“The Crew” assembles the main players for The Great Heist and the job gets underway, in a solid installment with a great late sequence of tension.
This recap of The Great Heist season 1, episode 2, “The Crew”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The Great Heist episode 2 opens with Molina having flashbacks of the botched robbery that left him on dialysis and the verge of death. When Chayo speaks with him about that night, Molina finally admits that he’s scared of finding out what’s on the other side. With nothing to lose, though, why not take the risk that comes with the job and possibly emerge on the other side with a life-saving fortune? Molina comes around but on some conditions. He won’t go into the bank; instead, he’ll coordinate from inside. If things go wrong, he’ll walk away. And everything has to be his way or the highway; he’ll make the rules and say how things are done.
When Molina speaks to Romy in “The Crew”, he confesses what he’s up to, though she has already figured it out. He says he’ll have the transplant, even though the odds or it working are worse than the odds of them breaking into the Bank of the Republic. This is the classic getting the crew together installment, fitting given the title, and after a meeting with Ulises in a quarry, during which he introduces Wilmer Yidi, their inside man, much of the runtime is devoted to introducing and assembling the key players.
Yidi, who seems very amused by the situation, schedules the guard shifts and apparently has two of his “homies” in on the plot with him. Chayo knows a guy who’s a black belt in security systems — Maguiver (yes, that’s how it’s spelled). The next recruit is unpredictable Estiven. Then, to melt down the walls around the safe, the Dragon, so-called for his facility for welding through things. There’s nothing, apparently, that he can’t open, which makes for a funny scene transition to him struggling to open a jar at the kitchen table given he’s about 200 years old.
Because of the precise logistics and the short timeframe, the only way to pull off the job is to pay the cops off, which Chayo isn’t thrilled about. Speaking of not being thrilled, Mrs. K isn’t exactly delighted when the Dragon and another member, Goliath, tell her that they need a thermal lance importing from Panama. But needs must. This is exactly the attitude of Chayo and Molina — the former after having confessed to his missus about the jewelry store being knocked off — when they go and visit corrupt police lieutenant Monroy, who they figure can’t have made lieutenant here without being corrupt. They lay out their plan explicitly and offer him a 3% cut, which would take him 126 years to accrue on his current salary. He doesn’t take much persuasion.
With all the main players assembled, Chayo gives an inspiring speech to his “family”, though the bad news is delivered immediately afterward by Yidi, who it turns out is their only available inside man now. Mrs. K doesn’t take this news well either, and Chayo and Molina argue about it, but the show must go on. Luckily, Chayo gets the idea of broiling the bank’s inhabitants by shutting off the air conditioning, allowing a maintenance visit to be scheduled that Yidi gets the manager to sign off on by suggesting the overheated employees are thinking of unionizing.
The heist, then, is underway. Molina might be missing his dialysis session for it — this, despite a telling scene earlier about how he can’t miss any more appointments — but he assures Chayo he’ll go to the hospital after the job. Estiven tries to smuggle his own gun into the bank, but Chayo says that only he, Maguiver, and Sardino will be armed — even then, the weapons won’t be loaded. There is a sacred non-violence tenet to be upheld here.
The Great Heist season 1, episode 2 delivers the show’s first solid suspense scene, as Yidi’s security colleague, Aguilar, gets suspicious of the “maintenance men” and won’t allow them access, despite Yidi’s finessing and Chayo’s bluff. “The Crew” really excels here, giving a great sense of a ticking clock as the guards begin returning to their shift and Chayo and co. look to have been stymied at the first hurdle. It’s just as well they’re eventually allowed through since there wouldn’t be much of a show here if they weren’t, but it’s an effective sequence nonetheless.
And there’s a cliffhanger to come. Once inside, Sardino gets into a scuffle with Aguilar, who’s able to push the alarm before being subdued. The Great Heist episode 2 ends with that alarm blaring throughout the building.