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'The Bridge' season 2 premiere recap: Help me

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Yankee” | Aired July 9, 2014

There is a haunting quality to the Tarantino-esque opening scene of The Bridge’s season 2 premiere. Lyle Lovett’s Monte walks into a house full of  dead bodies. Blood drips from the stairway onto Monte’s cowboy hat. The music swells in the background, as we move along the lifeless house with Monte until he stops and hat-tips a woman holding a knife, both dripping in crimson.

From this quiet, violent scene, we move to another louder and faster one: As the Chihuahua State police raid a home and search the house for the person they’re looking for, a policeman turns on Marco (Demian Bichir) and tries to shoot him.

Clearly, last season left these characters in a lot more danger than ever before.

Back in Texas, Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) visits Jim Dobbs (Brad William Henke), the man who murdered her sister and is now dying. If we remember, Dobbs was shot in the head, causing him to have irreparable brain damage. Sonya, always on the hunt for the truth, doesn’t want Dobbs to die. She needs to find out why he killed her sister, but his condition makes that pretty impossible. While watching over him, she meets Dobbs’ brother. The man is first surprised by Sonya’s intentions and how forthcoming she can be. But how can you say no or reject someone who lost her sister because of something your brother did?

Afterward, Sonya visits the ranch where her boss Hank (Ted Levine) is hiding Eva (Stephanie Sigman), a victim of assault by members of the Chihuahua police department. Sonya and Marco saved and smuggled her into the U.S. Unfortunately, Eva is no longer safe at Hank’s, because they catch a Chihuahua police officer on his property. If Eva were to reveal how vile and corrupt the police are in the Mexican state, it could mean a world of trouble from them, especially from their new president. In ensure her safety, Hank hands her over to Bob (Jon Gries), the man who runs a shelter for women in the middle of desert.

In Mexico, the new president wants to limit U.S. involvement in his country; he makes that clear in a meeting with a U.S. official. He also appoints a new state prosecutor for Chihuahua. The appointment seems abrupt, seeing that the man, Abelardo Pintado (Manuel Uriza), is surprised by being referred to the title. But Pintado assumes the role quickly by making a visit to the Chihuahua police station to speak with the captain. The captain’s attempts at avoiding the prosecutor are obvious to Pintado. Later on, the captain sends Marco to deal with him, and the men come to an essentially unspoken agreement that Marco will filter the information he passes along to his captain. Marco is on a slippery slope since he’s pretty much a walking target with nothing to lose. Yet it’s reassuring that he still wants to play the game and take down the corruption that surrounds him.

THE BRIDGE -- Pictured: Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz -- CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

That, however, doesn’t seem too obvious to Sonya, who decides to finally visit Marco, since he’s been ignoring her phone calls. Marco admits to her that someone from his team tried to shoot him, but he doesn’t want her to get any more involved with the situation, lest she end up dead in a random ditch somewhere in the desert.

Sonya goes back to visit Dobbs and bumps into his brother again. They begin talking, and you can see in Sonya’s eyes that she desperately hopes this man can answer the questions his brother can’t. She brings him to her home, where she gives him a family photo that was found on Dobbs when he was shot. The two bond over the photo, and you can tell that Dobb’s brother isn’t quite sure what he’s doing there at Sonya’s house. As awkwardly as you can imagine, Sonya makes a move toward him. He freezes, and she asks him, “Is this weird?” Uh, YES, it’s weird. The two go at it anyway.

Our favorite—or not-so-favorite—alcoholic journalist Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) is still investigating the murder of an old woman who was housing millions in cash at her home. He follows a lead to a deserted skate park, and the man there gives him information on three family members with the name Quintana, who are linked to the murder and money. He crashes a lunch that Adriana (Emily Rios) is having with a friend to share with her the new intel, which suddenly piques her interest. I should mention that Adriana’s sister, who went missing at the end of last season, still has not been found.

All the while, we are introduced to two mysterious new characters that are crossing the border into the U.S. legally (well, to the officials, it looks legal). The woman must be in her thirties, but she’s dressed so homely that you think she’s older or a religious devotee. She is accompanied by another man, and they head into a bank to meet up with a banker there. Once in the banker’s office, they confront him about the money that was seized from the old woman’s house. The banker assures them that he’s handling his mistake, but losing around $68 million is not cool with these folks. The woman asks him to share the name of the other person responsible for handling the money. The banker hesitates. So the next obvious move—to her at least—is to cut off the ear of the banker’s assistant and threaten his family. It works.

This homely looking woman is Eleanor Nacht (Franka Potente), and dear The Bridge fans, she is this season’s dangerous new villain. By the end of the episode, we learn that the bloody opening scene is her handiwork. The banker’s information led her to that home and massacre. Later that night, in the back way of some buildings, a bunch of young boys stumble upon her washing the blood off her body. Interesting tattoos creep along her skin, and you know there has to be a story there—a sinister one, for sure. Crouched and naked, she looks up at the boys vulnerably and utters, “Help me.”

Last season taught us that looks can be very deceiving, and that theme follows through to this season—only it seems like this time, the audience may be in on it.

The Bridge, rated TV-MA, airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on FX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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