I am really starting to wonder why it’s always Ezra’s family that draws the attention of The Doctor and his henchman. Ezra was presented to us as the sweetest, nicest, member of the TOV. Yet he is suddenly world-class pickpocket and con man? My brain is too tired at this time of night to sort this all out. If it was about money, Jules’ family would be the one to go after.
Back at the kooky retreat, Maddie has apparently confessed the entire scheme to the psychiatrist. Maddie says that one of the marks she became a bit attached to. That was Ezra. The shrink wants to know why she doesn’t contact the police. She says because her boss is smarter than the police and he would kill her. Maddie doesn’t know what her next step should be. The therapist tells her to focus on what it is she needs and wants and to stop lying. She gives her a red rubber band for her wrist and tells her to snap it every time she starts to lie.
The police pay a little visit to the artist commune. They are there to see Herman who is turning in the POV in exchange for a kickback. He got a whooping four hundred dollars for ratting them out.
At Ezra’s parents’ house his brother Josh’s smart mouth is getting him in trouble. Sally is really not fond of him. His parents Marsha and Arthur seem to be doing as well as can be expected. Max and Arthur chat over a couple of whiskeys. Max says they need to get Sally away from Josh. He suggest that the two of them and Sally go to a hotel. He also says that the FBI and some people worse than him are looking for Ezra.
Two police detectives show up at The Retreat. It seems they traced the call she made to the hospital to find out if Shelly was dead and have come to question her. Maddie hugs the wind chime guy goodbye and steals the keys to his car. Then we see that the police are there for couples counseling for work partners.
Poppy arrives to save the day and thinks that she can just drop the family name and get her out of trouble. When Jules explains how much trouble they are in, and that they are wanted by the FBI and a bunch of scarier people Poppy is shocked. She says she can get them across the border, but she has to agree to come home.
The TOV and Poppy all meet up to find their coyote. Richard experiences lust at first sight with Poppy. The bus is there and Poppy says, “Andiamo!” (Let’s go! In Italian) They all get on the bus. I thought Sophia was supposed to be there. Where are they meeting up? Richard and Poppy sit next to each other on the bus. He seems to know everything about her. As it turns out, Poppy was the prototype for Richard’s version of Maddie, Alice. While Maddie was with Jules she was studying Poppy for her next con with Richard. Well that is a twist I didn’t see coming. What did Poppy major in? I could understand what they were saying because they were talking over each other. Alice would say andiamo! all the time and she wore the same perfume and had Poppy’s exact life story. This is a crazy twist. I love it. Poppy says she’s married, barely when Jules mentions her husband.
Maddie calls a tow truck driver and acts all young and stupid and says she needs a tow. Then she yanks a belt out of the car and pitches it. It is at this point that her rubber band finally breaks from all the lying. When the tow truck driver comes she keeps talking about how she has to get to a surgery or her mother will kill her. Clearly the plan is to convince the guy to loan her a car while hers is being worked on. She’s in a big hurry and has no time to spare. She gave him $1000 in cash for the work on the car and took his ratty pickup truck.
Arthur goes to the hotel with Sally and Max but not before handcuffing Joshua to the staircase. His mother has the key and will not uncuff him.
Finally we see Patrick and his new/old partner. She has put an audio romance novel on the CD player in the car. Patrick can’t take it. She wants to talk about his twelve-year marriage. She’s a great person and a great mother they just couldn’t make it work. Patrick seems to still be in love with…Maddie. These two go to see Maddie’s mother. They tell her she is a professional con artist who is wanted by the FBI and unless they can find her, her life is most definitely in danger. She said that she has suspected that her daughter was lying to he about her job and her whereabouts. The female agents says all three of them are on the same page about keeping Maddie safe. Her mother says she doesn’t have any friends or boyfriends, she’s never been married and even if she had friends, she’s not sure she would tell Patrick because he is rude. He does continue to get snippy with her. The female agent tells him to give them a few minutes to talk alone, mother to mother. It’s good cop, bad cop. Good cop players the mother role. She’s just trying to keep her daughter safe. If she thinks of anything please contact her. She hands her her card. And off these to go. The next thing on their list is Ezra. Fuck, maybe it has been all about Ezra this whole time.
The TOV and Poppy make it to Nowheresville, Mexico it seems. I presume this is some outpost near the border. Jules has fallen in love with Mexico and doesn’t want to leave. Ezra suggests she stay. She says after his family is safe, she can come back. Ezra says life never works that way. He says it would make him feel better to know that at least some of the people he loves are safe and happy. Poppy is going to blow a gasket when she finds out about this.
I missed where Maddie got all the cash she has in her purse. But she is checked into a roadside motel somewhere drinking. She calls Max. It doesn’t take long for the two of them to start to argue. She wants to know how mad The Doctor is and he talks about how maid he is at her. She says he sold out Sally so he is not one to talk about loyalty. She asks again about how mad he is. Max says that the has decided to broaden his scope of pressure and he is sitting next to Arthur Bloom at the moment. Maddie freaks out and hangs up. She flees her hotel. I thought for sure she would call her mother to check on her. But the next time we see her, it’s the next day and she buys a gun.
Apparently, the TOV were just stopping to eat in the middle of nowhere. They got back on the bus and ended up and a bustling town. Sophia is supposed to meet them there in an hour and a half. It must be Tuesday because they all go for beer and tacos. Richard tells Jules he expects a postcard every week.
Ezra is the first one to notice the cops. It’s a foot chase through an outdoor market. They manage to give the cops the slip and go to look for their coyote early. In this very busy Mexican town apparently all you have to do is ask for Miguel and you are sent straight to your coyote, because clearly there is only one guy named Miguel in all of Mexico. Sadly, it appears that Poppy’s pink sombrero ($5!) was lost in the escape. It really worked with her outfit.
Miguel says they will leave in an hour with the rest of the group. They insist they must leave now. This results in him asking his friend, Jesus, if he has room for four. He does. This results in them being locked into the trunks of two cars on one of those big car moving trucks. Before they get in, Ezra leaves a note with a kid to give to Sophia. The police say they are looking for four Americans, two men and two women. How the hell would they know Poppy was with them? The truck driver asks if they are dangerous and says he has not seen them. As the truck pulls away, Poppy says to her trunkmate Jules, “Wait I am not supposed to be going!” Jules replies, “Me neither.” The kid gives the note to a woman who is not Sophia.
Max and Sally and Arthur have been driving for a really long time. They are even taking turns driving. Something tells me they are not going to a hotel. Arthur has a metal fork up his sleeve. Wouldn’t a knife have been a better option?
Next week, Maddie goes home to her mother. Her mother contacts the good cop. The TOV and Poppy are still in the trunks of two cars. I think Arthur is able to contact Ezra and tells him to “keep his wits about him.” My DVR cut off with Poppy and Jules talking in the trunk but I didn’t get to hear what they said. Can someone fill me in on that and anything that happened afterward?
If I were part of production, I would have named this episode, Jesus Take The Wheel. I am disappointed in that lost opportunity.
Was there any music at all this episode?