Friday, August 29, 2014

Graceland - Home

Neither the return of Johnny (Manny Montana) and Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) from Mexico nor the Sauce Night in their honor can scrub clean the stench of failure, suspicion, and secrets permeating Graceland. Despite finally selling Carlito's father on the plane scheme to smuggle the cartel's drugs over the border, Johnny is sick to his stomach for lying and leaving Lucia (Jamie Gray Hyder) behind. With the LAPD shutting down the human trafficking ring and killing Mike's only connection to the Solano Cartel (Jon Sklaroff), all of Mike's (Aaron Tveit) hard work goes up in smoke and Paige (Serinda Swan) is left with unanswered questions and suspicions about what really happened to the scared young girl (Marina Shtelen) she promised to get out alive.

Although Briggs' (Daniel Sunjata) undercover assignment getting close to Sid Markham (Carmine Giovinazzo) is right on schedule, even if he had to screw Mike over got get it done, the other shoe finally drops as the tape of Briggs killing Badillo finally resurfaces. Growing increasingly paranoid as an unknown caller keeps playing the tape for him, Briggs first suspects Sid then Mike as the person toying with his emotions which are already heightened by the news that Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) is pregnant. The pregnancy doesn't stop Charlie from going through with the heist with the help of Amber (Brit Morgan) and Graceland crew. The mission is successful and recovers millions in Markham's dirty drug money, but Briggs' paranoia allows the thief to escape and nearly gets Mike killed.

With everything colored by suspicion Sauce Night is not surprisingly ruined for the group, but by the end of the episode Graceland has far bigger problems to deal with. Briggs finally discovers who has been causing his mental breakdown and although the heist seized money from a dirty cop on the Solano's payroll Markham is still free and Mike's bosses are less than pleased with his recent tactics which still haven't brought down the cartel. As the show gears up for its final two episodes several storylines have yet to play out which may effect the happiness, job security, well being, and possibly the freedom of several members of Graceland.

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