Everything comes with a price. Mercy, faith, loyalty.
None of it came for free on Queen of the South Season 2 Episode 7.
Teresa’s bold move to take the metric ton of cocaine from El Santo moved her up in the pecking order of Camila’s organization.
Camila: So why did you do it?
Teresa: Because now you have a choice, with nothing you don't. It was a gamble. I made it alone.
Camila: Well done, Teresa.
The cards were still being dealt with this particular gamble, and the stakes were high. Camila still had no way to distribute that much product, although she showed no signs of giving up her hand.
But with every move the game became more dangerous.
Even as Teresa was being praised for her daring decisions, James was paying the price for his.
Camila: You're making judgement calls now?
James: Teresa makes them, you pat her on the back. I make them, I'm insubordinate.
When they left for Bolivia, James was unquestionably Camila’s right hand man, but his decision to spare Guero after the man save his life, put him on the outs with his boss.
And it was difficult to blame Camila for being upset. There’s no denying that Guero is a liability. The DEA is on his trail and he’s got a history of playing ball with them.
If the Feds picked up Guero, would he turn on Camila and Teresa? I honestly don’t know the answer to that.
As Camila pointed out to Teresa in this Queen of the South quote…
If you want to succeed as a businesswoman, Teresa, you have to learn how to control your weaknesses before somebody else exploits them and costs you your life.Camila
That left me wondering if the man Teresa shot after he left her bed in Queen of the South Season 2 Episode 1 was indeed, Guero, because little by little, Teresa is taking Camila’s lessons to heart.
Camila’s strategy of sending the charm to Isabela was genius. Epifanio sent her the cash she needed to buy time with El Santo.
But he also murdered two of his main distributors who were about to work with Camila. It certainly sent a message but didn’t it harm Epifanio’s business just as much as Camila’s?
What I appreciated most was Epifanio taking Isabela to his childhood farm and explaining how the Crocodile murdered her grandparents.
I got into this life so that you wouldn't have to come home and see your mother and father hanging from a tree. I had no choice. You do.Epifanio
Isabela has been far too sheltered for far too long, but she wasn’t wrong. Her parents business is her own crocodile, and I have little doubt that it will eventually turn and bite her.
And did anyone else enjoy the irony of Teresa worrying that a video game was too violent, given the world in which she lives?
I also really enjoyed seeing Kelly Anne again, although I question the DEA’s tactics with her.
Was showing her the horribly graphic photos of the people Camila Vargas has supposedly murdered really supposed to make her leave her rich husband and turn over evidence on a drug cartel?
The way I saw it, those photos were even more of a reason for her to keep her mouth shut.
If Kelly Anne was smart, she would have gone to Cole and told him what happened, but strategic thinking may not be high on the list of Kelly Anne’s gifts.
However, I did find it amusing that it wasn’t the murder and mayhem that had her questioning her life choices, it was whether her husband was having an affair with Camila.
Kelly Anne: We all kind of gave up our lives for the fairy tale but the fairy tale is bullshit.
Teresa: Why are you telling me all of this?
Kelly Anne: I'm a notorious over sharer. I just wanted you to know that we ain't perfect. There's a lot of skeletons in these walk in closets.
Teresa: What's yours?
Kelly Anne: My skeletons? How much time do you have? I think your boss Camila is sleeping with my husband.
I was hoping that Kelly Anne was going to tell Teresa about her visit from the DEA, but that obviously wasn’t on the agenda.
I also question why Teresa didn’t tell Camila the truth about Kelly Anne’s motives. I doubt Camila would be embarrassed by such a thing. It felt like information she should have and I’m curious why Teresa held it back.
But Camila’s biggest issue is her war with Epifanio.
Yes, thank you so much for the payment, but I'm not shutting down. If you want your metric ton, you're welcomed to come and pry it from my cold, dead, hands.Camila
If that’s not Epifanio’s plan, it’s definitely Colonel Cortez’s.
Now that Epifanio has teamed up with the DEA on the task force, he’s going to bring this war right to Camila’s doorstep, and he’s got some serious reinforcements.
Even someone as smart and conniving as Camila Vargas will have to up her game.
Check back next week for my review of Queen of the South season 2 episode 8, and if you just can’t get enough, you can watch Queen of the South online here at TV Fanatic.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.