When Cross, Ruiz and Lieutenant Wade discover that one Mexican migrant survived the mass poisoning, they quickly conclude that the killer must have nabbed her. So now they're looking for both her and the killer. Unfortunately for all-around creepazoid Steven Linder, his trailer happens to sit conveniently close to the scene of this most recent crime. Cross and Ruiz track him down and interrogate him about the missing woman -- as well as his recently-strangled neighbor -- but despite the case of the willies he gives Ruiz, they end up letting him go. They also learn that the photo he was so fascinated with last week turns out to be none other than his long-lost sister. Or so he claims, at least. He returns to Juárez to look for her, and has a close shave with the bad dude who killed his neighbor. And we still don't know what he did to Eva Guerra.
After Wade takes Daniel Frye to task for not alerting him right away the last time the killer called, he hands him a lead to follow up in Juárez. While Frye and his coworker Adriana Mendez are visiting the older couple who rode in the truck with the other migrants, Frye gets another call from the killer, offering to let his prisoner go. The ransom he demands is one million dollars, paid in even shares by the four richest men in El Paso. And you know it's a total coincidence that one of those four men is Charlotte's recently dead husband.
Speaking of Charlotte, she's scarcely buried Karl when she meets an uninvited guest: the patroness of the tunnel, who says the two of them will be partners. Charlotte declines the offer, because she is apparently a slow learner. Later, when she's summoned to the police station to share anything she might know about the murders or kidnapping -- which is nothing -- the person she speaks to is Ruiz, whom she remembers allowing her husband's ambulance across the bridge. When Ruiz shows up at her house later that night to ask her to corroborate his story that she didn't bribe her way across, they end up having sex. And to think Ruiz's wife was worried about Cross.
Frye and Mendez's trip to Mexico ends up getting extended when they witness a shooting on the street and decide to hole up in Mendez's mom's house for the night, where Frye bonds awkwardly with Mendez and we learn another reason of many that the two of them will probably not end up together. Charlotte discovers a pretty clear message from Karl's former partner in crime, in the form of Karl's prize horse strung up from the stable ceiling. Cross's gentleman caller shows up at the police station, hoping for another date. And the missing woman finally turns up: on a webcam, staked to the ground in the middle of the desert, where presumably the killer plans to leave her until he gets his money. There's still considerable mystery as to what his point is, and not just for me.
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Much as last week's episode opened with Charlotte unearthing a mystery, this one opens with her putting something in the ground. Welcome to the funeral for her husband, Karl. Under the baking sun, ranch foreman Cesar leads Karl's riderless prize horse at the head of the procession, which also includes Charlotte and a young blonde woman (presumably Karl's daughter Kate) riding on the horse-drawn buckboard that's also serving as the hearse. Most of the other mourners are on foot and wearing cowboy hats, so clearly Karl wished to be buried on an episode of Bonanza. The gravestone reads, "Karl Millwright June 27, 1952-July 12, 2013. In other words, the series started on a Friday, which means Cross made poor Ruiz work through the weekend. It also raises the question of why so many people are going around wearing jackets (in Ruiz's case, two sometimes) in Texas in July. Next to the stone is another one reading "Charlotte Fisher Millwright, Beloved Wife of Karl." Huh. No room for dates, either. You'll pardon Charlotte if she doesn't dig a hole in front of it and climb right in. Behind everyone, a woman stands alone unnoticed. Either we'll be seeing more of her later or she's a Harold & Maude fan.
It's also morning over at the scene of the mass poisoning that took place last week. Cross reports to anyone within earshot that the lab determined that the water in the jugs was poisoned with sarin, which Wade correctly calls a nasty trick. She also remarks that the silver bead they discovered at this scene is bigger than the one she found near the judge's car, whatever that means. My theory is that more deaths mean bigger beads. So if she ever finds a silver bowling ball, look out. Ruiz has just gotten off the phone with someone who found out from the older couple (remember, the ones who didn't join the others on their walk?) that ten people set off on foot from the truck. Which leads Wade to point out that with nine dead, there must be a live one somewhere. Ruiz guesses that the female survivor must have made it to the road and gotten picked up. "First a judge and a prostitute, now these poor bastards. It doesn't track," Wade says. Cross agrees that the killer's MO is changing as well, like with the voice message, the video, and as Wade says, a direct call to Daniel Frye. Cross abruptly wanders off, leaving Wade to tell Ruiz, "She does that. Gawn, git after her!" Ruiz gawns.
As for the survivor, the young woman I dubbed Cassandra last week is sleeping under a blanket in the backseat of a moving car. All we can see of the driver are pointy boots at the car's pedals and gloved hands on the steering wheel, despite the apparent heat. She briefly opens her eyes to look up at the sun, then passes out again as one of those boots presses hard on the gas pedal. The irony, to escape poisoning only to be kidnapped by a set of covered extremities.