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'Graceland' recap: Somebody get me a cheeseburger

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “The Ends” | Aired Aug 6, 2014

It’s time to install another new character on Graceland, to further discombobulate the already impossible-to-follow plot. Meet Billy, the man who is going to help Charlie rob Markham’s bank. When Billy was first mentioned in episode 7, it felt like maybe this was someone we had met before, but it isn’t. Billy is a sleazy crook whom knew Charlie and Paul back when they were together the first time. He also knows someone who can get Charlie into the bank—namely Amber, a sexy blond bombshell who knows a lot about bombs.

The more random people we don’t care about that Mike and Charlie recruit to fake-break into the bank to get to Markham’s safety deposit boxes, the more far-fetched the plan seems. Obviously something is going to go horribly wrong, but watching Charlie flirt with Amber is pretty epic, so we’ll let it slide. Charlie tries to get Amber away from Billy and wants Amber to work just for her. She thinks she is successful, but after slamming the door in Charlie’s face, Amber hops back into bed with Billy. Is Amber going to double-cross Charlie? Is there something more juicy going on here? It’s impossible to tell, as Billy and Amber’s characters and relationship are not further developed, leaving us confused as to why they are there in the first place.

In a test to gain her trust, Amber challenges Charlie to rob a motorcycle bar armed with a shotgun. Amber thinks Charlie won’t be up to it since Charlie’s cover is a mere warehouse robber, but as Charlie is a trained FBI agent, the bar heist goes off without a problem, and she even delivers the cheeseburger to Amber as requested (in addition to the cash).

Do these people even have a controlling officer anymore? Mike is the head of the operation, but doesn’t he have someone over him to determine if robbing a restaurant or giving random girls drugs or sleeping with a prostitute is acceptable behavior for government agents? Seriously, someone needs to knock some sense into the Gracelanders. Anyway, Charlie is in with Amber, and the bank-robbing portion of the convoluted Carlos Solano takedown is set.

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After weeks of being Mike’s lapdog, Briggs was allowed to have a sliver of his own plot on this episode. While in a meeting with Markham, Paul receives a phone call from K, who turns out to be Kelly Badillo. She is in bad shape, so Briggs naturally races to her rescue. His sudden exit does not go unnoticed, and Markham sends his lackey after Briggs to check it out.

Briggs finds Kelly and a bottle of pills next to Juan’s grave. He carries her back to her apartment and forces her to throw up the pills. While Kelly has her head in the toilet, Markham knocks on the door. In order to maintain his cover with Markham, Briggs tells a nearly unconscious Kelly that he is Paul West from El Paso. Briggs manages to pass off Kelly as an ex-girlfriend, and Markham even sends over an off-the-books doctor to help out.

When Kelly regains her senses, she is understandably confused by Paul’s lying. It slowly occurs to her that Paul really is a cop and that he knew her husband. Kelly outright asks Paul if he knows what happened to Juan. For a good five seconds, it looks like Paul is finally going to come clean about accidentally killing Juan, but before he gets the chance, Kelly kicks him out.

Later, while having some crazy-sexy times with Charlie, in a moment of passion Briggs sees Kelly’s face above him rather than Charlie’s. Uh-oh, creepy sex hallucinations are not a good sign for Charlie and Briggs’ relationship. It could be guilt that Briggs is seeing, but it also could be a true desire for Kelly Badillo. Either way, Briggs needs to clear his head. Maybe a drink at the Drop would help? Why, oh, why can’t they ever just go for a drink at the Drop anymore?

In other sexy-times news, Johnny and Lucia are still going hot and heavy at Johnny’s mother’s house. It’s a little weird to have shower sex with an asset in your undercover case. It’s a lot weird to do it while your mom is in the next room. Lucia’s dad, Carlos, has been in touch, and really wants Lucia to go home to Mexico to keep her safe. But since Carlito and Carlos are known for being crazy murderers, Lucia doesn’t want any part of that. Johnny tells her not to worry and that he will take care of her, which is sweet but impossible.

Mike thinks that getting Lucia to Mexico will help with the investigation, so as per usual, with complete disregard for anyone’s feelings, Mike leaks a story that Lucia is a person of interest in the homicide that took place at her house. This gives Johnny the ammunition he needs to change Lucia’s mind about going to Mexico. With some passport help from Dale, Johnny and Lucia are headed on a romantic getaway to her insane father’s house.

The purpose of Johnny heading to Mexico is convincing Carlos to switch to a different method of drug transport, since the buses are out of service. Mike originally toys with the idea of tunnels, but when Paige brings up that girls could be trafficked in tunnels, she and Dale come up with a plan to use planes.  After a day of looking at old planes that definitely will not fly with the Solanos, Dale comes across a government-owned fixer-upper that will do the drug-dropping job just fine.

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Paige has been up all night at Sulla’s again, and she has nothing but disdain for Mike. In an overly abundant episode of sexy times, Graceland‘s cutest, blondest couple are nothing but cold. Any feelings Paige and Mike had for each other have disintegrated into frustration over their disagreement about how to handle Sulla. Mike is still adamant about letting the house run for the time being, which is only pushing Paige further away. Paige only has one goal in her mind: Get those girls out.

After some deliberation, Mike decides he’ll simply buy all of the girls for $1.5 million; since the bus bust, Carlos hasn’t been able to transport any new Tinker Bells. Problem solved. Mike puts on his fancy sex-trafficking duds and goes to meet Sulla, not at the house, but at a hospital. Turns out Sulla is less than eager to sell Mike the girls and go against Carlos, since the Solanos beat Sulla’s brother so viciously that he is now brain dead.

Sulla is a business man, though, so Mike figures out a way to please everyone. He brings $250,000 to the house as a down payment on the rest of the girls. Mike tells Sulla that he will receive the remainder of the money when things die down and the girls can leave. For now, in order to maintain the health and welfare of the product (the Tinker Bells), Mike will remain at Sulla’s house to keep an eye on things. Sulla is not thrilled by the idea, but since he hasn’t had a sale in a while, he accepts.

With Mike inside the Tinker Bell house, the girls should be more safe, but the Gracelanders are bound to get into all sorts of trouble. Now that Mike has gone undercover, their makeshift boss is gone and the bad is likely to keep on coming. The Gracelanders are getting deep into some heavy, illegal stuff, and it is less clear than ever if what they are doing is right or wrong. Sure Markham has some shady business with the Solanos, but over the course of this episode, he actually stopped a couple of bad guys. That’s more than can be said for anyone in the Graceland house recently.

There are only five episodes left of the season, and despite the first half of the season being overly plot-heavy, the Gracelanders haven’t made that much progress on the Solano case. At this point anything could happen with the Solanos, but one thing is for sure: If someone doesn’t whip the Graceland crew back into shape soon, the entire house might fall apart.

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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