A shocking discovery leads to more information about the cesium.
Bosch Season 6 Episode 3: ‘Three Widows’
Written by: Shaz Bennett
Directed by: Patrick Cady, ASC
The 308 sovereigns continue to move forward despite the loss of Travis and Craver. Plus, there is still no evidence of them acquiring the cesium, which is still at large.
Harry and Jerry (okay, mostly Jerry) run down a suspect. Then a shocking discovery leads them to believe the cesium is close by.
Jerry gets some assistance from two old friends one of whom just may be able to get him closer to Avril’s operation.
Read on for my full investigation of Bosch season 6 episode 3 ‘Three Widows’
Questions about Craver
Agents Maxwell and Reece are at Craver’s apartment building along with Jerry and Harry. Reece reports that the coroner says Craver has been dead for about 36 hours. Maxwell thinks Travis Strout is behind Craver’s murder. Maybe Travis found out Craver was an informant.
Bosch points out that it would cutting it close for Travis to get to Craver and all the way back home in that time frame. Maxwell thinks maybe that is why Travis seemed nervous when they came with the warrant.
Reece shares that Heather Strout now has a lawyer. This case just seems to be falling apart at the seams. They need to either charge Heather or set her loose. Bosch suggests the better option is to let her go and see who she talks to. They will put a tracker on her car to watch her activity.
Waiting on Heather
Bosch and J. Edgar wait outside the FBI office for Heather Strout to be released. Harry asks Jerry about a gadget he is holding. It is a personal protection device (PPD) that can detect radiation. Harry comments that they have those plastic rings for that. Jerry is not satisfied with pinning his safety on the rings. Jerry tells Harry that he should run if he hears the PPD beeping.
Reece brings Heather out and has her sign paperwork. Heather refuses to give a signature. Instead, she nicks her thumb with a safety pin and uses a bloody fingerprint to sign.
Heather gets in her car and drives off. Harry and Jerry follow behind. Reece gets in a minivan with Maxwell to follow Heather as well. Where will she go first?
Heather drives to Casey’s Tavern and sits out front in her car. Charlie Dax pulls up beside Heather in his SUV and then circles to the back of the building. Heather enters the building. Reece and Maxwell watch from the front. Harry and Jerry watch from the back. Heather walks through the tavern and meets Charlie behind the building. She accepts a gun from Charlie.
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The great chase
Harry and Jerry follow Charlie to Angel City Landscape. Charlie dons a red vest that the workers wear, picks up a motorized cart and proceeds down a pathway. Harry updates Reece on the radio and she says backup is coming. Harry drives forward to follow Charlie. Jerry reminds him about the backup but Harry defends his choice saying Reece did not say “where” backup would meet him.
The detectives follow Charlie to a storage container where he puts on a respirator and loads bags of ammonium sulfate on to the cart. Jerry gets out of the car and approaches Charlie. Charlie pulls off the respirator mask and runs. Jerry runs after him. Finally, Jerry and Harry trap Charlie between the two of them.
Charlie claims innocence so Bosch asks why he ran? Dax reminds Harry that Travis was just killed by an FBI agent. Bosch brings up the gun. Maxwell shares that Dax is a licensed gun dealer, but they can still hold him for illegal transfer of a gun and resisting arrest.
All the while, Dax claims the arrest is illegitimate. Maxwell gets in Charlie’s face and demands to know where the cesium is. He grabs Charlie. Reece pulls him away as other agents take Charlie away.
*** I spy: Bosch producer Tom Bernardo is one of the FBI agents putting Dax in the car.
Moments with Maddie
When Miller does not seem interested in her findings on the Crow case she decides to go directly to Chandler. Chandler is impressed with Maddie’s work but wonders why she didn’t share the missing information with Miller first. Maddie proudly advises that she did.
The next day Maddie is ready to leave for work at 6:30. She brings Harry a fresh cup of coffee. He has fallen asleep on the couch with Coltrane. Harry asks why she is leaving so early for work and she says she has much to do. He also asks if she talked to Chandler. Maddie reports that she did talk to Chandler who said she is doing good work.
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Irving is present at the inter-agency coordinating meeting about the missing cesium. The FBI, Sheriff’s Department and LAPD are all working together. Brennar points out pinned locations from the sovereigns’ map that correspond to Federal buildings and tourist attractions.
We learn that Jun is back from Oakland. She did not want to stay away from Irv. The two of them refer to something happening after the threat to Los Angeles is over. Jun assures Irv that it will happen. Irv looks out the window watching a chopper in the sky.
The chief also has to convince Laura Cooke to make Anderson hold his story about Feds being involved with the overlook murder investigation and sovereign shootout. Irving meets with Cooke at his office. He is concerned that Scott’s story would make the public threat even worse.
Irving tells Cooke about the missing cesium and asks her to squash Scott Anderson’s story in exchange for a full follow up about the murders of Marcos and Arias. Cooke agrees if she will get to speak with IA as well. Irving gives Cooke the green light to write about the search for the murderers of Marcos and Arias asking the public to help with any information.
Keeping an eye on Heather
Bosch and Reece proceed with the surveillance of Heather. They follow her to a friend’s house. We see Heather writing on a computer message board at the house. She writes “Raid on Sanctum. Need support.”
Reece asks Bosch about Eleanor and expresses her condolences.
We later see Heather making notes about sightings of Feds and police and the corresponding times. It looks like she has her eye on them, too.
A deadly reveal
Bosch and J. Edgar are at the police station when Billets sends them to investigate a body at Wilcox and Franklin. The body is identified as Alberto Gonzalves an immigrant from El Salvador. Bosch borrows Edgar’s pen to look underneath the victim’s shirt. His skin is severely burned.
Harry finds a receipt from Hollywood Recycling and the detectives head to that location. The attendant at the recycling location has been concerned that she has not seen Alberto recently as he is a regular. She tells the detectives where Alberto has been living out of van.
Harry and Jerry drive to the location, walk up to the van and open the door. They immediately see a dead rat. The lead pig is outside the van. Harry finds a cup of small objects that look like the cesium vials Kent took from the lab.
Jerry’s PPD begins beeping and the detectives move away from the van. The cesium has been recovered, not from a sovereign but from an immigrant subsiding on recycling.
Next we see Maddie rush to an isolation room where Harry is in a hospital gown. He motions that it is okay to come in and tells her he is alright. They hug and Harry jokes about Jerry having to turn over his fancy suit and $400 shoes.
Harry believes the Kent and Craver murders remain open, especially since they have found no connection between the sovereigns and the cesium. Maxwell, on the other hand, believes it’s reasonable to say Travis killed both Kent and Craver. Maxwell wants to wrap things up now that both the cesium and a dangerous group of sovereigns have been located.
Jerry and Harry are not sold on Maxwell’s theory. They consider alternatives like if perhaps Kent hid the cesium somewhere to use as leverage to make sure his wife was returned safely. We did see that the pig was missing from his trunk at the overlook. Then again, the detectives cannot make sense of why the killer would leave Alicia alive and capable of talking to the police.
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Jerry pursues Avril
Jerry catches another break in his pursuit of the truth about Jacques Avril. Charlie Hovan, the DEA agent who consulted with the police about the fentanyl operation Bosch discovered last season, is back undercover trying to take down some Jamaican drug dealers.
Hovan talks to Jerry about Marcos and Arias and asks if they killed his friend Gary. Edgar says no, it was some Jamaican gangsters. Jerry asks to talk to Hovan’s CI.
Later Jerry meets with Hovan and his CI. The CI is Winston, the man who viewers know murdered Arias! Jerry asks if Winston was working with Marcos and Arias. Winston says he was only associated with them through Jacques Avril.
Winston claims he works for himself, not for Avril, but Avril launders his cash. The CI shares that Jacques Avril owns both a convenience store and the night club. Edgar says he has spotted Winston at the club with Marcos and Arias. Winston claims that was for social reasons only. Jerry shows Winston a photo of Gary. Winston says he does not recognize Gary. Charlie tells Winston he thinks he should meet Avril.
In other news:
- Cooper continues to nag Billets. He whispers to her in the FBI coordinating meeting asking why Harry and Jerry are not there. She advises him of the new murder (Craver).
- It’s confirmed. Jerry and Joan are dating! Harry thinks you should not date cops, but Mank says you should only date cops.
- Mama Roux, the pawn shop owner from Jerry’s childhood neighborhood sends him an envelope to the police station. Inside he finds a photo of his uncle, an article about Avril and a note that says “pa bon” (translation: not good). Jerry visits Mama Roux who warns him that people do not know the real Jacques Avril. She shares a Creole saying “The front door becomes the back of the house.”
- Harry goes through Stanley Kent’s phone records. Some are patients and some are colleagues. He comes across one that is on neither list. It is George Langworthy who is a private investigator. Bosch calls Langworthy and asks if Kent was worried about Alicia having an affair. The PI says he got photos from the Ace Hotel but could not prove there was an affair.
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