The fourth episode erupts into a lot of violence, as people begin picking sides — and they don’t necessarily choose the one they started on.
This recap of The Longest Night season 1, episode 4 contains spoilers.
If the previous episode was about Cherokee seizing control of the prison, this one is about him realizing that his new position comes with considerable responsibilities. With Ruso’s crew venturing further into the facility, the staff and inmates, but especially Hugo and Cherokee as the ostensible leaders of each faction, have to work together, which is complicated by the presence of Simon and Nuria revealing that he’s the one that Ruso and co. really want.
The Longest Night season 1, episode 4 recap
In the meantime, Laura managed to get herself recaptured after having almost finessed an escape. This means that Simon still has leverage over Hugo, which is proving more and more problematic as the stakes get higher. Elisa, who is trapped in another part of the prison, reminds Hugo of how many people have died already — and how easy it would be to prevent more deaths. And Montes tries to conspire with Bastos to hand Simon over themselves secretly. Hugo is quickly running out of allies.
And the allies he has aren’t really allies at all. Cherokee agrees to lead the prisoners in fighting alongside the guards since Ruso and his friends — who it turns out are cops — will kill them all if they get inside, but if it comes to sacrificing lives, he’ll trample over the guards to ensure the prisoners get free.
The big fight between everyone and Ruso’s goons is nail-biting, brutal stuff. And it also raises an interesting question. If Hugo has already allowed this much carnage in order to protect Laura, isn’t he far beyond the point of redemption? What else would he be willing to allow? How many more prisoners might he free, and what might he let them use their freedom to do? His desire to protect his daughter is understandable, but eventually, the needs of the many have to supersede the needs of the few. This will become important soon.
In the aftermath of the fight, there is a degree of jubilance, with Cherokee and Manuela getting their little romantic moment, and Willy and Elisa making it back to the group with Ruso’s woman as a hostage. Oddly, Cherokee recognizes her, though we don’t find out where from in this episode. Hugo and Simon pump Ruso for info since the latter wants to know who arranged all this and what’s at stake. But the prisoner doesn’t have any time to break, since Montes takes the opportunity to hold Simon at gunpoint. Even after Hugo shares that his daughter has been kidnapped, she still cuffs him and takes Simon herself. Like Elisa, she sees the cost of life as too high at this point.
As the episode ends, Montes takes Simon for the hand-off, hoping that this action will bring all the bloodshed to an end.