Pedro potentially gets a reality check in “Whose Fault Is It?” as tragedy strikes.
This recap of Dom season 1, episode 4, “Whose Fault Is It?”, contains spoilers.
The fact that Dom episode 4 opens with yet another flashback to Pedro taking drugs shouldn’t come as much of a surprise at this point, but it’s interesting enough to see another slightly new time period, and slightly new angle on his addiction and past, that the technique isn’t becoming tedious. In fact, it’s consistently one of the best things about Dom, and one of the best uses of an overused structural device in a while. Almost every one has added something to the story.
Pedro’s descent into drug addiction also parallels his closeness with Lico, and in the same way, Victor’s activities in the ‘70s come back to bite him in the ‘90s. It isn’t just his dealing of the drugs, but his using of them too, all part of infiltrating a racket that mixes business and pleasure far too often. In Pedro, he can clearly see a dark reflection of himself, the answer to the question of what might have happened had his life gone slightly differently.
Cracks are beginning to emerge Dom episode 4, though, particularly between Pedro and Lico. After the carnage of the previous job, Pedro kicks Lico out of the gang and throws Lico’s share of the spoils at him, making the point clear. They continue to drift apart throughout “Whose Fault Is It?”, and reconciliation seems unlikely.
Victor’s present-day case also continues to develop, with guns being smuggled in exchange for drugs, and he’s determined to crack the ring, perhaps even more so knowing the impact that this illicit trade is continuing to have on his family. Even amongst all this, he’s keeping tabs on Pedro via Jessika, and things only get worse for the younger man when Lico takes his efforts to get back in Pedro’s good graces too far and ends up overdosing. It’s a brutal, tragic scene, and Dom season 1, episode 4 really plays up the horror of it. Will this be the reality check that Pedro needs?