“66 Hours Missing” borders on contrivance as secrets pile up and some illogical decisions are made, but the underlying mystery keeps things ticking.
This recap of Elite Season 2, Episode 6, “66 Hours Missing”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I really feel like Elite Season 2 threatened to buckle under the weight of its own storytelling in “66 Hours Missing”, which piled on so many secrets, threats and double-crosses that by the end I was wondering how likely it’d be that these kids wouldn’t just sit down and hash things out. I know that’s easier said than done, but it’d still be easier than this.
Either way, it’s business as usual at Las Encinas. Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) is still dead-set on the idea that Nano (Jaime Lorente) killed his sister, but the latter is pretty straight up about not having done so. We have another casualty in Elite: Nano’s car. RIP.
Lu (Danna Paola), meanwhile, is fretting that word might get out about her doing the no-pants-dance with her brother, which is obviously better kept a secret. But she also attempts to blackmail Nadia (Mina El Hammani) into failing her classes, which isn’t a good idea when you’re keeping such a dangerous secret about your own life. Nadia confides in Valerio (Jorge López), who tells her to press Lu about the “incident” with him. She does, despite not knowing what he’s referring to, and Lu naturally assumes that Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) has given the game away.
Speaking of Samuel, he and Rebeca (Claudia Salas) dig deeper into Marina’s death, poring over old photos from the previous school year that implicate Polo (Álvaro Rico) and Christian (Miguel Herrán). Samuel also approaches Guzmán and tells him outright that the two of them were involved.
As Polo spends an evening with Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), “66 Hours Missing” finds a very poignant scene between Omar (Omar Ayuso) and his father arguing about his sexuality and how it feels to lose his father; it gets to the core of what Elite is really about when it isn’t about battering people with trophies and suchlike. It’s the highlight of an episode that gave in a bit to its enigmatic tendencies; the difference between a scene like this and, say, Carla (Ester Expósito) continuing to be mysterious when confronted by Samuel, is notable in its impact.
In the present-day case, Polo continues to become more of a suspect, not immune to the efficiency of cell phone tracking, and things get even more troublesome between Guzmán and Nano. We’re hurtling towards the finish line now, and hopefully, some of the bad habits of “66 Hours Missing” start to be less of an issue in the final two episodes.