details about his daughter, Cristina, on a website at the beginning of episode 2 of Tulsa King. To proceed further, he requests a card number but he doesn’t have one.

He tries to ship a package to New York (presumably the cut for the mob) but is found short when the cashier informs him they don’t accept “cash”. At the bar, the bartender no longer serves it by the glass and the coffee costs five times as much as it did back then. Stacy asks about Dwight’s file to dig deeper. You committed two murders on your file: one outside the prison and one inside in self-defense. He had a chance to flip but didn’t turn around and instead made time.

While Stacy admires his integrity, she is asked to be careful around Dwight. She walks through town and comes across something called “the center of the universe,” a woman informs her. She says that when someone is inside the circle, the people outside can’t hear anything. She tries it and it seems to work. Vince expresses her anger at Chickie for not doing anything to Dwight for his actions against him. The organization’s rules dictate that when a Chief is shot, the person who does so must be killed to respect the chain of command.

Chickie calms him down and tries to strike a deal. Dwight goes to the bank to get a card. He needs to reconnect with his daughter and a card is on his way. But the banker informs him that his identity card has expired. To get a new one, he has to go to the Department of Public Service, where he tricks his way into the driving test and bribes the attendant into getting an early appointment.

Manny is informed that Ike (aka Dwight) is back in town and takes this as an indication that he has come to kill Manny. Chickie calls Dwight and lets him know that to settle the dispute, he has to pay Vince a hundred thousand dollars. Dwight aggressively resists the offer but knows it’s the right thing to do. Stacy decides to visit Dwight and clarify his identity. Dwight doesn’t take kindly to it and complains about her messed up personal life of hers. He is rude to Stacy. her that she calmly leaves the hotel and Dwight immediately regrets her behavior.

We see Tyson’s father encouraging him to work on his career by going to college instead of working for a gangster. They share a healthy and friendly relationship and Tyson assures him that he is doing it to learn business insights. Bohdi accompanies Dwight and Tyson to Jimm the Creek’s farm. Bohdi warns Dwight about his cousin, Bad Face, who is the first person he meets when they reach the farm. Bad Face and Dwight almost come to blows as Jimmy arrives to smooth things over. The next scene is quite a spectacle for the viewers as we see why Dwight was on top of his game in his prime. And because he still has it.

Negotiate prices with Jimmy for bringing his raw material with great insights to his vast expanse of land. She knows Jimmy is outselling them in the absence of them knowing about his other businesses and appreciates Dwight’s intellect. They strike a deal and Dwight smokes weed on his way back home. Under his influence, he bemoans today’s generation and their ways and laments the lack of traditionalism in modern society.

Dwight receives his card in the mail and is finally able to create an account on the site. He gets Cristina’s details but her husband, Emory, answers the phone. She informs Dwight that she doesn’t want to talk to him. Dwight hears the children in the background and asks only to hear his voice. He obliges but logs out when Dwight says he wants to see her.

Heartbroken, he goes to the center of the universe and speaks loudly. He regrets not being there for Cristina and stopping seeing her because it was hard for him to be like that. Dwight wanted a different life for Cristina and he hopes he can reconnect one day.


The episode review

Episode 2 has more of the old fashioned charm that Sheridan tried to infuse into his storytelling through Dwight. For some reason, despite being a show about crime and the mob, Tulsa King has a way of easing his movements.

There is a warmth that you get from the cinematic universe and it is reflected in episode 2 where you see the main characters bond with Dwight. He seems like a very nice and intelligent operator, fully capable of establishing his own empire in Tulsa.

Episode 2 also unveiled a layer of his character where he is filled with regret for not spending enough time with his daughter. He pushed her away to make things easier on himself rather than on her and she can’t reconcile that truth with his situation with hers.

We saw the emotional depth in the acting and structure of this episode. Sheridan’s MO certainly means the story will have its sweet time moving forward and that’s fine with us. Keep it up and we’ll be good.

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