Griselda episode 4 recap: "Middle Management"
The formation of CENTAC unites June and Raul Diaz as they continue their investigation into the narco-related murders plaguing Miami. Elsewhere, Griselda and Dario move to a new home to keep her children safe. The house belongs to a guy named Rigo and his cousins, they're "Marielitos," referring to the Cuban emigration to the US in 1980. Griselda previously helped them get on their feet by giving them jobs, so now they form her new crew, an entire army, really. Griselda is determined to get her territory back and take out the men who betrayed her, namely Panesso and Amilcar's former righthand man, Papo.
She wastes no time in getting down to business. Dario, Chucho, and Rigo are instructed to take care of these men. They gun Panesso down at an outdoor shopping mall and set a bomb off at Papo's house. Meanwhile, Rafa and Rivi keep tabs on everything Griselda is doing, determining she's behind these murders, which have made the news and attracted CENTAC.
Rafa sets a new meeting with Griselda to inform her that her bomb didn't work. It killed Papo's father, but Papo is still out there and he's pissed. He sends his enforcer to the house where they murder Isa, Rigo, and one of Rigo's cousins, leaving their decapitated bodies in the yard as a message for Griselda. Rivi, who has somehow managed to avoid jailtime despite working with Amilcar, contacts Griselda to let her know he's on her side and he wants to help her get back to the top.
With Rivi's assistance, Griselda is able to find Papo's sicario, his gang of enforcers, and her men kill them. But this time Griselda goes with them to ensure they know that it was her who did it. She can't bring herself to decapitate the man who murdered her friends, but she does shoot him. A witness later tells June and Raul that he saw a woman at the scene and June finally convinces Raul to understand that a woman, a lady narco, is behind all of these deaths.
Even though Papo is still out there, Griselda is tired of waiting around and she wants to start a war with the Ochoas and anyone else who has taken her property. Rafa and Papo initially proposed Griselda a deal, a multi-million dollar buyout so she can get her territory back, but that's not enough for her anymore. She wants everything. She instructs her men to go steal all of the Ochoa's product, with Rivi acting as a secret source to give her the necessary intel. She wants to coax Rafa back to the table so they can renegotiate.
Dario isn't pleased with this development and he's even less enthused when he learns that Griselda is pregnant with his child. He wants to leave this life behind, or, at the very least, just take the money and settle into her old territory without the constant need for expansion. Griselda is too far gone to consider this. She even has one of her men, Rigo's brother, murder Papo in broad daylight with a knife. He refuses to give Griselda up, essentially sacrificing himself to avenge Rigo. By this point, June and Raul have found some more intel and now they know Griselda's name and who they're up against.
Eventually, her plan does work and Rafa calls her to say that Fabio Ochoa wants to meet her in person. They plan a new meeting and Griselda makes it clear that she wants to be in charge and she wants to run Miami, so if the Ochoas want to keep selling there, they have to do it thorugh her. Fabio is impressed by Griselda and agrees to her deal, but only after having Rafa murder Arturo right in front of her to ensure she understands her punishment for messing with them.
Written by Maddy Lennon