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'The Bridge' recap: To be free

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “Beholder” | Aired Sept 17, 2014

Fausto Galvan is making a movie, and it’s not off to a good start. The surprisingly funny scene has Galvan trying to film a video message for Sebastian Cerisola. He shoves a gun to Cerisola’s daughter’s head and makes his threat to the camera. He is annoyed when he finds out that the gun isn’t even loaded. It looks like Hollywood definitely won’t be calling.

After the Red Ridge View massacre and Eleanor’s capture last week, there is a federal investigation underway. The Feds interrogate Sonya and her role in everything that has happened. She explains about the deal that was made with the DEA, basically admitting to them that she was approached to run an off-the-books operation. She even tells them about how the CIA was supposedly blocking their job. The men, one of whom is the shady CIA agent we have seen throughout the season, tell her that Eleanor is now under the Department of Justice’s jurisdiction, meaning Sonya is not allowed to question her. Frustrated, Sonya protests. But the men respond with a question about whether she’s taking medication and state that there is “a diagnosis” in her file. It has nothing to do with the investigation, but it’s a way for them to prove to her that they have the upper hand.

The thing about Sonya is that she doesn’t care about that. She finds a way to get in the same room as Eleanor anyway. Even Eleanor knows that Sonya is not allowed to question her, but she goes along with the situation. Eleanor talks around Sonya’s questions until she reveals that she only works for herself, not Galvan or Cerisola. Finally, Sonya asks her why she does what she does. “To be free,’ Eleanor answers. Sonya brings in the lock of hair that Eleanor stole and stored in her ledger, which Hank led her to. Eleanor’s interest spikes, and she asks Sonya about her mother. Sonya says her mother did what she could. Eleanor explains what her mother did, how she ignored her as her abuse went on. It’s the first time we’ve seen Sonya look genuinely sorry for someone in a long time. Their interrogation gets busted, and Sonya is ushered out of the room.

8BIMNow with Galvan in hiding, other leaders and gangs are fighting over control of Juarez. Something needs to be done soon to rid the city of corruption once and for all; otherwise it will keep on festering. After speaking with Sonya, Marco says he knows where Galvan is hiding. It’s the same hideout his own father had used in the past. Marco is determined to work with the Marina (Mexico’s Marines) to pay a visit.

Adriana and Daniel visit the DEA agent’s funeral to speak with his wife and see if he told her anything important that will help them with their story. His wife says that he had a special project in the garage. Daniel and Adriana head over to the DEA agent’s house and break into his garage, where we see poor Yankee and boxes of paperwork. Daniel and Adriana pick up the boxes and run.

Sebastian Cerisola sees Galvan’s video threat. He’s hurt; the man actually cares about his kids. Sebastian tries to get help from a high official, but no one wants to get involved with that “beast.”

Eva and Linder enjoy some frozen pops while scoping out their next victim, Robles. Eva asks Stephen to shave his beard, but he jokes that it has superpowers. But Eva convinces him anyway, and later we see her trimming his beard. She doesn’t want to live in the past anymore, chasing down the men who abused her. She wants a new life. Yet Linder wants Robles to pay for what he did. Finally clean-shaven, Eva kisses him, and they go for it. Moving on from the past isn’t easy, as Eva gets scared in the middle of their romantic encounter. Linder assures her that it’s okay.

Galvan is bored waiting for his plan to begin moving. His hostage is being difficult. She refuses to eat, and at this point, she’s more annoyed with her kidnappers than frightened. Later, Galvan hears music playing from a nearby party and decides to crash it. The partygoers go silent. Galvan approaches the host and his daughter to congratulate her on her quinceañera. He gives the father some cash, then asks to dance with his daughter and to pretend that he was never here.

Daniel and Adriana go through the DEA’s paperwork. They learn that the DEA wanted to stop the money flow to the cartels, and the CIA wanted to keep it going. Understanding how deeply corrupted this entire situation is turning out to be, Adriana breaks up with her girlfriend, Lucy, to keep her safe.


Knowing her mom is likely in danger, Sonya pays her visit. She buys her mom lunch and gives her money to leave town. She doesn’t explain why she wants her to leave, and her mom just accepts it. Sonya also tells her that Dobbs died. Her mom seems not to care about that news. She asks Sonya why she wears her sister’s coat; it won’t bring her back. Sonya just tells her she likes wearing it; she understands that she can’t explain the connection she feels to her sister by doing so.

The CIA transfers Eleanor into federal custody, then out of custody. With the CIA agent by her side, she tells him that she can clean up this mess, so she can make everything right. First, they need her ledger back from Sonya.

Sonya sees the car outside her place and decides to keep driving. Smart move.

As for Marco, he meets with the Marina. Marco explains that wants to go alone, but they don’t want him to. Therefore, Marco heads into town with two dressed-down men from the Marina. He visits an old friend; they share a beer, and Marco gets a sort of confirmation of Galvan’s whereabouts. He leaves, and Marco and the men arrive at a place. Marco suggests that he go alone at this point. The men don’t listen, and it gets worse when the men freak out at a kid, causing a scene. That handy sniper that Galvan has on the rooftop comes into play. The sniper shoots the men, as Galvan’s guards take Marco into the lion’s den.

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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