It’s time to head back to Alamance County and see what is going on with the farming and the sex trafficking. I’m still wondering how those two things will intertwine before the season is over.
Well we start right off with a depressing scene. Luis is at what appears to be a government office of some sort and he is asked by the man behind the desk to tell him about Teo. So he tells him that he is 17 and has a great sense of humor. He loves making people laugh. He sometimes worries that will get him in trouble. Luis smiles as he talks about him. The man says, “That’s not what I mean. Does he have any distinguishing marks? Something that would help us identity his body.”
So we are diving right into the mire. The guy gives him a thick book of dead immigrants full of gruesome photos that indicate they died in horrible ways. Luis flips through the pages. And there he is. Face severely beaten. He’s dead. His body was pulled from the river. He was probably cremated. They might have his ashes. There would be a fee.
Luis calls his wife to tell her that Teo died. But he can’t do it. He lies and tells her he found him and he is fine. She starts talking about him like he is coming home and he is so overcome he has to get off the phone. Later, we see Luis getting a pistol from one of the farm workers. On the farm, it seems like Luis is looking to shoot Hector for beating the crap out of Coy.
That night, Luis confronts Hector about Teo. He tells him to tell him about his son. Hector denies doing anything to him, but we see his flashbacks where he killed him and threw him in the river. He says Teo did it to himself. Luis shoots Hector multiple times. It seems Hector is dead. Luis throws the gun in the river and gets on a bus to head south.He tells his wife he is coming home.
We move on to another badly beaten face. The injuries to Coy are strikingly similar to those of Teo. Coy is trying to buy his way out of his debt to the farm so he can leave. He owes, $363 dollars. He can’t come up with that. The guy tells him to work faster and earn more. It’s like a hamster wheel they can never get off of . He calls his family asking for money and his brother hangs up.
. Coy is in the fields but collapses from working so hard with all of his injuries. He may even have internal injuries, I doubt he’s been seen by a doctor. Speaking of doctors, the next thing we see is a doctor or medic looking at him in the fields. He says his vitals are good. He needs to take the rest of the day off and he gives him a bottle of pain pills. Coy refused the pain killers. The rapist asks the doctor how much the bill is. He says $35 for the visit and $10 for the pills. He tells the doctor to give him more pills “just in case.” Coy will be paying for all of that. He is left with two bottles of pills. After the rapist and the doctor leave, Coy tells Hector to take the pills.Hector does not take them. He tells Coy he did him a favor by bringing him on to the farm. He was a druggie with nothing. Then he walks off.
Luis becomes concerned about Coy. You can tell he doesn’t want another kid to die on the farm. He tries to get him to contact his family. Coy says he doesn’t have family. Luis tells him he doesn’t need to be on the farm.
Later that night, the rapist’s plan works. Coy takes all the pills. We see a dead looking Coy. And EMTs arrive to give him narcon and bring him back to life. When the they ask if there is anyone to call, he says he wants to call his family.
Kimara tries to help Shae get an appointment for an abortion. She tells her that because she is underage she needs permission her parents or from a judge. If she is underage, why is it her choice whether or not to call her parents? Should Kimara have notified them immediately?
When Shae and Kimara go to meet with the judge, she is asked about her parents. The judge says she has to contact them first and if they don’t respond then she will reconsider her case. Shae said, ” I screwed guys in alleys. I screwed guys in alleys because that was better than what I came from. I don’t know if I’d be in danger, but I shouldn’t have to ask the person who made me want to screw guys in alleys if I can have an abortion.” The judge agrees to grant the abortion as long as she is under 20 weeks. She is required to get an ultrasound. Wow. That is five months. That’s a very late term abortion. I’m gonna guess she is already past that though because they are making it obvious that Kimara will take the baby.
The baby is 14 weeks. Kimara responds to the heartbeat at the sonogram.
Kimara is still shopping for more IVF treatments. I hope we get to the part where she decides to adopt Shae’s baby this week. We know it is coming. Let’s not drag it out. The cost is outrageous, the interest rate is obscene and she has to pay whether she conceives or not.
JD is upset that his sister, Laurie Ann, won’t let him visit his father who is very sick and near death. She and Jeanette’s husband, Carson are keeping him away so he won’t tell his father about the fire. JD begs Jeanette to talk to them and get them to let him see his daddy. When she talks to them, they try to say it was a mistake at the hospital. Laurie says that JD showed up at the hospital with liquor on his breath. Laurie is also pissed at Jeanette for butting into family business. Laurie is also mad that Jeanette made a donation to the immigrant fund. She let’s Jeanette know that Carson put a stop payment on the check. She also tells her that she understands if she more sympathetic to an alcoholic than an old man on his death bead. Carson sits right there and doesn’t say a thing.
This week we introduce three new characters. Gabi is a Haitian woman hired to be the nanny for Nicolas Coates (Timothy Hutton) and his wife Clair (Lili Taylor). She speaks no English, and is trying to get through immigration. It’s a laborious process by she finally finds Clair and her son. Thankfully, Clair tries to talk to Gabi in broken English. She welcomes Gabi into her room, which is quite lovely.
Nick is a furniture salesman. It seems like things are not going so well. They have a new manufacturer and their clients are not satisfied with the work. They are facing serious staff cutbacks. He comes home in a foul mood to find Gabi teaching his son French. She gives a speech in French about how happy she is to be there. He says nothing. Did he know she was coming?
Nick and Clair go to dinner and he makes it clear he is not happy with the French speaking nanny. They reminisce about getting drunk at lunch when they first met and getting a hotel room. Later they have a huge fight at the house and it wakes up Gabi. She checks on Clair who tells her to go back to bed.