In the two days since the last episode, both the killers and his victims have been pretty quiet. He hasn't called, Maria is still unconscious, and the FBI isn't sharing any information about the late Agent Gedman. Ruiz isn't having such a great time either, as Cross inadvertently gets him busted for having sex with Charlotte Millwright and his wife kicks him out of the house. He launches a minor rampage, harassing Steven Linder (more on that in a minute), stealing Daniel Frye's phone (which is the worst thing that happens to Frye this week, so aces for him), and delaying the investigation by advising Maria not to share any information about her kidnapper until she's been granted asylum in the U.S. At least he declines to have sex with Charlotte again when the opportunity presents itself.
Cross is a bit put off by Ruiz's transgressions, but that doesn't stop her from answering Daniel Frye's phone. The killer gives her a clue that the FBI wouldn't, which is that the Bureau knew about Gedman's weekly visits to Cristina Fuentes. They also learn that Gedman was seeing a bureau psychologist, but we'll have to circle back to that as well.
In other news, when Charlotte asks Ruiz for tips on how to deal with Graciela, the patroness of the tunnel, he advises Charlotte to get on with her life and let Graciela have her way for now, without wanting to know any specifics. Charlotte takes Ruiz's advice by making an interstate booty call to an old flame (actually a grease fire, but whatever).
A teenage shoplifting suspect gets bailed out by her inattentive dad, then walks across the bridge into Juarez, where she literally walks right into a kidnapper's den. The creep's sister rescues her, however, warning her against coming back and falling victim to "the beast," the local name for whoever is causing all these pink crosses to sprout up all over the place.
Ruiz spends a night on Cross's couch and learns a bit about her tragic backstory. And Steven Linder is finally confronted by the killer who has been seeking him and Eva Guerra. Linder actually acquits himself well -- during Ruiz's visit, no less -- but when it comes to actually disposing of the body, he fails so miserably that he ends up in the clutches of no less than the strangler's aggrieved employer, Fausto Galvan himself.
After finally learning from Maria that she was transported in a car with a grate over the back seat, Cross and Ruiz suspect that the killer might be a cop. When they go to visit Gedman's psychiatrist, there's an unaccounted-for police car in the driveway. And the grisly corpse of the shrink inside the house. And the almost-kidnapped shoplifter hiding in the closet, because she's the psychiatrist's daughter. The detectives barely have time to process this coincidence when the traumatized girl tells them, "I saw The Beast." But we'll have to wait until next week to hear what will presumably be her maddeningly vague description.
In some dark underground bunker somewhere, Fausto Galvan is watching his stooge operate a cash-counting machine and reading the El Paso Times in English. However, the following scene takes place entirely in subtitled Spanish as Galvan reads that it's been two days since Agent Gedman's death, but nobody thinks the killer is done yet. "Gringos," the cartel employee sighs, shaking his head sadly at all the senseless violence north of the border. Galvan shows his stooge the screaming headline with the words "serial killer" and asks his henchman what the term means. As if American pop culture doesn't penetrate south of Galvan's trademark black baseball cap.
The henchman explains that a serial killer is someone who kills lots of people, so at least someone in this room owns a TV. Galvan points out that lots of people kill lots of people, including soldiers, terrorists, presidents, and himself. So is Galvan a serial killer? In the tone of a husband telling his wife she doesn't look fat in that dress, the stooge calls Galvan a businessman. He also assures him that serial killers are crazy and indulge in rape, mutilation, and cannibalism, as well as certain other sexual depredations.
Indeed, I have noticed that sexualization of this show's murder victims has thus far been an almost glaring omission, but now this scene makes sure everyone else has noticed it too. Meanwhile, Galvan thinks he's figured out what makes a serial killer: they enjoy it. Having apparently satisfied himself on this score, Galvan picks a handgun up off the table and carries it into the next room. Like a businessman.
It was there a profoundly unfortunate gentleman has been secured to a chair with what looks like most of a roll of duct tape. And from the looks of him, that's far from the worst thing that has happened to him down here. Galvan demands to know where the prisoner's cousin Calaca is, whoever that might be. The prisoner says he only knows that his cousin is in El Paso, "following a gringo…the one that stole his girlfriend.." So that would be Hector the Strangulator, then.
Galvan demands to know who Calaca is after, but his victim claims ignorance and doesn't give up the name "Linder" until the muzzle of Galvan's gun is under his jaw. Galvan and his stooge seem satisfied with this intelligence, and Galvan orders his stooge to "Find me that asshole Linder." Then, before turning back and shooting his victim three times, he adds, "I don't enjoy this." We could tell.