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'The Bridge' recap: No man can run from his past

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Quetzalcoatl” | Aired Sept 24, 2014

A boot cleaning may solve most of your problems, but not the problem of Eleanor Nacht. The opening scene brings a standoff between Monte and Eleanor; both are tense, at the ready to hurt each other. One wrong word and someone’s boots will be getting bloodier. Their conversation sort of updates us: Eleanor is cleaning up the situation and expects what she’s due. Monte says Sebastian is a bit preoccupied at the moment because his daughter has been taken hostage by Fausto Galvan. The two depart, weary of each other. Who knows what will happen when (or if) they meet again?

The CIA agent is under a ton of pressure to clear up this Galvan mess and control Sebastian so the CIA can have “a smooth transition.” That includes Eleanor’s help, and we see the CIA agent rifling through Sonya’s apartment, looking for Eleanor’s ledger. He doesn’t find the ledger because Sonya is busy trying to crack Eleanor’s code in her car. She figures out that the ledger contains a list of addresses. She immediately goes to the hospital to tell Hank about it. When she says she’s going to visit each of the addresses, Hank starts getting out of bed—the man is still recovering—because he doesn’t want Sonya to go alone. The first place they stop by has already been ravaged by Eleanor. Whatever they would have looked for must be gone.

Meanwhile, Eleanor makes her way down the list too. She and Cesar have a man tied up to a chair while they burn paperwork in a dumpster. Instead of killing the man, like we think they’d do, Eleanor orders Cesar to put him in the car. Soon after, Sonya and Hank arrive to the same place a little too late and are joined by Daniel and Adriana. Hank and Sonya question the journalists, and it takes Hank strong-arming Daniel to get them to talk. They tell them about the information they found in the DEA agent’s garage. It confirms that the CIA has been protecting the money-laundering scheme that Galvan has been running. They find a map in the DEA’s paperwork that mirrors one in Eleanor’s ledger, which has coordinates.


When they head out there, they don’t find much except a discarded Customs seal. Sonya realizes something, gets into the car, and leaves, while Daniel and Adriana head out to talk to a contact at the Customs department. Daniel has a funny exchange with his Customs contact, and eventually we find out that those seals can be requested from people in the U.S. or Mexico.

Hey, what about Marco? Last we saw him, he was being taken in by Galvan’s men. Unsurprisingly, Marco is tied up and talking to Galvan. Marco warns him that the Marina is coming and tries to convince Galvan that it will be better if he lets Marco turn him in. That’s not going to work for Galvan. He orders his men to lock up Marco with Romina. Romina is out of it, and Marco asks her if she knows how many men are around, trying to get some intel. But she doesn’t know.

Steven Linder is determined to make Robles pay for what he did to Eva. He stops by the Chihuahua police station to see Robles with his rock in hand. Lucky for Robles, he’s not there. He asks the secretary to leave a message for Robles: “No man can run from his past.” She asks Linder who he is. “I’m his past.”

Linder goes outside to meet with Eva. She’s daydreaming about a life with him in the pink house across the road: “What would our life be like?” It’s sad question. Eva is ready to give up on this vengeful mission, but Linder can’t walk away from it. He asks her, “When I come back, will you be here?” Eva doesn’t know.

The CIA agent is still at work to fix the situation. He meets with Sebastian, who knows the Americans need him for that “smooth transition.” He hopes that will work in his favor and help get Romina out of Galvan’s clutches alive. Both don’t know why Marco is there, but the CIA agent assures Sebastian that the Marina is on its way.


Galvan is done running. He straps on a bulletproof vest, and his men start blocking the windows in preparation for the imminent Marina raid. He orders Marco and Romina to come in to room, when he makes his call to negotiate with the Marina colonel. Galvan believes that because he has Romina, the Marina won’t charge in. Marco says that Sebastian isn’t that important; this whole thing is bigger than them. The Marina will kill Galvan no matter who he has hostage.

Despite their agreement to let Galvan go, the Marina fires a rain of bullets at one of Galvan’s cars, believing he’s inside. Of course, it’s a decoy. Galvan, along with Marco, Romina, and others, escapes and heads into the desert.

An official visits Robles with news that he will be charged with rape and all the other corrupt actions he’s committed. The man is adamant that Robles will have to deal with these charges. Robles gets back to his usual business after the man leaves. He heads out to make a deal with the next person to take over Juarez. Once Robles leaves with a suitcase, which I’m assuming is full of cash, we see the men close up a truck full of drugs and put that same Customs seal Daniel discovered earlier on the back of the truck.

Linder has been following Robles, and now that he’s alone, he’s ready to make him move, rock in hand. Shockingly, Robles is onto him. He turns and shoots Linder. I will be very surprised if Linder survives that gunshot wound. Also, I’m surprised that they killed him off! I might be getting slightly ahead of myself, but it’s sad that Robles, of all people, is the one to do Steven Linder in.

Sonya and Hank head to another one of Eleanor’s listed addresses and find a boy there to question about Eleanor and the CIA agent. The boy says he hasn’t seen either of them, but a man came by before asking about the same individuals. He also tells the detectives that there have been people waiting at the crossroads nearby every night.

Hank and Sonya reflect on the situation as they stake out the crossroads to see who the people are. A truck finally stops and switches drivers. Sonya and Hank split up to follow each one. Where will they be led? Here’s to hoping next week’s finale delivers answers to all of our questions.

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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