Mayans MC, Season 1, Episode 9, Serpiente/Chikchan Recap

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Mayans MC, Episode 9, Serpiente/Chikchan Recap

Mayans MC, Season 1, Episode 9, Serpiente/Chikchan Recap

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The Reyes Brothers in Jail

Undoubtely, there is so much story left to tell. So, FX’s Mayans M.C. season one episode nine Serpiente/Chikchan was an extended episode. Specifically, the extended time was spent moving multiple storylines forward and wrapping up some others. 

Season 1, episode 9  “Serpiente/Chikchan” begins with EZ (JD Pardo) and Angel (Clayton Cardenas) locked up and claiming not to know who Celia is or how her dead body got into the trunk of the car. Their friend, Officer Franky Rogan (Edwin Hodge), doesn’t know what to make of the situation. As much as he’d like to help, he fears it’s out of his hands this time. 

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Meeting With Potter

The brothers aren’t there long before Homeland Security quickly shows up to take over the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon) has his first face-to-face with EZ. EZ quickly remembers seeing him outside the garage. He’s not so sure he wants to talk to him and asks for an attorney. Potter tell the brothers that he has a ton of evidence, and if they won’t talk, they really should listen. Potter knows the car is Coco’s. He says there is likely Mayan DNA all over it, and of course there’s a dead body in the trunk.

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Potter gives away EZ’s secret to Angel, laying out the details on the deal EZ made to provide details on the Galindo cartel. Potter also explains Galindo is no longer of interest to the DEA or DOJ, so that means that EZ’s deal has become irrelevant. Potter tells the brothers that EZ has not accumulated enough “points” yet. He says that he will most certinaly be put back inside, where he’ll most likely meet his maker at the end of a shiv.

Angel Wants Details

Angel realizes that Potter still wants something. Potter reveals he wants EZ and Angel to “do the patriotic thing.” If the Reyes brothers does what he asks, Potter will wipe the deal off the books and EZ will be free to go about his life.

Potter prepares to leave, but not before assuring them he’ll be in touch with the details. EZ and Angel are free to go, but Potter will hang on to Celia’s body to use as collateral. He reminds Angel that if EZ’s exposed, the Mayans will suspect Angel was in on EZ’s deal with the Feds from the get-go. He taunts them with their possible deaths and how Felipe will suffer after losing his wife and his two sons.

EZ tells him that he is “Evil”

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Responding, Potter tells EZ ‘That’s a little Eye of Sauron-ish, don’t you think? Telling both of you made sense. That way I get two problem solvers for the price of one. As long as brother doesn’t kill you.”

Next, Potter says to Angel, “Oh, this is probably worth mentioning. EZ wouldn’t make the deal unless there was a familial protection clause.” “Nothing he gave the DEA could ever be used against you or the M.C. So, you know, there’s that. A little bro-on-bro love. We’ll speak soon, gentlemen.” said Potter

The Brothers are Released

Angel remains silent as they drive away from the police station. He finally pulls over. Angel tells EZ to get out of the car.

Angel Evens the Score, a Little

Next, Angel punches EZ in the face. Once EZ rises, he punches him again and then kicks him while he’s down. Angel throws EZ’s words back at him from when he was released early from his sentence. “I just want to be home, Angel, be with you and Pop, be part of something. Maybe there’s a spot for me in the club,” says Angel.

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Angel’s devastated his brother lied to him. He also realizes Potter was right and that the club will assume he’s a part of EZ’s betrayal. It then dawns on Angel that their father is aware of EZ’s deal. EZ confirms that’s true but tries to convince Angel their dad didn’t have any choice but to go along.

It appears Angel’s about to deliver another painful kick to his younger brother’s side, but he actually stops a rattlesnake from striking EZ. EZ’s the only snake in the grass Angel wants to hurt, so he tosses the real rattler away. EZ struggles to his feet as Angel drives off, leaving him without a ride home.

Potter watches the one-sided fight from a distance.

EZ Has Another Flashback

Walking home, EZ has a flashback to the day he met Coco (Richard Cabral). Angel, who called Coco an okay dude who just got home from Iraq, handed EZ a gun he got from Coco. EZ had asked for a weapon for protection while hunting their mother’s murderer. Angel tried to convince him to let it go, that it was just a junkie looking for cash, but EZ never believed that story because no money was taken.

Angel admitted nothing made sense about the murder. The older sibling assumed the killer fled the area, but EZ knows the sticker on the car was supporting an El Centro High School team. That means the killer’s local.

Angel Visits His Father

Back to current event’s and Felipe (Edward James Olmos) hears a noise in his home. He picks up his gun, but then notices Angel’s come to visit. Angel admires his brother’s trophies, noting there aren’t many things to brag about from his own school years.

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Angel’s in a rotten mood, feeling betrayed by both his brother and his dad. Felipe notices Angel’s bruised knuckles and asks what happened. Angel talks about a fear he had as a child, having to choose between his mom and dad dying at the hands of an armed robber. Angel claims not to know where EZ is, and Felipe demands to know what’s going on. (Clayton Cardenas is killing it in this episode.)

Angel confesses he knows about the DEA deal and believes his dad always chooses EZ over him. Felipe confirms he’s known about the deal from the beginning. He tells Angel that EZ wouldn’t make the deal without Felipe’s consent. He explains that EZ would never have been set free, given that he was a cop killer.

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Felipe Tries to Explain

“I didn’t choose him over you. I knew you’d take care of him, you’d watch his back in the MC,” says Felipe. He was hoping EZ could ultimately walk away from this and start a new life.

Angel, clutching a beer in one hand and one of EZ’s trophies in the other, wonders if his dad thinks he has the life he’s supposed to have. Felipe swears he’s never judged his son and has always loved him, no matter what he’s done with his life.

Angel explains how he found out and that if they agree to Potter’s deal, the “golden boy” is free and clear. As they’re talking, Angel figures out Potter is going to make them take on the rebels. Angel quickly leaves.

Back at the Galindo Mansion

Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino) watches as workers and a cleaning crew try to put his house back in order. He reminds Devante (Tony Plana) to sweep the premises once the place is back in order.

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A short time later in Serpiente/Chikchan, Miguel, Emily (Sarah Bolger), and Devante discuss their next moves. Miguel’s fully aware that once he lets the DEA in, they’ll have control of his operations.

Miguel and Emily plan to create a false layer on top of their real business that they’ll make available to the Feds, while at the same time concealing their real business dealings. Miguel also informs Devante they’re going to work with the rebels. Devante tells Galindo that he is against the idea. He believes that once Father Rodrigo helps capture Adelita, the rebels will be finished. Miguel and Emily disagree, aware of the rebels’ manpower. If Adelita falls, someone will rise and take over command.

“With the rebels I’ll have access to resources they don’t even know exist,” explains Miguel. The cartel and the rebels will always be once step ahead of the DEA.

Devante continues to disagree, concerned that Miguel isn’t reasoning this through. He asks Miguel to consider his actions before going through with the rebel alliance.

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Miguel Seeks Guidance from Emily

After Devante leaves the room, Miguel wonders if he’s right. He asks Emily’s opinion and she tells him he needs to trust his instincts. “How do I even think straight in all of this? What do I do?” asks Miguel? “My advice, Devante’s, it might help but you have to trust your instincts, Miguel.  The rest is just opinions and noise. You’ll know what’s right. You always do.” says Emily.

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Among the paperwork scattered around by the DEA is a folder containing Miguel’s dead brother’s medical records. Miguel holds up an X-ray and realizes Devante and his mother lied to him about how his brother died.

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Felipe Looks for EZ

Elsewhere, Felipe finds EZ as he’s making his way home. EZ apologizes and Felipe admits Angel was right when he said EZ’s future is the most important thing. He shouldn’t have let EZ make a deal with the Feds, but EZ takes responsibility for everything that’s happening.

EZ’s determined to stick it out and return to the club. He doesn’t believe he has any other choice.

Miguel calls Nestor

Back at the Galindo home, Miguel alerts Nestor (Gino Vento) that Adelita is minutes away from Father Rodrigo. He also assures Devante that he now sees the big picture after clearing his head.

Angels Heads across the Boarder

Angel heads through the tunnels to see Adelita. He crosses the border and drives to the rebel camp while trying to call Adelita. She doesn’t pick up and when Angel arrives, the camp’s deserted.

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Meanwhile, Adelita (Carla Baratta) arrives at the church and greets Father Rodrigo with a hug. She points out he seems upset and notes that none of his people are in the church. He confesses he did his best to take care of her after her family was murdered. However, he now believes her heart is poisoned. As they talk, there’s a knock on the door. It’s Nestor and two of the Galindo men, and Nestor tells Adelita to leave the room.

Back at the Clubhouse

Over at the club’s garage, EZ, Coco (Richard Cabral), and Gilly (Vincent Vargas) are working on bikes when Angel arrives. Angel gives his brother the cold shoulder and asks the others if they’ve heard from Adelita. He tells them the camp’s gone and no one’s answering the phone. Angel doesn’t have time to do anything about Adelita as the club’s meeting with Galindo at the casino’s about to go down.

As the club rides to the meeting, they pass the rattlesnake as it makes a meal out of a rat.

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Jimenez Gets Fired

Elsewhere, Agent Kevin Jimenez (Maurice Compte) shows up at his old office. His name’s been removed from the door and his office has been emptied. He came with a box to collect his items but there’s nothing to collect. Jimenez apologizes to his old boss, informing him he’s heading out of town with his family.

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Meeting with Galindo

The club arrives at the casino in Serpiente/Chikchan and Galindo and his people are already there. The club’s a little shocked to see Emily’s going to be involved in the meeting. They’re even more shocked when Miguel invites EZ to stay because of his ability to remember details.

Devante attempts to sit next to Miguel, but Miguel motions him to take a seat elsewhere. Miguel then lays out what happened with the DEA. He even admits he’s been coerced into taking a deal with the DEA, the same sort of deal his father entered decades ago.

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He explains that prior to the DEA deal, he entered a deal with Adelita and the rebels. Louisa/Adelita enters the room, and Bishop’s upset. He doesn’t understand what’s going on. If possible, Angel looks even more disconcerted by Adelita’s arrival than Bishop.

Devante attempts to stop Miguel from talking, and Miguel silences him. Adelita describes the mission of the rebels and says they “need the edge of the most dangerous blade,” meaning the Galindo cartel. Miguel confirms they’re working together to outmaneuver the DEA and other federal agencies. Working with the rebels will also increase the cartel’s profits.

Miguel Makes a Surprising Revaltion

Miguel has another surprise for the club. The Mayans have been chosen as the designated third party in the agreement and will be charged with keeping the rebels and the cartel honest. Emily passes out paperwork detailing the new arrangement. Miguel tells the club they’re basically moving from the streets to the boardroom.

Angel and EZ nod to each other as this is all going down.

“Meeting Adelita”

After the meeting, Bishop assures Miguel they’ll take the matter up at the club’s table. But, they’re in. Before Miguel takes off, he asks Marcus (Emilio Rivera) to ride back with him, saying he needs his opinion on a family matter.

As the club leaves, they each introduce themselves to Adelita, including Coco, Gilly, and Angel. They’re all smiles as they shake hands.

Emily’s Warning

EZ shreds all of Emily’s paperwork before the room’s cleared. No records of what went down remain. EZ’s still cleaning the room when Emily returns.

  • “Need some more papers shredded? I’m getting good at it.” EZ asks.
  • “Maybe I should ask you the same thing. But I guess you don’t need paper, not when you have a beautiful mind.” Emily responds.

When she uses the term “beautiful mind,” EZ realizes Emily knows about his deal. EZ tells her he’s glad she’s made peace with her life and has settled into things. She then warns him that his deal better not hurt her family, and he promises it won’t. She also warns him not to make her choose.

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Kevin visits Felipe

That night, Kevin Jimenez pays a visit to Felipe who’s out on his porch drinking beer. Kevin turns down a drink and says he’s just there to check on EZ before he takes off. Felipe wonders about the US Attorney and Kevin calls him off the chart weird and smart.

As Kevin’s getting in his truck, Felipe says quietly to himself, “Bad night to quit drinking.”

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Angel and Louisa

Angel’s able to walk outside the casino next to Adelita and she assures him she’s okay. She also admits she couldn’t have done this without him. He thanks her for keeping her word and then Coco breaks up the talk to make sure no one gets suspicious.

As they walk back inside the casino, Coco, Gilly, and Angel discuss something about to go down. Gilly wants to make sure Angel really wants to move forward on this, and Angel reminds him they took a vote.

EZ arrives at his bike to take off and finds “Room 237” is written on the seat.

Miguel asks Alvarez to Ride with Emily

They’re leaving the casino when Miguel asks Marcus to ride with Emily, promising they’ll meet back up before they hit the freeway. Miguel needs to speak with Devante, and obviously Miguel’s putting some sort of plan in action.

On the drive, Devante’s frustrated Miguel brought Adelita to the meeting. They didn’t discuss this prior to the meeting and Devante’s unsure they can trust her. Devante reminds Miguel he can’t do his job if he’s not told what’s happening, and Miguel reveals he can’t trust him any longer.

Miguel shows Devante’s his brother Cristobal’s medical records. Cristobal’s medical charts from the final days of his life indicate he suffered a slow death from pneumonia. Devante calls Miguel his son and tries to explain whey he lied. Miguel refuses to allow him to speak.

Devante’s Fate Becomes Clearer

The caravan of vehicles pulls to a stop off the road. Miguel says he needs to speak with Marcus as Devante tries to convince him the Galindo family means everything to him.

Miguel steps out from the car and hugs Nestor. The rest of Galindo’s group also exit their vehicles, including Adelita. Miguel explains to Devante that Adelita’s family was hacked to pieces and that it was Father Rodrigo who gave up the family’s whereabouts. Miguel fills in the pieces, explaining he knows the person who ran the execution squad and swung the blade was Devante. “She needs closure,” says Miguel, adding, “That is how we create the trust to make this work.” Devante admits he made Miguel’s mother lie about Cristobal’s death.

Miguel shows Adelita a selection of weapons, reminding her this will pay his family’s debt. To make the trust unshakeable, she must now kill Devante herself. Adelita picks up a machete and agrees.

Room 237

Back at the casino, EZ arrives at room 237. He hears music and conversations. The room falls silent when he knocks, and Gilly opens the door and hauls him inside. Angel and Coco are there, along with some women. But what this secret meeting’s actually about is they’re all getting new tattoos. Coco calls them “warrior markers.” EZ grabs a beer and a woman and does his best to attempt to relax.

Father Rodrigo’s Fate

While all this is going down, the rebels are filling Father Rodrigo’s computer with child pornography. They string up Father Rodrigo, making it appear he hung himself.

Adelita’s blade is bloody as the camera passes over Devante’s severed head.

Next in Serpiente/Chikchan, we watch as Felipe burns his history, tossing the photos and paperwork into the fire.

Tattoo’s for Everyone!

Tattoo finished, Angel joins EZ on the hotel room’s deck. “You’re my brother and I love you,” says Angel, confirming he won’t turn on EZ. It’s now their shared secret and their shared lie. Angel tells EZ he needs to leave the club by telling Bishop being a Mayan isn’t for him. Angel believes that’s the only way EZ can make up for betraying him.

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As they talk, Potter calls. He’s texted them details of what they have to do by the end of day, tomorrow. The text indicates they must kill Agent Kevin Jimenez.

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Opinion

General

Though blood has spilled aplenty in the first season of Mayans M.C., all of the regular cast and major players have made it to this point alive. Until this week’s “Serpiente/Chikchan!”

This episode was all about finally getting to watch the serpents strike. And Potter is one chocolate milk guzzling serpent. With the Reyes brothers in jail for driving around with Coco’s dead mother in their trunk, they proved easy targets. The annoying Lincoln Potter revealed to Angel that EZ has been lying to him, and has been working undercover as a part of a deal. The devastation in Angel’s eyes when he learned of this was heartbreaking. Potter takes an obscene amount of pleasure blowing EZ’s cover and forcing the brothers into working as his agents. Felipe was right, Angel landed on blood. As pissed as he was at his baby brother for the betrayal and at their father for being in on the secret, he managed to swallow the bitter pill.

While the major talking point coming out of this episode will probably be Devante’s death, it was actually the Reyes family that made this episode so special.

Reyes Family

EZ, Angel, and Felipe spent serpiente/chikchan opening up to each other and being honest about the secrets and feelings they have been hiding. The scene between Angel and Felipe felt especially raw. EZ’s betrayal didn’t seem to hurt Angel as much as his father’s betrayal did. There were clearly a lot of lingering issues between the two that had never been addressed before. Angel wanted answers that Felipe didn’t have. Why was EZ the son Felipe cherished so much more than Angel? The sad part was Felipe couldn’t deny it either, all he could do was assure Angel that he had a special place in his heart too.

  • Felipe: “EZ could live the life he was supposed to have.”
  • Angel: “What about me? Do I have the life I’m supposed to have?”
  • Felipe: “You chose it. I didn’t like. I never judged you. I never stopped loving you. You were my first born.”
  • Angel: “Guess I’m having trouble seeing that.”

Damage is Done

One thing’s for certain, Angel’s relationship with both his brother and his father won’t be the same. He may have agreed to take Lincoln Potter’s deal and help EZ get a clean record, but he doesn’t want to see EZ in Santo Padre anymore. It’s sad to see the brotherly bond between the two breaks so easily. Hopefully, Angel will eventually be able to move past EZ’s lies, and they can rebuild the foundation they once had because their bond was the heart of Mayans M.C.

While they may not be on the best of terms, they are going to have to work together because of Potter. The only question is whether they will do what he wants — kill their cousin Jiminez. I don’t think EZ or Angel have the heart to do that, especially to family. However, Jiminez will probably somehow end up dead because Kurt Sutter never just lets a character walk away so peacefully. As soon as Jiminez said he was going to be with his family, his death sentence was pretty much signed. The only question now is who will sign it?  I told you I wouldn’t ask you to do anything you haven’t done before. “Killing a member of law enforcement, that should come easy, EZ.” Potter taunted.

Angel Tries to Warn Adelita

After the heartbreaking revelations between EZ and Angel and between Felipe and Angel, He rushes off to warn Adelita that the DOJ has the rebels in their sights. But Adelita was already in the U.S., making long term deals with Galindo, who reveals the deal he made earlier with the Feds, and which he intends to betray with the help of the rebels. The Mayans, meanwhile, will be in charge of keeping the peace between the two.

Devante’s Betrayal

Mayans M.C. claimed its first big victim in “Serpiente/Chikchan,” and of course, it came on the heels of several big betrayals. Earlier in the season, Devante told Miguel that his brother died at a young age, but, not of pneumonia as he had been told all his life. He told him it was because he was kidnapped, and rather than save his life at the expense of the cartel, his father let him die to send the message that the Galindo cartel does not negotiate with rebels or terrorists. It was a ploy by Devante to get Miguel to take a similarly hard stance with the rebels, and it worked… for a while. The truth is Miguel’s brother did die of pneumonia, something that Miguel discovered by looking through medical records.

As Miguel orchestrated his incredibly complicated plan to screw over Lincoln Potter and the DOJ by double-crossing them with an alliance with Adelita/Louisa and the rebels, he realized a confidante was feeding him lies.

But that wasn’t the only truth we learned about Devante. It turns out that Devante was also part of the hit squad that chopped Adelita’s family into little pieces, and Devante was an aspiring young lieutenant who swung the sword.

Adelita Gets Revenge

Which leads us to one of the rats of the evening getting devoured by the serpent. With Galindo teaming up with the rebels, he decided he needed to fortify their trust, so he handed Adelita a machete and let her go to town on Devante as a sign of good will. And it appears that she did just that! Adelita hacked off Devante’s head with a machete. My, how quickly alliances change in this show.

I guess sometimes loyalty doesn’t pay off, sorry Devante. The entirety of “Serpiente/Chikchan” was built up to Devante’s demise and it was executed perfectly. Miguel’s sudden cold shoulder to Devante seemed a little out of the blue. Miguel and Devante’s final scene together was chilling. Devante accepted his fate well before it happened, and just wanted to make sure Miguel knew he loved his family. Miguel even thanked him before having him killed! These people are sick and twisted.

The Priest Meets his Maker

As she gets her vengeance in the desert, her rebel agents make quick work of the treacherous Priest that Felipe tried to warn.

Final Thought

“Serpiente/Chikchan” was a great episode that left me excited for not only the season finale but Season 2 as well. Way to wrap up loose ends before the season finale! There are more wrap ups to come, hopefully. For instance, the hit Potter put out on Jimenez. Then, there is the mysterious figure responsible for the death of EZ’s mother. Also, Angel’s betrayal of the club and his romantic designs on Adelita. Finally, there is the Emily/Miguel dynamic vs. the Emily/EZ dynamic.  Where does Emily’s heart really lie?

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