As summer winds down, a quick look at a scene I caught on in which the wife of a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel declared her admiration for former President Barack Obama. Recalling how she worked for “Obama’s second state legislature campaign,” criminal “Wendy Byrde,” played by actress Laura Linney, touted how “I just loved everything he stood for, what we were all trying to do together.”
The scene took place as “Byrde,” who is actively aiding in her husband’s (played by Jason Bateman) criminal activities to defraud locales, sat outside at night by a Missouri lake talking to a man, dying from disease, whose home she and her husband bought.
Humorously, in what may have been an early indication of how poorly Obama would pay women in the White House, she proceeded to note she had to quit after her daughter, now a teen, was born because “child care was more than my paycheck.”
Netflix’s summary for the ten-part series which went online on July 21: “A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.”
That hardly conveys the level of violence in the show, which includes multiple murders by her husband and her active participation in his criminal schemes to help pay a debt to a murderous operative for a Mexican drug cartel.
The clip is from episode 6, “Book of Ruth.”