What a rotten couple of days for fifteen-year-old Gina Meadows. First she was busted for shoplifting, then got lost in Juarez and narrowly escaped a kidnapper, and then came home only to watch the killer giving her dad a Colombian necktie. Obviously whatever she saw is of great interest to the investigation -- especially Cross, who just can't stop herself from pushing the traumatized girl for details. You'd think Cross would be more empathetic, given that she herself had to identify her sister's murdered body when she was Gina's age.
Actually, let's follow that tangent for a moment. While going through the patient files of Dr. Meadows in search of a possible suspect, Ruiz finds an old record of therapy sessions with a Detective Hank Wade. The now-lieutenant privately confesses to Ruiz that he went to the shrink after having shot a rape/murder suspect. The bullet inflicted severe brain damage on Jim Dobbs, the man believed to have killed Cross's older sister when Cross was only fifteen. So now we know how those two met.
Speaking of catching up, Daniel Frye and his fellow reporter Adriana Mendez are doggedly pursuing the threads of what we viewers already know: the connection between Gedman and Cristina Fuentes, as well as the discovery of Christina's upper half in a death house where Fausto Galvan's brother was also found. Not to mention Ruiz's possible part in covering up that last little factoid. Mendez is doing most of the work, but at least Frye is trying to sober up. Their final discovery of the episode is that Fausto Galvan has had Hector Calaca's knife-riddled body strung up from a telephone pole, but the intrepid reporters aren't going to be scared off the story that easily.
Charlotte's reason for summoning Ray to town wasn't just for sex, but also because she wants him to be her contact with Graciela Rivera on all matters tunnel. They notify Graciela and her lawyer, who seem open to the idea. But then stupid Ray decides to further monetize the tunnel by calling a drug distributor he knows back in Tampa. What Ray doesn't know is that his contact has already been turned by the government. So when it came to finding a partner to deal with that tunnel mess, Charlotte chose...poorly.
There's some familial intrigue in the Ruiz home, but the main thing that happens with him is that he finally gets around to returning the million dollars that Fausto Galvan staked him for Maria's ransom. Galvan is not only ungrateful, he's mad at Ruiz for his superior moral fiber. In fact, Ruiz is lucky to get out of there alive.
Progress is pretty slow with Gina, so Wade decides to take her and Cross out for burgers. And the stupid girl pulls a runner, apparently unaware that the serial killer that only she has seen clearly might be waiting for a chance to take her out before she can identify him, which he forthwith does. Nice move, Cross and Wade. After this crushing setback, Cross decides to make an ill-advised visit of her own -- to Jim Dobbs. And after all these weeks of staying away, too.
Charlotte Millwright is back at her usual place at the opening of the episode, but in a position in which we haven't yet seen her. Specifically, she and her visitor Ray are on a blanket under the stars, and let's just say that the death of Charlotte's best horse hasn't stopped her from going cowgirl. Nice tramp stamp, Annabeth Gish's body double.
Charlotte rolls off him in a single edit that allows her to take the stand-in's place, and they have a little pillow talk about her sexual appetite. "I've been married to an older man, remember?" she says. Ray wonders what that was like, and Charlotte discreetly answers, "Let's just say Karl had other talents." Ray agrees that he must have been pretty loaded, given the size of the ranch, but that's not what Charlotte means. "Was it worth it?" he asks. After a moment, she gets serious and tells him to put his pants on. He thinks he's offended her, but she just wants to show him something. Gosh, what could it be?
It's the tunnel, of course. She leads him down into the basement of the cottage, hands him the flashlight kept there, and unlocks the padlock on the door leading into the tunnel. I have to assume there are other copies of that key, or else there would be quite a backup on the other side. "What's in there, a sex dungeon?" Ray asks. "Mexico," she answers. He figures this was Karl's idea and guesses it's a drug corridor. "Immigrants," Charlotte corrects. "We were broke. I didn't know." Ray asks what's on the other end. Nepal, moron, what do you think? Having already told him what, Charlotte tells him who: "A crazy, psychotic bitch," Charlotte says. Ray offers, "And you want me to deal with her?" I would have wondered the same thing the second he showed up, if he hadn't seemed like such an idiot.
Suddenly there's a noise at the top of the stairs behind them; they're not in here alone. At first I think it's Cesar coming to investigate, but Ray's flashlight beam lights up the face of Fausto Galvan's stooge. He's dragging the body of Hector "Calaca" Whatshisname down the stairs so that the head bounces off every step, so it's a good thing he's dead. He drags the corpse right past Charlotte and Ray and into the tunnel. Galvan himself is right behind them, and as he goes by, he tips his black ball cap, politely saying, "Buenos noches, señora" before disappearing into the tunnel. Ray looks at Charlotte, clearly full of questions. I only have one: where is Steven Linder? Spoiler: we're not finding out tonight.