Season 1, Episode 4: Murcielago/Zotz

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Episode 4
Episode 4

Episode 4 was sure chock full of twists and turns!  Personally, and I know I say this every week, but this episode was BY FAR the best episode of the series, so far. This is getting very intriguing!

Episode 4

Murcielago

In keeping with his prior episode titles, Murcielago is Spanish for “Bat” and Zotz is a Mayan Zodiac Sign – a Zotz, is a sign that has spiritual animals of the bat and the fish, which are two very different beings but they are both able to move very well in their environments, like the bat in the sky and the fish in the water. We do not yet know what all of this means, but we do know that Mr. Sutter does not do ANYTHING that doesn’t have some sort of meaning attached. Stay tuned to see how these things all tie together…

Episode 4

Episode 4

It’s a bat that opens the Mayans MC episode this week. But it isn’t the only night dweller hanging out on the U.S.-Mexico border. Members of club are seen drinking beer at Victoria’s Brothel, where one local police officer has just finished his “duty” with one of the “ladies”. All of the sudden, we hear the all too familiar sound of gunfire. It’s the hunters, according to the madam, which is the right definition, but their prey isn’t deer or the fences they target practice on as the madam tells the Mayans, no, tonight, they are shooting people!

The “Mule”

At the beginning of this episode, the hunters’ victim is an illegal immigrant – Bishop describes the murder as “redneck patriotism”. But the Santo Padre Mayor, Antonia Pena, thinks differently. The corpse was carrying oxy. It is apparent that Bishop has an understanding with the town Mayor. They seem very familiar with one another. Pena even states that when she learned that a fourth fence jumper got murdered by “local heroes dropping wetbacks for Uncle Sam,” she called Bishop. The Mayans and the Mayor stand there, looking over the body. She basically tells Bishop to take care of it. She warns that if he doesn’t, she is not sure how much longer she would be able to “look the other way”, since the Feds will be called in if it continues.

Drugs!

Additionally, in this episode, the club has to figure out who’s knocking off drug mules before things get worse. She basically says that she know the Mayans and Galindo’s would not really care about the killing of a border jumper, but a jumper who was smuggling prescription drugs over the border is a different story!  Bishop and the Mayor agree that the M.C. and the cartel are supposed to be the only game in town.

Another note from the Feds

Felipe receives a note from Agent Jimenez at the butcher shop. Apparently EZ hasn’t checked in and they’re worried about what’s going on with Galindo. EZ may end up needing protecting, and Felipe confesses he never gave EZ the new contact info.

El Padrino

At the clubhouse, we see Marcus Alvarez talks with the prospect alone. He tells EZ that the Santo Padre Chapter needs a smart guy like him. He then tells EZ “Up north, we don’t let blood sponsor blood. Loyalty could get messy.” He advises if things get messy, go to Bishop for guidance. He says to put the club before everything, hoping to see him patched in sooner than later. Maybe he senses that Angel is the leak? Was Alvarez warning EZ that the club might go after Angel and not to get involved?

Angel’s always keeping an eye on his brother, just to make sure nothing sketchy’s going on with their rebel side dealings. Meanwhile, there’s something wrong with Coco, likely to do with his family. Could it be his mother?

Episode 4

Back at the clubhouse, they confirm to Marcus that EZ was correct. The guy’s probably an ex-SEAL, and it appears there’s another player on the drug market. Taza suggests they form their own hunting party to take on Alice’s group that night.

Chucky has News

Another episode with Chucky! Chucky shows up to deliver messages left at the garage. One is to Angel from Taza, the other is for Coco from a woman who Chucky says he didn’t like. The guys tease Coco about his note, and Angel reveals they’re all needed at Victoria’s.

Episode 4

Felipe Clues in EZ

Felipe shows up at the garage, surreptitiously passing a note to EZ and informing him the Feds have been watching him. EZ promises he’ll bring Jimenez up to speed.

Alice & the Redneck Vigilantes

Victoria suggests Bishop and the guys start their hunt for the killers with her neighbor, Alice. The Mayans’ investigation takes them to a tasteful compound draped with Confederate flags, presided over by a yellow-toothed, foul-mouthed racist matriarch, Alice.  Bishop questions them about their possible involvement with the shooting at the border. It was apparent to the Mayans that the rednecks were to blame. EZ sees a big dude and, like prior episodes, he flashes back to jail, seeing the guy locked up in there with him. Once again, EZ’s photographic memory gives watchers even more clues.

The club heads over to see Alice, the leader of the vigilantes. Bishop wonders if the group’s just “racist yahoos gunning down kids with high powered rifles.” Alice’s son, Dennis, and the rest of the gang back her up. EZ notices a man he saw while he was in Stockton.

The white nationalists

Bishop informs Alice that prescriptions were found on the body, escalating the killing from target practice to drug running.  Alice and Bishop continue their discussion, and Alice claims they know nothing about the dead Mexicans.  EZ tells the club about the big guy. He describes him as more military than Aryan, but knows he’s a shot caller. They think the guy might be Alice’s buyer, if she’s running scripts.

Bishop sends Angel and EZ off to follow the big guy and Alice’s son when they leave. He sends other members of the club over to keep an eye on Victoria’s place.  The club doesn’t get any info, but they keep a tail on all those hateful whites, knowing those people are responsible. The club follows Dennis and the guy EZ knew from jail to a bar. A fight breaks out in the parking lot and it turns out the big guy from jail is a hell of a fighter. The fight doesn’t last long and the club leaves when their fist fight attracts unwanted attention. Episode 4 finally has some real action!

Coco, the group’s sharpshooter, is out watching the traffic at Alice’s place. He reads the note one more time and then rides off.

The Hunt

The Mayans go out hunting. Victoria tells the club to be careful as they head over to attack Alice’s vigilantes. They sneak through the woods, heavily armed and Kevlar’d, until they get to Alice’s place. The club takes up positions but there’s only a pickup truck outside the house which looks empty.

The Approach

The Mayans approach the redneck’s ranch with guns drawn and EZ suggests ringing the doorbell. They are about to ring the doorbell when shots are fired from inside the house. They retreat to cover, taking fire while they run. Dennis shoots as he runs away, and a few guys chase after him.  Once things die down some of the Mayans enter the house, clearing empty rooms as they go. They are shocked when they come upon a living room where all the white nationalists are already dead.

Dennis Dies

Except for Dennis, who’s running. Angel and the boys catch up to him. Angel has no idea what Dennis is talking about when he mentions the massacre back at the house. Dennis sobs as he asks where his mother is, and thinks Cole is to blame. He then explains that they were simply shooting illegals jumping the fence and found the ones with drugs. Dennis says the big guy Cole must’ve killed everybody. Angel asks how to contact Cole and Dennis refuses to tell him. Angel tells Dennis to give him his phone. Dennis refuses, so Angel shoots him.

Contacting Cole

Once Angel retrieves Dennis’ phone from his pocket, he tries to open it, but it requires a finger print for authentication. Angel orders EZ to remove Dennis’ finger for phone-unlocking purposes. EZ then cuts of Dennis’ finger and the guys decide to bury Dennis on Riz’s property, where no one will find him. I was amazed that no one suggested to Angel that he change the settings in the phone so that the finger would no longer be needed, rather than have EZ carry the finger around with him the rest of the episode.

Buyer Needed

Angel, Coco, and EZ prepare to bury Dennis. Angel finds Cole in Dennis’ phone and leaves him two messages, even though the only thing they know about Cole is he’s a killer. Angel’s concerned because they need a buyer for the heroin soon so they can give money to Adelita. Adelita’s group is the only route to taking down Galindo’s cartel.  Coco wonders if it’s time to rethink everything. He doesn’t want to wind up with a bullet in his head.

It turns out where they were digging Dennis’ grave is right above a tunnel. EZ falls through and lands in large open space.

Back inside Alice’s place, Coco confirms it was a military-style execution. Bishop decides they need to burn all the dead bodies, and Angel lies and claims they lost Dennis.

Letitia

Coco’s preoccupied with family matters and has a sit-down at a restaurant with his mom and little sister, Leticia. He doesn’t want her telling people they’re related, and Leticia storms out of the restaurant pissed Coco doesn’t want anything to do with her.

Leticia leaves and Coco and his mother fight. Coco was facing five years in prison when he asked his mother to put his daughter up for adoption since the mother was a junkie. The argument continues as Coco states that everyone knows the only reason she kept the girl was so she can get a welfare check, to which she responds “maybe I wanted another kid because the last one was a piece of s***.” Coco then finishes the fight by putting down his mother’s profession of being a prostitute.

The Reveal

Seventeen years earlier, Coco had left the girl with his prostitute mother to raise. Okay, well technically she was supposed to take the kid to an adoption agency, but who can resist an adorable little baby, right? Besides, Coco’s Mother has an awesome track record as a parent. I mean she raised Coco who has done very well for himself as a sniper and resident weirdo for the local M.C.

Letitia Flees

They’ve been playing pretend and Grandma’s had enough of it.  Once they’re outside, his mom reveals to his “sister” that she’s actually Coco’s daughter. Leticia runs off, climbs into a stranger’s truck and offers the driver a blowjob to get her away from her insane family.  They pull away, leaving Coco alone in the parking lot. Club matters demand his attention and he can’t chase her down.

Episode 4

EZ Meets with Jimenez

Agent Jimenez (Maurice Compte) learns about the kidnapping of Galindo’s son and realizes they have an opportunity to strike. Jimenez is advised to use EZ to pressure Emily to turn against her husband. However, Jimenez knows EZ will resist. He’s reminded by his boss that EZ killed a cop and told to pull the deal and put him back in jail if he won’t work to turn Emily. Jimenez decides he’ll make it work.

The Catch

EZ hops in Jimenez’ car and he tells the agent he was going to inform him about the kidnapping. It sounds like Jimenez is on his side, but he still needs EZ to get close to Emily and guide her to the FBI. The prospect of turning Emily is all that’s keeping the deal alive. EZ calls Jimenez’ bluff and tells him to pull his deal. He’d rather go back to jail than turn Emily. He doesn’t want to put her at risk.

Emily’s Plan

Instead of wilting in the corner, Emily decides to act and fully align herself with Galindo and the cartel. She wants her son back and if that means getting messy, then that is what she will do. Emily is so desperate to get her son back that she has been researching ISIS and Taliban tactics and likening them to those of Los Olvidados.

Emily, Miguel, and Devante go over plans for the Fiesta. Their men are going to wreck the inside of the church while everyone is outside in the streets and blame it on the rebels. Miguel will then step forward and volunteer to repair the damage with his own money.

Episode 4

Devante doubts Emily’s Abilities

As Galindo points out that they live too close to the border for any of state officials to care about what is happening there. The drugs and the murder are of very little interest to the authorities as long as the it occurs in Mexico or to Mexicans.  Devante tries to patronize Emily, which she takes much offense to and she quickly puts him in his place.

The Nun

In Episode 4 we see Adelita nursing the sickly Cristóbal while the new orphan Mini brought into the group last week spies on her activities. During a trip to visit the Nun who helps the rebels with the sickly rebel children, this new boy gets his hands on one of the rebel’s cell phone and records a video, which is then sent to Galindo’s head of security.

Miguel Sees the Video

The video makes its way to Galindo’s right hand man and is then shown to Miguel and he’s told the leader’s name is Adelita. The video shows Miguel’s son, Adelita, and an older nun. Miguel wonders about the nun is and he’s told she’s one of the local nuns. This results in Galindo being made aware that a Dominican nun is helping to care for his kidnapped son! That knowledge doesn’t particularly sit well with Galindo, after all his family has given to the church.

Jimenez Tries to get EZ to Flip Emily

And sure enough, the Fed that EZ has been reporting to has his sights on the Galindo cartel. The Feds have a plan of their own. they want to use EZ’s prior relationship with Emily to flip her loyalties while she’s vulnerable, which is something that EZ isn’t up for. They also have dirt on his father. When EZ refuses to go along with their plan, Jimenez meets with Felipe, suggesting Felipe push his son in the right direction.

The Evidence

When Felipe declines to do so, Jimenez pulls out a folder with Felipe’s background info. Jimenez threatens Felipe by telling him that they will expose his shady past if he doesn’t convince EZ to flip Emily. Jimenez says he has to convince EZ to flip Emily to keep the deal alive. Once again, Felipe refuses. Jimenez warns if he doesn’t, then his sons will find out he’s lied about everything.

Jimenez drives away but has to pull over to vomit. His job is making him physically ill.

Jimenez blackmails Felipe

Next, there’s another surprise… As it turns out, Agent Jimenez is EZ’s second cousin.  It turns out Felipe’s identity manifested itself circa 1985. Kevin had discovered that “Felipe Reyes didn‘t exist before 1985,” which is the year the old man got married.  There’s nothing prior to 1985, except a social security number that traces back to a woman from El Paso who died that same year. So, what’s the darkness in Felipe’s personal history? Was he military of some kind? Agent Jimenez is planning to use this as blackmail ammunition if the old guy won’t play ball, even if it makes him sick for having to do it.

Felipe’s Lock Box Holds all of his Secrets

As a result of agent Jimenez’ strong-arm tactics, Felipe goes home and opens the lock box in the garage, which contains several photos from his youth, as well as a birth certificate for someone named “Ignacio Cortina” born in February of 1951. Looks like he was born in Navojoa, in Sonora.

Felipe’s Past Revealed

In his secret box are pictures of the past, including one that definitely looks like a Polaroid from the army.  He looks through old photos, pausing on one that shows he and another man in military uniforms smiling while standing over three decapitated heads.  His backstory is compelling. It will be very interesting to watch the story unfold. What’s made Felipe hide his true identity for 33 years?

Who is Felipe, really? How will his sons react if and when they learn about his past, assuming they aren’t already in on the secret? He puts the paperwork from Jimenez in the box with his other “memories” and locks it up once again.

On the way to the Fiesta de La Santa Madre

In this week’s episode, Emily gets advice from her mother-in-law Dita— either “know nothing and feel everything” or know it all and “feel nothing” if she’s going to survive.

Dita’s chosen to live her life outside of the cartel circle, letting her husband Jose do his thing while she took care of the family. Now it’s Emily’s turn to choose her fate.

At the Fiesta

At the Fiesta de La Santa Madre (roughly the Feast of Saint Mary), the Galindos mingle with the crowd, smiling and shaking hands. Emily is with Miguel, as they’re trying to make a public display in an effort to win over hearts and minds. Galindo, acting on Emily’s plan, has the church vandalized so he can blame the Los Olvidados (The Forgotten).  She has no idea what’s about to happen.

Things get much messier than she intended and instead of merely making it look like the rebels vandalized a church during a major holiday, Galindo decided to take Emily’s plan the extra mile… and bludgeon a nun to death.  Written in blood was “Galindo’s whore.”

This writer believes that in this episode, Galindo took things too far by having the nun killed. He believes that she betrayed his family in secretly caring for Cristobol, despite all the Galindo family has done for the Church.

PANIC!

When the Feast goers discover the scene in the church, everybody starts screaming and panicking as people inside stampede for the exits. In the chaos, Emily was knocked over and trampled in the stampede. Miguel rescues his wife and carries her from the church.  A perfect image of the collateral damage in Miguel’s life, extending further with every horrible act he commits in every new episode.

“Uch/Opossum” is next week’s episode.  Stay tuned to Mayans MC on FX on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

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