In the “Mayans M.C.” recap, Alvarez gathers his brothers to pay tribute to fallen friends but the bloodshed isn’t over as tragedy strikes again…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
For a show so steeped in the outlaw life, “Mayans M.C.” hasn’t dealt with too many major deaths to this point in the series outside of the shocking loss of Riz, which actually came at the hands of one of his own brothers.
But that all changed in the latest episode when one of the founding characters on the series met his surprising demise at the start of a war that will undoubtedly serve as the backbone of the rest of the season, which started with the Mayans out to kill each other.
Nothing will heal internal wounds quicker than an outside threat coming to burn them all down and that’s exactly what the Sons of Anarchy have become after they discovered one of their own — former SAMCRO road captain Montez — was dead and dissolving in an oil drum outside the Santo Padre clubhouse. Of course, many of the other members of the Mayans have no idea that there was a dead Son sitting just a few feet away from them because Taza has continued to cover up his own misdeeds throughout the series.
First he killed Riz to cover up that he was gay and now he’s put his entire club at risk by covering up a murder which has now ignited a war with a rival club that will not end without a whole lot of bodies in the ground.
With that said, let’s get to our full recap for the latest episode of “Mayans M.C.” titled “Death of a Virgin”…
The episode actually opened with another shocking scene as Adelita finally made a move to retrieve the baby that was stolen from her by the U.S. government. After first being told her child was dead, Adelita tracked down Lincoln Potter seeking revenge only to learn that her baby was still very much alive.
Now this week we learn that the people who adopted the baby were none other than Agent Anna Linares — Potter’s former assistant — and her husband. To make this even worse, Linares was the one who told Adelita that her child had died while in the government’s custody.
It turns out Linares and her husband adopted the baby and they’ve been raising the child as their own and that obviously sends Adelita into a blinding rage.
She first breaks into their house with a rock through a sliding glass door before attacking Linares and stabbing her repeatedly with a knife as the Federal agent attempts to reach for her gun. With Linares subdued, Adelita goes to the bedroom and executes her husband while taking the baby back.
She then puts bullets into Linares’ head to finish the job while finally being reunited with her child.
After driving away, Adelita stops on the side of the road and gets out of the car as she shrieks in pain, relief and torment following the culmination of everything she’s done to have her child returned to her.
Adelita’s pain and anguish runs parallel to Angel throughout this episode as he continues to grow more and more distant from Nails and the child they’re having together. As she’s excitingly picking out names, Angel can’t be bothered to listen much less help her make a choice.
When she’s at home tending to her growing belly, Angel is off riding and drinking as he tries to forget the baby he never got to raise with the woman he actually loved. It seems inevitable that Angel will eventually run into Adelita and their child again one day but for now he’s neglecting the new family he started to build after believing he lost both of them.
The Ties That Bind
Various relationships also took center stage this week including Creeper and his new girlfriend Kody, who he met through narcotics anonymous. Now they’re sleeping together and sharing past stories of pain including Kody’s revelation about her ex’s death.
Meanwhile, EZ is back at the animal shelter attempting to flirt with Sofia — the employee who first introduced him to his new dog Sally — but she’s seemed completely uninterested in his advances thus far.
This time around, EZ follows her into a room where Sofia is putting down the elderly dog we met in a previous episode — and truth be told as an animal lover, this scene just felt unnecessary and somewhat cruel.
As for Sofia, she reveals to EZ that she was a mother but her daughter died after she was bothered by the little girl one night and ended up drinking herself to sleep. When she woke up the next morning, her daughter had wandered out of the house and fallen into a pool where she drowned.
Sofia is still living the memory of her daughter’s death and she tells EZ that she has nothing to offer him.
Until that changes a few hours later when Sofia randomly shows up at EZ’s trailer, says hello to Sally and proceeds to tell the new Mayans vice president that her life is an absolute mess. That’s apparently the ultimate aphrodisiac for both of them because moments later they kiss, clothes start flying and they have sex.
While EZ is with Sofia, he fails to see that his phone is ringing and that’s a call he’s going to wish he picked up.
Back in Ohio where Emily Galindo is living under an assumed name in an attempt to escape her former husband and cartel kingpin, she can’t help but notice a man following her down the street. When she tries to flee, Emily runs into a woman who tells her that the man is definitely following her because they know she’s actually Emily Galindo and not “Sarah Glass” as her identification suggests.
At her apartment, the people identify themselves as private investigators hired by the family of Marlon Buksar and they are seeking information on his mysterious suicide.
A brief refresher — back in season 2, Emily was working with her husband Miguel to start an agro-park in Santo Padre but she was ultimately outbid by a Chinese consortium, despite having the inside track on the bidding process. It turned out that Marlon, who was an assistant in the mayor’s office, had accepted a bribe from the Chinese to feed them information about the bid to ensure they won the rights being offered by the city.
Knowing that Marlon used even dirtier handed tricks than she did, Emily called on EZ to try and intimidate the guy so he’d give over proof that the Chinese group won the bid illegally and the rights would revert back to the next highest bidder, which was the Galindo family.
The only problem is Marlon tried to pull a gun on EZ and that led to a struggle between them. It ended after Marlon accidentally shot himself in the chin as he attempted to wrestle the gun away from EZ. The death was ruled a suicide and Marlon’s case was closed.
But obviously his family felt otherwise and they want to know why he died, which is why the investigators tracked down Emily. She plays it off like she hardly knew Marlon and only felt sorry for his apparent suicide but couldn’t offer them much more information.
As the investigators prepare to leave, they offer Emily a warning that if she could be so easily found by them, it probably wouldn’t take much more for her husband or whoever else was searching to actually track her down. The lead investigator asks one final question — “Tell me, Mrs. Galindo, who did you hire to murder Marlon Buksar?”
That’s what leads Emily to break her code of no contact as she reaches out to EZ but he’s otherwise occupied and unable to take her call.
As if that’s not enough, EZ’s got another problem that’s also mounting from his former inmate friend Jay-Jay who came to pay him a visit out of the blue last week. Jay-Jay was the shot caller who protected EZ in prison until he struck a deal with the government to secure his release under the agreement that he would provide intel on the Galindo cartel.
Now that Jay-Jay is back, EZ can’t help but wonder if that information about the deal has somehow leaked, which would almost certainly end with him dead.
So after the surprise visit, EZ decides to repay the favor by showing up to Jay-Jay’s house unannounced while showing off the gun sticking out of his belt just to prove his intentions. The tension is thick as EZ chats with Jay-Jay about his struggles since leaving prison and how he’s scratching and clawing just to find a way to provide for his family.
By all accounts, it seems like Jay-Jay is looking for a payoff to keep this information quiet while EZ is letting him know that he’ll be dead long before he’ll get any money.
Before the situation can escalate any further Jay-Jay’s wife shows up from the grocery store and she embraces EZ with a hug because they got to know each other during the various prison visiting days. She even asks about Angel because he was always there to see EZ while he was locked up.
After his wife heads inside with their kids, Jay-Jay keeps his eyes locked on EZ as they both agree that this conversation will need to continue very soon but in a more private location.
Finally, Gilly gets a call from his former captain after learning that her husband Paul — the veteran who served with Gilly who we met last week — has locked himself in their son Jacob’s bedroom and he won’t come out. When Gilly arrives, he kicks in the door to find Paul with a gun to his head as he tells his son that he’ll be the man of the house after he’s dead.
Gilly tackles the boy away from his dad as Paul continues to beg for death.
With his former captain tending to her husband, Gilly takes Jacob with him back to the Mayan clubhouse where he actually teaches EZ’s dog how to shake hands. When he returns the boy home again, Gilly learns that Paul has been sleeping ever since the incident and it turns out that these episodes have happened in the past but this is by far the most intense moment they’ve shared.
Gilly’s captain apologizes for drawing him into their problems but it’s clear he’s filled with regret that he wasn’t here sooner for the brothers and sisters who served alongside him in the Middle East.
Back in Mexico, Miguel is still tending to the wall around the convent cemetery while sharing time with Tomas — the young boy also staying there as his father attempts to avoid the wrath of the Mexican cartel. He attempts to convince the boy that they shouldn’t be hanging around together but Tomas is convinced that despite warnings from his father, that Miguel is actually a good man.
Later that day, Miguel spends time with his aunt as they speak about his mother.
It turns out Dita Galindo traveled to the convent to be with her sister after a falling out with his father following the death of their first son, Cristobal. Dita and Jose had been trying to have another child ever since but she was unable to get pregnant, which created even more tension between them.
When she arrived at the convent, Dita was alone except for her security detail, which obviously included the man who would eventually become Felipe Reyes.
Dita’s sister believes prayer and rest paid off because she eventually returned home to Jose and soon after they announced she was pregnant with Miguel.
While Miguel just assumes that means that his mother and father reconciled, his aunt doesn’t believe the timing matched up and she’s convinced it was an immaculate birth as a gift from god. Of course in reality we all know that Dita was sleeping with Felipe and he’s actually Miguel’s father but it remains to be seen when that will finally be revealed to him.
For now, Miguel just learned a bit more about his conception even if he’s not following the clues that Jose Galindo isn’t his birth father.
Their conversation is cut short after Martin comes running out of the convent because Tomas has gone missing. Everybody starts searching for the boy, who has suddenly disappeared.
That’s when the cartel men arrive in their truck and the toss the body of the dead boy out onto the ground. Martin runs up to retrieve his son, grief stricken by the atrocity carried out against his son but it was all just a ploy so the cartel could finally get their hands on him.
Martin is grabbed and carried away by the cartel where he will undoubtedly be tortured and killed while the nuns run out to take Tomas’ lifeless body back inside. Miguel watches this all unfold, horrified by the actions of the same kind of men he previously employed.
The Reaper Comes Calling
As the Mayans continue to try and find some kind of middle ground to heal the wounds opened by the civil war, Alvarez has called for a day of atonement where all of the members from the various charters will gather together and pay tribute to their fallen brothers. He hopes this will start to put the pain behind them so they can eventually become one club again.
EZ greets all the other members, which only serves to enrage Bishop even further while Angel defends his brother by saying this is part of the duty he’s taken on by becoming vice president.
When Canche arrives, he first has to tell Alvarez that the cartel pipeline has been cutoff after El Banquero learned that his accountant was killed on their watch. Down in Mexico, El Banquero has lashed out at the Mayans over Randall’s death, although his sister is quick to point out that the motorcycle club running their drugs aren’t to blame for him hiring a pedophile to watch over their money.
To make matters worse, El Banquero severing ties with the Mayans will ultimately only hurt the cartel’s bottom line as they attempt to recover from the accounts lost after Randall was killed. He refuses to budge and promises to let the Mayans starve until they’re all dead.
Back in Santo Padre, the members all gather for a candlelight vigil where they say goodbye to fallen members such as Riz and Steve — the prospect turned patched member who killed himself last season. The other charters do the same for the members lost in the Mayan civil war as Alvarez attempts to build back the club he started all those years ago.
As the rest of the members start drinking and partying afterwards, Alvarez hangs back to speak to his friend Diaz, who is the president of the Oakland chapter of the Mayans.
Unlike Canche, who he believes is really just in this for personal gain, Diaz is a Mayan through and through and he goes back to the origins of this club alongside Marcus. Diaz has already seen enough division in the Mayans after the Sons of Anarchy essentially carved out pieces of the state where they can call home, which means all of the charters are separated as it stands.
That’s why he tells his old friend that the Santo Padre chapter is continuing to infect the rest of the charters and it needs to be pulled out like a weed from its root or the division inside the Mayans will only continue to grow deeper.
At the bar, members from the Yuma chapter start harassing Nestor as the new prospect before invoking Steve’s name and mocking his suicide. That enrages Tranq, who calls them out for dishonoring a fallen brother because Steve was patched before his death.
The situation nearly erupts when EZ intervenes and tries to cool the temperature in the room. When one of the Yuma members pushes him, EZ reacts all on his own and punches the guy as a brawl breaks out between the different Mayan chapters.
The fighting finally forces Alvarez to emerge from the meeting room where he fires two bullets into the ceiling to get everyone’s attention. Seeing this latest fight between his members as Alvarez starting to believe that there’s a cancer inside the Mayans that will have to be cut out.
Meanwhile, Hope is continuing to struggle but she’s hurting even more that Coco has been sent as an emissary to Oakland where he’s serving that chapter for the time being. Hope’s despair eventually leads to her lashing out at a rude customer at her grocery store — and truth be told that woman needed a few eggs smashed in her face — but it costs Hope her job.
Outside she runs into some homeless punk kids and they strike up a conversation but one of them mentioned that they all arrived after hearing about a place called Meth Mountain. That name strikes a chord in Hope and she runs back home after nearly being tempted to use again.
That night, Hope gets a call from Coco and she admits that she’s struggling to hold on, especially with him gone right now. Coco promises that they’ll be stronger together and he’ll be home the next night while promising to take her anywhere she wants.
In the end, they profess their love for each other and Hope feels a slight weight lifted off her shoulders despite the fact that she really does need help that Coco can’t provide.
As Coco is talking on the phone, he doesn’t see a car parked nearby the Oakland clubhouse.
That car is filled with four members from the Sons of Anarchy, who have been given the order to introduces the Mayans to Mr. Mayhem after Montez was found dead outside the Santo Padre clubhouse. The vice president of the San Bernardino chapter tells the other members that he loves them as they load up and put on masks before invading the Mayan headquarters.
They open fire with automatic weapons as the Mayans are cut down in a hail of gunfire before the Sons flee back to their car. As the surviving Mayans start to crawl for help, one particular member lays motionless on the ground after he was riddled with bullets.
That member is revealed as Coco — he’s been shot dead by the Sons of Anarchy.
If the Mayans were looking for some way to come back together as a club, nothing will put past grievances aside quicker than an outside threat coming for all of them. The Sons of Anarchy declaring war might just be the only thing that saves the Mayans and Coco’s death will undoubtedly strike an even bigger match within the Santo Padre clubhouse.
“Mayans M.C.” returns for a new episode next Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on FX.