It's official: Graceland Season 2 Episode 9 was the most disturbing installment of this show to date.
Not only did Carlito reappear to be a complete creeper, but now Mike has walked himself down a very troubling path that stuns me even as I write this.
What happened to Lena is interesting for two reasons:
- It's the first instance in which Mike failed an op miserably;
- The consequences directly reflect the situation Briggs faces with Charlie.
We'll take each element in turn.
So this is Mike's first op as a lead. He's been calling the shots, including the shot that allowed the trafficking ring to continue, for that creep in charge to remain at the helm, and ultimately to Lena being stabbed to death. Paige gave Mike every opportunity to shut the thing down and he refused.
She begged him on multiple occasions. Now Lena, the person Paige was so intent on saving from this horrible industry, is dead. And it's Mike's fault.
But I'll be darned if he didn't formulate some scenario in which he is also a victim, hitting himself with something that would cause Paige to think that Lena has run away and is still alive. Meanwhile, Mike is incinerating her body. There literally are no adequate words to describe how messed up this is.
Then again, doesn't it sound familiar? Didn't Briggs do the exact same thing to Juan Badillo? Briggs buried the body, tried to get rid of the evidence, but failed to tell the one person on whom the death weighed the most - Charlie - the real truth behind Juan's death.
You're probably thinking, "Well, Mike burned all the evidence, we now know the LAPD has audio evidence of what Briggs did." And you'd be right. But don't you think, much like Briggs, that the truth is only a listen away from being discovered?
Honestly, I am just still trying to process what Mike did. And that single tear he shed...wow.
Mike's story filled out much of the installment, but there was some progress made on Charlie's bank heist, as Jakes has joined her team on the job with Amber.
In other news, Johnny was south of the border with the Solano family, and apparently ruffling Carlito's feathers when it appears Papa Solano takes a liking to Johnny and his innovative new idea for trafficking drugs.
I would say it was just another day at Graceland. But the truth is, this day stood out in a big and unsettling way.
It's only a matter of time before Briggs is found out, but how long do you think Mike has before Paige finds out?
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.