Pedro continues to self-sabotage in “Destiny with a Capital D” as flashbacks to his father’s past provide more depth and context to his current predicament.
This recap of Dom season 1, episode 3, “Destiny with a Capital D”, contains spoilers.
Perhaps to prove a point about destiny with a capital D, as per the title, Dom episode 3 opens in 1994, with a young Pedro being led astray and shown how to pick locks. His rebellion, and his tight, probably ill-advised friendship with Lico, are not new things, and neither is the strained father-son relationship that comes as a result of these things. Pedro was on a slippery slope then, and as we cut to the present and see him snorting lines after almost getting caught during the robbery in the previous episode, we realize that he has just about fallen to the bottom of it.
Luckily, there’s another job for them, but in the meantime, Pedro finally returns home to his anxious father with a new laptop – as though things weren’t tense enough between them, this offering of obviously ill-gotten gains causes Victor to double down on the fact that he won’t be letting his son off the hook anymore. He had a difficult enough relationship with his own father and, as “Destiny with a Capital D” promptly delves into, a difficult life in the ‘70s cozying up to Ribeiro, the local drug lord. There’s a cruel irony in Victor helping Ribeiro – with the complicity of the police – ferry drugs around Brazil, especially since the same drugs he peddled have ravaged his son.
In the same way that his past actions in that regard can’t be escaped from in the present day, neither can his undercover career, and he continues the same kind of work with Paloma as though the years haven’t even passed in-between. But, it’s once again Pedro and his chums that Dom season 1, episode 3 chooses to end with. Their latest burglary, more dangerous but also more potentially lucrative, goes well – right up until it doesn’t. Of course, this mob isn’t clever, mature, or sober enough to keep a low profile, so all hell promptly breaks loose. Again. I’m starting to notice a pattern here.