The present-day plot feels like filler. The really interesting bits happen in the 1960 flashbacks that hint at the growing philosophical divide between Warden James and Deputy Tiller. James feels the prisoners can be converted. Tiller, too, believes they can be converted, but in the "into a more effective predator" sense. Case in point: a newbie prisoner named Sonny Burnett. On the outside, Sonny was a nonviolent kidnapper who managed to stash away a big chunk of ransom money. On the inside, he tries to use this money to buy himself protection with one of the population's toughs. When the money can't be found, the tough nearly kills poor, wimpy Sonny. Sonny realizes someone has taken his money Tiller takes it upon himself to become Sonny's life coach and helps chisel him into a tougher, crazier, deadlier criminal.
Sonny shows up in the present day to seek revenge against the one who betrayed him. She's a woman named Helen, who was just a teenager when Sonny long ago kidnapped her. Back then, she pretended to love him in order to gain his trust, then took his money when he went to prison. So Sonny abducts her husband and mutilates him, then buries her daughter alive in the same field in which he'd hidden the money. The A-Team catches Sonny and rescues the daughter, but that honestly all feels like filler.
In the subplots, Dr. Beauregard has found that the blood of some of the returned '63s has special healing properties. This puts Hauser on the search to find the right blood type to heal Lucy. In other special blood news, both Hauser and Rebecca are keener than ever to find Tommy Madsen. Rebecca doesn't even mind when it involves spying on Uncle Ray. Stay tuned for the full weecap.
It's a dark and stormy night in San Francisco. Ray has asked Hauser over to his bar. Sadly, it is not for drinks and reminiscing how they looked and sounded like totally different people in the 1960s. "I want Rebecca out," Ray says without preamble. "I'm not the one keeping her in," Hauser says. Ray wants a better life for his niece, but Hauser scoffs at the idea of her "chasing after a pension for 20 years." Just 20? Now I know this show's a fantasy. Hauser is suspicious that Ray is just now talking to him about this when Rebecca's been on the task force for months. "You've see him, haven't you?" Hauser asks, his tone taunting. "Tommy Madsen. You've seen him." Instead of waiting for an answer, he saunters back out into the night.
Rebecca's apartment. She's having a dream about the day Tommy killed her partner. When she opens her eyes, she thinks she sees Tommy sitting in her bedroom, watching her. She reaches for her gun, but he's gone. Hopefully creepy grandpa was never actually there and it was all in her head.
Time to get the night's plot underway. Two middle-aged gentlemen speed along a quiet road in their fancy car. The guy who's in the passenger seat lights up a cigar. "You ever hotbox with $100 Cohibas?" he asks. "It's like swimming through a cloud." A really smelly cloud. His friend in the driver's seat says he loves his wife too much to come home smelling like a poker game. A muscle car speeds past them. A few moments later, there's a man standing in the middle of the road. The driver swerves to avoid him, then pulls over and gets out of the car for no real reason. The guy approaches them with a shotgun. "Anything you want, just take it," says the man who just enjoyed his last cigar. "Okay," the stranger says, and promptly shoots him in the chest. He turns to the driver with a smile. "I'll be taking you, Mr. Pierce."
Flashback to 1960. Deputy Tiller arrives to let our shooter out of solitary confinement. "Sonny Burnett," he introduces himself nervously. Tiller only refers to him as his prisoner number. Sonny was in solitary as a new arrival, but now that has come to an end and it's time to join the general population. Sonny looks like he wants to cry. Once in the yard, he wastes no time in asking a fellow inmate named Hicks for "protection." At first Hicks declines, then Sonny mentions money. "My last job was a real estate tycoon," he says. "His family paid a hundred grand to get him back." He promises the money is safely hidden away. Hicks takes the job.