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Graceland Review: Pushing the Envelope

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Jessica came to town to shutdown Mike's operation, but the unexpected visit caused him to accelerate the case and make some pretty rash moves by both himself and his teammates on Graceland Season 2 Episode 5.

In order to keep the human trafficking case on track, Mike has to play with Jessica's emotions... yet he backs down at the last minute and forces Paige to lose her team. M

ike encourages Johnny to reciprocate Carlito's feelings, placing him in a compromising position, while Jakes ends up violating the restraining order by accident.

I always thought it was only a matter of time before Jessica dropped in on Graceland. In fact, I actually anticipating some of the drama associated with the Mike/Paige and Mike/Jessica relationship. What I didn't see was all the instability her appearance at the house would cause outside that realm.

Let's be honest, her appearance caused Mike to get even sloppier than he was already operating before Jessica arrived. Johnny almost got his cover blown with Carlito, and when he saw an opportunity for Johnny to get closer, he encouraged him to push the envelope and pretend he was gay, which got a gun shoved in his face.

Clearly, Jessica's arrival placed Paige in the very dangerous situation she now finds herself in, taking the place of a young girl being trafficked into the U.S. Had she had the properly outfitted team she planned on, she might have had some backup.

Instead, Jakes was getting arrested - for reasons we'll discuss in just a second - leaving her out in the cold and without help. I guess we have to blame Paige a little bit for going through with it, but it still should not have happened.

Even Mike tried to put himself in a compromising position when he tried to sleep with Jessica to get what Paige needed, which clearly backfired. Who we should really be blaming for the situation: Paige for suggesting the manipulation or Jessica for failing to grant the request?

And for all the drama going on with the rest of his team, it almost appeared as if Jakes was going to get some unexpected peace and little bit of happiness when his son showed up at his house to spend time with him. Daniel's a smart one, but clearly he wasn't smart enough to know what the consequences were for tracking down his old man.

And, as is to be expected in the world of television drama, the discovery of the violation occurred at exactly the wrong time. I have to say, it was pretty devastating to watch him get tasered in the final moments of the installment.

What I found most interesting is that Briggs pretty much flew under the radar this episode, but given all that went down, he and Charlie got a much deserved break from the drama. Did you notice there was still no mention of the infamous tape?

So, which case are you wanting most to see resolved, Agents?

 

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Sarah silva

I really enjoyed this episode!
I have said for a couple weeks now that Jessica is the mole! I still maintain that!
I knew Mike would not be able to sleep with her because of his strong feelings for Paige.
I also knew that Jakes' son would come and find him! His ex is a real piece of work and keeping a child from his father (yes there are some cases where it is for the child's safety BUT in this case Jakes is not a bad guy) is not good. He went to seek out his dad and his ex should realize that. I am worried about Paige, now they have no way of knowing where she is! Hopefully they will find her cell but that will not leave any clues as to her whereabouts. I like Paige but she is to blame for going on with the plan without back up. Yes she was frustrated that her team was pulled but she did not have to pull a "Mike on Mike" with Jakes! Jakes getting arrested was not Mike's fault. Being cops they should have let him help Paige when he said they were undercover. It is not like he murdered someone and is a danger to society, they could have arrested him later.
When Charlie said she loved Brigg's the look on his face did not seem like happiness.
Johnny is getting deeper and deeper involved with Carlito I had a feeling he was gay. I can see Johnny getting involved with both Carlito and his sister! No matter what this storyline will not end well. I do find myself more concerned with Johnny's safety that I do with Paige's. Even though as mentioned above I am worried about her too but I think she will be find, she wont come out unscathed but I am sure she will okay in the end.
Personally I do not see how Mike is getting sloppy! He was following orders from his boss, Jessica. Also as Charlie pointed out WOMAN in their industry have to use their female ways to get a guy to do what they need and so Johnny has to do the same.
I feel every one is down on Mike. I am sure we all remember that last season when Briggs was in charge of the Jangles case, Charlie was in danger when she was dealing with Jangles and he hurt her she would have died if it were not for Mike going to that house and finding her! Also over the course of that case she got hooked on drugs.

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@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

I agree with you about Johnny, Mike and Charlie, but disagree about Paige. Paige did what any agent in her position would do, and that is to seek justice. Yeah its cheesy, but she is the only one that actually interacted with the girls, which is why she is on this messiah/savior complex( i think that's right?). My point, she is pulling a charlie, when Charlie saw Whistler's dead body last season, she did the same. Think about this, Mike hasn't been snobby, and like you said he is following orders. From what we can assume is that, Eastin(creator) will follow the same format he did with Season 1, build up. And from what we remember, Season 1 got better towards the end ,and we saw Mike grow into a better agent, eventually saving the day. One thing that has also been bugging me is, WHERE IS BRIGGS!!!??? I feel like he's not involved as much as he was in season 1. It's probably because he doesn't have a vendetta, but i guess everyone has changed since season 1. Hoping that recording comes back because as of this week's episode, only Paige, Johnny, Jakes, and Mike are the ones who have it hard. Charlie and Briggs, seem to have it easy. It sounds douchey me wanting them to be in danger, but thats what i love about this show, these agents find a way to make things right. If only Jeff Eastin focused on White Collar like he did on Graceland -.-

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@ Hawkeye

Good point about Paige! I am on her side and think that the case should have been followed through and Jessica, knowing that Mike likes Paige was jealous and pulled Paige's team.
I too feel like Briggs has been missing this season. However I think that or the show to stay fresh Jeff Eastin may have each member of Graceland take point and be the leader each season.
I too like the danger factor! :)

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@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

After watching the promo for this weeks episode i feel as if our wish of a more involved Briggs has been granted. However, that promo is making it so hard to wait, hope Paige is still the same strong agent when and if she gets rescued. This is where we get our kickass Levi!!

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Well well well.....what a tangled little web was woven in this episode. First we learn that creepy Carlito is gay and has the hots for Johnny. I think it's high time TV blew the lid off the whole "Latino macho" thing and recognized that being gay ain't just for white people anymore. On the other hand, Carlito's use of "maricon sucia" (loosely translated: dirty f@gg0+) was repellant and only points to Carlito's own sense of self-loathing (because being gay ain't in keeping with the Latino macho thing). Now let's talk about Jakes. Dude....you're an ICE agent and you broke the law because.....because......because some hooker encouraged you to? AND you paid her to act as your "wingmom" for the day? BTW, did anyone else notice that the hooker got kinda emotional when she saw the toys in the kid's room AND after they dropped the kid off? I think there's a child somewhere in that hooker's past. And last but not least, let's talk about Jess. She didn't get a lot of screen time early on so I was intrigued by the addition of a new character, though I didn't quite trust her. Now that she was an integral part of this episode, I don't trust her even more and have come to realize that the actress who plays her is SERIOUSLY bad--very wooden and unemotional, kinda like a female Keanu Reeves. As for some plot elements: 1) Why did Carlito abort the pick-up? At first I thought it was because the call was to tell him that the mule died, but the man in the cowboy hat showed up anyway, which means there's a snitch and Jess' unannounced appearance seems AWFULLY coincidental... 2) Anyone think Johnny will end up in a triangle with Carlito AND his sister? :-)

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@ MrWriteSF

This was a cringeworthy episode.
The fact that Jake, and ICE agent who skirted the law for Briggs, got caught at the worst moment possible, is what pissed me off. 1) Carlito wasn't going to pick up the girl, other men do that, he was going towards the barrels, which is why everyone was at the depot.
2) I hope for johhny's sake, that triangle keeps him alive. I think Jess is the mole. Last season, i had a bad feeling about Abby, this season, its Jess.

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@ Hawkeye

Ah, OK thanks. I'm assuming the call was to tell him there'd be "company" waiting for him.

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@ MrWriteSF

Emily Rose has her own show, Haven, on SyFy Channel where she plays (ironically enough) a former FBI agent turned detective. She's very good in it.

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@ MrWriteSF

You're wrong. Emily Rose is awesome (and totally wasted on a disposable love interest role).

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@ Maka556

Well then she musta been having an off day 'cause I found her boring.

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Here is Graceland 2x06 http://bit.ly/Graceland2x06

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If there is a mole, I believe it's jessica

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Graceland Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

A lady doesn't dwell.

Paige

Glad this bus thing will be wrapping up.

Jakes
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