Episode Three: Mistress
Brandon Soo Hoo
After the first episode was spent getting us acquainted with the Gecko brothers, and the second episode was spent introducing us to the Fuller family, it appeared that all the pieces were in place to finally progress the story towards the mayhem that was inevitably coming. But instead we spend the third episode getting more into what makes both families tick. More of a transitional episode than anything, Mistress is spent at almost a standstill.
On the Gecko side of things, Seth and Richie are holed up in a hotel room with Monica, their hostage from the bank heist. The bulk of time spent in the hotel is with Richie and Monica, as Seth has gone out on the pretense of getting food but we will get into what is really going on in a bit. Back at the hotel Richie’s visions have been getting much worse, at points causing interesting back and forth between him and Monica.
Perhaps the most interesting back and forth involves Richie calling her by the name that her husband calls her during sex. Of course, this is all due to his visions of Santanico. It all builds to Monica getting a hold of the gun and putting it to Richie’s face. Not to spoil anything, but I am sure you can see where it all heads, leading to some well-deserved gore, which we sadly only get flashes of.
Meanwhile over with the Fuller clan, the RV breaks down. It just happens to have broken down outside of a bar. Jacob advises Scott and Kate to hang tight in the RV while he heads in to try and find help. There we also see Ranger Gonzalez meeting with Professor Tanner (Jake Busey), who is an expert on cults and is attempting to help put together the links with the cartel killings. As the episode progresses Jacob starts drinking, while Kate looks through some of their belongings and discovers that due to his drinking, Jacob is actually being charged with manslaughter in the death of the Fuller matriarch. This brings a new interesting angle to the family dynamic, although it isn’t really expanded upon in this episode.
Over with Seth is where the meatiest chunk of the episode occurs, all in a fast food joint. He spots a woman and they rush to the bathroom to have some good ol’ bathroom sex. We soon find out that it is actually his wife, played wonderfully by Adrianne Palicki. We discover that she has been waiting for the five years that Seth has been locked away in prison, but they are soon fighting once again over Richie and the change in plans that has happened with the heist. They both play the scenes great, bringing a new side to Seth that was not in the original film, so this is also the first expansion upon a pre-existing character that occurs.
Overall, if it wasn’t for the exposition and character development that occurs throughout this episode, plus the wicked ending scene, this episode would be easily skipped. But as it stands for now, quite a bit happens that will help make the rest of the series more enjoyable if there are callbacks to what occurs here. We can just hope that the next episode moves the action forward.