It’s nine weeks after the events of the last episode, and Hooten is in Cambodia trying his very hardest to be left the hell alone by Alex: he maintains this is for her own protection, but at least in part it might be because she spends quite a lot of time this week being insanely annoying. Alex, of course, just ignores Hooten, makes her way to Cambodia, and tags along.
Anyway, Hooten – assisted, somewhat randomly, by a 12-year-old Buddhist – has been hired to find this week’s priceless McGuffin, the Cintamani jewel, although in order to do that he needs to track down the four lost implements of Vishnu, stolen from… etc. etc. Suffice to say that the reason Hooten wants to find the jewel is because it will enable him to flush out the man who murdered his wife and child, revealed this week to be a Big Bad named Kane; and the reason he wants to do that is so that he can kill Kane as an act of revenge. Alex is, of course, dead against the very idea of revenge, although since it wasn’t her spouse and child who were murdered, her opinion perhaps doesn’t carry quite as much weight as she would like it to.
Like last week, then, it’s one of the darker episodes: there are a few Indy-esque flourishes, but it’s mostly about Hooten seeking redemption in one form or another, as when he and Alex are trapped in the middle of a Khmer Rouge minefield and, with either remarkable courage or indifference to his own fate, he leads the way out. He couldn’t save his wife, he reasons, but he might be able to save Alex. I quite like this show with a touch of grit, I have to say, and Michael Landes as Hooten is able convincingly to summon up pain, anger, and remorse.