Directed by Peter Weller (Sons of Anarchy), Rata/Ch’o picks up following the events of the same night in the last episode of Mayans M.C. Episode 8 opens as EZ is going through the lockbox of Felipe’s past looking at all the photos.
A photo of a younger EZ and Emily causes him to flashback to eight years earlier. EZ discusses helping his father after the murder of his mother. The flashback ends as Emily is startled by a rat on top of a dumpster.
It then cuts to Felipe inside a church in Mexico. Felipe enters a confession booth where Father Rodrigo is taking confessions.
We see Coco at his mother’s house where he has moved her body to the kitchen floor, humming and rocking back and forth. Letty calls his cell phone, but he rejects the call.
In the temple, the Santo Padre charter question Riz on the tunnel system leading to Vicky’s place after catching him smuggling immigrants in the last episode.
Riz explains that he is not earning money, but Hank points out that it’s still an illegal tunnel. Bishop also remarks that if anyone else found the tunnel it could have blown back on the club and their affiliation with Galindo. President Bishop motions for a club vote on how to handle Riz.
In the Galindo house, the DEA is raiding the mansion. While Emily is watching the DEA collect evidence, a female officer discusses her son as she casually mentions that his kidnapping must have been difficult. In the distress of the situation, Emily acknowledges the kidnapping to which she is immediately arrested for failing to report.
Back in the church, Felipe and Father Rodrigo are sharing a drink as Rodrigo mentions he heard of Marisol Reyes’ death. Felipe wastes no time in mentioning Pedro Espina.
Felipe explains that Adelita (AKA Luisa Espina) paid him a visit regarding Pedro Espina, warning him that she’ll come for Father Rodrigo. Felipe thanks him for saving his life and now that he has done the same. Felipe’s debt is paid.
The next morning, EZ pulls up to the club property as Letty informs EZ that Coco won’t answer her calls. She reveals to EZ that she lied to Coco about Celia beating her and regrets her deception. EZ agrees to go check on Coco at Celia’s apartment.
After deciding which chair to sit in, Potter takes a seat next to Miguel in Potter’s “informal comfort zone”. Potter tells Miguel who requested his lawyer that under Homeland Security laws he can keep him as long as he wants and his wife as well.
Potter opens the door as Emily is being brought in. Potter tells Miguel failure to report a kidnapping is a federal crime, giving him leverage against Emily.
EZ arrives at Celia’s house to check on Coco where he sees Celia’s body on the kitchen floor. The two then have a heart-to-heart where Coco explains that he freed his mother by giving her peace and EZ killing the cop was his destiny.
Angel then interrupts by calling EZ to inform them that Coco is needed at the table. As Angel is talking on the phone there is a rat sitting on a workbench. Angel says “f**k you” to the rat.
EZ decides to stay at Celia’s apartment in case Letty shows up. Before leaving, Coco says that he will bury Celia when it gets dark in the desert.
Kevin arrives at work where Himmler intercepts him in the parking lot. Agent Himmler tells Kevin that Miguel got released from Calexico East. Potter moved to arrest him before he loses Miguel to the CIA and EZ’s intel could expose his deal.
Agent Bowen and the female CISEN officer attempt to talk to Emily. When she asks for her lawyer, Bowen brings up the abortion she had eight years ago inquiring if EZ was the father.
Lincoln Potter than steps in, admitting to Emily that they have no hard evidence to convict her or Miguel. Potter then explains that he wants to be partners with Miguel, not take him down.
When Lincoln Potter goes back to talk to Miguel, he says seven years ago he was in the process of shutting down one of the largest arms dealers on the West Coast during a three-year Rico investigation. He mentions the IRA, the Sons of Anarchy, and that his case was the faulted by the CIA who needed the weapons to continue to flow so that Jose Galindo did not lose the grip on the Sonora heroin trade.
Miguel also mentions the CIA relationship Jose Galindo had put him in an early grave. When Potter reveals he wants the Los Olvidados eradicated, Miguel, refuses his offer of partnership saying “charge me or release me”.
While EZ is in Celia’s his apartment, he flashes back to the night when he recognizes the vehicle with a Wildcat decal that drove away from the scene of his mother’s murder.
He sits in his truck and waits outside the bar for the driver to appear. EZ sees the hooded man leave the bar at closing and enter the vehicle where EZ then follows the car.
EZ returns to reality when Letty knocks on the door of Coco’s apartment. EZ manages to move Celia’s body before Letty could see it, ordering her to return to the scrap yard.
We hear EZ copy Coco’s catchphrase “my bad” as he opens the bathroom door and Celia’s body plops over.
When Potter tries a second time to get Emily to turn by bringing up her past with EZ, she refuses to bend. In the hallway, Kevin is arguing with agent Bowen. Kevin threatens to blow Potters case up by leaking the rest of his intel. Bowen promises to handle Kevin to which Potter informs Bowen he will handle Kevin himself.
Felipe returns home to find Kevin waiting on the porch. As EZ as locking up Celia apartment about to head back to the clubhouse, Felipe calls him warning him not to go there and to come to his house instead.
In the temple, the club is discussing Riz. Taza proposes that Riz remain a full patch member but loses his office of Secretary. Bishop, Taza, and Hank motion to vote in a club Secretary and take 10% of all revenue from Vicky’s brothel and the tunnel on the Ariza property.
When Riz brings up that is not his money Hank to shut the brothel down. Riz storms out of the clubhouse. The club vote to remove Riz’s official title is unanimous.
Outside, Coco confronts Angel about ratting on Riz. Coco and Gilly air their frustrations with Angel about not bringing it to them first. Coco remarks that Angel did it to save himself, not Coco.
Riz also confronts Angel saying that coming to him first would have been the respectful play instead of going behind his back. Coco and Gilly then stand up for Angel saying it was all of them who took it to Bishop, not just Angel.
EZ arrives at his father’s house where he and Kevin discuss Miguel and his deal. Kevin reveals that the informant deal wasn’t about building a case but to show Galindo that he’s been followed. EZ refuses to run knowing if the M.C. will suspect Angel is part of EZ’s deal since Angel brought his brother into the club.
Lincoln Potter then shows Emily one folder of intel that could lead to charges against Miguel. He then hands her the second folder of her son Cristobal in horrible conditions in Family Services’ care.
He threatens her if she does not testify against her husband, he will file the kidnapping which could take a long time in the courts, meaning her son will be in Family Services even longer.
Potter then immediately goes to Miguel’s room with a folder containing Miguel’s deal, promising to allow him to continue to be the Cartel Kingpin. Potter offers to supply manpower and weapons to crush the Los Olvidados and any other cartel threats that might pop up in the future.
Potter will also get rid of any EPA problems that would slow down his Santo Padre project. Before Miguel can deny this deal Potter hands him a tablet with security camera feed of Emily crying, saying that she’s looking at a kidnapping charge that won’t hold up in court but it’ll be enough to keep their son in his care.
Lincoln gives Miguel 5 minutes to decide or he will make Emily choose for him. After Potter leaves Miguel then goes through the folder that Potter gave him. When Miguel remembers Adelita and her rebels, he signs the deal to allow his family to be released. In the other room, Emily learns concludes that EZ is the informant.
Marcus Alvarez arrives at the clubhouse that night. Alvarez states that he spoke with Devante, explaining to the Santo Padre Charter that the DEA is holding Miguel. Alvarez informs the club what Devante heard from Emily, without the audience knowing exactly what was said as the scene cuts away to EZ arriving at the clubhouse.
We do hear Bishop and Hank explain setting up a meet on neutral turf, in a private room at the San Buho Casino in Las Vegas. Hank emerges from the temple with the other club members and instructs EZ to go fix up Alvarez his bike. EZ is relieved to know that he has not been compromised.
While EZ is in the garage putting Alvarez’s bike on the lift, he tells his father over the phone that everything is okay for now since Miguel was cut loose by the DEA.
Out in the yard, Angel and Riz fight each other in the club cage. The two settle their differences.
Emily and Miguel are released with their son Cristobal. Emily tells him that the intel wasn’t real, not revealing EZ is the informant. Miguel mentions his next play on Lincoln Potter, insinuating he will use Adelita and her 2000 rebels. We then see Potter open the folder containing EZ’s real identity and we learn that Potter also has Felipe and Angel Reyes’ information as well.
Coco, Angel Gilly, and EZ discuss the Galindo sit down that will occur presumably in the next episode, unaware of who the third party will be. Angel remarks that he needs to give Adelita a heads up. Angel and EZ offer to take care of Celia’s body for Coco.
The scene cuts to Father Rodrigo who is talking with Nestor. He tells Nestor that he thinks he can flush Adelita out and bring her to the Galindos.
While EZ and Angel are loading Celia’s body into the trunk of a car, a rat startles them causing her body to bust out a tail light. EZ and Angel are pulled over by Officer Rogan for the busted tail light.
Officer Rogen’s partner orders them to step out of the vehicle. Rogen’s partner opens the trunk to find the body. The episode ends as a rat looks on while Rogen’s partner calls in the body and the Reyes brothers put their hands behind their heads.
Mayans M.C. aris Tuesday nights at 10/9c with FX+ subscribers receiving each new episode hours before the cable premiere.
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