Two weeks into its sophomore run, USA Network’s Graceland sent several of its characters in interesting new directions, be it into the path of a beautiful woman, wrestled to the ground by cops or steering clear of a mark.
TVLine invited series creator Jeff Eastin to tease what these new wrinkles will mean for Briggs, Jakes and Charlie, respectively.
JILTED JAKES | Graceland’s resident U.S. Customs Agent (played by Brandon Jay McLaren) had covertly moved out of the titular house and made camp in a modest apartment, where he hoped to share custody of and get to know his son. Instead, baby mama Cassandra sicced the cops on Dale, slapping him with “stalker” status — all as his kid watched in horror. “Jakes has a really great arc this year,” Eastin previews. As Season 2 opened, viewers (and a returning Mike Warren) laid witness to “a guy who’s not as bitter, who’s not labeling his food, but obviously we can’t let him have that, because it’s television, so we very quickly crashed that bus.” Moving forward, watch for this paternal sucker punch to send Jakes “into a really, really dark spiral.”
SORRY CHARLIE | FBI Agent DeMarco (Vanessa Ferlito) has been tasked with getting close to crime boss Carlito Solano (General Hospital alum Erik Valdez), but she abruptly aborted her first move, claiming to Johnny that the timing wasn’t right. But what’s truly wrong? “Where we left Charlie last year is completely broken,” Eastin says. Having been snowed in Season 1 by “Jangles” — and thus incorrectly blaming herself for fellow fed Juan Badillo’s death — “She doesn’t believe in herself as an agent anymore, and what happens is Briggs decides, ‘If I can fix this [guilt] problem, I can fix Charlie’ — but of course that does not go smoothly. Instead, it crashes and burns a lot of things!” Speaking of Briggs’ bright idea….
THE WEEPING WIDOW | Since Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) is the one who killed Badillo in cold blood, the G-man’s widow Kelly (Devious Maids‘ Brianna Brown) “represents this dark place that Briggs went to, and the destruction that he caused,” Eastin explains. By posing as a fellow alcoholic and thus stopping Kelly’s latest tumble off the wagon, “Briggs wants to help this woman, but in a bigger sense he wants to help himself and Charlie move forward. But what he doesn’t realize is that essentially he’s going down the wrong path.” Meaning, maybe Briggs best lives in that grey area? “As much as he wants to be the new, good Paul Briggs, as much as he wants to put that white hat on, the things that he’s done are going to continue to have ramifications,” Eastin says. “He will fight that nature of who he is until Mike comes to him and basically says [that to crack the smuggling case], ‘I need that guy. I need the guy that can do very bad things.’”