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

'The Bridge' recap: Don't touch me

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “The Acorn” | Aired July 30, 2014

This episode continues the theme of framing each episode with Eleanor’s scene. She now walks on an abandoned road in the desert. Nothing she does is ordinary, as she stops her trek to create a rock burial for a dead armadillo found in the middle of the road. Where she’s going becomes clearer when she eventually meets with a man—likely one of Fausto Galvan’s men—and goes into his van.

The banker that Eleanor had threatened in the premiere is back, looking full of fear and grief as he ends a phone call. Not much later, journalists Daniel and Adriana make their way into the bank to meet with him. They start questioning him and leave when he refuses answer. The banker knows he’s screwed over and goes to make a call that would end Daniel and Adriana’s investigation for good. But he’s tired of the game. He asks his assistant (remember the one who had his ear cut off?) to toss the phones he has in his drawer. The banker heads outside and shoots himself in the mouth; Daniel and Adriana are witnesses to his demise.

Elsewhere, another man dies: Jim Dobbs. Jack doesn’t call Sonya like he promised, and of course, she’s upset when she arrives and realizes that she lost the last link to her sister. It’s an oddly moving scene to see this woman mourning the death of her sister’s killer.

In Mexico, the idealistic young prosecutor comes by to visit Marco, looking for answers and help. He asks about Marco’s connection to Galvan so that they can take him down. (Get in line, bud.) He tries to convince Marco to stop skirting the line and come to the good side. Marco replies, “There are no sides.” If you think about, does Galvan really give you an option? (That is, if you want to stay alive.)

Charlotte and Ray are staying at a random motel, sticking to his plan to “run” and head to Alaska. Charlotte is still trying to find a way out of it by calling Monte and trying to convince Ray it’s not a solid plan. Ray gives her this story about creating a new life and family in Alaska. It’s ridiculous and clearly not something Charlotte wants to do. Ray’s plan gets quickly squashed when Monte finally arrives, explaining that Galvan isn’t mad at them for losing the drugs and that he has new assignment for them. Charlotte jumps at the second chance.

At the scene of the banker’s suicide, the detectives quickly find the link between Eleanor and the bank. They’re not sure exactly what they have to do with each other. Marco tries appealing to Daniel, whose life he had saved last season, but the journalists don’t give him anything. However, thanks to the banker’s assistant, Sonya finds the cell phones and links them to a company in Mexico. Marco is hesitant about going to Mexico with Sonya, afraid they might get into deeper trouble. And he isn’t wrong. When they arrive at the company, they meet with the CEO, who also happens to be Galvan’s right-hand man. (And he also happens to be played by Bruno Bichir, Demian’s brother.)

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Marco is completely unsettled by the CEO’s appearance, and so are we as Sonya questions him. The CEO plays it very nice and gracious, seemingly cooperating with their investigation. Once Sonya is finished with her questioning, the CEO asks to speak to Marco alone. Marco immediately convinces him that Sonya isn’t involved as they go on their walk-and-talk. Marco also tells him they haven’t found Eleanor. But the CEO says Galvan already did. After killing an American teenager, the U.S. won’t back down on the search for her. The situation just became much clearer, yet more complicated.

Even the head of the company showing up to speak to detectives is suspicious to Sonya, and she asks why he wanted to speak to Marco alone. Marco said it was a job offer.

We get a couple of brief scenes to update us on the status of other characters. Raul’s assassin meets up with his boss and tells about his spiritual reaction after killing Raul. He tells his boss that he saw Jesus. His boss asks if Jesus pays better than he does. I’m curious to see what this subplot leads to because besides the obvious, I don’t know how it will play in to the show’s main plot.

We also see Linder in this episode, as they continue to torture the Mexican police officer. The prisoner taunts them about their unskilled torture methods and that he doesn’t care if they kill him. “Oh, you should give a shit, friend,” Linder responds.

Jack shows up at Sonya’s place to apologize for not calling her before Dobbs died. He didn’t expect to have any kind of reaction to his brother’s death. “He’s gone; can you feel it? It’s over.” What’s over? Man, I don’t think it’s really over. Sonya moves to comfort him and probably herself too, with sex; she takes his hand and places it on her throat, and a choking sex scene commences. Afterward, Jack looks at the drawings on the Sonya’s fridge, pulls one out from the bottom and takes it. The drawing looks like a murder scene, probably her sister’s. What does it reveal that he doesn’t want Sonya to discover?

Marco is finding some peace at church when the prosecutor meets him there and asks for witnesses. Marco tells him about Eva and how Sonya and Marco saved her. She may be able to identify the criminals to help take down Robles and then Fausto Galvan.

Ah, back to Eleanor, as she walks down the stairs of an underground tunnel and meets with Galvan.  He has something she wants. She says she can fix that mess with the money and banker. She asks him if they still have their deal. This is the first time we’ve seen her look intimidated, and even Galvan is a little daunted. This is an intense meeting between the two formidable characters; they are both fully aware of what the other is capable of.

What Galvan has of hers is in a cage, and she asks permission to see the prisoner. She walks and hums to the person behind the bars. She offers an acorn, and fingers come out to snatch it. I’m afraid to find out who that is.

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


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