Graceland "Magic Numbers" Review: The Adventures of Bonnie and Chuck

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Jul 10, 2014

Graceland S02E04: "Magic Numbers"

The search for the missing Tinker Bells continues, and while I wouldn't say DJ is completely out of his stupor—not by a long shot—the guy has at least returned to something resembling a functional undercover agent. With Mike's superiors back in Washington breathing down his neck for some real evidence, Jakes landed a mechanic gig for the bus company suspected of transporting the Tinker Bells aaaand... didn't find much of anything until weekly cliffhanger time, but it was kind of nice seeing him not suck at his job for once. 

Off the clock, DJ's life is still in shambles, and I'm sure crushing twelvers in his car in the middle of the night with only the friendly neighborhood streetwalker to keep him company won't blow up in his face later this season or anything. Nope. Definitely not a problem at all. 

While Mike and Jakes took their anger out on a charter bus, the never-ending atonement of Charlie and Briggs continued. With the FBI refusing to pay the Widow Badillo her sorry-we-got-your-husband-killed money and the resultant financial strain causing her to fall off the sobriety wagon, Charlie got wind of an impending drug deal and decided to falsely claim that Kelly Badillo was her informant so that Kelly could make some cash from the bust. While all went well and Kelly got her money, something (everything) about this plan seems like a bad idea. It wouldn't be difficult for a casually observant individual to figure out that the "informant" Kelly Badillo and the Widow Badillo are one and the same. Wouldn't it be kind of odd for the upstanding wife of an FBI bigwig to suddenly know the location of all the good heroin in SoCal? Wouldn't it look kind of suspicious considering that FBI bigwig is only officially missing, and, despite what Kelly's falsified papers claim, not actually declared dead? Kelly thinks the investigation is over, but it's really not, and one day the real investigation will end and I just see this whole charade falling apart once someone pokes it in the right place. Idk. 

Still, gotta love watching the house's very own Bonnie and Clyde work together. Charlie and Briggs are so dour and depressed in their real lives these days that the opportunity to see them put on their smooth drug-dealer costumes and just play happy for a little while is a nice break from all the brooding.  

Last season, DJ was the island in the house—the guy who kind of just struck out on his own and didn't particularly care to be a part of the community within its walls. In Season 2, however unintentionally, it seems that the island role has been passed along to Johnny, whose current undercover gig has repeatedly challenged his own morality. This week's skeevy sex games essentially turned the guy who has previously been referred to as Graceland's conscience into a rape accomplice, cranking Johnny's discomfort and disillusionment up to eleven fo sho. Dude is NOT in a good place right now. 

Then again, on Graceland, even when someone is in a "good place," it's hard not to panic about the impending disaster waiting just behind the nearest palm tree. Sniff. Our little Graceland is all grown up. 

NOTES (Or, an ode to Hungover Jakes)

– "Pop quiz, Hot Shot." Speed references are always appropriate. Can we get a "Shoot the hostage" next plz?

– "Life sucks. Everything hurts. Nothing is good." Hungover DJ is so pathetic and profound all at the same time. 

– "I got the devil out." No, really, hungover DJ is the best. 

What did you think of "Magic Numbers"?

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  • fangtasiaforev Jul 11, 2014

    I thought this was a really good episode, the Johnny and Bonnie/Clyde storylines are the best thing about this show. I wish they would stop making DJ look stupid, he needs to sober up and fast. And mike still needs to go back to DC.

  • marcusj1973 Jul 11, 2014

    No Mike hate this week which I suppose is a good thing, but you seem to be going awfully lightly on the rest of the crew. Your less that subtle crush on Briggs give him an expected pass, but DJ, Johnny and Charlie were being flat out morons.

    There there's a worse under cover agent than Johnny, I'd like to see him. God bless him cause he's great every where else, but c'mon, I don't think he could look more uncomfortable or fake swallow pills any worse.

    DJ, I know he's broken so I'm "okay" with him being a mess everywhere else, but puking your guts out 30 minutes before going on a mission...? No cool. And Briggs, shut it with your, "You've got no loyalty" business.

    Charlie, for all the reasons above, this was the worst plan EVER! And Briggs, I know Mary Ann isn't gonna call you out on it, but you're even dumber for going along with it. Seriously, you know where the body's buried, you're telling me that having somebody "find it" wouldn't solve everything AND make sure you and your girlfriend aren't burned later? Idiot.

    Hopefully this is just a one off episode cause I really hate where story lines are driven by characters making the dumbest possible decisions which they'll have to resolve later when it's 10x worse {looking at you Breaking Bad}

    Oh, and I guess it's a good thing that Mike didn't dump his DC girlfriend. ;)

  • safibwana Jul 12, 2014

    Where do you get this stuff? Briggs is only mentioned twice. I see no evidence of a crush, not that I'd blame her. Hell, I may have a crush on Briggs.

  • marcusj1973 Jul 12, 2014

    If you go back and read her reviews from season 1, you'll see where I get this stuff.

  • safibwana Jul 12, 2014

    My memory is not nearly that good.

  • majd333 Jul 10, 2014

    OMG this season is amazing, and in my opinion Johnny has the best story and i can't wait until he puts that creepy guy in Jail.

  • nasedoofantar Jul 10, 2014

    That was stupid way to get Juan widow a pile of money, and this will come back to bite Briggs & Charlie.

    Was it just me, or was that bus missing the dents that Mike put in it when Jakes saw it leave the garage? Could the smugglers be switching bus numbers or something? Now he thinks the drugs are in the barrels of waste oil or something, but the promo shows a bunch of them in front of the garage and blowing up as the tac team approaches them.

  • marcusj1973 Jul 11, 2014

    I'm going with it being a different bus after they got a tip from an FBI source...and my eye is looking at one of the guys back in DC that's been looking to shut the investigation down.

  • MarlboroMagpi Jul 10, 2014

    For Graceland writers, there are still lots of room for improvement.

    One good thing about this season is we actually get to see all of them in action rather than just focusing on Paul and Mike. Each of them is doing their own gig now. I especially like that Johnny get to do his own undercover work and from the preview next week, we will see Paige going undercover too.

    Looks like Mike and Paige are getting serious.

  • KateSullivan Jul 10, 2014

    I kept thinking of issues with Paul and Charlie's plan. One, what happens in a few years when Juan's body is discovered and she is sent another check. Second, um, did you guys forget another governmental entity who you just know they are thinking of being a different type investigator to come in, the IRS. Whether she got that via being an informant (and that might be considered income) or as death benefit compensation (which might be deductible, I'm not an accountant), they usually require verification of that from the entity issuing the money for her taxes. Oh and well the usual issue, Charlie this wasn't your fault. Paul this is all your fault.

  • marcusj1973 Jul 11, 2014

    Shhh...nothing to see here ;)

    It really is the worst plan ever for so many reasons. I'm still at a loss for why Briggs couldn't just call in an anonymous tip saying there's a body in the desert. Problem solved.

  • peterspoor33 Jul 11, 2014

    Jakes in the bathroom - hilarious,"Want me to hold your braids for you?"

    Well who knows what DNA drunken Briggs left on Juan's body during the tussle for the gun and drag/shoving the corpse in it's desert hole. Still he could've gone all Winter's bone and had a couple of sanitized hands mailed to the FBI or turn up at the next stash house they raid. Oh well digging himself out of self created problems is a Paul Briggs specialty. :-)

  • marcusj1973 Jul 11, 2014

    I know it's "just a show" so using real world logic is a mistake, but...

    Set the body on fire, dump in a couple jugs of acid or maybe a bag of lye. For a highly qualified FBI agent, it can't be THAT hard to destroy physical evidence while leaving enough to make a positive ID through dental records or DNA...can it?

    I'm just hoping that making the dumbest decisions ever isn't a trend, cause that is the quickest way to ruin a show for me.