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"Pawn" was probably the perfect way to end the first season of Graceland.

It had a little bit of everything---humor, intrigue and most especially suspense.

But truly the best moment of the episode had to be those skater kids finding the infamous tape in a pawn shop recorder.

Is Briggs In Danger?

Yet before we ponder how that was even possible, it's definitely worth backing up to talk about everything that led up to that moment.

Of course we knew Briggs had every intention of going on the run. And after what took place in "Happy Endings" how could you blame him. He'd dug himself in so deep it was hard to see how Briggs intended to get himself out. Lucky for him, Jakes was dedicated to helping him out, even as the rest of the house and everyone in it was starting to implode.

There are some things, though, that even Jakes couldn't protect him from, like the guilt he was apparently harboring over what happened to him when he encountered Jangles years before. Who knew that Briggs had broken under the intense interrogation he was put through? Who could blame him for breaking when heroine was being shot into his system like that. But giving up his training officer was some heavy stuff. And to think it eventually resulted in the death of every other agent at The Estate. I would have had a mental breakdown too. This certainly does a lot to explain his intense desire to protect the house and everyone in it. The same impulse that we could very likely blame for putting him in the situation he found himself in this evening.

What I liked most about this episode was the fact that even though they were being investigated, the agents of Graceland were trying their best to keep things together and keep moving forward, particularly Mike, who made the dangerous journey inside the mind of Briggs to track him down. And we're lucky he did, otherwise this finale could have ended very differently and much sadder.

We've known that Charlie was messing with Jangles for several episodes now, so when she walked in on Briggs choking him to death I never expected her to disregard Briggs like she did. She quickly regretted it, and didn't hesitate to let Briggs know the same after they were out of the woods. I really like the dynamic between these two and look forward to seeing a lot more of it in Graceland Season 2

As with any Eastin creation, the protagonist often has to opportunity to choose to proceed with the course he's taken or re-route his path towards the destination of original intent. In Mike's case, that was a one-way ticket to DC and as the Assistant to the Deputy Director no less. It's clear he hasn't quite let go of Graceland yet, as his flashback during that planning meeting were any indication. I half expected him to get up in the middle of the meeting and declare he was returning to Cali. I guess I was a little early.

Another bit that was a little early was that kiss between Paige and Mike. While I'm not complaining, i can certainly say it was an unexpected moment. I'm sure they'll revisit it next season, and I will be pleased when they do.

Overall, it was a pretty solid first season with all the twists and turns you would expect from Eastin and company. 

What was your favorite part of the season finale?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.2 / 5.0 (332 Votes)

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

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This show is AWESOME! i am on the edge of my seat the whole time! the dynamic of the TEAM/HOUSE is FABULOUS! it's going to be a LONG WAIT for season 2!

Sarah-silva

I liked Jakes the first episode he was on, but not since then. He has a bad attitude!
He helps Briggs and defends him but then when he shows at Jakes' sons soccer game he gets mad at Briggs!
As for Charlie and Johnny, they should have been on Mike's side when they found out he was investigating Briggs too and then they call him a traitor when they find out why he was at Graceland.
I did not expect Briggs to set up that other guy as Odin and send him away. Was this the plan all along?
I guess the whole Odin storyline will continue next season as they try and track that guy down!

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I really can't figure out why people see Briggs as the bad guy. Plays outside the rules, yes, imperfect, yes, but bad? Was he suppose to sit on the beach and let the man he thought was Jangles kill him? He was willing to lose everything to save Charlie. When has he not been there for the other agents. I agree with Nisan, my problem is with Mike and his holier than thou attitude. At one time he told Juan that he wished Briggs was the brother he never had. Really??? I hope DC turns out to be a case of be careful what you wish for and he realizes what he walked away from.

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Yep..."Chris" nailed it. That will be the plot for Season 2: "Mike's" instincts told him that "Briggs" was lying in the interrogation room and I believe that's why "Mike" is allowing "Briggs" to stay in touch with him: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. "Mike" will use this relationship to "bring down" Briggs.

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"White Collar" is the better show & has become the step-child to this? Really?

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The show is a convoluted and confusing in general. I like it, but I do not love it...yet? I understand about Jangles and the other house and that Briggs broke under what was not interrogation...that was torture. So..Briggs is really Odin but why? To assist in getting cases closed albeit not ethical and against the law (but with him the end justifies the mean) or for personal gain. Never been able to figure that out. Any insights guys!

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My favorite part was Briggs' interrogation. During the episode, I couldn't figure out what was going on when he gave Q his new identity or why he dug up the FBI agent and took the key and framed jangles for his murder by putting the key on his keychain, but it was all very well wrapped up. But, the house still doesn't know he was Odin - so did Mike believe that story when he heard it or does he know Briggs made that up too?

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So...while Mike was watching Briggs' interrogation did he figure out that Briggs had set up Q to be Odin and Jangles to have killed the FBI guy? Will he get away with it all or will it come back to bite him in the a@@ next summer? Hate to wait for so long wondering....

Tony-williams

This episode was all over the place and in the end, Mike is a mole who wants to be with the crew from Graceland.

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OK, I'll say it again, I don't like Mike. He has no redeeming qualities as far as I'm concerned.

Graceland Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Please excuse me while I go some place you're not.

Jakes

To home and the people that matter.

Briggs
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