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'The Bridge' recap: Unbearable truths

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lamia” | Aired Aug 13, 2014

Daniel is high, jamming to music with his sponsor (guest star Brian Baumgartner of The Office), whom Daniel knocked off the wagon after five years of sobriety. After losing his job, we wonder if Daniel’s “IDGAF” attitude is legitimate. We quickly find out that he’s still on the case, as his sponsor knows someone who can help Daniel get some confidential info related to the investigation. Adriana busts his party, clearly having had enough of his shit, and takes him with her to her girlfriend’s place to sober up and crash. Later on, Daniel ruining his sponsor’s life is somewhat validated when they get the records on who owns the property linked to the investigation. Looks like they’ll be paying Charlotte and Ray a visit.

Marco and Sonya left us in a tailspin last week, but things have quickly calmed down. Marco lies under oath to save Sonya. Robles backs up the story, even though he knows that Sonya is involved. Robles uses that to threaten Marco, who then turns it back onto Robles, saying that if he tells anyone about Sonya shooting one of the cops, Marco will send Eva’s accusatory affidavit out for everyone to see.

Sonya has a hard time with lies. She’s the ultimate seeker of the truth, which makes this whole situation slightly agonizing for her. She visits Marco because she’s upset he didn’t call her after the hearing. Marco tries to soothe her by assuring her that lying protects everyone. She’s still upset, though, and it gets worse when she finds out that Marco is holding onto Eva’s deposition. He’s waiting for the right time to send it out.

While one lie festers, another surfaces. Jack finally tells Sonya about the drawings and leads her to the dead body under the water tower in the desert. Jack tells her that this was his brother’s special place. Dobbs had killed another girl, Bridget, who went missing six months before he killed Sonya’s sister.

Hank arrives to the crime scene livid and charges at Jack. This outburst leads to another buried lie bursting out into the open: Dobbs was unarmed when Hank shot him. Jack announces the revelation as Hank calls him a liar. But we know it’s true. Sonya is gut-wrenched.

It looks like Galvan begrudgingly took Cerisola’s advice and is reading Cerisola’s book—while he’s on the toilet. A sudden sound causes him to pull out and aim his gun, in case we didn’t know that Galvan is very much on edge. We realize that he’s in hiding, since Mexico’s new president and administration are after him. Marco pays Galvan a visit, or rather, gets pulled into his nest, to explain why he chose not to kill David Tate after Galvan so generously gave him the chance. Marco’s explanation is ultimately inconsequential, since Galvan says that he’ll just have Tate taken care of himself. His goodbye to Marco seems final, as if Galvan is resigned to his fate or planning an escape to Norway.

Daniel and Adriana follow the housing lead; while checking out the place, they meet Ray. He shows them around. Ray backs off when they reveal that they’re journalists, but by then, Ray has already said way too much.

Eleanor is back, and Cesar is there to pick her up from a small airfield in the desert. Apparently, Cesar is into reading erotic vampire stories, which captures Eleanor’s interest. She asks him about the cops he saw at the house as they drive off.

Back at the station, Hank brings in Sonya to talk about his outburst. He apologizes, and she asks if what Jack said was true. Hank admits to shooting Dobbs to protect her. He tells her that he had tracked Dobbs to the hotel with intentions of arresting him, but then he remembered Sonya’s expression when she learned that her sister was killed, and he knew what he had to do. Hank broke down door and Dobbs came at him, so Hank shot him in the head.

eAfter hearing his story, Sonya tells him that it wasn’t his choice to make.  Hank disagrees; he thought it was his choice. Hank says that he’ll call the D.A. to make a statement to tell the truth of what he did. He asks Sonya for forgiveness, and she says nothing.

Marco visits Tate again, only to watch him from outside his room. A final goodbye, perhaps?

Monte (Lyle Lovett) introduces Charlotte and Ray to Eleanor. She asks to speak to Charlotte alone, but Ray obnoxiously declares that he’d like to take part in this meeting. Eleanor silently lets it go. Even when Ray asks, “What’s in it for us?” Eleanor bluntly answers, “You get to live.” Can’t really argue with that.

What happens next is interesting and probably one of the key moments we’ve been waiting for all season: Eleanor’s backstory. It’s appropriately brutal and horrifying, as Eleanor tells a story of a girl who was raped by a man repeatedly and cast out of her community. Galvan was the one who found the girl: “She asked for vengeance.” Galvan shot the man’s wife, who never stopped the man, despite knowing what he was doing to the poor girl. Galvan took the man, castrated him, fed his parts to the dogs, and turned the man into a pet for Eleanor. “What happened to the girl?” Charlotte asks. “She survived,” Eleanor answers.

Eleanor’s story makes Charlotte and Ray understand their roles in this whole operation. Ray tells her about the journalists that stopped by, and Eleanor says she’ll take care of them. They know not to trifle with Galvan or Eleanor. Yet Charlotte makes an attempt to stay a step ahead. In another scene, the head DEA agent confronts Charlotte about her distress call. Charlotte plays dumb at first, but then eventually says she wants to make a deal. The DEA knows about her involvement with Galvan. She’s going to be an informant, or she’ll go to jail.

Marco is at the bar, talking to one of his women friends. He’s not a hero like the papers say, he admits to her when she asks him about it. She goes on to tell him how her daughter disappeared two years ago, and more cops like him are needed. The scene jumps to Marco and the woman hooking up in a car; it seems like he’s having trouble getting into it, but he eventually loses himself to her.

When Eleanor says she’ll get something done, we know she means it. Adriana’s girlfriend, Lucy, gets stabbed by an unknown intruder as she arrives home, but she fights back by stabbing her attacker until he or she is dead. Adriana later arrives home to see Lucy unconscious. I hope she’s not dead; despite how dangerous the situation just got, Daniel and Adriana cannot let anything stop them from solving this case.

Jack comes to Sonya’s place. She doesn’t want to talk to him, but she still wants to know how long he knew about the missing girl, Bridget. He admits that he knew since he saw the pictures, but also knew about Bridget from the beginning. He was afraid to say anything because he was only 13 years old at the time. Sonya wants nothing more to do with him; she doesn’t have room in her life for liars. She got her answers, or at least the most she could ever get. Jack always knew that was why she had him stick around.

Marco is still playing off his “hero act,” even though you can see how uncomfortable the whole thing makes him. He’s talking to a class of children at a school; the kids are asking him the tough questions on what it means to be good and bad. There’s a lot not being said there. This scene is intercut with a prison scene, as a nurse/guard ties David Tate to his bed. She injects something into Tate. He starts convulsing and then dies. I guess that’s the end of that.

Sonya makes a visit to Bridget’s family home. Bridget’s mother opens the door to see her long lost daughter’s purse in Sonya’s hand. Sonya is there to tell her what happened to Bridget, to give someone else an unbearable truth they have waited many years to hear.

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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