Now that Ruiz and Cross have figured out that the killer is Ruiz's old colleague David Tate -- with whose wife Ruiz was having an affair at the time she and her son were killed in a car accident -- it doesn't take them long to realize that Tate probably isn't finished, and is almost certainly planning some further revenge. Ruiz realizes that Tate must be targeting his family, but it's too late: Alma and the two young daughters are off on a day trip with mommy's new boyfriend "Kenny," who has promised them all a big surprise. Tate even says as much on Alma's phone to Ruiz, who commences freaking out that most of his family is in the killer's power.
Most, that is, but not all. Ruiz's son Gus, who has been exchanging texts with his absent friend Zina for some time, runs into Zina herself -- and learns that she hasn't texted a word to him. Which means Gus has been texting someone else. After Cross and Ruiz get him safely to the El Paso police station, he confesses that he's been sharing information about the investigation with the other party. And thus they realize that David Tate has been Catfishing Gus for inside info, which is how he was able to find and kill Gina Meadows right out from under them. They use Gus's phone to invite Tate to meet, hoping to lure him to where they can catch him. And it looks like Tate is about to take the bait, because when it comes to the Ruizes, who could resist the chance to collect them all?
But before that happens, Tate has driven Alma and the girls out to a remote cabin, then locked them inside with a live grenade that Alma can't let go of lest it blow them all up. And before Tate shows up to the supposed meeting with Gus, he gets wise to the fact that it's a trap and bolts. But not without leaving behind a note revealing the GPS coordinates of the cabin. Ruiz and Wade head out there to rescue them and Ruiz manages to save his wife (and possibly his marriage) at the same time. Mighty sporting of Tate, that.
Meanwhile, in ancillary plots that seem to be spinning ever further away from the main one, Steven Linder confesses to his God-compound friend Bob about his killing of Eva Guerra's boyfriend, Hector "Calaca" Valdez, and then to Eva herself. He only confesses his crush on Eva to one of them, though, and it isn't Eva. And Graciela shows up at Charlotte's ranch with an ATF tracking device and an appetite for Ray's blood, given that Ray was the one who brought her the guns containing the bugs. But in her mood, she'll take anyone's. So Charlotte and Cesar end up killing both Graciela and her bodyguard, then bury the bodies and hope for the best. There's still that tracking device, though.
And all is not well in the main plot, either. Not only is David Tate still at large, he crashes into Cross's truck and nabs Gus while she's driving him to a safe house. Cross manages to spot the license plate on Tate's getaway car before she loses consciousness, so there's still hope for Gus. In the most basic sense, I mean.
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For the second week in a row, we're beginning with a flashback. Back to the same night as last week's flashback, in fact. No subtitles this time though, just impressionistic, out-of-focus images of flashing lights on top of emergency vehicles. In muted slow motion, an imperceptibly younger David Tate -- who at this point may well have heard the name Kenny Hastings but has yet to consider assuming it as his own -- steps under the yellow caution tape that's been lifted for him to pass. Experiencing the world like Tom Hanks at the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, he approaches the flattened, smoking husk that used to be his wife's car, just a few yards into the Mexico half of the Bridge of the Americas.
He has arrived just in time to watch the firefighters haul out the flattened, bloody husk that used to be his wife. Tears leak down his face and he falls to his knees, near the spot where he'll be arranging one half each of two dead women about six years from now. While the firemen wrangle Jill's body, the necklace of silver beads she's wearing -- the same beads that have been popping up at various murder scenes all season -- breaks, spilling them all over the pavement. David Tate scrabbles for one, still in slo-mo, and examines it in the floodlights. This one has a raised rose pattern, but something tells me he's going to be collecting them all. As Jill is loaded onto a gurney and zipped into a body bag, David Tate stumbles around to the passenger side of the car. Where, upon seeing a small, still arm dangling out of the front window, he lets out not one but two piercing screams of grief and horror. This was so not in the character brief of "Ruiz's wife's coworker."
Six years later, outside the Biblioteca Sol, Ruiz stamps out a cigarette on the paving stones and examines the bead found at this latest crime scene, collected in a Ziploc bag and apparently surrendered to him by the Chihuahua cops after all. This one is large and football-shaped, so among other things, David Tate is also clearly avenging his wife's godawful taste in jewelry. Ruiz glances back at Cross, who just sits there watching him, motionless except for the shifting shadows of tonight's flashing emergency vehicle lights. Captain Robles comes up to Ruiz, saying in Spanish that he's contacted Mexico City. Ruiz promises him that they're close. "We know what he looks like," Cross adds in English as she walks over. "Has your fancy American task force arrested him yet?" Robles spits at Cross. "No! They haven't!"