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The Guys Start to Spiral, Graceland “Magic Numbers” 

The week was a doozy for the guys of Graceland. I feel like for every step forward, they took two steps back and now they’re on the verge of spiraling out of control. Each setback sends Jakes to seek solace in a bottle (or worse). Johnny is getting in deep with a guy who is more of a scumbag than we ever imagined. Mike is losing his cool and now looks to be ready to sink his only FBI ally in the process. And I don’t even know where to start with Briggs. He just keeps making a bigger and bigger mess out of the whole Kelly Badillo fiasco and as much as I hate to admit it, I can’t imagine this ending well.

Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network
Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network

Let’s start with Jakes. We thought he hit rock bottom last episode, but clearly the bottom continues to fall out from under him. After having a close personal relationship with the toilet bowl, he seemed to get it together enough to show up for his new gig as bus mechanic. Sure, he hit a few hurdles, but his “whiskey-stench” actually ended up being his ally and giving him a way to connect with his new boss.

Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network
Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network

However, as soon as the mission seemed to be a bust, Jakes was right back drinking away his sorrows. I do have to give him credit, for initially when feeling isolated and alone, he attempted to connect to Johnny. However, in the end, that just forced him to face his indiscretions once again.

Jakes: What you up to, man?

Johnny: Me? Oh, you know, just living the dream. About to go scrub some toilets because I got them on the chore wheel next and somebody very recently put puke in ’em. You wanna spray while I scrub?

Jakes: No man

Johnny: That’s what I thought

Of course, after that, Jakes went downhill and landed straight in a six-pack. And then it went a step further. Granted, he didn’t go out to solicite females, but the fact that he eventually caved to the offer definitely does not bode well for him. That being said, he did hit gold at the very end, albeit by accident, but I can only hope that will give him the small boost he needs to seek help.

Last week, I gave Johnny major props for thinking on the fly, but it seems as though neither we nor Johnny knew what he was really getting in to. I didn’t think it could get worse than a Mexican gun stand-off or a guy being shot in the neck, but this week proved otherwise. Solano is a Bad dude, with a capital B. The way he treated the women in the club, the way he tested Johnny, the totally lack of regard he has for anyone but himself, he is ruthless.  And that look that he gave Johnny at the end on the couch, its obvious he relishes in having complete control and he knows he has Johnny right where he wants him.

And now on to Mike. The mastermind behind the operation, he managed to lose his cool more than once this week. Whenever anything doesn’t go exactly according to his plan, he jumps in to boss mode and attempts to put everyone in their place. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that he has a lot riding on this (and even more so now that his FBI girlfriend has staked her career on it) but when you’re in the middle of an op with Jakes, saying “I should’ve picked Zalanski” isn’t going to do you any good. Instead, you need to be like Briggs and come up with a way to save the op. Despite what he thinks, Mike is no Briggs and I can’t help but think that his hot-headedness may be his downfall. After all, this is undercover. You have to make meticulous plans then be prepared to throw them out the window because as we’ve seen nothing ever goes as you would expect.

Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network
Photo Credit: Jeff Daly/USA Network

Last but obviously not least, Briggs. This is the one that hurt me most. Every time we think he’s going to get away from his past, it comes back to haunt him. After learning that Kelly Badillo is not receiving the money from her husband’s life insurance policy, Charlie comes up with a plan to ensure the FBI gives her the financial support that she deserves. Despite the fact that it is totally illegal, Briggs has no choice but to go along with the plan. He attempts to balk at first, but he got both Kelly and Charlie in to this mess so he can’t let them go it alone.

Briggs: There’s no way in hell I’d let you do this alone. We’re in this together. Every Bonnie needs a Clyde.

Charlie: You know I’m the Clyde though, right?

After a bad-ass but dangerously ridiculous op that nearly went south, Briggs watches as Kelly opens the check. A-ha! It worked! Everything is all fixed, right?! Nope. Nothing can ever be that “simple”. Of course, the arrival of the check indicates to Kelly that Juan is actually dead and will never be coming home. Granted, she knew that in her head, but that little bit of hope that she held in her heart has now been squashed. So what does this mean? Will this lead her back to drinking? And isn’t that what Briggs initially contacted her in order to prevent?

Obviously Briggs can’t tell Charlie this as he attempts to walk a very fine line between helping Kelly because he killed her husband and preventing Charlie from punishing herself  because she thinks she allowed Jangles to kill Juan.

Charlie: So?

Briggs: She was over the moon, Chuck. Happier than I’ve ever seen a human being before. You did it. You fixed it. Just like you said you would.

Briggs just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper in this hole and I truly can’t imagine a ladder tall enough to get him out at this point. As I said last week, when the truth comes out, it will be an explosion and I fear that there will be many devastating casualties in its wake.

So, the guys of Graceland seemed to hit a particularly rocky patch this week…which is not to say that their lives are ever EASY…but all this seems to be inevitably leading to a blow up in each of their situations. And if next week’s promo is any indication, that prediction may be just as literal as it is figurative.

Be sure to catch Graceland Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.

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