There are no definitive heroes on Perpetual Grace, LTD but almost every character has now shown shades of gray on Felipe G. Usted, Part 2.
This recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 4.
On tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD it became clear there is no pure ‘good guy’ on this series, James is certainly no hero. Rather, James’ subtle manipulation of Glenn, a youngster with an absent, town drunk father and a mother who abandoned him was telling. Glenn just wanted to belong to something, anything, and establish friendship. Hence the drive to be part of James’ supposed “Special Boys” gang and prove he was worthy. James latched onto that weakness and utilized Glenn to save him and Hector… Even after feeling guilt for what he’d done to Glenn on the Perpetual Grace, LTD Series Premiere, he had Glenn remove his head gear and ‘face the world.’ To James’ credit his words were cemented in truth, ‘The world hurts sometimes. You have to get used to that.’
New Leaf’s pressure of taking James out the moment his ‘Chili’s’ style beeper goes off obviously has something to do with his now-or-never actions. During the episode James would also deliver distressing news to a NASA astronaut in training, Felipe G. Usted. Hence the episode name “Felipe G. Usted, Almost First Mexican on the Moon Part 2”. Felipe would never ‘go to the moon’ but he ‘will go to jail.’ That is if he doesn’t help James and Hector with a falsified death certificate in Mexico.
Felipe Guillermo Usted will never go to space
The news shattered the man’s life dream and goal, all he needed was one more week in training. If Felipe G. Usted went over his birthday the following week, he’d become ineligible to be an astronaut due to age. James having a father himself that walks around in astronaut gear around town should have made James think twice. He knew what he was asking was wrong, even told his father so over the phone but it was already too late.
Meanwhile, Lillian (Ma) exploiting a young bullied girl by braiding her hair to a train to set up her escape said more about ‘Ma’ in one scene than any monologue could possibly accomplish. Lillian realized she did ‘a terrible thing’ to a the girl, ‘something the girl will remember for the rest of her life.’ For an individual that has characterized herself as helping others who can’t help themselves… People who need someone, anyone to believe in them when their self esteem is at their lowest, this moment exposed Lillian for who she truly is.
Hector’s selfish side
The aftermath had Hector ‘arresting’ Lillian anyway, so her escape did not work. Hector revealed for some reason to Lillian that he had a mistress. How great his wife really is, the best! But he is not. That he has no connection to his sons. Hector planned to casually bury Lillian alive with a breathing apparatus. Hector once again shown to be a selfish character in this episode, even worse than before. As Hector is aware he is a bad person for cheating on his wife but goes along with it anyway. Luckily for Hector, Glenn would come through with the money in a Hermosillo bank.
Just in time too, as Hector’s wife was purchasing an Octavio Paz typewrite for him in an antique shop at the time. The credit card had declined but she requested the shopkeep try again and it went through. The shopkeep also mentioned having ‘Shakespeare’s Typewriter’ indicating the whole thing was a fraud. Yet, she purchased Octavio’s typewriter anyway. Telling the shopkeep not to say anything to Hector about having ‘Shakespeare’s Typewriter’ for sale.
Hector’s sons see through Pa’s ice cream charade
Hector’s sons were smart enough to deduce an Englishman offering Ice Cream out the back of the van instead of the window was strange. They left despite one of the brothers really wanting the ice cream, much to Pa’s disappointment. ‘Pa’ would decide to head on over to their school for career day before the episode credits rolled. His plan unclear. Although the Englishman he called last episode is heading over stateside. The mysterious individual had to promise ‘to the Queen’ not to commit any crimes locally or abroad ever again, which he did. Yet, the words rang hollow…
James, Lillian, and Hector are all fully aware of their flaws but can’t stop hurting those who trust them the most anyway. As if they’re stuck in a Westworld-fashioned unbreakable loop. They can’t deter from the path they’re on… No matter their feelings about what they’ve become. Even when James knows he’s not doing the right thing, he can’t help himself.
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Perpetual Grace, LTD co-creator Steven Conrad will do a Reddit Ask Me Anything tonight at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PST in r/IAMA.
After the doozy of a cliffhanger funeral in EPIX’ Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 finale, co-creator Steven Conrad will be fielding a lot of questions. Director/Writer Steven Conrad announced on Twitter last Friday that he would be doing an AMA on Wednesday, August 14 at 5 pm PST / 8 pm ET. Outside of Perpetual Grace, LTD, Steven Conrad will likely be asked if there’s a future for Patriot on another platform. Amazon confirmed in late July during a TCA press tour that they have no plans to pursue a third season of Patriot. Might EPIX pick it up?
Will there be a second season of Perpetual Grace, LTD? Star Jimmi Simpson certainly hopes so according to a New York Post interview. Would legend Sir Ben Kingsley even be available presumably for a second season? If he is to return in his current co-leading role and not for a cameo a decision by EPIX will likely have to arrive quick. Would Luis Guzmán similarly return for a second season? Was the bullet to the chest by Pa a way to write him off the series? Is Sheriff Hector Contreras truly done for? All excellent questions for Steven Conrad! Hint, hint…
I'm hosting a Reddit AMA on Wednesday Aug 14 at 5pm PST. More details will follow.
— Steven Conrad (@StevConrad) August 9, 2019
Perpetual Grace, LTD certainly took a bold leap by ending Season 1 with James about to give a eulogy… Especially, after Walker’s realization he’d been played as well as Pa and Ma driving back home with haste. Should a second season never commence, the whole series will be left up in the air. A creative move that takes guts and faith in your craft. Perhaps, Steven Conrad has already been told by EPIX that Season 2 is practically a done deal? Will there be an announcement tonight?
New to Perpetual Grace, LTD? It’s not too late to catch up! Check out our review/recap of the Perpetual Grace, LTD Series Premiere and a recap and review of Perpetual Grace, LTD Episode 2. You’ll be up to speed on EPIX’ breakout show in no time!
Perpetual Grace, LTD revealed the truth behind Walker, Texas Ranger’s murder mystery on tonight’s episode.
This recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 8.
Paul Allen Brown unexpectedly confessed to New Leaf that he’s responsible for a teenage girl’s death on the latest Perpetual Grace, LTD… But not in the way you would imagine. In a series of black-and-white flashbacks reminiscent of Memento, truth met fiction. It turns out the ole’ grifter magician wasn’t necessarily lying but he wasn’t telling the whole truth either. Paul Allen Brown did not murder his bright-eyed protege but he is responsible for her death.
The girl in question had stumbled upon Paul’s plan to defraud her father’s church for two million dollars. Despite this, she trusted her magic mentor unconditionally. During a trip home post-magic competition Paul introduced her to a cabin where she could practice her Houdini handcuffs trick. What he seemingly did not tell her was those were no magic hand cuffs but real ones. Thus, she would be unable to tell her father about Paul’s scheme.
Paul would leave her there with food and water among other amenities with the intention to return in 3 days… When he already would obtain the two million dollars, if everything went according to plan. However, the young magician in training was infatuated with doing the Houdini handcuff trick in the water. Even though Paul constantly told her to stay away from the water, that she wasn’t ready.
She would manage to escape the magic cabin via chimney and looked toward the river. The rest as you might guess, is history. Paul blames himself for what happened and wishes he hadn’t been born… As she would still be alive.
New Leaf breaks down
Prior to the confession, Paul and James managed to talk New Leaf out of his revenge plan. After a couple of missed gunshots at Paul, New Leaf broke down, citing that he should rename himself, ‘Scumbag because that’s what he is.’
In desperation mode, Paul and James attempted to convince a saddened New Leaf of desecration. Paul needs to produce his ‘parents’ bodies’ or the scam is up. With New Leaf’s Chili style beeper going off, two elderly placeholders just happen to be available. James asked New Leaf to let them run over the bodies with a truck, so they’ll be unrecognizable for the whole death South of the border angle. In return, he promised to reestablish New Leaf’s LensCrafters dream.
Walker is suspicious
Meanwhile, Wes Walker partially interrogated Glenn about his Mexico trip. Glenn seemingly either played dumb or genuinely did not know some of Walker’s terminology. However, when it came to the important question, if he knew Paul Allen Brown… He said no. Protecting the perceived interests of his gang, ‘The Special Boys’ as coined by James.
James by the way, had the ankle bracelet placed back on by Walker. His contact Hector was so moved by Pa that he decided he’s out of the plan. Hector’s happy where he is… With his family.
No word yet of Pa and Ma’s fate though viewers learned they want to be buried with a comb and hairbrush respectively. It was also revealed that Dave is not Ma’s biological brother but an orphanage brother. Both simply wanted family to belong to more than anything… Fiveever.
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Perpetual Grace, LTD featured an emotional performance by Kurtwood Smith’s Uncle Dave with a hug that showed a different side of the actor.
This recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 7.
Tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD saw a reunion between Uncle Dave and his nephew Paul Allen Brown that felt pure. Actor Kurtwood Smith played the tough, hard-nosed father on comedy That ’70s Show for more than a decade but Perpetual Grace, LTD showed a softer side of him this episode. One where a family member’s screw ups do not beget a “Dumbass!” iconic slogan but make his eyes swell up with tears. The ultimate authority figure in one role becomes like silly putty through a single hug in another. Uncle Dave was ready to look past a potential murder on his nephew’s part based on Paul’s word alone. Truly a display that blood is thicker than water. Kurtwood Smith played up the moment perfectly, immersing the audience in the family bond. Uncle Dave agreed to not speak to Walker any longer upon Paul’s request.
Paul Allen Brown manipulated the situation by reminding his uncle he supports him. That he didn’t believe the accusation against his Uncle and neither should Dave belive the murder accusation against Paul. Kurtwood Smith’s simple closing of the eyes sold the whole story without anything needing to be said. Uncle Dave just wants Paul parents (his sister) to be buried with respect. As such, Uncle Dave accepted Paul’s narrative against his better judgement.
Meanwhile, James finally broke during a conversation with Glenn about their dads. At first, James tried to cover his tracks after revealing his father had gone into space and now wandered his hometown in the same spacesuit. When Glenn asked if Pastor Brown had been into space, James caught himself and said ‘Yes,’ confirming the white lie. However, moments later James admitted everything short of hitting Glenn’s head. His real name, the scam and who in town was after him. Despite this, Glenn remained as positive as ever, and wanted to give his fresh sombrero to James instead of his father. James convinced Glenn to give his father another chance and give him the fresh sombrero. Glenn obliged. Unfortunately for James, Glenn’s father showed off the sombrero to Walker Texas Ranger.
In a surreal edition of cash cab questions, Pa’s childhood murder accomplice flashed back to the scene of the crime. On the other side of the border, Pa and Ma’s GTA moment backfired. Their hostages turned out to be well connected. Instead of a computer, the hostages led them back to their gang compound where they were surrounded…
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