Prodigal Son (S01E08) “Family Friend”

Prodigal Son brings viewers another intense episode, filled with the twists and turns we have come to expect, and love. As the world unravels before Malcolm’s very eyes, perhaps he will finally get the answers he has been seeking for years. (Spoilers Ahead)

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

We are finally introduced to “Paul” (Michael Raymond-James), who is a colleague and friend of Martin’s. He is the one who learned under Martin’s guidance. The connection between him and Malcolm (Tom Payne) goes back to the infamous camping trip, the one that Malcolm has blocked out. Something deeply disturbing happened, and it has plagued Malcolm ever since. Not knowing has certainly taken its toll, but Paul holds those answers, which he won’t give up willingly.

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His knowledge makes him a threat. “Prodigal Son” (Photo: IMDB)

There is always a price to pay. This is something that Ainsley (Halston Sage) is finally coming to terms with, in her way. She has grown obsessive over her “story” and will do anything to get what she wants, even if that means putting her own life in danger. It’s quite clear that she is certainly Martin Whitly’s daughter. There are parts of him that shine through her, and it is terrifying.

Danger around every corner

They are missing a few pieces, and the junkyard is ready to reveal them. So that’s where Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips) and the team arrange their focus. Malcolm has the insight that no one else seems to possess, which leads him to uncover where Paul holds his victims. They interrupted his process and he wasn’t happy about it, at least they find a man, Ryan (Michael Lee Brown), alive in the underground “bunker”. This seems to enrage Paul even further who is convinced that his mission is to bring change upon this world.

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Gil will always be in Malcolm’s corner. (Photo: IMDB)

People Malcolm cares for could be in danger, including his mother. Jessica (Bellamy Young) is shaken up with this whole ordeal, it has dredged up some memories she wishes to be forgotten. No matter what she does in life, Martin’s past will always come back to haunt her. Eve (Molly Griggs) shows up on her doorstep at the most convenient time. She may seem like she’s concerned about Jessica’s well being, but something doesn’t seem quite right. In this show, you can’t help but speculate on other’s true intentions. Especially when she shows up, unannounced, at Malcolm’s apartment with her concerns.

A means to an end

Malcolm and the team have threatened Paul’s grand design, and that cannot be without consequence. So when JT (Frank Harts) brings in a package marked for Malcolm, it unleashes just how serious Paul is about his cause. Father Leo (Matt Servitto), whom they had visited earlier on about previous victims, has had his hand relinquished from his body. Malcolm needs to end his search, or it will result in another death. We all know that’s not going to happen, when he is committed to something, he goes all the way. Although he is shaken, especially after another well-timed phone call, he gets confirmation that “The girl in the box” isn’t just a figment of his reality. Paul holds those answers, but will Malcolm do anything to get them?

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What could go wrong? (Photo: IMDB)

Who thought that tracking a serial killer down a dark tunnel would be a bad thing? Not Malcolm, and when his keen eye spots someone watching him from a distance, he jumps into action, before calling back up. Even though Paul could’ve crushed him to death, he sees the potential in Malcolm. He just needs to realize his true calling, and remember the “camping trip”. At this point, does he want to? The answer is always going to be yes.

The game is afoot

Paul is always two steps ahead of the team. Asking Malcolm to meet him, in the cover of darkness, in some creepy location, alone. Well, that’s not going to happen, the team will always have Malcolm’s back, even if he’s used as bait. When it turns out to be just another “trick”, they can save the frightened clergyman, but the real target is in immediate danger, and Ainsley just so happens to be in close proximity.

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Willing to risk it all for her story. (Photo: IMDB)

Ryan was always the end goal. Paul was set out to kill him, and only him, so he needed to finish what he started. Not only does he finish the deed, but he also corners Ainsley. You’d think that would be enough to scare her straight, but it only ignites the fire inside. The cavalry arrives just in time, so the danger has been quelched, for now. Ainsley’s obsession has overshadowed the seriousness of the situation, and unfortunately for her, Jin (Raymond Lee) no longer wants to be part of that life. She’s on her own. But she doesn’t care, she has a big story, her story.

No one is safe, now that Paul is out there and his story has been released. So much for keeping the public unaware. And just as Gil had forewarned, the higher-ups have called in the FBI, and they do not like Malcolm. Not only is he off the case, but so is the rest of the team. Something tells me that this isn’t going to stop them though.

Malcolm will get his answers, one way or another.

A new episode of Prodigal Son airs Monday, November 25 at 9/8c on FOX

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