We begin this week on "Alcatraz" with former guard Guy Hastings (Jim Parrack) in his former quarters on Alcatraz. He has opened a spot in the baseboard that contains a gun and old photographs. A park ranger, whom he beats to death, surprises Hastings. Hastings replaces the baseboard and leaves the island.
Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) is sharing a meal with her uncle, Ray Archer (Robert Forster). She is asking him questions about her grandfather, Tommy Madsen (David Hoflin). Ray gives her a photograph of himself as Tommy as children. She gets a call and has to leave.
Madsen, Diego (Jorge Garcia) and Hauser (Sam Neill) meet at the guard's quarters, and where they learn their latest returnee is a guard. Madsen notices blood by the baseboard, and opens it. She finds two gun clips, and they know Hastings is armed. They decide to try and track him down by seeing if he visits his family.
They visit Hasting's daughter Anne (Lini Evans), and learn she was told her father died in a gas accident on the island. Diego confirms that he wrote about it. Later, Diego feels bad for having lied in his book about the incident.
Hastings shows up at Ray Archer's bar, and takes him hostage. He is looking for Tommy Madsen. Ray convinces Hastings he doesn't know where Tommy is. Hastings then demands Ray take him to Tommy's son.
Ray brings Hastings to the cemetery to see that Tommy's son is dead. Hastings figures out that the girl in the pictures in Ray's home is Tommy's granddaughter. Hasting demands that Ray take him to her, but Ray refused. He tells Hastings he will take him to Ray.
Madsen and Diego are back on the Rock, trying to track down Hastings. They are looking at pictures found at Ray's home, which include he and Tommy standing in front of a house. It is the same house in the picture Ray gave Madsen earlier. Diego gets his computer savvy stock boy to track down the location of the picture.
While tracking down the house, they consult census records. They find that Ray and Tommy were not neighbors, but brothers. Knowing this they get the street address of the house. Armed with this information, they, as well as Hauser, are off.
We learn the guards were told their families died in some accident on the docks. And that for them, they were working, he in one of the towers. A fog rolled in, and then it wasn't 1963 any longer.
Ray and Hastings enter the house, and Hastings decides they will wait. Shortly after they arrive, Madsen does as well. She enters and is taken hostage by Hastings. Hauser enters, and holds his gun on Hastings.
Madsen talks to Hastings, and tells him about his daughter. He says she couldn't have, because she is dead. Madsen reassures him she isn't. While distracted Madsen over powers him, and he is taken into custody.
Hauser takes Hastings to his daughter's home, and he sees her, along with her son, and his grandchildren. Hastings asks to talk to her, and he is told now. Hastings realizes he will never see her again.
Back in the picture room on the Rock, Madsen says she noticed Ray wasn't too surprised seeing Hastings as young as he was. Hauser tells her he approached Archer eleven years earlier, but he turned him down. She realizes her grandfather is a big piece of this, and that Hauser needs her more than he has let on.
The last scene shows Ray in his bar at closing time. The door opens, and it's Tommy. He is annoyed Ray gave up the location of the house, but Ray says what could he do? He tells Tommy to leave, and never return.
This episode leaves us with an interesting question. What happens to the returning guards? Hastings will remain in custody for killing the ranger, but he can't stand before a judge, nor have his case heard before the justice system. He is already dead. Will all guards find themselves at the hidden prison in the woods? Is that even right?
I enjoyed that we get a piece of the pie in every episode. It may not be a big piece, but we do learn more and more about the mystery every time.
I hope this series survives. There is so much to learn, and I just know we won't get it all in just 13 episodes.
I thought it was funny that Rebecca Madsen's 'Uncle' Ray is actually her uncle. Or he is her great-uncle to be specific. And that her finding her way onto the task force wasn't an accident.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK
Hastings was called a good man throughout the episode, but we are first introduced to him murdering a park ranger in his old apartment. It just didn't add up. It is like they spent the entire episode trying to convince us that he couldn't do what we saw him do.
GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
"Alcatraz" stars Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Jason Butler Harner and Sam Neill.
"Guy Hastings" was written by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, directed by Charles Beeson and guest starrred Robert Forster, Robbie Amell, David Hoflin, Jim Parrack, Lini Evans and Leon Rippy.
"Alcatraz" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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