“All the Money in the World” brings The Great Heist to a low-key, tragic ending that feels truthful but doesn’t quite live up to the drama that came before.
This recap of The Great Heist season 1, episode 6, “All the Money in the World”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
We’ve reached another finale, folks, and The Great Heist episode 6 opens with Chayo leaving his family to have a bag placed over his head and be taken to the People, where Kike tells him that all this bloodshed — we see a high-heeled foot being dragged away — is on him. Chayo says he has no way of doing what Kike wants. Luckily he has apparently got himself a miracle since a new measure means the stolen notes can be spent. Kike wants all the money back, though.
Paredes is fuming about this new measure and is still determined to find the culprits. We cut to a month later, where Luisa’s absurdly extravagant 15th birthday is taking place. She’s wearing a tiara and slow-dances with Chayo in front of adoring onlookers, including Molina and Romy. It’s so ridiculous I thought this was a dream sequence, but apparently not. The Dragon arrives with a gift. We learn that Molina is now at the top of the transplant list, and that apparently the scumbags were given all their money back. Sardino is next to arrive, annoyed because he apparently wasn’t on the guest list. He’s determined to meet Luisa, but Chayo doesn’t want it to happen. He tells Sardino to leave and pretends to Carmen and Luisa that he was just a drunkard trying to crash the party.
“All the Money in the World” next catches up with Estiven and Miguel, frolicking on a hillside, discussing eloping. They discuss not having the money for such a thing, but Estiven claims he knows where there’s more. Meanwhile, Mr. Zabala, the bank manager, is arrested for his supposed complicity in the heist, which naturally he’s not entirely thrilled about. There’s better news for Molina, though, who’s woken in the middle of the night to be told that he has a donor.
While he’s on the operating table, the Dragon’s home is raided by the police, led by Miguel. At first, he denies all involvement, but once Miguel starts threatening his family, he gives up the loot, which is outside in the shed. The police can’t believe he has so little left, and he admits that they gave the rest to the People. Miguel gives him five hours to drum up the funds and then reports back to Estiven, who obviously tipped him off to the Dragon’s involvement.
When Molina wakes up, Romy tells him that because his old gunshot wounds didn’t heal properly, the tissue is scarred and won’t attach to the kidney — they didn’t do the transplant. (Why hasn’t this been brought up before?) He asks how much time he has left, and Romy tells him not much. But at least they tried. It’s a touching, tragic scene in The Great Heist season 1, episode 6, “All the Money in the World”.
Given an ultimatum by his family, The Dragon turns himself in to reveal that the cops are extorting him, and in so doing points the finger at Monroy, who he assumes tipped Miguel off. We cut then to Monroy, who is bound and beaten, being interrogated by Paredes. All he can say is that the Lawyer’s last name is Molina, which is enough, but when the police raid his house he obviously isn’t there.
As Miguel and Estiven prepare to elope with all the cash, Miguel turns on Estiven, telling him he’s not a f*ggot and making him leave, which is heartbreaking for the young man, if not the audience, who have probably had enough of his backstabbing. But he was obviously someone at war with himself who was desperate for approval and a life with a man he loved, so things can’t be said to have ended entirely well for him.
Meanwhile, Carmen, seeing the Dragon in the papers and recognizing him from Luisa’s party, puts two and two together regarding what Chayo has been up to. When he returns home after sharing a tearful farewell with Molina, she confronts him with the banknotes she discovered. He has no choice but to tell her the truth. He explains how he grew up on the streets and became a thief, then a high-end one, then gave up that life to be with Carmen. But he fell gradually deeper in debt and turned to what he knows best. He sinks to his knees and begs her not to leave, but she takes Luisa and goes anyway.
Molina, to prevent Romy from becoming a suspect, turns himself in, which the state naturally claims credit for, citing their diligence and hard work. Chayo ends up with Sardino, who isn’t exactly thrilled to see him. While he’s there, he makes Chayo open what would have been Luisa’s present, had he been allowed in the party that day, which is a picture that speaks a thousand words about their supposedly father-son relationship. Sardino holds Chayo at gunpoint and throws him out.
The Great Heist season 1, episode 6 ends with an epilogue combining real-life archive footage and stuff from the show, explaining what happened to each of those involved in the crime. The Dragon was sentenced to several years in prison but got his sentence reduced for snitching on the others, ultimately dying of natural causes — the identity of the cops who extorted him was never revealed. Estiven changed his physical appearance and was able to evade capture for a while, but was eventually caught and sentenced — during a 72-hour leave period, he was murdered by hitmen. Sardino was the only member of the gang the police couldn’t identify. He was never captured. Monroy gave up his partner, Nino, and both were sentenced to eight years in prison. Boris was investigated, captured, and sentenced to 19 years in jail. Yidi was sentenced to 14 years. Ulises might have spread the rumor of his own death — his whereabouts, or at least the whereabouts of his body, remains a mystery. Zabala served a year in jail and two under house arrest before being acquitted. He sued the state and won, but still hasn’t received his compensation. The rest of Molina’s share was never found
And then there’s Chayo. The final scene of “All the Money in the World” dramatizes his arrest by Paredes, during which he confesses to having made up the name Roberto Lozano. We’re informed he was able to evade the authorities for three years. He got 17 years, reduced to eight for good behavior, but he never got his family back.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.