American Crime s3e3 – In the previous episode Luis Salazar gets a bit more information about his son Teo but it comes at a cost. He hits the road following the information he’s paid for with cash money. Meanwhile, there’s been a devastating fire at a mobile home park where the migrant workers live. The Hesby family expresses polite sympathy but it’s only Jeanette who seems deeply disturbed by the tragedy. Social worker Kimara Harris puts her hope in having a baby in an old friend and former lover. Coy is having hard times picking tomatoes on the Hesby farm. And Shae feels trapped in the shelter housing Kimara has arranged for her.
Review and recap American Crime s3e3
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In Episode 3 of the ABC series “American Crime, Coy Henson witnesses the rape of a young female field worker by one of the migrant labor bosses. As one of the few Anglos in a community of Latino farm laborers, Coy’s observance of the rape puts him in serious trouble with Diego and also puts Isaac on the spot as a go-between. Diego’s worried about Coy informing on him and begins a campaign of abuse and harassment.
“What are you doing talking to the white boy?” Diego asks of Isaac. Terming Coy a “druggie” and “white trash” and a “punk,” Diego wants Isaac to have no more coddling of him.
Jeanette is tormented and pesters her husband with pictures of the fire. She wants him to do something but he’s indifferent and discourages her concerns for the laborers.
Later on, Carson tells Jeanette that Laurie Ann and JD have consented to a review of all procedures and contracts regarding the workers. His declaration is anodyne, intended to dull Jeanette’s concerns about the workers. “Things are getting done,” Carson tells her.
But Jeanette is not so easily quieted. She feels helpless and horrified by what she sees. She tries to team with her brother-in-law JD Hesby to ‘help’ but JD’s addiction keeps him from becoming effective at anything but drinking.
Back at the Hesby farm, Isaac seems not to be following Diego’s advice and maintains a sort of relationship with Coy. Coy can’t take the field work and stays high as much as he can.
He explains his past experiences with overdoses. “And then when you’re dying the paramedics show up and, you know, give you a shot of Narcan – straight up the nose.” Red tomatoes on tall vines provide a shady resting place and backdrop for the discussion.
As in previous episodes, the cinematographers favor close-ups. There’s no avoiding what you’re looking at and not wanting to see. The overall style is perhaps reminiscent of Upton Sinclair and 0ne of his celebrated works “The Jungle.” That book was about the exploitation of workers in the meatpacking industry at the turn of the 20th century.
This series seems to have the same intent, excepting that the exploitation is of migrant laborers or castoffs like Coy Henson. “So to be on the safe side we starting shooting up around the firehouses so that they’re (the EMTs) right there.”
Isaac is not impressed. Is Coy bragging or complaining when he tells Isaac he “must have died at least five times?”
“Are you proud of yourself for that?” Isaac despises Coy’s weakness. “They didn’t have any Narcan in the city when crack came. They let the Mexicans die. They let the blacks die.” He walks away in disgust. Heroin overdoses are only a problem when they afflict middle class suburbs, he says.
The exploitation theme is carried over into the group therapy sessions at the shelter where young male and female runaways tell of their sexual exploitation. In group, Shae testifies that her home life was more horrendous than life on the streets with her pimp Billy.
Luis Salazar shows up on another plantation asking questions about his son. Eventually, Luis runs into a field worker who saw his son but doesn’t know where he went. “Who would know where he went?” Luis asks.
“Jorge, el Gallinero,” says the man.
When Luis shows up at the lodgings run by ‘El Gallinero,’ it first appears that he’s found a kind hearted man. Jorge seems amiable enough, though a bit suspicious. He has Luis follow him into a dark corner of the place where Luis is grabbed and held in a chokehold.
A woman appears and is no kinder, not at first, asking why Luis is looking for the boy. When they find that Luis is not a narco-trafficker and just a man looking for his son, the woman relents and tells him what she knows of Teo. He has apparently taken up with a Nahuatl (Aztec) woman who speaks neither English nor Spanish.
This leads to an even stranger encounter when Luis goes to the Nahuatl encampment and finds Itzel. With the help of an interpreter, Itzel explains how she had befriended Luis’ son.
However, one of the bosses noticed the attraction and raped her. Teo tried to defend her but was dragged off. She doesn’t know what happened to Teo but gives Luis the name of the boss who raped her. “You know what they call the fields?” she asks. “The Green Motel.”
This season of “American Crime” is no more a walk in the park than the previous two seasons. The problems it depicts are both real and tragic even if the telling occasionally strays into the melodramatic. Worth watching though on several levels.
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Characters and cast of American Crime S3E3 include:
Jeanette Hesby – Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, Transamerica, Sports Night, Phoebe in Wonderland, Cake)
Coy Henson – Connor Jessup (Falling Skies, Blackbird, Closet Monster, What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kimara Walters – Regina King (Ray, Enemy of the State, Jerry Maguire, The Boondocks, The Leftovers, The Big Bang Theory, Southland, Boyz n the Hood, A Cinderella Story)
Isaac Castillo – Richard Cabral (End of Watch, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Counselor, Snitch, Southland)
Luis Salazar – Benito Martinez (Million Dollar Baby, The Shield, Saw, How to Get Away with Murder, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, Saving Grace)
JD Hesby – Tim DeKay (White Collar, Swordfish, Everwood, Second Chance)
Carson Hesby – Dallas Roberts (The Grey, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Dallas Buyers Club, Rubicon, The Good Wife)
Shae Reese – Ana Mulvoy Ten (The Girl in the Book, Vanity, House of Anubis)
Reggie Pollard – Sean Blakemore (CSI: Cyber, Bosch, Star Trek Into Darkness, Motives, Dahmer)
Dustin Eagers – Kurt Krause (Hidden Figures, True Detective, Mercy Street)
Laura – Nina Siemaszko (The Artist, Suicide Kings, The West Wing)
Carly – Emily Adams (Better Half, Silicon Valley, Killing Christian)
Diego – Clayton Cardenas (Mayans MC, Khali the Killer, Actor for Hire)
Roberto – Ricardo Chacon (Day of Reckoning, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Bridge, Bosch)
Itzel – Nitzia Chama
Casey – Corey Clifford (Jane the Virgin, Bella and the Bulldogs)
Jorge El Gallinero – Mike Hernandez (Veep, Best in Chow)