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Tiger King ‘Bonus Episode’ Recap – Life After Joe Exotic

Since it’s debut on Netflix on March 20th, everybody has been clamoring for more “Tiger King.” The original seven-part docu-series was perfectly binge-able and the latest streaming obsession, coming right at a time when most every American found themselves sequestered or under quarantine in the comfort of their own homes. Just recently, Netflix released some numbers on the show, claiming that “Tiger King” has had more viewers than the original season of “Stranger Things,” with a whopping 19 million viewers just here in the U.S. and over 34 million worldwide.

Well Netflix delivered an Easter surprise this Sunday, giving us an all-new episode in the saga of Joe Exotic. Actually, Episode 8, entitled “The Tiger King and I,” acts more as an epilogue, an after-show, hosted by Joel McHale (“Community,” “Talk Soup”), because, why not? In the style of most other shows during this pandemic, Episode 8 consisted of isolated interviews conducted by Joel McHale. Several of the players from Tiger King gave us updates on their lives post-show. They also offered up several other juicy tidbits of information. Joel was a fair and funny host, respectfully mixing in some humorous questions to go with the more direct and serious questions that had been on everyone’s mind.

The biggest omission from this “bonus” episode was, of course, Joe Exotic himself, now serving a 22-year sentence for the crimes he committed. Also missing were two of the biggest characters from the series, Carole Baskin and Doc Antle, but there was plenty of story left to tell from the eclectic panel of guests Joel had assembled.

Read on to find out what we learned during this brand-new episode of “Tiger King“!

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Tiger King has kept fans interested long after the show’s initial release. There are murder plots, big cats and a wild cast of characters. But one thing that made Tiger King so riveting is the relationships between all these big cat people. They are strange to say the least. Carole Baskin, who married her current husband, Howard Baskin while he was dressed in some caveman/tiger ensemble. And let’s not forget she has been accused of knocking off her previous husband, Don Lewis, and feeding him to their tigers. This is a claim she has vehemently denied but after the series, it’s raised more questions than answers.

Then there is Doc Antle, who seems to be running a harem of women out of his sanctuary. I will never understand how that man has gotten so many women to be with him. Finally, in what is possibly the strangest of all relationships, is Joe Exotic. Apparently, Joe had 5 husbands total but only 3 of them were featured on the docuseries. John Finlay, the toothless wonder shown in the series, was actually Joe’s third husband. Lucky number 4 was Travis Maldonado, who wed Joe in ceremony with John too. But John moved on to a woman and Travis met an untimely death, leaving Joe to look for someone else. And he found him in a then-22-year-old Dillon Passage.

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There is no doubt that Joe Exotic is the breakout star from the Netflix series Tiger King. Then again, that’s not saying a lot among a cast with so many questionable characters.

Comparatively, there doesn’t seem to be a ton of Carole Baskin super fans out there. This is primarily because of the cloud of suspicion around the disppearance of her late husband Don Lewis. Many people believe that Carole fed him to the tigers or she put his body in a meat grinder. I mean, she did explain in the documentary how this would be plausible if the a human was dipped in sardine oil. Recently, her co-star Jeff Lowe said that Carole reported that meat grinder was stolen right after Don’s disappearance. While no one has been convincted of a crime, a lot of people are talking about Carole and her possible involvement in this.

Joe Exotic Tiger King

Tiger King is just the gift that keeps on giving, especially during these quarantined times. Watching the seven-episode Netflix series gave us all a lot to think about and plenty to say. And, the content just kept on coming. Pretty much everyone who took part in the docuseries has done interviews and made statements about the dramatic storylines (i.e. the multiple murder allegations). Even, SPOILER ALERT: Joe Exotic has communicated his opinions even though he’s locked up in prison.

With Joe Exotic put away, that’s the end of Tiger King, right? Nope, not at all. Aside from the news stories that roll out every day, there’s also a scripted version of Tiger King in the works. But, wait. There is more though. There is actually one more episode of Tiger King headed your way. Very soon too.

Jeff Lowe Says Carole Baskin Reported A Meat Grinder Stolen Around The Time Then-Husband Don Lewis Died

Tiger King is the gift that keeps on giving. Usually when a show is over, we have covered all the bases and there is only so much we can say. But not Tiger King. Every day, more and more comes out. A lot of that is due to Carole Baskin and all the wild accusations that she killed her former husband, Don Lewis. The docuseries certainly covered it but since it’s been over, seems like we are just getting started.

Carole maintains her innocence and vehemently denies she had anything to do with Don’s death. So does her current husband, Howard Baskin. But they seem to be the only ones that are claiming her innocence. At this point, it’s hard to ignore all the stories coming out against her.

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There are lessons to be learned from Tiger King and the brief explosive reign of Joe Exotic. Live by the code of the jungle, metaphorically die by it too. In the series finale Joe goes down for orchestrating a murder for hire plot to once and for all stop Carole Baskin from stealing his zoo. The zoo Joe does not in fact even own anymore.

Joe caged wild animals and took away their freedoms and finds himself in a cage after being nabbed by the FEDS on what appears to be some trumped up charges. Working behind his back to seize the zoo was a collection of barely contained beasts: Carole Fucking Baskin, Jeff Lowe, and Joe’s former friend “businessman,” James Garretson.

There is no more humanity left in Joe Exotic, as he is completely ruled by his animal instincts to self-preserve. 

Tiger King Episode 6 Recap: The Noble Thing To Do

As Russell Crowe‘s Gladiator once said, “Are you not entertained?” That’s not even an option when it comes to Tiger King (of course you’re entertained, that’s why you’re reading a recap about the show!). It’s the most buzzed-about series to hit Netflix in quite a while. It’s our country’s favorite guilty-pleasure and diversion during these crazy times.

As we roll into Episode 6, the penultimate episode leading into the Episode 7 Series Finale, the murder-for-hire plot finally thickens. Up until now, we’ve been dropped into a world full of tigers, ex-cons, low-lives, zoos and eccentric animal trainers, where we’ve been given twist after unbelievable twist (Joe Exotic had not one but two husbands, who turn out to not even be gay???). Finally, we get to the real “true crime” chapter in the Joe Exotic story. We figure out just why he’s been giving phone interviews from inside Oklahoma’s Grady County Jail.

Just when you think things couldn’t get any weirder, Tiger King kicks into another gear. If you’ve already seen Tiger King Episode 6, you won’t mind reading on, But, if you haven’t and don’t want to be spoiled, you may want to turn back.

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Tiger King Episode 5 Recap: Make America Exotic Again

The fifth episode of Tiger King serves as a lesson that nothing good comes from too much crazy in one place. Not only did some of this behavior seem normalized, but it was also was encouraged. Joe Exotic dives into politics, while suffering personal tragedy. The dynamics of the park also begin to change.

Jeff Lowe has managed to bamboozle Joe into giving him ownership of his zoo. With new management, major changes begin to take place. Jeff immediately fires half of the staff and insults them on their way out of the door. One of the most significant changes is the entrance of his associate, Allen Gloverwho was hired as a handy man for the zoo. This won’t seem significant this episode, but just keep Allen’s name in the back of your mind.