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'The Bridge' season 2 finale recap: I'm no hero

Season 2 | Episode 13 | “Julibex” | Aired Oct 1, 2014

The Bridge began the season with a hell of an episode.  Can we say the same for its finale?

Hank and Sonya are still trailing the truck and van. Sonya follows the van, which drives into a random garage. As for Hank, he gets out of his car and moves toward the truck, which is stopped in the middle of the road. There’s a short shootout with the truck driver, whom Hank kills, and then we get to see what’s inside the truck besides the drugs: Steven Linder. Alive.

Yes, Linder is still kicking! In last week’s recap, I was sure that Robles had killed him, but apparently Linder is much tougher than he seems.

Meanwhile, the CIA agent broke into Daniel’s home, burning all the classified information that was stolen from the DEA agent’s home. The CIA threatens to mess with his and Adriana’s lives if they run the story: “It’s not a game; it’s a business.” The CIA has invested in this business, so no matter what Daniel decides to do, the agents have to power to twist it all around due to Daniel’s questionable background with alcohol and drugs.

The CIA agent gets a phone call and leaves. The next time we see him, he’s knocking out Sonya after she sneaks into the garage of the van she was following. Before getting hit, she saw a man wrapping up a dead body. The CIA agent shoots the other man and calls for “a cleanup.”

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Marco and Fausto Galvan are walking through the desert with Romina and Galvan’s lackey. Romina is sluggish and can barely walk.  They sit her down to give her a hit to help her through her withdrawals. We learn it is all an act when she grabs the syringe from Galvan’s hands and stabs and injects him with the drug, as Marco overtakes the lackey and takes his gun. Romina is wounded in the process, but the tables have just turned in their favor.

Eleanor and Sebastian meet so that he can give her what she wants: the caged man. Sebastian’s men lead her to the man, whom she greets as her father. Sebastian asks her what she plans to do with him: “Take him home to the willow tree.”

Sonya wakes up, and everything in the garage is gone. She tells Hank and the federal agent, who show up shortly, about what the CIA agent just did to her. The fed explains how the CIA got involved with this whole mess. Basically, the agency gave money to try to control the situation, but the thing is, it couldn’t.

Marco is in charge now, leading Galvan and the rest through the desert. Galvan taunts Marco; he tells him he wins if Marco dies or goes to prison. He also mentions Marco’s father and how he really died. It doesn’t faze Marco that much, and he makes makes a call to Sonya: “I need your help.” All the while, Marco is trying to tend to Romina’s wounds. She begins to panic, but he manages to calm her down.

Daniel and Adriana meet with CIA agent’s boss, the station chief. She dismisses the agent as a sick man. They’re trying to determine the extent of damage he caused. Daniel and Adriana don’t believe her. They ask her where the CIA agent is: “He’s being evaluated.”

It’s no surprise, then, when we see the CIA agent killed by the assassin he had hired to kill Raul earlier this season.

Sonya picks up Marco and the gang. She didn’t tell anyone where or what she is up to. Marco tells Sonya to take Romina to the hospital and to stay with her. Marco brings Galvan into the station to arrest him and sits in the jail cell with him. Galvan asks him what’s next, and Marco replies that he’ll be in prison for the rest of his life. “And you become a hero?” “No. I’m no hero,” replies Marco.

Sebastian asks Sonya about his daughter. She tells him that Romina was shot by Galvan. If he wants to know where Romina is, he needs to give up Eleanor’s location. There’s no question what he does next.

Back at the station, Robles leaves without his badge. He knows he’s done there. Marco is unofficially offered the captain position. Marco doesn’t want it, but he’s told to think about it. It’s clear that there are people who want to see a man like him assume the powerful position of police captain.

Looking like he escaped the hospital, Linder crosses the bridge to reunite with Eva. Hank and Sonya had interrogated him earlier about how he ended up in the truck. He lied, saying he didn’t know. Eva is happy he came back. Will these two live their own little happily ever after, or keep crusading for justice?

Hank arrives at the scene of the CIA agent’s body. He invites Daniel and Adriana to come by as a thank-you to them for helping him out. Hank leaves them to it. Seeing that they’re really onto something, he stops to ask Adriana if she’s sure about all this. She assures him that she’s not going to bail on the story.

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Cesar drives Eleanor out to the desert. She pulls on her father’s leash toward the oak tree. She tells him about her abuse, throws acorns at him, and provokes him. Eventually, he breaks loose from his restraints and attacks her. Sonya comes in right in time and shoots him.

Eleanor says she can shoot her too, but Sonya refuses to do that: “I’m not like you.” She handcuffs Eleanor and calls Marco. Sonya thinks she will be fired when they find out what she just did. She doesn’t know what to do with Eleanor, either. It’s not the first time they find themselves in a tricky situation. So they just deal the way only they can. Marco tells Sonya to take Eleanor to the car while he gets the man.

With the question of whether or not The Bridge will return for a third season, the finale still manages to give us something that can work as an ending, but can still lead to more. I will admit I was expecting something a bit more … profound? I felt after the roller coaster ride this season put viewers through, it might have ended with more of a bang.Yet after you let this ending sit with you for a while, you can see why the writers went with it. It works for the show, and leaves us with the new people that Sonya and Marco have become.

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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