Graceland 2×11 “Home” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

After a few surprisingly unlikeable episodes, “Home” was a great representation of what Graceland can be.

Episode Summary: Dinner with The Merry Band of Misfits doesn’t involve typical awkward discussions such as what’s everyone been up to nowadays. No, they discuss washing machines, murder, lies, betrayals, and plot a bank robbery. Briggs’ secret is finally revealed. So is Mike’s and everyone else’s. But the best part is, Jakes is 100% done with everyone and their drama. Same here, Jakes. Same here.

Review | Analysis: The episode picks up where it left off last week with Briggs receiving a mysterious phone call playing the missing tape from Juan Badillo’s murder. He lies to Charlie by telling her it’s Sid calling in regards to a meeting they have the next day and is then confronted by Mike wanting to know what Sid was saying. Briggs’ immediate suspicions go to Sid, but after an unappealing conversation about the washer, Sauce Night turns into a brawl where each and every person spat out the truth about their recent cases. Sleepless and evidently delusional Briggs begins suspecting Mike of carrying the tape then brutally murders him in his nightmares. He later changes plans during the bank robbery which would’ve gotten Mike killed had the caller not played the message once more in the bank. I’m conflicted with Briggs’ intentions. On one hand, I don’t believe he’s capable of actually murdering a friend to cover up another murder in the past. However, sleeplessness could result in skewed judgment in an insanely screwed up situation such as this one. I feel as though if he had pulled that trigger and actually harmed Mike, he would’ve felt horrendous afterwards.

From the moment Charlie came back and asked him who was on the phone, it suddenly clicked that she’d left the house the same day the officer called someone about the tape – never have I been more thrilled to have been right about a prediction. I like to think I have a PHD in such things, but I’ll stop bragging now. Not only am I excited about this storyline because I was right about it, but because it fundamentally makes the most sense. Charlie’s in love with Briggs and the act of killing Juan Badillo was purely self defense on his part. If she heard the conversation and had some time to think, it’s natural for her to want him to reveal it because it can be forgiven with much thought. Sadly, Charlie doesn’t know about Odin, and it seems she’d react to that more heavily than this. Ferlito’s performance in the last five minutes left me in awe. If there’s anything that woman is impeccable at, it’s instantly crushing the heart. Stay tuned for performance the week coming Sunday because I’ll be talking more about her performance and the scene then.

Johnny’s part in this week’s episode wasn’t as big as last week’s but his confession about Lucia only makes me suspect that something awful is going to occur in their relationship. Unfortunately, this is a TV show and it’d be far too easy for the Cartel “Princess” as Jakes put it to be able to live happily ever after with the undercover FBI agent. My hopes for this storyline is witness protection. Lucia’s never condoned her family’s behavior thus when it’s all said and done, I hope she’s at least given a way to live a happy life someday even if it doesn’t involve Johnny.

As stated last week, never would I have suspected Jakes of becoming the voice of reason in the house. His one liners in “Home” provided the perfect comic relief within an action packed episode, and I feel it’s safe to assume everyone adores him as much as I do right?! McLaren is genius in his portrayal – the effortless and charismatically cold responses make Jakes the most well developed character right now.

“You’re like the Wikipedia of nonsense.”

Raise your hand if you’ve heard that one before because I cannot be the only one. Four for you, Dale Jakes. You go, Dale Jakes. Plus, the “You, me, forever” speech to his bed? Gold.

Before I go into discussing Paige’s part in this week’s episode, I’d like to take a moment to commend Jeff Eastin on the way he’s written the two leading ladies of the show. Both Charlie and Paige are not only impeccably strong but unafraid of being vulnerable. They’re two woman who stand up for not only themselves, but all those around them and there’s nothing more inspiring than woman who are essentially the full package: badass, emotional, loving, forgiving and real. My favorite quality in both of them is the fact that they’re understanding. Back in season one when Mike revealed he was spying on Briggs, Paige was upset with him until she learned the truth. Charlie revealed that if Briggs told her the truth, she would’ve understood where he was coming from because as we all know, the act of murdering Juan was self defense. They’re open to listening. They’re open and willing to do everything in their power to make sure their jobs are not only done right but that everyone in the house is happy and adored. And that in my opinion, is an incredibly admirable trait.

Paige knows about Mike burning Lina’s body and she too continuously gives him chances to confess – until the dinner brawl that is. We’ll get more of this in next week’s episode I assume, but if you’re fond of the duo as a pair, their once special relationship doesn’t seem to be over for good. It’d be a tragedy for them to part ways forever and while there needs to be time for the wounds to heal, I feel as though if they’re given a moment to truly talk about everything that’s occurred they can both come to an understanding with one another. Mike’s moment of panic can probably be forgiven if he’s honest about his intentions and his emotions. There’s no denying that the act was wrong, and I’m still heartbroken over the fact that Lina didn’t get a proper burial, but the show’s highlighted the horrors of human trafficking and unfortunately, this stuff doesn’t come close to what I presume actually occurs behind closed doors. Reminder to visit unodc.org/humantraffickingfund to donate and educate yourselves on the matter as it’s occurring worldwide. Let your voices be heard. Spread awareness.

Ever since last season, Paige has expressed being there for Mike numerous times, but he’s never taken the opportunity to truly open up all parts of him. In fact, he’s never done that with anyone. Perhaps that’s what the two need in order to build a stronger friendship and possible relationship later on.

Ultimately, Mike and everyone else in the house want to see the bad guys fall. However, as someone who’s wanted to be a part of the FBI since he was a child, Mike’s moral compass hasn’t shifted too far from where it used to be. We didn’t know much about other characters and their backgrounds, but when it comes to Mike, it’s always been black and white until this season. At the end of the day, he needs to work on being able to expand his agent goggles – he needs to remember to not just look in front of him, but all around him. Mike needs to learn how to balance work and life proportionally because they aren’t at all the same thing and shouldn’t be. Sometimes, good people get hurt for the bad to get what they deserve but he needs to do everything in his power to not allow cases to blind him as this has. Obsessions have taken over him and in the midst of it all he’s hurt those around him.

We’d like to answer a question that was asked to us last week and the reason I chose to not to answer it earlier was because of two reasons:

1. We don’t particularly engage in fandom debates and prefer to form our own opinions based on context.
2. As a privileged white individual, I don’t feel I could do such a delicate question justice. I will however try my best.

Anonymous said: Given recent current events (Mike Brown/Ferguson), it feels relevant to ask whether race plays a part in fandom siding with Mike over Paul (from what I’ve seen) in their parallel storylines?

To begin with, as stated above, we don’t really know what the fandom thinks as a whole and posing a question of some sort to find out would merely spread unnecessary drama. When it comes to our views here at mgcircles, we never judge a character or person by their race, religion, gender, or sexuality. People are always more than that. Both men, just as everyone in the house are flawed. In this case, it’s not about taking sides because the acts committed aren’t similar by any means. Briggs’ crime was the accidental murder of an innocent man pretending to be another while pointing a gun to his head. Mike’s crime was covering up a crime he did not commit by a burning an innocent girl’s body. My initial concern with both men in this situation is the fact that they’re lying to the women they supposedly love. It’s the lies that’ve made them worse. The lies they chose to tell made the relationships they were in unhealthy ones and it isn’t in anyway fair to the women. I don’t believe there’s any reason for the fandom to even go on picking sides because that’s not what the storyline’s about. The parallels are meant to show that while they both operate differently, they’re willing to cross certain lines if it means the bad guys get what they deserve. Mike tried to kill Sulla for what he’d done to Lina and Briggs tried to kill a man who he believed was Jangles for burning down the Estate. I do think however, that it seems we sometimes forget Briggs was Odin and I’m hoping that’s a storyline that’s brought back in later seasons in order for viewers to find out why he did what he did. And as stated above, hopefully Mike addresses why he chose to burn Lina instead of telling Paige the entire truth. The tragedies in Ferguson go beyond what we’re witnessing on a TV show. Observably, it’s a global issue that has plagued humanity for centuries and our duty to one another is to advocate love and equality.

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