In the “Mayans M.C.” recap, the club deals with the fallout from the attempt on EZ’s life while Bishop is haunted by the ghosts from his past as well as a confrontation with his mentor Marcus Alvarez…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The very fabric of the entire Mayans Motorcycle Club has been frayed since the start of “Mayans M.C.” season 3 but now it appears the various charters are about to engage in a full blown civil war.
The heart of the story all season long has been Santo Padre’s decision to strike back at a rival club in Mexico called the Vatos Malditos, who had engaged in a bloody war near the border that left one member dead and another nearly blind. The battle ended with nearly all of the Vatos Malditos M.C. being wiped off the map but vengeance also came at a steep price — the gun trade that was supposed to belong to the Mayans after being handed off by the Sons of Anarchy.
With the gun running business at a stand still, the other Mayan charters more or less demanded that Santo Padre supply them with heroin to stay afloat. But the risks taken by the Santo Padre chapter had finally reached a breaking point with Bishop telling his fellow Mayan kings to kick rocks because he wasn’t doing their bidding any longer.
Cut to last week’s episode where EZ Reyes helped orchestrate a daring plan to bring over 250 kilos of heroin from across the border in order to keep his chapter flush with cash while also providing drugs to some of the Arizona chapters in a power play that would essentially cut out the other two Mayan kings, Ramos and Canche, and put Bishop in sole position on the throne.
While the heroin made it over the border safe and sound, the rest of the Mayans charters found out about the deal and struck back before single pouch of heroin hit the street or the prisons where it was desperately needed. In the end, the other Mayan charters also struck back at Santo Padre by aiming to take out the man responsible for formulating this plan in the first place — EZ Reyes.
He was nearly shot in the head by a fellow Mayan at the close of last week’s episode and while EZ eventually escaped with a bullet to the stomach, the fallout from this internal war will surely result in more bodies getting bagged up.
With that said, let’s get to our recap for the latest episode of “Mayans M.C.” titled “You Can’t Pray a Lie”…
Game of Thrones
The latest episode begins just as it ended with EZ Reyes dealing with a gut shot after he took a bullet meant for his head after a member of the Mayans MC from Stockton attempted to kill him on the street in Santo Padre. While EZ was able to subdue the gunman — who was then run over by his own getaway van — he was barely able to drive Gaby away to safety before he finally couldn’t go any further as the blood loss was too great.
Gaby rushed EZ to a local hospital for emergency treatment while the rest of the club soon discovers what happened.
The next morning, Bishop receives a call at home that wakes him up from a nightmare where he was revisiting the car accident that claimed the life of his son Aidan seven years ago. When Bishop answers, he finds out from Hank that EZ’s been shot and he’s recovering in the hospital — but to make matters much worse, the assassins were from another Mayans charter.
When he finally arrives at the hospital, he finds a cop posted outside the room of the two Mayans responsible for shooting EZ — they were from the Stockton chapter, which means Ramos sent them. Of course, Angel is on the verge of a frenzy after his brother was nearly gunned down and killed. It appears Angel is ready to dive through the cop in order to get his hands on Flaco and the other Mayan responsible for shooting his brother.
Bishop does his best to calm everybody down while he goes to see EZ after learning that his newest patched member was lucky that the bullet went in and out of his body without hitting any major organs. EZ lost a lot of blood but otherwise his wounds were mostly superficial.
As EZ gets up out of bed, Bishop tells him if he’s good enough to ride that he needs to leave town for a couple of days while he figures out the club’s next move. When Gaby arrives with a change of clothes, Bishop suggests a little getaway for the both of them just in case.
While EZ wants to stay to plot his revenge against the Mayans who tried to kill him, Bishop reminds him that he would be the first stop for the cops if those two members end up dead. He tells EZ to leave town for safety and so he has a valid alibi if somebody doesn’t make it out of Santo Padre alive.
After getting dressed and preparing to check himself out, EZ asks Gaby if she would go away with him for a few days and she agrees.
Back at his trailer, EZ is packing up supplies when Emily arrives, rushes out of her SUV and runs to hug the former love of her life to ensure he’s actually OK. The bond between these two runs deep — much deeper than either of them are comfortable admitting these days — but the reunion is cut short when Gaby emerges from the trailer.
Emily apologizes for overstepping her bounds while complimenting Gaby as she jumps back in the SUV and leaves in great haste. Once again, it feels like Emily is really being wasted this season and it’s a shame because Sarah Bolger is a fantastic actress but she’s barely been seen or heard doing much of anything through these episodes in season 3.
With that, EZ and Gaby hit the road while Bishop and the rest of the club begin preparing for their next move.
Truth or Consequences
Back at the Galindo compound, Miguel is disturbed to learn from Marcus Alvarez and Nestor that one of his facilities in Mexico was hit by the Lobos Sonora. Not only was Juan Denver killed but the rival cartel didn’t bother to actually steal his drugs — instead opting to send a message by just burning everything to the ground.
Miguel has largely been sitting and watching Lobos Sonora gain strength while he’s been mourning the loss of his mother but this latest strike will demand his attention. Of course, Miguel is none too happy that Alvarez failed to tell him this news earlier after he opted to let his boss have a night at home with his wife and family before explaining what happened in Mexico.
Miguel then tells Alvarez that he’ll hand this problem personally and his right hand man can deal with whatever issues have his phone blowing up during the middle of their meeting.
As Miguel storms off, Alvarez finally answers his phone and he’s disturbed to learn about EZ’s near death and the war that’s brewing between the various Mayan chapters. Alvarez explains to Nestor that he’s got a family problem and needs some help dealing with it.
Meanwhile, Miguel heads down to Mexico where he publicly confronts his lover Montserrat Palomo as she’s in the middle of a day filled with governing the region. Remember these two are supposed to be fierce rivals as she got elected under the guise of eliminating the cartels when in reality Palomo was in bed with Miguel Galindo in order to keep the peace.
This season, Palomo has literally gone to bed with Miguel as they carried on a secret affair but it doesn’t appear they’ll be scheduling any secret rendezvous any time soon after this impromptu meeting.
Miguel accuses Palomo of consorting with his enemies at Lobos Sonora and she reminds him that three of her own staff members were murdered by the rival cartel. He then issues a not so subtle threat to Palomo and she fires back with a public shaming of the Galindo cartel and the criminal who runs the organization.
Obviously, Miguel sleeping with Palomo and getting lost in grief over his mother’s death has left him with little time to actually deal with his family business because Lobos Sonora are gaining strength by the day.
A New Kind of Family
Away from the main story this week, Adelita returns to Mexico after snubbing Angel and his marriage proposal as she goes back home to reunite with a child she helped raise.
It seems Adelita is determined to rescue Mini — the girl she called her little mouse while she was running the rebel organization in Mexico. After Adelita was taken prisoner by the U.S. Justice Department, Mini ended up fleeing the rebels and striking out on her own.
Now Adelita is back and she finds Mini back in the same junkyard she previously called home. It seems this place has become a wayward home for misplaced youths where teenagers and children spend their days huffing spray paint from a can and then sleeping in trunks, backseats or the beds of trucks.
When Adelita finally finds Mini, she pulls the girl up and takes her to a new location to clean her up while promising that they will make a home together now.
Back on Meth Mountain, Coco is also making himself a new home with Hope except his heroin abuse is starting to have side effects including some sexual inadequacies that he blames on the heat. Coco and Hope then share a conversation that eventually leads to each mentioning their mothers, which brings back plenty of painful members for the wayward Mayan.
Remember, Coco murdered his own mother back in season 1 after learning that she was planning on turning his daughter into a prostitute.
Outside, Coco and Hope enjoy a jam band session as everybody in the community starts playing instruments and singing along to various songs. Hope explains how this is her family now because everyone there loves her and she loves all of them. Not only that but Hope tells Coco that family takes care of family, which means she’ll always have people in this community to look after her.
Singing is followed by dancing and it appears even Coco is starting to find a new home for himself there.
That changes rather dramatically when Coco is once again approached by Isaac, the Meth Mountain leader. Isaac doesn’t exactly mince words while telling Coco that he plans on fucking Hope later that night and then continues to sink his hooks into the newest member of the community after he stole a kilo of heroin from his brothers in the Mayans.
It seems Isaac only had Coco complete that mission as a test to ensure he could do it.
Now that Coco has proven himself a worthy thief, willing to steal from his own brothers in order to maintain a constant high, Isaac sends him back to steal three more kilos of heroin. If Coco refuses or fails to follow through, Isaac promises that Hope will be burned alive as punishment.
Going to War
Back at the hospital, Angel is finally tired of waiting for orders to attack so he pulls out his gun and races towards the room occupied by the two Mayans who tried to kill his brother. When he arrives, Angel is greeted by Nestor — one of Miguel’s main enforcers and he’s been ordered by Alvarez to ensure nothing happens to the Mayans from Stockton. Angel is irate to find out that Alvarez is protecting the people who tried to kill his brother.
It’s around this same time that Alvarez arrives at the Mayans’ clubhouse to confront Bishop over his plans to take over the throne by kicking out Ramos and Canche while grabbing the brass ring all for himself. Alvarez now knows that Bishop attempted to do an end around with the heroin being brought over the border from Mexico, which was a lie his friend told in order to get that big of an order approved.
Bishop has finally had enough and he snaps as the man he used to call “El Padrino” as he fires back at Marcus for sending him to this god forsaken town in the first place and then saddling him with Ramos and Canche as his fellow “kings.”
On this day of all days, Bishop is also reminded of his son’s death and how Aidan might still be alive if Alvarez hadn’t sent him to Santo Padre to set up this chapter in the first place. Alvarez attempts to calm down the tensions while recognizing the date for the anniversary of the death of Bishiop’s son. He then tells Bishop to come inside for a chat but the Santo Padre president refuses.
Bishop reminds Alvarez that he’s no longer a Mayan — he gave that up — and so he can no longer set food in the clubhouse. Alvarez issues a threat to his old friend that if anything happens to those Mayans from Stockton there will be hell to pay but Bishop is nothing if not defiant in the face of a new adversary.
Later that day, Bishop goes to the site where his son was killed in a car accident and he leaves a toy along with some flowers. Despite her earlier hesitation to continue to mourn in this way, Antonia arrives at the site as well to leave a similar present for her fallen son.
The former husband and wife go to grab food at a local diner but nobody seems in the mood to eat. Bishop is so consumed by grief that he’s not sure how the world kept spinning after Aidan’s death as Antonia then reveals her plans to escape the cursed town of Santo Padre once and for all.
It seems Antonia’s girlfriend has received an offer too good to refuse to become a teacher in Scottsdale, Ariz. and she’s planning to leave. Antonia knows she needs to get out of Santo Padre once and for all because if not for her girlfriend Kat, she probably would have put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger years ago.
She then asks Bishop to sign his name on the deed to their old house so she can put it on the market — and he reluctantly agrees but not before lashing out at his ex-wife. Bishop tells Antonia that she should have pulled the trigger because she should have been the one to die, not Aidan.
It’s an incredibly cruel remark as Bishop continues to lash out at anyone and everyone on the anniversary of the worst day of his life.
As for EZ and Gaby — they make it out of town on his motorcycle to escape any potential blowback coming from the assassination attempt. Along the way, EZ calls his father to give him an update on his condition while also apologizing for crashing his truck and getting blood everywhere. Felipe is mostly just happy that his son is still alive.
Along the road, EZ stops at a church to light a candle for his mother while sharing a story with Gaby about the love shared between Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare and how their passion was so great that they were forced to stay away from each other or risk knowingly sinning together. He also comes clean to Gaby about Emily and their past together.
While tales of forbidden love and ex-girlfriends is nice, Gabby is much more concerned about the fact that EZ was nearly shot and killed yet he seems so at ease with everything happening. EZ promises that his life is no longer in danger and he will be fine, especially now that they’ve escaped the city together.
He then takes Gaby to a place she’s never been before so they can share the night with each other.
They finally arrive at a beach because Gaby once told EZ that she’s never actually seen the ocean. She jumps into the frothing water crashing onto the shore with child-like glee as she experiences that feeling for the first time in her life.
That night, EZ and Gaby finally make love for the first time but this moment of passion may be short lived based on what’s happening back in Santo Padre.
Enraged by Alvarez protecting the Mayans who tried to kill EZ and his entire club thirsting for vengeance, Bishop calls Angel and tells him to do it.
Angel then rounds up Creeper and they wait for the Mayans from Stockton to get discharged from the hospital as they follow them up the road. Nestor and one of his fellow enforcers notice they are being trailed by a pair of motorcycles as Angel and Creeper soon zoom past them to intersect with the Mayans driving away in a car.
Angel pulls out a gun to shoot Flaco while Creeper uses a shotgun to murder the other Mayan before both speed away. Nestor watches as the Mayans’ car flips over and crashes after both members have been killed.
While this action will require payback, Nestor says nothing will be done tonight — but the time for bloodshed is coming.
Just after spending a wonderful night with Gaby on the beach, EZ gets a text message from his brother Angel informing him of the news that the Mayans are going to war.
“Mayans M.C.” will return with a brand new episode next Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on FX.