Tonight’s Graceland was an interesting diversion, dropping all of the ongoing subplots to concentrate on one: the gang conning murderous crazy Ari Adamian (Rhys Coiro). Let’s take it con by con, shall we?
Apparently crazy isn’t necessarily synonymous with skipping the gym. Briggs arrives at the office to find a panicked Ari in naught but some red square-cuts and assorted tattoos. Okay, we’re starting to see what Layla sees. Adamian wants to know why his index finger and thumb are burnt, why he’s covered in someone else’s blood, who the hell gave him the wrong cigs, and why his car has a giant rebar through the windshield. He just knows there’s something in the trunk, and figures it’s the owner of the blood he was spattered in. There’s no body to be found, but there are a couple of gas cans and a receipt from a convenience store in Sun Valley. Get the pipe out of the windshield, Briggs. We’re going for Slim Jims and information.
Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. They are immediately shot at by the cashier. In between firing on them, the clerk reminds Ari that he told him he’d kill him if he ever came back. Wait, that voice is familiar. And so are those floppy bangs! Mikey’s been moonlighting as a convenience store clerk? Ari and Briggs quickly disarm him, and Mikey plays his role as clueless gas wrangler to a T. We get a flashback of Charlie painting a fake black eye on Mikey’s mug. We also get a flashback of Jakes and Manny letting Layla’s dad know where her credit card was last used. Guess where? The clerk insists that Ari beat him up for not having his correct cigarettes, threatened to “cut off his balls,” and he used a woman’s credit card to purchase gas cans.
Having fallen for Jakes posing as Capital One or what have you, Layla’s dad Martun Sarkissian (played by veteran baddie actor Peter Stormare) shows up. He’d like to know who used his little girl’s credit card. Ari and Briggs cover for the time being, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Ari might have done something bad with Martun’s daughter. Martun mentions that he’s got a cabin nearby where he and Layla loved to fish for trout together. This would be heartwarming if they weren’t a bloodthirsty mob family.
On the ride over to the cabin, Ari remembers that he did meet up with Layla at the bar the previous evening. She mentioned something about wanting him to do her “in the desert.” Ari expects that Layla will be alive and well at the cabin. Footprints are discovered in front of the cabin, as are drag marks. We flashback to Manny dragging Jakes wrapped in a canvas to simulate a body being dragged. They add some monkey bones to a stack of tires. Gasoline is sprayed, and Layla’s ring and a motel room key are thrown into the mix. These Graceland people are shifty! They even place one of the menthol cigarettes and a spent match to indicate that imaginary Ari hesitated in burning imaginary Layla’s imaginary corpse. Jakes and Manny discuss the ethics of getting Ari’s people to kill him but hey, at least they aren’t pulling the trigger themselves. They’re merely supplying “the bullets,” as Jakes says.
NEXT: Peter Stormare is grief-stricken and murderous.