Things are getting personal on “Graceland,” all because pieces of the truth are coming out in all sorts of ways on “Goodbye High,” which aired on July 25. It all began with Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) discovering what he assumes is the truth: that Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) is a heroin addict.
Of course, Briggs has a story about how that happened on the USA Network drama — the cartel kidnapped him, made him take drugs for two weeks, all in the hope of getting his old cases reopened — and Mike swallows that story whole, no questions asked, not really. But why does he trust Briggs so much? Because Briggs saved his life?
But, Mike should be smarter than that. The FBI is investigating Briggs for a reason, and Mike doesn’t seem to get that. “All I can do is keep moving forward until someone stops me,” Briggs tells Mike. “Same as always.” And by episode’s end, that sentiment has a whole new meaning.
The other part of “Graceland” “Goodbye High” was Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) getting back into the game, determined to track Oden Rossi and end that op once and for all.
And then there’s DJ (Brandon Jay MacLaren), who has a random storyline all his own: he’s trying to get to know his kid, even though he cut his family out of his life to protect them. But honestly, that storyline isn’t going anywhere yet.
The drama on the USA Network show is all about finding Oden Rossi. Briggs has always been suspicious in his own right, but the house all fails to see just how suspicious he is this time around. Suddenly he can arrange a meeting between Bello and Oden? By talking to the same people, essentially, that Charlie did?
The house accepts it, but that might be, in part, because they’re distracted. Charlie has come clean about taking heroin not once, but twice, and it prompts Paige (Serinda Swan) to say out loud, “You need to trust who you’re in the field with. An addict can never be trusted.”
And that’s another big moment of foreshadowing on this show, but what she doesn’t realize is that Charlie isn’t the “addict” in the house.
That’s Briggs, and even though Mike foolishly trusts him, if only because he wants the op to be over, he shouldn’t. Because Paul Briggs is actually Oden Rossi, something he reveals only to Bello (Gbenga Akinnagbe) by cutting the recording from his wristwatch. Briggs is actually a drug supplier, and so he very well could be skimming drugs from every bust he does with the FBI.
The rest of “Graceland” season one seems to make a bit more sense. Briggs may claim he’s all about protecting the secrets of the house, but, really, he’s more interested in keeping his own secrets.”Secrets are burdens,” Briggs says as himself, but it seems in the final moments, that he likes this triple life. He’s one guy in the bar, another in the FBI house, and another out on the streets.
The only question now is: how long is it going to take before Mike Warren realizes the truth?
“Graceland” airs on USA Network Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT.
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