In the “Mayans M.C.’ recap, the Santo Padre chapter is rocked by the tragic death of a brother but mourning soon turns to a need for revenge…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
It’s been a long time since the Mayans were at war with the Sons of Anarchy but that’s exactly where things are headed on “Mayans M.C.”
Last week’s episode ended with the members from the Sons charter in San Bernardino hitting the Mayans in Oakland with several people cut down and killed. One of the people left dead is Coco, who was sent to Oakland by Marcus Alvarez to help mend fences between the different chapters of the Mayans but now he’s dead with a daughter and a girlfriend left to grieve him.
Of course, the entire war with the Sons started because of the tangled web that Taza started while he was trying to cover up his own sexuality that put him at odds with a rival club, which eventually ended with Montez — road captain for the mother charter at SAMCRO in Charming — dead and buried in a oil drum outside the Santo Padre clubhouse.
When one of the barmaids discovered the grisly remains along with Montez’s kutte, she reported the news back to her sister, who just so happens to be a Crow Eater aka a loyal lady to the Sons of Anarchy. Knowing that Montez was dead and his murder covered up by the Santo Padre chapter was more than enough for Chibs Telford to give the go ahead to hit back hard at the Mayans to send a definitive message that no Reaper death will go unanswered.
Considering nobody with the Mayans knows why this fight actually started, it feels very reminiscent to the final season of “Sons of Anarchy” where Jax Teller was lashing out at the Chinese because he was told they were responsible his wife Tara’s gruesome death. That battle turned very bloody and when it was later discovered that Jax’s own mother actually killed Tara before setting off a chain of events that left a whole lot of people dead, he was due for a meeting with Mr. Mayhem.
In other words, it feels like Taza is living on borrowed time considering the massive secret he’s been keeping.
With that said, let’s get to our full recap for the latest episode of “Mayans M.C.” for the episode titled “When I Die, I Want Your Hands on My Eyes”…
Sadness Gives Way to Vengeance
A late night call wakes up Marcus Alvarez and that’s never good news for El Padrino.
When he reports back to the Santo Padre clubhouse, the members are told about an assault in Oakland that left five members dead and four more in the ICU. One of the members who died was Coco, who was in Oakland on Alvarez’s orders.
The news of Coco’s death rocks the Santo Padre chapter as the members erupt in anger and rage, just trying to figure out who will have to pay.
At temple, Alvarez lays out the details of what he knows so far and Canche suggests that perhaps this is blowback from El Banquero after they killed his pedophile accountant in the desert.
EZ fires back that he believes the hit came from the Sons but he’s not sure if it couldn’t have possibly been somebody else sitting at this table because trust hasn’t been very high between the different chapters for quite some time. EZ has plenty of reason to want at least some of the Sons dead, particularly after his past interaction with Happy and knowing that he was responsible for his mother’s death several years earlier.
As tempers start to flare, Alvarez tells Canche that he needs to head back to Yuma to lock down his charter and ensure nothing else happens.
With Canche gone, Alvarez reminds EZ that he gave him the vice president’s patch to serve as a leader — not explode half-cocked to get everybody else in a feeding frenzy for revenge without knowing anything about what actually unfolded in Oakland.
The meeting breaks and EZ heads back to his trailer where he runs into Sofia as she’s getting dressed after spending the night together. It’s an awkward silence, which seems to be EZ’s default setting whenever things start to get too emotional, but he ultimately tells Sofia that he’s glad she stayed with him.
In a rush to leave, Sofia responds by telling him the jury is still out if she believes it was a good decision.
Meanwhile, as the members try to drown their emotions in booze, Jess — the bartender who discovered Montez’s cut and his rotting corpse — starts to get nervous because now she feels like Coco’s death is on her hands. If the club finds out she ratted to the Sons, Jess will meet a grisly demise that she can’t even begin to fathom.
She eventually goes to meet with her sister with her nerves already frayed about everything that’s happened. Her sister Jazmine tells Jess that it’s already too late to feel bad about revealing the truth, especially considering that Montez was a good guy and didn’t deserve to be killed much less have his final resting place in an oil drum outside the Santo Padre clubhouse.
In fact, Jazmine more or less orders Jess to continue feeding her information so she can give it to Terry — the vice president from San Bernardino — who was hellbent on revenge from the moment he saw Montez’s kutte. It feels like only a matter of time before Jess finally cracks.
Back inside, Gilly is drowning his sorrows when Angel offers to go tell Coco’s daughter Letty what happened to her father. Angel can’t remember Hope’s name and that only serves to enrage Gilly that much more but only one of them is sober enough to actually drive to the house right now.
When Angel arrives, he knocks on the door but gets no answer so he opens the screen door to find Letty sitting on a couch, the entire living room destroyed and she’s basically stuck in a catatonic state in disbelief that her father is dead.
Angel, who appears to have the emotional range of a brick wall, isn’t sure how to console Letty much less offer her words of comfort. He does offer her some food and Letty finally breaks her silence when she scoffs at the chicken nuggets he provided like she’s still six years old.
Thankfully, Angel also brought her a cheeseburger, which seems to lighten to mood under the grimmest circumstances. Letty eats while lamenting at how Coco would hate to see his house like this.
So Angel and Letty clean things up until she finally starts to break down.
Angel holds Letty in his arms and kisses her forehead, which she returns with a kiss on the lips. A moment later, she’s jumping into his arms and they’re headed for the bedroom. Later that night, Angel zips up and heads back to the living room where he finds Letty once again sitting in silence.
All he can muster is to ask if she’s OK while reassuring her that the club will help with whatever she needs. Angel leaves without saying much more because he’s just not great in these situations.
As for Letty, she finally walks into Coco’s bedroom where she finds a totally distraught Hope, who apparently has been in there sobbing all day and probably stuck listening to her deceased boyfriend’s daughter have sex in the next room.
When Letty sits down on the bed, Hope tells her that she’ll gather her things and leave by tomorrow but the two of them finally find catharsis in each other. Letty tells Hope please don’t go and then end up holding each other in bed, sharing in the same grief over Coco’s death.
Finally, Tranq returns to the clubhouse for a private meeting with Alvarez where he breaks the news about the people responsible for the hit in Oakland.
It was the Sons of Anarchy and while they weren’t wearing their kuttes, the people cutting down the Mayans didn’t even bother to cover their faces. The Sons wanted the Mayans to know the hit was coming from them.
But why would the Sons be so brazen in this attack after so many years of peace and cooperation between the two organizations? That’s why Alvarez tells Tranq to keep quiet about this news for now because he needs to learn more about what led to this altercation before the club prepares for an all out war.
While Angel was consoling Letty at Coco’s house, Nails was waking up alone yet again while trying to get the house ready for the arrival of their baby. She has breakfast alone and ends up painting the nursery all by herself when she notices a drop of blood that’s fallen into her palette.
Nails takes a shower but more blood starts flowing and she begins to realize that something is seriously wrong with her baby. She gets dressed and attempts to drive herself to the hospital but thankfully Felipe Reyes shows up at the same time after he was prepared to bring her a bassinette for the baby.
Felipe rushes to help Nails as they end up at the hospital where doctors are hesitant to share any news with the expectant mother but the look on all of their faces tells the story.
After performing a procedure, the doctors tell Nails that the pregnancy wasn’t viable and her son died in stillbirth. They allow her a moment to hold her son and Nails remarks that he was a beautiful boy.
Felipe drives her home and Nails doesn’t want any of her clothes she wore that day much less the gift that Angel’s father brought her for the baby. She falls asleep alone in bed while Felipe tries to reach his son but Angel’s phone just goes to voicemail.
Down in Mexico, Miguel Galindo is dealing with problems of his own after the LNG (Lobos Sonora New Generation) killed a little boy named Tomas in order to get to his father Martin, who had found refuge in the convent run by Miguel’s aunt Tia.
Martin was kidnapped by the cartel and he’s undoubtedly being tortured, which sends Miguel’s aunt to his room to inform her nephew that his stay must end. She knows it’s only a matter of time before Martin reveals that Miguel is staying there and this is no longer a safe haven where he can call home.
Before leaving, Miguel places a call to a number and tells the person on the other end that it’s time before he pays his final respects to Tomas at his funeral. Miguel then leaves the convent after a stranger arrives in a car to pick him up.
The person presents Miguel with a little bit of cash as they drive off to a destination that’s still unknown.
As for Miguel’s ex-wife Emily, she goes to a payphone to place call back to her former home in Santo Padre where she reaches out to EZ Reyes.
EZ picks up and he’s stunned to hear Emily’s voice on the other end of the line — she’s been gone for months with no trace about where she landed after Miguel’s empire toppled with Federal agents seeking to arrest him. EZ asks her again and again about where she’s at but Emily can’t tell him anything more than to offer him a warning.
She tells EZ that somebody has come asking questions about the “favor” he did for her when she asked him to intimidate a clerk from the mayor’s office, who had sold proprietary information to a Chinese conglomerate over a supposedly anonymous bid process to build the new agro-park in Santo Padre. When things went south, the clerk ended up dead but his family never believed it was a suicide.
Now they’ve sent private investigators after Emily to find out what really happened, which means there’s a good chance they’ll land on EZ’s doorstep sooner rather than later.
EZ seems less concerned about that information that he does finally hearing from Emily but she’s not interested in conversation. Instead, she hangs up and returns to her lonely apartment where she watches snowfall outside, which seems like a million miles away from her former home in Santo Padre.
Let’s Go To War
Earlier in the day before EZ got his phone call from Emily, he was outside the clubhouse where he found Alvarez working on his bike. While EZ suggested that prospects could do that for him, Alvarez reminds his new V.P. that even the people in charge need to get their hands dirty from time to time.
Alvarez also tells EZ that he feels responsible for Coco’s death since he’s the one who ordered him to go to Oakland in the first place. That’s also why Alvarez is being calculated about striking back at whoever killed their brothers as he refuses to divulge the real information that the Sons of Anarchy took out the hit.
That night with EZ outside on watch, a motorcycle comes tearing up to the clubhouse, which puts everybody on high alert. It’s not an enemy but rather a brother as Manny has returned from Arizona after he got word that the Oakland hit was carried out by the Sons of Anarchy.
He’s returned because he wants to dish out some revenge of his own.
Back inside, EZ is getting angry that Alvarez didn’t bother to share the information about the Sons with him, which ends up with Manny responding that perhaps these old dudes in charge need to start thinking about handing over the reins to the younger generation ready to get shit done.
EZ isn’t so sure that Alvarez should be put out to pasture but he also knows El Padrino doesn’t want to end up in a war.
At temple, Alvarez finally fills in the rest of the members about the hit being carried out by the Sons of Anarchy, which has everyone up in arms looking for blood.
Alvarez is still preaching patience because he wants to reach out to his friends in Charming to find out what prompted this attack but EZ finally shows his leadership skills by disagreeing with his president. EZ knows now is the time to strike back — the Sons need to know that they can’t hit the Mayans without being hit back even harder.
That’s when EZ suggests a tactical strike at the UC Davis hospital where San Bernardino president Packer (previously played by the great Robert Patrick) is currently receiving treatment for cancer.
Knowing that the Sons will have much of their leadership there to guard over Packer’s life, EZ believes this is the perfect time to strike back and “cut the head off the snake” in one fell swoop. He once again volunteers his brother Angel to go along with him and Manny ultimately takes the third spot on the hit squad after Tranq tells a revenge minded Gilly that he needs to stay behind to watch after the Santo Padre clubhouse.
Alvarez doesn’t want EZ to handle the hit because he’s a vice president now but EZ counters by repeating El Padrino’s words back to him — sometimes even leaders have to get their hands dirty.
He gives EZ the go ahead on his plan while warning all three of them that this could be a suicide mission and any mistakes could end in catastrophe for the entire Mayans club. EZ promises to get the job done and make right the wrong that was carried out on their brother Coco.
As the gavel slams down on the meeting, EZ declares “let’s go to war.”
“Mayans M.C.” will return with a brand new episode next Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on FX.