Moonshiners – Season 2 Finale
So for the last couple months, Discovery Channel has given America the opportunity to see some behind-the-scenes moonshining action on Moonshiners. Last night, the second season finale aired, and it still left us with questions: is this the clue that the show will be back for season 3 or just plain annoying? Did Mark and Jeff get arrested? Did Bill and Josh ever make any moonshine? Did Tickle ever find a way to make money and did Tim ever go legit? We got answers to some of those questions, but as for the others, we were left waiting.
Mark and Jeff were able to finish their moonshine runs, even upping the ante to running three stills at once with the help of Jeff’s family and Jim Tom (I love Jim Tom. He’s a toothless wonder). The two bigger stills were run by Jeff and his family, and Jim Tom ran a third smaller one. Mark was on mountain security detail and was running around for most of the episode. When the duo begin to deliver the moonshine across the county, that’s when things turn really dramatic. We see Jeff being pulled over by police, though we don’t know why (I mean, it might be because of speeding, or just because he was a moonshiner). We aren’t given any clarification as to whether he’s arrested or not, but it appears that he is at the least in trouble with police when the episode ends.
After the entire episode, we finally see what I’ve been wondering about all along: does Deputy Sheriff Chuck actually work in the same area as the moonshiners or is he off on his own? The answer – I’m still not sure. We see him go to pull someone over, but we never see him actually arrest anyone. The final word we get on Chuck is a black screen with a typed out message from the producers saying “Chuck finally caught who he had been pursuing all season” (or something like that). It looks as if the producers want us to believe that it was Jeff that he arrested, especially due to Jeff’s run in with police. (Fun Fact – the last time we see Chuck speeding off to allegedly arrest someone, it’s bright outside, straight up daytime. When Jeff gets pulled over, it’s pitch black).
Bill and Josh don’t do that well when it comes to actually making moonshine. Sure, the accomplished their goal of setting up an underground still area, but they don’t really make any moonshine. At least, they don’t make any on the show or this current moonshine season. As they try out their steamer-still, one of the seals on the thing pops off and there goes all their liquor. Oops. They seem upset, but in the end, they just wind up partying at their fairground (and underground still site) screaming about how no one knows what’s underneath the stage (hint – if it’s a secret, don’t scream about it, especially on national television).
And finally, Tim and Tickle. Tickle is kind of a genius in selling Tim’s “backup plan” (his leftover illegal moonshine), by putting it in the water-storage tank of a trailer home or whatever the thing is. That way, he can pour the moonshine straight out of the trailer’s faucets and hand them out easily. Win for Tickle. Tim barely appears in this episode. He appears at one point talking about creating a bottle design for his legal distillery and then appears again in the last shot of the season. Tim appears in a black SUV on his way to a major investor in Atlanta, who will allegedly help Tim’s dreams of going legit become reality. We aren’t given any information about how the meeting went or about his distillery after this though, so now we just have to wait to see.
On a sad note, we were introduced to two other moonshiners, Mike and Tweedy, in the last few episodes of the season. They were only getting involved in moonshining again (they had done it previously but had since retired) to raise some money for Mike’s brother, Darrin, who needs medical treatment for a kidney disorder. Unfortunately, even though Mike and Tweedy were able to make some money for Darrin’s treatments, the finale was dedicated to Darrin, who has since passed away.
There has been no official announcement from Discovery Channel saying that Moonshiners will continue and have a third season. But, the ratings for this season have been some of the best on cable television, averaging around 2.95million viewers throughout (which is decent for cable). Is it enough for the show to be renewed? I’m not sure. I would assume it is. But we’ll see. Also…I’m hoping that there is because I wanna see if Jeff actually got arrested and if so, if it was by Deputy Chuck. There are rumors that the show is just a dramatization but there has never been a confirmation either way. If it is fake, that’s rude. Don’t present it as a reality show. If not, I still don’t understand why Chuck didn’t arrest you people for obstruction of justice.