Graceland Review: Every Cowboy for Himself

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After a week on hiatus, Graceland returned with another gripping hour via "O-Mouth."

After an ending like that, I'm sure there wasn't an Agent watching at home whose jaw didn't dropped to the floor. I can't believe they cliff-hanged us like that. Is it next Thursday yet?!?

Staying Deep Undercover

Then again, perhaps that's actually the good news. We won't have to wait long to see what happened with Charlie and whether or not she manages to make her way out of the situation while still moving forward in her case.

Props to the writers for starting out strong, with Briggs and Charlie resuming old undercover identities. Especially ones with whom harboring a torrid love affair was apparently a reality back in the day. I was waiting to find out who in the house had hooked up with whom in the past, but I don't know if I had pegged Charlie and Briggs as a thing over Briggs and Paige. Perhaps I'm not wrong though.

What I did appreciate, or find rather interesting, was their decision not to hook up in the hotel room, but instead to prank Johnny into believing they had in favor of Paige winning the bet. That was pretty great teamwork on their part.

Another great bit of teamwork? Johnny, Paige and Mike on the beach during their early morning football scrimmage. Who wouldn't want to start their morning throwing around the pigskin on the sand?

But Mike was also getting some quality time with Bello, the man he's supposed to be getting close to for his case. Who knew a gang banger would be into westerns? I did like that he made the association between cowboys fighting now for their government or resources, but for themselves. That's the classic core of the American psyche. 

Clearly Mike played the cowboy when he decked that sales associate, and the move got him a spot as Bello's new bodyguard. We can only wait to see how that situation plays out moving forward.

Another situation that only time will resolve is between Mike and Briggs. Mike may have been presented with evidence that heroine goes missing after every major bust, but why does he think that it's Briggs? Couldn't it have very easily been someone else jacking part of the score?

Better yet, Mike wasn't off when he told his handler that there were few things Briggs wouldn't do to protect the house, everyone in it and the cases they work. Perhaps this missing heroine plays into that somehow. If it saved the house and his people, I'm sure it was a risk he was willing to take. 

Charlie could definitely relate with Briggs position on something like risk. After all, she did shoot up in the final seconds of the episode to save their buy. I think it's clear she was emotionally compromised by the death of her CI. Hopefully this will get her an in and not in some serious trouble.

What are you predictions for next week, Agents?

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Graceland Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

I am a glorified camp counselor. I am teaching gang bangers how to shoot straight.

Mike

This just got way weird.

Johnny