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Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Los Malos” | Aired July 30, 2014

Graceland fans are used to being confused, but the triple time jump in the beginning of “Los Malos” left us even more perplexed than usual. The time jump followed scruffy-haired, unkempt LAPD gang detective Markham, a character we care nothing about, through his whereabouts during episode 6.

The episode starts with Mike going to see Detective Markham at a diner and letting him know that he should get his affairs in order because Mike is about to ruin his life. First we jump to 72 hours before the diner, which was the time of the bus bust. Markham calls Carlito to tell him the bust is happening, which we already knew.

Jump #2 is to 24 hours before the diner, when Mike let the bus boss man leave the safe house. Bus boss man goes to collect his leftover ziti from the fridge; but it isn’t ziti, it’s cash. As he is stuffing the ziti money into a duffel, Markham comes in and shoots him. Markham’s sidekick then begins the gruesome decapitation process. This pretty much cements Markham as one of the bad guys unless he is a triple agent with extremely loose morals. Gratefully, this is the end of the time-jumping, and we remain in the present day (post-diner) for the remainder of the episode.

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To gain more information on Markham, Mike sends Briggs undercover to the LAPD. An FBI agent going under as a police officer is one sneaky move, but Mike is convinced it’s the best way to get to the bottom of Markham’s involvement with Solano. In season 1, Briggs was constantly challenging Mike, but this season, Briggs has turned into Mike’s lap dog. Briggs is doing whatever Mike asks regardless of the consequences, reducing Briggs from a character to a plot device—which is unfortunate since he was once the most complex character on the series.

After a day hanging with the LAPD Gang Task Force and a sneaker drug-dealer takedown, Briggs reports back to Mike that Markham is running perfectly legit ops. Even though Markham murdered the bus boss man and has been chatting with Carlito Solano, he is also a great dad (he reads his son Neil Gaiman) and is good at taking down bad guys.

Mike’s other lead on Markham is to follow his money. Obviously he wouldn’t be working for the Solanos out of the evilness of his heart, so he must be getting something from them. In an overly calculated and confusing plan, Mike slips a counterfeit bill to Markham’s bank in order to start a federal investigation at the bank and avoid having to get a warrant for Markham’s bank records. Mike and Charlie head to the bank and find Markham’s hidden safety deposit boxes. They could be filled with cash, but they could also be filled with signed limited editions of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. As of now, all Mike has on Markham are locked boxes.

The time-jump opening did not give much insight into Markham’s mental state. With Paige and Johnny both having significant plot lines and Charlie and Briggs being left out of most of the action this season, what Graceland does not need is a new character’s plot to follow. Hopefully Mike will nab Markham soon and eliminate the time suck that is Markham’s plot line.

With Carlos gone after the bus bust, Mike sends Johnny to see if Lucia has any information. Johnny arrives at Carlito’s house and is accosted by two crazy men with guns, which, to be fair, isn’t uncommon at Carlito’s. But as Lucia is dragged into the room with her hands behind her back, Johnny realizes something is wrong. The men are waiting for a gun shipment they were promised. In an effort to appease them, Johnny gives them Carlito’s cocaine out of his safe, marking the second time Johnny has given random people random drugs this season.

The cocaine does not placate the men with guns (duh, Johnny; if you wanted to placate them, you should have given them marijuana). Instead, they are now crazy high and waving guns around. Lucia admits to Johnny that the gun shipment is not coming, but her father’s man, Simone, is on his way from Mexico to fix everything. Simone does indeed eliminate the threat, but unfortunately he is eliminated in the process. Johnny whisks Lucia out of the house before the cops have a chance to discover the three dead bodies.

With the myriad of people after the Solanos, Lucia has nowhere to go, so Johnny takes her to his mom’s house. Johnny’s mom doesn’t know he is an FBI agent, but the uncover vs. life line is definitely beginning to blur. After a nice family dinner, Jakes stops by to drop off some supplies for Johnny.

When Jakes realizes Johnny is helping Lucia, he explicitly states what we have all been thinking: You cannot get involved with an asset. Johnny’s relationship with Lucia is not only putting the operation in jeopardy, but it’s putting his own mother in danger. This is a television program, though, so there is no room for common sense. There is only room for sexy times! When Carlito finds out about this, things are not going to end well for Johnny or Lucia.

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Paige is more determined than ever to help the Tinker Bells. With Mike insistent on keeping the house open, all Paige can do is sit outside and worry about the safety of the girls. Mike is still treating the human trafficking as just a piece of a puzzle, which it rationally is; but like Paige says, this isn’t a gun shipment or drugs sitting in a warehouse. It’s human beings.

A couple of days after Mike rescues Paige, a new buyer is brought into the warehouse and comes out with a girl. Paige and Jakes follow them back to the motel and arrest the buyer. Paige gets a little too into the arrest and smashes the guy’s face in pretty bad. Hopefully this doesn’t affect his arrest or Paige’s job too much. It’s a small victory, but one of the girls no longer has to worry about the creepiest people on the planet.

Has Paige even been home since she escaped from the trafficking house? She looks worn out but determined, and we’re starting to get the feeling that she will do anything to get those girls out. The tap on Sulla proves useful when Carlos calls Sulla to tell him to shut down the trafficking warehouse  since Carlos doesn’t want another aspect of his business burned by the FBI.

Paige is not happy about the decision, as it only means the treatment of the girls inside is only going to get worse. Mike is busy with the Markham thing, Johnny is busy with Lucia, and Charlie and Briggs seem less than motivated these days, so that leaves Paige (with minimal help from Dale) to stop the human trafficking.

Everyone is discombobulated on Graceland at the moment, and although Mike keeps saying that all of these things connect back to Solano, it seems further and further from the truth. With Johnny mixed up with Lucia and Paige invested in the girls, the undercover portion of this operation is hanging on by a thread.

Graceland airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.

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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