Previously, on The Bridge: “Vendetta”
Charlotte’s Web…of Deceit
Charlotte’s ovaries finally drop and she stands up to Graciela. Stand-up as in ran her through with a pitchfork. Her trusty sidekick Cesar blew a hole in the chest of Graciela’s henchman for good measure. However, Charlotte does not get her hands too dirty, she lets Cesar dig the hole to bury Graciela, and they decide it is best to keep this from Ray. I am still not sure why Cesar is so loyal to Charlotte, whatever the reason, she is lucky to have him on her side.
Love Struck Gus
A few episodes ago the show made a point to display a short text exchange between Gus and a female friend. I have been suspicious of his top-secret texting since the show’s start, but I assumed it was drug related. Maybe he was ditching school and getting caught up in drug running for the cartel. I was wrong about the drug running but correct in my suspicions. We meet up with Gus walking down the streets of El Paso. A young woman tackles him on the street. They have an exchange; he asks her whether they are still going to meet up later today. She is confused. He shows her a text message from her number. She informs him that is her old number and she hopes he has not been telling another girl all his secrets. Gus runs off.
Stephen is Lusty
Stephen has been having some masturbatory fantasies about Eva. He visits the Christ Ranch as he feels the need to confess to her that he killed her boyfriend in self-defense. She seems a bit numb by the news but not surprised. They awkwardly embrace.
Marco “Don Juan” Ruiz
Raise your hands if you have not slept with Det. Marco Ruiz. If you are under 20 and you raised your hand, Marco might be your father.
At the end of last week’s episode, we find out that Marco had an affair with a woman killed in an accident on the Bridge. A body was found in the trailer park. The body of Kenneth Hastings and for Sonya, it doesn’t add up. The body of a white supremacist buried in the desert does not fall in line with The Killer’s M.O. Sonya trusts her gut and looks up Kenneth Hastings in the database. Whose photo shows up? David Tate aka Ken aka Alma Ruiz’s co-worker no-tell motel lover.
Sonya and Marco are connecting the dots as to who their killer is and who he is not. He is David Tate former FBI Agent and husband to Marco’s previous mistress. He is not going to be taken down without a fight.
Not only was Tate an FBI agent, he excelled at his job and had a keen interest in the missing girls of Juarez. Marco and Tate were working together on the case, which was eventually shut down by the FBI. Tate suffered a breakdown after the death of his wife and child. He also fell off the grid shortly after his dismissal from the FBI. Marco is insistent that Tate did not know about the affair. Sonya asks well, what if he knows now. Marco’s face goes white and the rush off to Alma’s home. The house is empty. Marco is agitated.
He receives a call from “Alma.” It is Tate and he is at a park with Alma playing new daddy to Marco’s girls. Marco is furious and threatens to kill him; Tate laughs and hangs up the phone.
A few moments later Gus returns home. He reveals that Tate is one of Alma’s co-workers and has been to the house. Several. Times. Marco is not pleased.
Ken gives Alma the opportunity to call Marco. She declines and sneaks a smooch, before they pack up the kids and head to a surprise location. Ken takes them to a ramshackle shanty in the middle of the desert. Alma’s creep-meter should have gone off, but no she and the kids follow him into the shanty. Ken has Alma close her eyes and he places something in her hand; a grenade, without the pin. Alma is freaking out. Ken runs out of the shanty and padlocks her and the kids inside.
Back at the precinct, Gus shows Wade the text messages he has been receiving from Goth Girl. They realize it is Tate, but he does not know that Gus bumped into Goth Girl and they confirm the meeting with Tate. They proceed with a sting operation to nab Tate. A kidnapper van parked in a very hipster looking part of town. Worst surveillance team ever. Tate catches on and gets a waiter to pass a note to “Gus”. Wade and Marco rush the waiter and read the note.
It’s coordinates to shanty. Marco and Wade arrive at the shanty bust down the door. Marco makes a grenade exchange with Alma, and throws it behind the building…
That is some bullshit. But, whatever.
Sonya receives word that the girls are safe, loads up her pick-up truck to take Gus to the safe house. En route the truck is t-boned by another vehicle. Dangling upside down in the truck and a bit discombobulated, Sonya sees Tate drag Gus out of the truck. She spies the license plate number on the other vehicle before she passes out.
I have a few issues with this episode:
- The audience is supposed to feel some anxiety, pain, worry about Alma and the kids being trapped in the dusty shack. This only works if you build a connection between the audience and the people being held captive. I can’t even tell you the names of her little girls. Sasha and Malia???
- Marco must not ever pay attention to his wife. Maybe she never talks about work. Even before her affair with Tate started, they were obviously close to one another, moreover, had developed a collegial working relationship. You talk to your partner about your co-workers, unless it is a Hi-and-By situation, you will use their name. Gus spilling the beans seemed like a long way to go for Marco to find out that his wife works with Kenneth Hastings.
- What the hell is the rush? I was perfectly content with them NOT finding the killer or discovering his motivations before the season ended. I appreciate the surprise that it was Hastings/Tate, but why does it feel like the ending is going to be a disappointment?
- Charlotte’s story line just got less interesting. Unless the ATF comes in and starts wrecking shop OR we find out that Cesar is actually the brain behind the cartel.