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Graceland S01E11: "Happy Endings"


Okay, Graceland, we need to talk about this episode title, because "Happy Endings" was neither happy nor an ending, and if it was meant to convey the orgasmic joy we'd all get from partaking of the latest Mike and Briggs Comedic Angst Hour, I'm gonna have to report back that while Graceland's penultimate Season 1 episode was very good, there was no quivering in my loins to be found. 

And now that we're all left with that image of questionable taste, let's talk about what was awesome, because there was some awesome. In fact, 99.9 percent of "Happy Endings" continued Graceland's fine tradition of being intense and crazy and... well... awesome. 


Still reeling from the unfortunate conclusion to DJ's fabulous strippers-and-bouncy-castle birthday party, Johnny made Death Star pancakes (<3 him) and quietly moped about how everyone hates each other these days and oh look, Charlie is getting snuggly with a Federale. Their confrontation about Charlie's new BFF basically amounted to:

"WTF CHARLIE?"

"NO ONE AT HOME GETS ME!!!"

Since Johnny's endgame is basically to be besties with everyone in the house at pretty much any cost, he went along with Charlie's plan to invite Jangles on her latest Heroin Kate adventure. There was some token grumbling, but Johnny ultimately sat in the car like a good puppy and let Charlie smack the crap out of Whatsisface for that time he let Whistler OD in his gross frat-boy bathroom. (Sorry, frat boys.) Now, to be fair, I have encountered some very nice fraternity potties in my day... but the vast majority made me cry and rethink my life choices.


Also up for re-evaluating life: DJ! Hi, DJ. Welcome! Welcome! 

It turns out that DJ and Briggs go way back. We've never been given any inkling of this before, but whatever, I was so excited to see DJ doing something besides being bitter that I happily hand-waved it (though the randomness of their sudden closeness is definitely part of that percentage of a percent that prevents "Happy Endings" from being OMG BEST THING EVER OMG). It was a random revelation, but not an episode-ruiner for me. If you disagree, please feel free to sound off below. I know that sometimes I get bent out of shape over plot points that no one else has a problem with, and I'm always curious to see when that's inverted. 

So DJ and Briggs went to the site of the former Estate to find Juan's car and the supposed recording that supposedly implicates Briggs in Juan's murder. Unfortunately, the car was stolen because of course it was and unfortunately, Mike and Paige were also looking for the car and the recording so that they could clear Briggs' name. Aw, they're cute. Briggs and Mike teamed up and Mike, proving that he really had learned a thing or two from his mentor, whether he was supposed to or not, struck first and cuffed Briggs in the middle of their mission so that he wouldn't interfere with Mike getting his paws on Juan's recorder. 

You know, if Juan's recorder had actually been in the car. 

I mean seriously, the car had been stolen. By car thieves. If you've worked up to stealing cars, you're probably okay with stealing other stuff too. Like the stuff in the cars that you steal. That recorder was pawned last week for beer money. Duh. 

The damage—or at least more of it—was already done, though. Briggs grabbed his secret drug money nest egg and bailed. Mike looked like a doofus with no recorder (Can I get a Simpsons-esque "HA HA?"), and Jangles is still on the prowl because of Charlie's Charlie-ness. Better ice those knuckles, girl, we've still got a week left in Crazytown. 

Are you still watching? What do you think will happen in next week's finale? 



NOTES

– The Charile/Jangles montage was unintentionally hilarious. I think it would have been more amazing if Charlie was a girly girl lady-spy a la Sarah Walker (Chuck), but lipstick versus bone saw was still pretty great. 

– WHERE'S THE MONEY RECORDER, LEBOWSKI?

– I love that even though Briggs and DJ are surprise Best Friends Forever, DJ still doesn't take Briggs' bullshit and doesn't settle for his crappy vague answers. Use small words and a firm voice, Boo. 

– Lol @ Mike getting all weirded out about Paige being pretend preggers for the mission. Seriously, the dude masqueraded as a crooked Marine and actually got people killed and he squirms at the sight of a plastic preggo belly? Shut up, Mike. Even if his real issue was with Paige lying to Clayton's mom about her delicate condition... MIKE'S MISSION ENDED LIVES. DISCUSSION OVER. 

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AIRED ON 9/17/2015

Season 3 : Episode 13

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{sniff sniff}

Is that a little animosity I smell towards Graceland's beloved boy scout? Curious that some tension would arise between our trusted reviewer and our FBI rookie during the episode when Mike completely punk'd Briggs, not once but twice. Must be a coincidence. No way feelings of unrequited love...err...lust, would tilt MaryAnn's objectivity. Ummm...right? Or perhaps these are the signs of projected anger. After all, Briggs is dreeeamy and after many episodes of denial, perhaps the now obvious betrayal has sunk in and what better way to vent than at the kid? ;)

I personally don't have an issue with the Briggs/DJ relationship since there was never an indication that they weren't/couldn't have known each other for a while. That's more of an indictment on DJ's role, or lack there of, this season than anything else. Even though there's been a lack of personal development, DJ has already lent seized armour piercing bullets to Mike and Briggs as a "favour" so DJ going along after discovering the truth about Brigg's unfortunate shooting doesn't seem all that out of character. Thus far, shooting Juan is the most legitimately unfortunate thing Briggs has done this year. Given the same circumstances, I'm not sure anybody else in the house would have acted different and that's something DJ can relate to.

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The episode was awesome with all of the intrigue and everyone in the house seems to be spying or conspiring with or against each other. Johnny is the only one it seems who is trying to get past the secrets and get the "family" to stick together no matter what.
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i love this sow it is the best i hope i can see season 2 soon plz if anybody have news about season 2 let me know

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Mikey's outsmarting Briggs. And that's endearing him to me. Taking him out of the game all together. Smooth moves.

I like the character progression of Mike so far, I want him to find out Briggs is Odin. I see his face and feel the betrayal already.

Though I'm sad because I think this is the only season. It got good.
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I was actually ready to give the show up til this Odin story started a few weeks ago and it was awesome. This last few episodes were really the best ! I am just wondering if anyone still rooting for Briggs now that we are all sure he is the BAD guy. I was actually hoping for some kind of explanation like he is actually deep undercover till last week killing of Juan. I burnt through the last few episodes today and it was great ! Does anyone know if the show is being renewed? If it was, I wonder how they continue since Briggs now is likely to be on the run. I will hate it if he gets away with it yet again.
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Love the show.. it is something interesting to see how things get stretched a little bit, but overall, cool show. It's nice to see Briggs on the defensive for once. Still, you gotta wonder what happened to the recorder? :) Maybe that will come out in the next episode.
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I liked all the fast paced awesomeness or whatever mike is doing.. Some nice twists and turns in past few episodes.. I would definitely be checking out season 2.. Also wouldn't mind seeing Charlie and Paige getting dressed in each episode.. Just saying..
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I REALLY want to know what happened with Briggs and DJ to the point where when Briggs says, "Yeah, I killed an FBI agent and buried him in the desert and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me cover it up?" DJ only responds with mild annoyance and goes along with it....like, WHAT?! There's jaded, and then there's criminally suspect. Seriously.
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If you've never had a friend who will help you cover up a murder regardless of the situation, you've never had a friend.
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One of my favorite cop shows (coming from a person who watches tons of them) it beats out many because its different and it made my Thursdays worth it
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Definitely liked this episode a lot. DJ and Briggs scenes together were fun to watch. The finale should be very interesting, especially with the missing recording.
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I loved this episode and I can not wait for the finale. This has been one spectacular summer season.

Any one know if was been renewed for season 2
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Sure episode could've bin better but I think my fave bit (whole season-wise actually) was that teeny flash of pride on Briggs' face when he told DJ about the "sucker punch".
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Is this show any good? I started watching the pilot the other day, but right at the start there's a scene in which a guy thinks a homeless person who looks like a newt came in to steal some stuff and he pulls a gun on her face. Is this actually how a professional law inforcer would react?? Trying to shoot an unarmed homeless woman? Wouldn't a simple "shoo"? suffice??
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First 3 episodes is quite good then be warned that it gets a bit boring in the middle but things starts picking up from episode 7 and it gets really good from there ! The plot is a bit far fetched though and they never offer much explanation.
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IT IS VERY GOOOD!!!
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It's very good. To be fair though, that 'homeless woman' (Charlie) did have a gun tucked into her waist.
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Not to mention she was in a supposedly, top-secret government location (that is what Graceland is). So, yea...
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That surprise Briggs-DJ relationship absolutely killed this episode for me. I mean, I like grouping the roommates in generic categories (Charlie and Johnny treat the house like family; Briggs and Paige know the house needs trust, but it's still a job; DJ thinks the house is just a job; and Mike is still trying to find his own place there), so to suddenly have DJ all buddy-buddy with Briggs (to the point of being like, "You murdered a fellow FBI agent? Meh.") came out of nowhere. It would have been nice to see that from day one, especially since I think the DJ character has been underused.

Also, I get that there's some kind of reason that DJ is helping Briggs, because a "favor" was mentioned... but covering up a murder (of an FBI agent no less) seems like a lot to ask for in return. Seriously. I think DJ threw his hands up in the air and said goddammit once, then he was fine with helping out.

Sure, Briggs told DJ the full story of what went down (e.g. he was drunk and defended himself), but shouldn't DJ be asking why Briggs isn't coming clean and calling this in (note: one could argue that the scene from the previous episode, where Johnny, Briggs, and Donnie are talking about a fellow agent getting charged with manslaughter for killing an attacker while having taken one too many pills, is why DJ is willing to help Briggs out... but still, he might want to ask Briggs why Juan did what he did).

Basically, I thought the Briggs-DJ aspect of this episode was its weakest link. I was much more engrossed with Charlie and Johnny's story. Not knowing if Jangles was going to off one of them was killing me.
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I kind of assume they all have long complex interrelationship histories we haven't heard about yet. Coz there was only one new guy. So I didn't see the surprise relationship as a surprise but as a taste of revealed backstory.
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Honestly, that's not really what I'm disappointed with. It has more to do with DJ's reaction to Briggs confession. I mean, even though Briggs has a pretty good argument for why he shot the guy, DJ asked ZERO relevant questions about the situation (e.g. "So, why was this guy antagonizing you, Briggs?").

Then, DJ and Paige kind of get into it while they're in the car together (with a tac. team no less). Dj takes Briggs' side and Paige takes Mike's... and I was just trying not to laugh at that point. I mean, even if DJ understands that Briggs was defending himself, shouldn't he be asking himself why Paige and Mike are investigating Briggs? Shouldn't red flags be popping up like crazy in DJ's head because of how Briggs is reacting to and handling the situation?

I don't know. I just don't know...
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DJ is officially my favorite character.

Also, I didn't think that Briggs and DJ's history was too out of the blue. Both guys kind of keep to themselves. Plus, just because they've known each other the longest doesn't make them secret best friends. Just a longer history of trust.
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One word to take from the review: AWESOME! Nuff said :)
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I'm properly digging this show. Other newish shows started to fade after a few episodes but long live Graceland! (cue the network cancelling it and me shouting empty threats at them).
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Do you have news of the renewal?
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Sadly no, but I think its safe for at least another season
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Graceland is AWESOME! Probably best new show this whole summer ;)
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Poor Briggs trying to slip out with Mike guard dogging the exit, the old "Get some rest" and a mouthful of DJ's OJ didn't help the suspicious meter. What favour did Mike help DJ with for such loyalty? Must of helped him dispose of the mutilated bodies of children or nuns or something. The housemates are now cuffing each other, beating suspects and demanding bouncy castle compensation, seems only Jangles is keeping his cool these days. Fake preggo belly > making better killers, it's up there on the personal scale just under using a drawing you did as an 8 year old to manipulate you. :-)
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I LOVE GRACELAND AND PLEASE TV.COM TELL US WHEN IT GETS A SECOND SEASON
Thank You
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Oops! Just a heads up, I accidentally hit the "flagged" button when I went to reply to your post. Sorry.

Anyway, you mention a second season... but I have to ask- do you think this show is getting good enough ratings to get one? I mean, last I heard, the show wasn't doing too well in that respect (I seem to remember hearing it had some of the lowest ratings, in comparison to USA's other shows).

I hope it does get one though. I actually really like the way this show (and USA in general) is trying to go "darker".
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I really liked this episode (even if I think the end game, and I will blame the short first season format without knowledge if it gets a second) is I kind of see the end game...so Raphael (is that his actual name or something Charlie made up..wow he looked uncomfortable at the drug den) finally gets sick of waiting and kidnaps either Charlie or Johnny (but not both because one of them needs to get everyone else up to speed) and honestly it depends on which side the writers think would be able to buy it easier (I suggest if they think Briggs and Jakes, then Johnny is kidnapped and Charlie starts the rescue party...if they think it is Mike and Paige, Charlie is kidnapped and Johnny comes through), there is a demand for Odin to appear, Mike and Paige update Jakes on the whole situation and maybe Jakes tells them what he knows and between Jakes and Paige they find Briggs and we have a plan to rescue whoever and an actual confrontation between Briggs and Jangles.

I will get past the history we didn't know about between Briggs and DJ on the sheer basis that it has taken us a while to get to what Briggs' deal actually is and DJ's story has been totally separated from the rest of the house (sort of like how Paige was most of the early part of the season before they decided to partner her up with Mike). So, while Paige's was sort of seamless (she so likes him and he is so kind of cutely intimidated by her, which I kind of think was really his problem and he actually has never really dealt well with the whole Eddie thing), they needed Briggs to have a partner to really make the whole house be involved.


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I particularly loved the fact that for the sake of the "cliffhanger", they didn't have either Mike or Paige immediately suspect and question the car thieves about where the recorder is. Instead, they looked dumbfounded and were all "Hey, where could the recorder have disappeared to? Better yet, where is Briggs?" I don't see why wondering where Briggs is is the better question...

So yeah, I liked most of the episode -- especially that Briggs told DJ about what happened -- but I didn't like the ending too much. I'd have liked to have seen where the show would go if Mike and/or Paige heard Juan's recording.
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I know! If they wanted a cliffhanger so bad, should've just cut to dark before the compartment opened. Way better than making previously-established-whiz-kid act dumb for dumbs' sake.
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