Animal Kingdom 6×6 Review: “Diamonds Are Forever”

Diamonds Are Forever Animal Kingdom Season 6 episode 6 review
Deran noticing Eddie’s jewelry in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (Screengrab: Animal Kingdom Season 6 Episode 6)

Animal Kingdom season 6 episode 6, titled ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, showed the Cody men stealing a bunch of diamonds while continuing to deal with certain romantic and platonic relationship issues.

I was provided with a free screen of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

It was finally time for the Cody men to put their plan into action. Due to not being able to steal from Eddie’s actual business hub because of all the security protocols, they had to settle on stealing the diamonds being exhibited during the exclusive party being thrown by Brock (a big-time social media celebrity). 

I think that the writers did an awesome job of explaining the complexities of pulling such a heist. There were a lot of moving parts that needed to be timed perfectly. Certain things didn’t play out the way they were supposed to and that helped add a good amount of intensity to the entire sequence. Now, while I enjoyed seeing the Codys working together to steal expensive jewelry, I have to say that in hindsight the assignment seemed to have certain holes in it.

Why wasn’t Deran wearing gloves when he was switching the real jewels with the fake pieces? Also, with Deran, Craig, and Andrew showing up at the same place, wouldn’t it be easy for a police officer or detective to point them out if they decided to go over any possible security footage or even the pictures that the group of paparazzi took? Images of Brock “hitting” Craig with his car and Craig punching one of Brock’s security guards would have appeared online the moment said acts happened, right?

Also, seeing Arthur tell Joshua that stealing from Eddie didn’t make him feel happy made me side-eye Arthur. He did tell Joshua to lose his number. However, there’s a chance Arthur might have a change of heart and confess to Eddie about what he helped the Codys do?

Let’s see if these things come up to bite the Codys down the line. If they don’t, well, what’s done is done. And as I said, I liked the intensity and time-sensitive nature of the job even if certain things didn’t make sense.

As for the relationship developments between the main cast members, I will begin with Andrew. Having met his old flame in the previous episode, it made sense for Andrew to want to reconnect with her. Even Joshua told Andrew to call her. With how things ended between Andrew and Amy, I’m kind of interested in seeing how their reunion will play out. However, at the same time, I also don’t want Amy to put herself in danger, especially due to the hint that Andrew might dive back into his unhinged persona quite soon. Andrew is trying to change himself, but I don’t think doing so was ever an option for him after being raised by Janine for so long.

The moment Detective Thompson decided to break into the Cody house (while they were out pulling doing the diamond job), I knew she was going to mess something up to alert Andrew about her presence. I expected Andrew to notice that one of his breakfast cereal boxes wasn’t arranged properly. But it was the wrong time being displayed on the microwave’s digital clock that did the trick. With Andrew suspecting that someone had been in the house, he won’t rest until he finds out who snuck in. The cat and mouse chase between Andrew and Thompson is going to be exciting.

I appreciate the fact that she’s the type of detective that’s willing to bend the rules to catch bad people, but she needs to tread carefully. Andrew’s a wildcard. And he’s extremely dangerous when his family’s being threatened.

Coming to the relationship status between Deran and Craig, the tension between the two finally popped. They had been throwing verbal shots at each other for a while now, but ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ had them throw punches. Craig’s just not into Deran’s “leader” persona. He’s also quite annoyed at Deran because he hasn’t been giving Craig the support he needs to figure out a way to get Nick back. It’s obvious that issues still exist between the two brothers. But, due to how they are as characters, I think they won’t be as angry as they previously were at each other after having their fight in this episode.

Relationships were also a thing during the flashback sequences. It was obvious that Julia and Baz were going to hook up and they finally did in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. Of course, Janine wasn’t a fan, especially when she realized that Baz being with Julia cost her a job. And the last thing you want to do is make Janine miss a payday.

Baz is now stuck in a tug-of-war between Janine and Julia. Not only that, but Andrew’s definitely not going to be pleased about his twin sister sleeping with their “brother”, whenever he finds out. I think Janine’s going to be the one to tell Andrew. The entire thing is going to get messy and I’m here for it!

Six episodes have aired of the 13-episode-long final season of Animal Kingdom. While I have been enjoying the show, I do have a gripe. At this point, all of the Cody men, except for Deran have some kind of romantic relationship-centric arc going for them. Andrew reached out to Amy. Craig’s interested in getting back with Renn. And Joshua refuses to stop seeing Penny.

On the other hand, Deran’s basically got no one. And before anyone mentions it, I wouldn’t call Deran being with “Chad” an actual relationship. Deran also had no one in the previous season, after Adrian left the country back in season 4. What I’m trying to say is that we have already spent enough time with a heartbroken and mopey Deran during the entirety of season 5. And I really don’t want him to continue acting the same in the final season. So, here’s hoping the writers have a plan for Deran’s love life in the upcoming episodes. We all know that Deran can’t find happiness until he figures out a way to reunite with Adrian.

Anyway, what did you think of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’? Do you think Andrew will catch Thompson before she can get to him?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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