In the “Mayans M.C.” recap, Alvarez receives an interesting offer, Felipe finally confronts EZ and Emily learns just how unsafe she’s truly been this entire time…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The stage is certainly set for an explosive “Mayans M.C.” finale next week after the penultimate episode featured several revelations but perhaps none bigger than EZ Reyes’ past finally coming back to haunt him.
When the series first started, EZ was out of prison and serving as a Mayan prospect in Santo Padre but his release from incarceration after killing a cop came under an agreement made with the Federal government that he would act as an informant to help bring down the Galindo cartel. While EZ eventually wiggled out from under the government’s thumb by blackmailing Assistant U.S. Districtor Attorney Lincoln Potter, it obviously didn’t erase his history much less the people who already knew about his deal.
That secret has been looming overhead all season long after EZ received a visit from a former inmate who helped to protect him in prison except now he’s returned looking for a favor after learning about the deal that was struck to turn rat in order to get an early release. Add to that, it turns out there’s another Federal agent sniffing around the Mayans, who might cause even more damage to the club and based on the preview for next week, she knows some secrets of her own where it comes to the Reyes family.
The latest episode also saw the return of Miguel Galindo after it appeared he was almost certainly a dead man but instead he’s somehow risen from the ashes while his wayward ex-wife continues to run from her past but it appears those ghosts have finally caught up with her.
There’s a lot to unpack so let’s recap the latest episode of “Mayans M.C.” titled “The Calling of Saint Matthew”…
Following last week’s conclusion where Miguel Galindo realized that the woman who kidnapped him was none other than El Banquero’s sister Soledad, he not only reappeared in the United States but he actually showed up at the house of his former security chief, Marcus Alvarez.
As Miguel watched Alvarez’s wife and children leave, he failed to notice El Padrino sneaking up beside his truck to put a gun to his throat. Alvarez wasn’t expected to see a dead man haunting his street that day and he warned Miguel that they no longer share any kind of employer-employee relationship so he shouldn’t expect to come near his family and expect to survive.
Miguel reminds Alvarez of their shared history together and asks for a meeting that he believes will be mutually beneficial to both of them.
Back at the clubhouse, EZ is waking up next to Sofia as he continues to warn the new woman in his life what she’s signing up for by being with him. Sofia seems confident that she can handle anything, especially as she fondles his gun while EZ recites poetry to her.
The cuddle session ends when somebody arrives at the trailer and EZ quickly puts on his clothes before grabbing the gun and heading outside where he finds his former inmate friend Jay-Jay waiting on him.
After hinting around all season long, Jay-Jay finally comes clean that he knows EZ was an informant for the Federal government. It didn’t take long after EZ left the prison for the rest of the inmates to start questioning how a guy serving 25 to life gets transferred and then released within a matter of weeks not to mention that he then goes onto join an outlaw motorcycle club.
Jay-Jay wonders what the Mayans will think if they learn about EZ’s status as a rat.
EZ pulls a gun on Jay-Jay as he prepares to add another body to the growing list of people he’s already killed this season.
That’s when Jay-Jay tells EZ he doesn’t want to hurt EZ but rather he’s desperate to help his family and he needs work. The kind of work that doesn’t involve direct deposits or W2 forms. Jay-Jay needs to provide and he’ll do anything and everything the Mayans ask of him — in exchange he’ll keep EZ’s secret.
It’s not exactly the way to start a partnership but EZ doesn’t pull the trigger while Jay-Jay warns him not to take too long to make a decision on working together.
EZ is then called away to meet with El Padrino, who tells him that it’s time to put his history with Dita Galindo behind him. It’s a strange request but EZ soon figures out why Marcus brought that up in the first place.
The meeting was actually set up to speak to Miguel Galindo, who is still very much alive much to EZ’s shock and surprise. There’s plenty of tension and bad blood between them, especially with Miguel knowing that EZ had a hand in his mother’s death, although he has no idea that she was responsible for killing Marisol Reyes.
Regardless, Miguel and EZ attempt to put their past aside — with neither acknowledging where Emily might be hiding right now — but this particular meeting is about business.
Soledad has arrived in the U.S. to strike a deal with the Mayans to re-open the heroin pipeline that her brother cut off after his pedophile accountant was killed. She offers to put the Mayans back in business under the agreement that the club would need to move three times as much product.
While it’s an enticing offer, Alvarez isn’t ready to agree to anything just yet without speaking to the rest of his club first. Before leaving, Soledad offers him a warning that turning her down will require the cartel to then seek out other partners, which could mean teaming up with a rival club like the Sons of Anarchy.
She then reminds Alvarez that anybody who isn’t a partner to her immediately becomes an enemy.
While the club has some important decisions to ponder about the future, the various members are also dealing with some vexing problems closer to home.
Bishop has been spiraling all season long after his attempted coup was crushed and he was demoted from president to just another member of the Santo Padre chapter. Between the drinking and drugs, Bishop hasn’t been all that friendly to anybody much less the people he considers his family.
One particular occasion where he lashed out came at a birthday party for Diana Alvarez, who wanted Bishop there to celebrate but also as part of her plans to set him up with one of her friends. The impromptu blind date ended disastrously after Diana’s friend Maggie mentioned how much Bishop would appreciate being a grandfather once his kids had kids of their own.
Of course, Bishop has been mourning the loss of his child for several years so that comment struck a little too close to home and he left the dinner in a hurry.
On this particular day, Bishop is doing laundry and he spots Maggie walking into the same building, which forced him to grab his clothes and flee out the back door to avoid a potentially awkward encounter. Bishop doesn’t getaway before Maggie exits the building to confront him after apologizing for the comment she made about his child because she didn’t know the truth.
Maggie then takes aim at Bishop for being an asshole despite her best attempts to connect with him against her will because she didn’t really want to be set up at that dinner any more than he did. Almost like watching Henry Hill and Karen go on a blind date before eventually getting together in “Goodfellas,” Bishop begins to realize that he kind of likes this woman, especially because she’s willing to call him on his bullshit.
He finally concedes that he’d like to see her again but Maggie responds that she’s only going on a date with him if it’s on her terms.
The date that night ends up in a bowling alley where Bishop looks completely out of place while throwing gutter balls as Maggie can only laugh and enjoy showing him up by ripping strikes down the lane. Despite the odd situation, Bishop actually looks happy as he cracks a smile perhaps for the first time all season.
Meanwhile, Gilly wakes up in his truck as his former commanding officer Rae needs some help after her son had an accident in his bed. Rather than get upset, Gilly heads inside and tries to bond with the boy by showing him how to make the bed with a military style fold.
Considering everything this kid has gone through with his father during the season, Gilly making him smile is probably the best thing he could hope for right now.
As for Letty, she says her final goodbyes to Coco this week after identifying his body and retrieving his personal belongings. After she returns home, Letty finds that Hope is gone — she left a few clothes neatly folded on the bed she once shared with Coco.
Letty then decides to go through her father’s belongings where she finds a photo of herself as a baby tucked away in his wallet, proving just how much he loved her. She falls down on the couch crying while clutching his bloody kutte as Letty begins to truly mourn the loss of her father.
Finally, Creeper has endured quite a rollercoaster this season after he was shot and nearly left for dead during the Mayan civil war but he survived and eventually met a girl named Kody in one of his narcotics anonymous sessions that gave him a real shot at love.
Creeper not only fell hard for Kody but last week he actually introduced her to his brothers at the Mayans for the first time.
Sadly, Creeper doesn’t know what’s actually happening because we learn this week that Kody is actually an undercover cop named Kate, who is being used to infiltrate the Mayans. The cops know that the war between the Mayans and the Sons of Anarchy has already left a massive body count and they obviously expect things to get much worse before it gets better.
That’s why Kody (Kate) has been planted with the Mayans in hopes that she can get Creeper to reveal the plans for the club, especially now that a new heroin pipeline might be starting. It seems Kate has been dragging her feet and her handler is making sure she keeps her eyes on the prize while also forcing her to undergo a drug test to maintain that she’s clean.
The Deal’s Not Done
Angel has experience a wide range of emotions this season including an engagement that fell apart after his now ex lost their baby and then he was greeted by the return of Adelita with his first child who was supposedly dead yet is still very much alive.
Since then, Angel has been playing a doting father at home while he adjusts to a new life he’s starting to build with Adelita, who is the woman he’s always loved.
He decides that it’s time to name the baby but he quickly shoots down Adelita’s suggestions that are tied to his family. Angel has no desire to put that curse on his child so this baby won’t be named after him, Ezekiel or Felipe.
Looking at the remnants of the supplies that were purchased for the baby he lost, Adelita even suggests naming their son Christopher in his honor but that’s not something Angel wants either.
Instead, he suggests Maverick and Adelita scoffs at that name until she does a little research and decides it might actually fit their child.
Later that day, Angel sits down for a heart-to-heart with Nails after she lost the child and then left him for good while calling an end to their engagement. He apologizes profusely for failing her the way he did but Nails has already forgiven him while reminding Angel that deep down he really does have a good heart.
She just wishes that she’d be around to see when the rest of him catches up to that beautiful heart but alas whatever was once between them is over.
Back at the house, Adelita is getting ready to feed Maverick when she turns the corner to find Lincoln Potter there holding her child.
Of course, Adelita held Potter and his family hostage last season to get the information about where her child was taken after being told he was dead. Potter has now returned for vengeance but not necessarily by harming her or her child.
Instead, Potter reveals that he knows what happened to Agent Linares — the woman who took Adelita’s baby and was later murdered so she could get him back. He says the investigation revealed that she ended up killing her own husband and then committed suicide but Potter warns Adelita that a deeper look into that case could reveal foul play.
In other words, Potter is holding that murder over Adelita’s head so she’ll be forced to work for him.
What exactly Potter has in store for her remains unknown but given his track record, it can’t be good.
Dead to Me
A meeting is called to order at the Mayan clubhouse where Alvarez lays out the details about the offer he received from Soledad and her new emissary Miguel Galindo.
EZ believes this is the way Santo Padre finally lands back on top in the pecking order because they’d control the heroin pipeline while raking in mountains of cash, which would then fund their war against the Sons of Anarchy. The rest of the club members are in lockstep with the new vice president as Bishop and the others see this as a way for Santo Padre to finally get a win after losing so much lately.
This could also help fuel the war against the Sons with Bishop wanting to see the entire organization wiped off the map when this fight is over.
But Alvarez isn’t interested.
Instead he suggests that greed has ruined the club he started that was supposed to just be about brotherhood and he believes getting into bed with another cartel is just doomed to fail. Unlike the Sons of Anarchy, there is no club vote when it comes to this particular order — Alvarez shuts down the pipeline and says the Mayans won’t be doing deals with Soledad or Miguel Galindo.
Before the meeting is finished, Taza speaks up and proclaims that he no longer feels at home in Santo Padre and he’s requesting to go nomad.
EZ erupts and essentially tells Taza to get fucked and get out — he refuses to have anybody by his side that doesn’t want to be there. Some of the other members aren’t quite as harsh but ultimately Alvarez grants his wish and Taza is released from his responsibilities to the Santo Padre chapter.
As he’s leaving the compound, Taza says goodbye to a few members who care enough to wish him well, although they obviously don’t know the full truth about him. Taza killed a fellow member in Riz not to mention the cover up regarding a murdered Son that eventually led to this war between the two clubs.
He rides off to serve as a nomad but something tells me Taza will be back before too long.
My Father’s Son
Ever since Miguel Galindo nearly killed her and then fled the country, Emily has been hiding in Ohio with her son Cristobal stashed in Kentucky with her sister in hopes that her ex-husband would never find them.
The plan worked for a while but eventually a pair of private investigators tracked her down and now another mysterious man came looking for her that forced Emily to flee again.
This time she ended up in Kentucky to check on her son and her sister with plans for all of them to leave yet again before eventually being reunited in a new location with new identities. Emily says her goodbyes while putting her full faith in Erin to handle this situation despite her own doubts.
That night, Emily sits alone in a hotel room and she calls her sister except this time there’s no answer.
On the other end, we see the phone continues ringing with Emily’s name on the caller ID but there’s a menacing gunman in the apartment who sees the call instead. He ignores the phone and instead heads into Erin’s bedroom where she screams in fear before a pair of gunshots ring out while Cristobal cries in the next room over.
Is this Miguel Galindo finally tracking down his wayward wife and child or perhaps El Banquero making a move against his enemies after perhaps learning that his sister has turned against him? We’ll have to wait until next week to know more.
As for EZ, he returns home to find his trailer door wide open and his father Felipe sitting inside with a gun in his hand.
Felipe tells his son that he’s failed him as a father because what EZ has ultimately become is a mirror image of the man he used to be. There was a time when Felipe was known as Ignacio Cortina — the ruthless and violent enforced employed by Jose Galindo
While he eventually escaped that life and started a new one in the U.S., Felipe believes that his son following him down that same deadly path is some sort of karmic punishment for all the wrong he did in his life. Now EZ has killed Gaby — a woman he loved dearly — and there’s no coming back from that.
Rather than talk his father off the ledge, EZ invites Felipe to carry out his vengeance.
He grabs the gun and puts it directly to his forehead while daring Felipe to reveal the true Ignacio Cortina that’s hiding inside of him. Felipe doesn’t pull the trigger and instead breaks down in tears before leaving his son behind.
Last but not least — Creeper cooks dinner for himself and Kody while explaining how he got those culinary skills. As they eat together, Creeper begins to tell her about the drug trade and details about the ongoing war against the Sons of Anarchy but before he says too much, Kody peeks at the hidden camera in her bedroom before telling him to stay quiet.
They eventually head into the bathroom where she cranks up the water to drown out the microphones hidden there before revealing to Creeper about what’s really happening right now. The stunned silence on Creeper’s face tells the story after learning that the woman he’s come to love is actually an undercover cop there to take him and the entire Mayans M.C. down.
In the preview for the season finale, it appears Kody is very much alive while also warning Creeper about an informant that’s currently occupying a spot at his table inside the Mayans. She mentions brothers, which obviously means EZ and Angel, who were both trapped under Potter’s thumb at one point but now it appears the sins of the past may come back to haunt them.
“Mayans M.C.” will return for the season 4 finale next Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on FX.