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'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.

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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