Mayans M.C. Season 1, Episode 3 recap: Búho/Muwan and taking shots

MAYANS M.C. -- "Buho/Muwan" -- Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 p.m. e/p) Pictured: Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, JD Pardo as EZ Reyes. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX
MAYANS M.C. -- "Buho/Muwan" -- Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 p.m. e/p) Pictured: Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, JD Pardo as EZ Reyes. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX /

The secrets are multiplying on Mayans M.C., as the Galindo Cartel embraces a new tactic to uncover whoever helped Los Olvidados.

The dilemma for the cartel and the Mayans M.C. is finding the rat. This will continue until either a patsy is created, or the Mayans M.C. foursome get discovered.

Throw in family trouble at the Galindo house, the Reyes house, and Cruz house, and there’s a mess. In addition, there’s the whole “outlaw biker gang running drugs”-thing to worry about.

Hunting for Adelita and Los Olvidados

While performing inventory on staple goods – down to 3lbs of masa and one meal worth of rice – Adelita (Carla Baratta) hears a rumble in the distance.  Nestor (Gino Vento) and his men got intel on the camp’s location, and they’re coming for blood. Kids included.

Adelita’s camp scrambles behind rocks, setting up multiple fields of fire and choke points. They’ve trained for this. The intel, however, is bad.

The cars they hear are the Mayans M.C. foursome coming to warn them, and Nestor arrives a few hours later to nothing but a pinata with a candy, a flyer, and a small skull with the name Cristobal. Angel (Clayton Cardenas) tipped her off and also secured a buyer named Jimmy Yen for the remaining 6lbs of heroin (no word on how it decreased by 3lbs). Adelita is nervous:

"“We’re running out of time, and places to hide.”"

Negotiations with the Chinese

The video has made some drug buyers nervous, and the Mayans M.C. transportation deal is threatened. Additionally, there are doubts about the Galindo Cartel’s supply. Based on Devante’s (Tony Plana) advice, Miguel (Danny Pino) arranges a three-party meetup at the San Buho Tribal Casino between the cartel, the M.C., and the Chinese representative Chen.

A new video emerges

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Nestor (Gino Vento) calls Miguel “Mikey,” and informs him of another video. To get info, Miguel demands another person on his pew. The new video shows the torched bodies from a balcony view, an arm severed for dramatic effect. Narration claims the fight is for “our children’s children,” and ends with a final shot of Cristobal’s silver pacifier.

Shortly thereafter, Emily (Sarah Bolger) watches it and spikes her cell phone (because Miguel can buy another). She’s subsequently stressed and starts smoking. Despite Dita Galindo (Ada Maris) urging Miguel, he doesn’t console his wife. He knows he lied to her, and she won’t listen. After he leaves, Emily convinces Dita to go to Merchant Square.

Meanwhile, Miguel’s plan to find his son emerges. Nestor has been ordered to round up various children in the area, scare them s**tless, cut their hands, and make them take blood oaths. One break in feels a lot like the calm part of the Big Kahuna Burger scene in Pulp Fiction.

During the terrifying session, Miguel paraphrases the Boy Scout Oath to make it sound more official. It’s straight out of the Lord Varys playbook in Game of Thrones. Which of the little birds will tweet for Miguel?

Merchant Square

Things are hopping at Merchant Square. Adelita and crew walk through for supplies as two workers scrub blackened viscera out of the concrete. A chubby kid sits by quietly.

Emily and Dita arrive and inform their bodyguard/driver to stay. Emily knows Miguel put things in motion via Devante, and she discusses the betrayal with her mother in law.

Both groups subsequently walk right past each other and the little kid. Adelita, however, learns from one of her child soldiers the kid is related to the deceased and is now orphaned. Eventually, he’s back at the secretive camp, and he reaches for a masa biscuit with his scarred hand.

Meeting at the San Buho Tribal Casino

MAYANS M.C. — “Buho/Muwan” — Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 p.m. e/p) Pictured: JD Pardo as EZ Reyes. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX
MAYANS M.C. — “Buho/Muwan” — Season 1, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 p.m. e/p) Pictured: JD Pardo as EZ Reyes. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX /

The real fireworks of the episode happen when the three-way meetup takes place. They are greeted warmly at the Indian casino because the Vice President, Che “Taza” Romero (Raoul Max Trujillo), is half Apache. All guns are checked at the front, but a cozy meeting room is set up.

Coco takes EZ to the blackjack tables to count cards, and Angel goes out front to meet with Jimmy. As Angel and Jimmy discretely make a deal for the six “keys,” Coco is raking in cash hand-over-fist.

Despite being involved heavily with crime, Angel seems upset about Coco gambling at the casino and having EZ count. With the game ended abruptly, EZ goes to the bar to get a drink. While there, he’s harassed by some off-duty cops who call him names. A brief glance at Gilly (Vincent Vargas) tells him to leave this one alone.


The Chinese, Mayans M.C., and some prison civil servants willing to cut a deal make quick negotiation talk. There are people rattling the cage of the prison workers because of the drug shipment that got hijacked. They want assurances nothing is wrong.

The Chinese say they’re not worried about the product supply, but they’re “worried about shipping.” And they want their lost drugs back since it was their shipment.

Bishop bumps the prison workers cut 2%, assures volume and date of shipments, and lets the Chinese know they’ll get their product. Done deal.

A toast to a done deal

With just the Chinese and the Mayans M.C. left, they break out a basket from a cabinet. Drinks are passed out. Then the Chinese boss Chen makes a toast:

"“To new allies, and dead traitors.”"

BLAM! Bishop blows Jimmy’s brains out from behind. Clinton suicide. Chen found out about Jimmy running his own drug gang, and Jimmy didn’t toss a percentage up top. The Chinese didn’t want to kill their own, so it went from Chen to Galindo to the M.C., and only the head honchos (Bishop and Alvarez) knew.

The Mayans M.C. debt for the stolen heist has been repaid via blood. One key aspect is the surprise of it all. Alvarez tells Bishop the hit was a secret because he’s not sure who the rat on the Samoan deal was.

Before they walk out, the Prospect has unfinished business. Everyone in the M.C. tells him he has to deal with the cop. EZ protests, “He’s a cop,” but Taza and others tell him all bets are off on Tribal ground.

A right cross busts the cops lip, and he says “I’m a cop,” as if that means his face can’t be punched. Both groups stand up to support, and a Mexican standoff (Mexican Mexican standoff?) ensues.

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Meet and three

Felipe Reyes (Edward James Olmos) gets a first visit from Jimenez (Maurice Compte) at the carniceria. Jimenez says it’s just a check on EZ’s mental health, but he leaves a Happy Anniversary card (with phone number) inside a newspaper. A suspicious van is scoping out the carniceria (second visit). Felipe is well aware of his surroundings, especially when the van gets a surveillance car replacement. The third visit (i.e. final straw) is a stakeout at his house.

Jimenez sent a guy named Santiago Martin Himmler to watch Felipe. Now Felipe has a shotgun in Santiago’s face. After nearly soiling himself, Santiago reveals the surveillance is because the Galindo Cartel appears to be moving supplies, guns, and men to the border.

The evening ends with both EZ and Angel visiting their father, having a beer, and falling asleep on the couch. Felipe makes sure to rip the card and obscure the shotgun. EZ hides some cash in a red Stanford bag that appears to have thousands in there already. The boys fall fast asleep and Felipe covers them with blankets. It’s clear Felipe is very protective.

EZ’s history

Throughout the episode, a little more is revealed about EZ’s history. Apparently, he was chasing someone on a rooftop and through an alleyway. The other person turned and fired. EZ returned fire and heard someone from behind yell, “Drop it!” A quick 180 and a single trigger pull changed his life forever. “I’m a cop,” ended the encounter.

Side note

Why isn’t Coco nicknamed Creeper? He’s always hunched over, smoking nervously, and looking conspiratorially about something.

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Mayans M.C. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX. Start watching, or the cartel might just burn you alive and leave a flyer in your mouth.