Since the FBI now wants Briggs in connection with the murder of fellow agent Juan, it would make sense for him to go on the run, no? That's civilian thinking, rookie. Rather than running, Briggs hands off his emergency fake IDs to drug dealer Quinn, then skulks around the greater Southern California area, very inconspicuous in a hoodie and a pair of shades.
Here's the real reason Briggs didn't leave: he's convinced Jangles is around, and after Jakes lets it slip, via Johnny, that Charlie has been palling around with a Mexican cop, Briggs is sure Charlie's in trouble. Because he knows how dumb she is. He follows Cortes home and they fight, which Charlie interrupts, almost getting both herself and Briggs sliced into tiny pretty ribbons, because Charlie is an idiot.
But! Mike is there to save the day. See, Briggs gave Jakes a phone number, which Jakes passed off to Mike and Mike used to track Briggs to Cortes's house. Mike arrives just in time to shoot Cortes through the heart and free Briggs and Charlie while they're still unjulienned.
And so all the mysteries are laid to rest: Cortes/Jangles was responsible for burning down the Estate and killing Briggs's girlfriend, Lisa, and Briggs also manages to pin Juan's death on the now-dead Cortes. Nobody cares about Odin Rossi anymore, apparently. Mike gets his promotion and gets transferred back to DC, and everyone else at Graceland gets to keep living together and stealing Jakes's orange juice while they hunt for illegal pot growers. Until some kids find Juan's tape recorder in a pawn shop…
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Previously on Graceland: Once upon a time, a bunch of improbably pretty federal agents lived in a house together. One of them is a junkie. One is a rat. A few of them don't own shirts. And one of them just wants to go to Bora Bora with his parrots.
We pick up with Briggs taking his last looks at Graceland. He stares meaningfully at the hole he punched in the drywall and walks out the door. His phone rings; it's Mike, but he doesn't answer.
Paige and Mike -- who just didn't find the recording in the Crown Vic -- argue about whether Mike should alert their superiors that Briggs might be running. Paige still wants to think Briggs is innocent and misunderstood, but Mike calls in a BOLO.
At the house, Briggs greets Johnny in the living room. Before he can make his escape, Johnny gets a text: it's a "detain on sight" order. Briggs lies that it's part of his cover with Clayton's gang, the Mongrels, and he and Johnny joke around about the possibility of Johnny tackling him. They agree to play ball tomorrow and Briggs moves to go, but then Johnny gets a wee tickling of conscience and makes a tiny motion toward his gun. Briggs shames him into believing that he's telling the truth, and then leaves.
Out front, Briggs gets into Jakes's truck and they go. At the Port of Los Angeles, he thanks Jakes for his help and apologizes for maybe getting him in trouble. Jakes agrees to keep an eye on the other housemates and Briggs hops out to go become a gentleman hobo, traveling from steamship to steamship, merrily shoveling coal to pay his way to Australia.
At the house, Mike and Paige regard the hole in the wall while Mike dresses Johnny down for not detaining Briggs. Jakes arrives home and says all he did was give a friend a lift. Paige points out could get him three years in jail as an accessory. Such a buddy, that Briggs! Mike tells him they didn't find the recording, which makes Briggs look even guiltier, and Johnny expositions about Charlie's partnership with Cortes. It doesn't particularly alarm anyone to hear that Charlie's working with a federale.
Briggs: not on a boat. He's at a bar with Quinn, who's all hoarse and bruised. Briggs doesn't appear to be undercover as "Eric" anymore, so it looks like Quinn is a CI? Or an undercover agent? This is never resolved. He tells Briggs he thinks Jangles is after him. Briggs plays dumb about the whole Jangles matter. Turns out what Quinn really wanted was a new identity, and Briggs hands over the documents he took from the wall at the house: passport, driver's license, credit cards, a burner phone that can work in South America. Quinn's new name is Tony Busca and Briggs found him a spot on a ship headed to Ecuador. Quinn hands over a pile of money, and why do I think this is how Briggs will lead the feds off his trail?