Jeanette continues to continues to obsess about the workers who died in the fire. She continues to talk to her husband about it. He doesn’t want to hear it and wonders why she continues to get herself worked up about it. Jeanette takes to the yard to work off her frustrations with some planting. Her husband comes home to tell her that he talked to his mother and brother and they have decided to do a “policy review.” It’s like he really believes this is helpful. Jeanette wants to help and her husband reluctantly agrees.
When Jeanette goes to talk to JD about helping, he says that Laurie Ann is not going to do anything. He says this has been going on since he was a boy. This was not the first fire. Nothing is ever done. Jeanette suggests he stop drinking and that they work on things together. She seems to want to help him as much as the immigrant workers. The episode ends with Jeanette and JD at a meeting listening to a speaker talking about the horrific conditions of the migrant farmers. Her husband didn’t want this issue to come between them. It seems now like he might be concerned about Jeanette and JD bonding. Whether that is the concern or not, it seems obvious that’s the script.
Luis is finally working at Hemsly Farms. He’s asking around for Teo but the workers are very afraid to talk to him about anything. Luis finds a guy who saw his kid. He says he worked on the other side of the farm and was always happy. He last saw him a month ago. If he is still around, he’s staying with Jorge who houses all the single men. Later he goes to see Jorge and asks for a bed. Jorge says he doesn’t have any available, but when Luis says he can put up money for the month, Jorge suddenly has a place for him. Luis needs to be careful flashing around money. Jorge wants $200 a week for a shithole. Luis decides to just ask him about Teo. He implies that he owes him money.
Jorge tells him wait while he goes to get something to show him. If Luis wasn’t played by Benito Martinez, I’d be expecting him to be killed right about now. And just like that, here comes a henchman to strangle Luis. Jorge wants to know why he is looking for the kid. The kid owes him money too. He disappeared without paying. A woman comes out and asking him why he is looking for Teo. People go missing all the time and no one cares. Why is he here? Luis breaks down and screams, “He’s my son.” He goes on an emotional plea begging for information. The woman says he was there, a few months ago he disappeared. There was a issue with a Nahuatl girl, Itzol or Itzel. Luis takes off. Likely in search of the girl.
Somehow he arrives at a bus that people are living in. He asks for Teo but he’s not there. He asks for Itzel and the kid takes him to her and her child in a neighboring camper. Itzel doesn’t speak Spanish to the kid translates. When she is asked where he is, she says that she didn’t do anything wrong. The kid doesn’t translate that and just tells him this is not the time for questions. Luis leaves. This is where you spend your money Luis, on the girl and the baby that is probably your grandchild. Once she puts the baby down she comes out to talk. She says that she was in the fields working with Teo, she liked him because he made her smile. The boss saw her smile and got angry and threatened to wipe the smile off her face. She started pulling her out into the fields… Luis asks why, she says they call the fields The Green Motel. Teo tried to protect her from the rapist. The rapist dragged him off and she never saw him again. Luis asks which boss it was. Of course it was the rapist. I’m pissed that Luis didn’t give the girl some money, he passes it out to everyone else.
Shae is in the shelter where she is randomly drug tested on the way to her mandatory morning chapel services, then she is shipped off to scrub an industrial kitchen. That’s quite a drastic change in her life.
Shae attends an NA meeting. Shae tells her story of why she stayed with her pimp. Her dad apparently got her pregnant. Her dad’s girlfriend treated her like crap and made her have an abortion because she thought she just got pregnant somewhere because she wanted attention. She misses Billy, her pimp because he was the only one who ever gave her anything. She says she is pregnant again. The baby is not Billy’s and she’s not keeping it. Shae wishes the baby was his and that Billy was not in jail. She wishes she could have a family with him.
Despite the fact that Shae actively participated in group and showed up to all her required appointments, she is already in trouble for stealing a phone and hiding it in her belongings. The head of the shelter wants to throw her out. She is squandering her opportunity when so many women desperate for help are on a waiting list. Kimara tries to fight her battle. But the plot is very clear, I said before Shae would end up living with Kimara. And now I think she is going to try to adopt her baby. Shae stole the phone to take photos. She has no one to call. It’s unclear what the photos are. Kimara meets Shae after work and sneaks her a camera. She tells her to hide it good.
Kimara talks to the guy she asked to be a sperm donor, Reggie. He doesn’t want to do it. He says he can’t father a child and not help raise it and be involved. He says that the reason they broke up in the first place was because she was never there. Even though his wife gave her okay, he just can’t make the commitment he would need to make to be comfortable with the situation.
Kimara sees a young girl down on her luck in a convenience store and gives her her card, “just in case.”
This week’s episode began with a woman being silently raped in the fields of Hesby Farms by one of the field bosses. Coy, the white kid with the drug problem is aware that it happened.
The rapist realizes that Coy knows what he did so he calls Hector over to let him know that Coy was nosing around the farm early this morning. Hector says he pays him extra to come in early and aerate the soil. The rapist is pissed Hector is paying him for extra work. Hector says he is just trying to help him make extra money. The rapist says he is too soft, he is not supposed to be paying people and he’s too soft.
Coy talks to Hector about dying on heroin. It’s scary. He talks about shooting up near the fire houses so that the fireman will come and shoot them up with narcan. Coy says he has died five times. Hector is angry. He says dying is easy for Coy. Hector throws money and drugs at him and storms off into the fields.
Later, the rapist is hassling Coy again. He tells him his basket is not full and repeatedly dumps it out and makes him pick it up. Hector is yelled out for trying to help him. Eventually Coy refuse to continue to pick up the fruit. The rapist slugs Coy and tells Hector it is his fault. Coy mocks Hector for not being about to stand up to the rapist and tells him to do something. Coy storms off. Hector goes after him in his truck. He stops and beat the living fuck out of Coy while Luis, the rapist and another guy watch. Coy looks like is is dying for the sixth time.
Next Week: It looks like Shae gets kicked out of the shelter because she is telling another social worker that she would be in danger if her parents found her. Timothy Hutton is finally making his appearance. He’s playing Russ Skokie, I’m not sure how he fits into the story just yet. Luis tells Coy, he doesn’t have to subject himself to the farm. He needs to get out while he can. He’s a citizen.