Snowfall season 2, episode 5 recap: Double agents

SNOWFALL -- "Prometheus Rising" -- Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Thursday, August 2, 10:00 pm ET/PT) -- Pictured: (l-r) Isaiah John as Leon Simmons, Malcolm Mays Kevin Hamilton, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint. CR: Byron Cohen/FX
SNOWFALL -- "Prometheus Rising" -- Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Thursday, August 2, 10:00 pm ET/PT) -- Pictured: (l-r) Isaiah John as Leon Simmons, Malcolm Mays Kevin Hamilton, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint. CR: Byron Cohen/FX /

Deception highlights this weeks episode of Snowfall, as the characters are pulled into an even larger conflict.

At the end of last week’s episode of Snowfall, we learned that Soledad was a double agent for someone. Who it is remained to be seen, but she was the weak link, as it were. This week began with Gustavo visiting a fortune teller. She asked him about Soledad specifically, then told him there was a snake in his life. She probably knew something.

Franklin had been having trouble supplying enough drugs for his buyers. It appeared that he would use Lucia to get more, but he may also be going back to Avi. The two of them set up a meeting, Franklin didn’t seem thrilled about it, but wasn’t given much of a choice.

Teddy, still operating under his pseudonym, didn’t make it to the pick up with Lucia, so his brother showed up instead. Lucia was suspicious but let him take the product. Teddy’s brother was trying to pick up/manipulate Soledad (I think) by inviting her on a ride in his plane. There were a lot of layers of influence and deception going on, but not for any clear purpose (yet).

Franklin’s mother and her house guest got into a bit of an argument. She didn’t really trust him. Turned out he had found some past-due notices (though he didn’t tell her that) and he offered to help out. She remained proud (or immovable) and sent him away. But he ended up searching out Franklin to try to get some help from him.

Franklin didn’t take it too well, and ended up accosting his mother at her job, and it didn’t go too smoothly. He wanted to essentially dictate the shape of her life, but she was still his mother and utterly un-intimidated by it. This might have been one of the first times Franklin’s newfound money/(perceived) influence failed to have and notable effect in an argument for a while. It will be interesting to see how he responds.

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Franklin’s friend, the one who was looking to “kill some Mexicans” a few weeks ago, was hanging out with some this week. He claimed it was only to gain information about the killers, but I don’t think Franklin trusted them.

When he learned about how much Teddy wanted to expand their plans, Teddy’s brother was less than thrilled. He wanted to leave, but Teddy “strongly advised” him against it Teddy ended up offering him essentially the world for his cooperation, and got it. Buyers remorse will probably come later, when it comes time for him to actually pay up. Their new plans (delivering weapons to Honduras) will bring them closer to real conflicts in history.

Gustavo tried to warn Lucia about Soledad (well, he didn’t know it was about her specifically, just warned her that something was wrong), but she didn’t take him seriously. so-called “fortune tellers” weren’t her style, apparently. It might have ended up coming back to bite her, and pretty quickly too. A few men (they initially seemed to be acquaintances of Gustavo) showed up at their workshop. There was a bit of tension over money, which quickly escalated into something of a shootout. In the confrontation, Gustavo killed his man, and Soledad shot a number of them. It seemed like this was the first time Pedro had seen the truly ruthless side of her. Unfortunately Lucia was also shot, in the shoulder. Pedro and Gustavo rushed her off to the hospital, leaving Soledad alone with all their books and material. This might not end well.

Franklin’s mother returned home to find Elton in her kitchen. In the ensuing conversation, we learned that she would rather lose her house than accept money from Franklin, given where it came from. He decided to leave, to ease her burdens (financial and otherwise).

Franklin and Teddy went to their meeting with Avi, with a bit of fanfare. Teddy got a foot in the door by insisting he wanted to buy guns, not drugs. They made their deal in a bit of a roundabout way, to keep it totally off book. The guns wouldn’t even come into the United States. The number and variety of weapons Teddy wanted didn’t seem to faze Avi, though he warned Teddy about the consequences of not coughing up the money when it was required. The thing is, I’m not sure the threat was totally effective, because Avi (and Franklin) only knew Teddy by his alias (it seems).

Lucia actually got Soledad to pull the pieces of shrapnel out of her shoulder, avoiding the hospital. Soledad must have really big plans, as she seemed quite invested in gaining Lucia’s trust.

Franklin lost patience with his friends on their revenge crusade, telling them, on no uncertain terms that “it’s over.” What remains to be seen is if that meant that he would make them move on from their ideas of revenge, or stepping back from his insistence that they find out who did it before acting.

Soledad’s actions (albeit to save them all) seemed to tip Lucia off that something was wrong, and she called out Soledad as a cop planted to take them down. This could escalate very quickly, especially if Soledad realized that Lucia was onto her. And with Pedro caught in the middle, who knows what might come for him.

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Soledad reports to her bosses, trying to take down the drug cartel. How many other characters could get pulled into it? Possibly all of them.

Lucia realizes she was betrayed and offers Franklin revenge.

Teddy warns his brother about keeping secrets.