Constantine (William Forsythe) pins mob lord Russell King (Michael Madsen) to the wall by teaming up with mob leaders Celeste (Jennifer Beals) and Al Trapani (Mike Starr). The newly formed team plans to rule downtown Chicago, leaving King with no choice but to step back and abandon his trusted ally Franco (James Carpinello). The sudden twist leaves Franco and Grace's (Jordana Spiro) reignited relationship hanging in the balance as the lovers scramble to evade Constantine's vengeful grasp.
Franco Forges an Alliance with a New Boss
Franco came back from Detroit with his new boss Russell King who planned to take over downtown Chicago and Constantine -not surprisingly- took notice. Is it just me or is Franco’s character increasingly emotionless? When he was about to leave his lover Grace to run away from Constantine, it seemed like the guy was just leaving his girlfriend to run some errands. Didn't it occur to him that Grace was also in danger from Constantine?
Faith and Medicine
Touching on a unique and quite controversial subject this episode, Dr. Grace Devlin and her peers at the hospital treated a priest who was convinced he was bitten by a "demon" that possessed a parishioner during her exorcism. The priest indeed exhibited traits of a "possessed' individual as we have seen in some horror flicks in the past but was eventually diagnosed with rabies.
I found it interesting that the show united atheism and Catholicism by making a non-believer like Dr. Brett Robinson offer prayers to the ailing priest. And on the other end, the ailing priest and his co-exorcist were quick to admit their mistake in exorcising a medically ill individual who could have been saved by medical intervention.
I thought Constantine's crew doing the 'Dance Dance Revolution' on their spare time was funny enough but nothing prepared me for the hilarity that came next.
Franco's mob ally who called himself Tony M had a weird bias against anyone from Detroit only because the Chicago Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons two decades ago. Tony rejected King whom he believed was born in Detroit as his new business ally just because of King’s alleged birthplace. I was ready to scratch my head when Tony said he lost $100,000 on that game which, in my eyes, justified his childish prejudice a little. As it turns out, King is a certified Chicago native and a Bulls fan so Tony was happy to work with him.
The Power of Three
Constantine forges an alliance with mobsters Celeste and Al Trapani to take over business in downtown Chicago, promising both of them 50 percent of the revenue. It's a slick plan from a slicker gangster who believes he will prevail in the end. It looks like the trio got one over King who was forced to give away Franco's hiding place in exchange for an offer he couldn't refuse. It's a typical move from Constantine who seems to always get what he wants. The question is, as smart as Constantine is, how come he still hasn't figured out who Franco really is? By this stage in the game, he should know that Franco is an undercover cop; especially after Paul Moretti was busted and Franco was mysteriously let off.
Franco and Grace’s relationship remains rocky due to their unfortunate circumstances and tonight’s episode didn’t change that fact. When Franco was driving back to Chicago from Detroit, he assured Grace (whom he called "babe" for the first time) that everything would be OK. I’m not sure if Franco really is sure that their situation will improve or if he is just saying these things to keep Grace calm. I'm hoping that Grace will run away with Franco one day and be free of Constantine’s deadly grip. But then again, there wouldn’t be much suspense in the show if it worked out like that.