Alvey loves life inside the cage, because it gives him clarity of purpose. When the bolt drops, a fighter can let go of everything else and focus solely on their instincts. They have to take out the guy in front of them. It truly is as simple as that.
But say you do take that guy out. Then the cage door opens … and what? Is your life all that different? Is winning all that you thought it would be? That’s the question posed in this week’s episode, which finally sees Jay get his chance to take on the Destroyer.
We start the hour with Alvey, still seeing his therapist, admitting to the struggle he’s been going through lately. He’s found himself in a very damaging cycle: He drinks himself to sleep, then he wakes up, pukes it out, and works it out. It’s not the least bit healthy, but as he admits, “The truth of it is: I think it’s keeping me alive.” This is also the first time we hear him speak openly about Lisa. He misses her, but he also admits that he’s nervous because whenever she does come back, he knows it’s not going to be the same.
And to pile onto all of that, it’s fight day, so Alvey has to find a way to support both Jay and Ryan without showing any sort of favoritism. Well, after he heads down to the police station to help with the Chapas case. It seems the cops still haven’t perfectly pieced together the evening — which is good news for Alvey — though they are suspicious about the man who beat up Chapas before he died. Regardless, it seems evident that Chapas was in way over his head, not to mention that Alvey was seen cornering two fights that night. So yeah, he’s probably fine.
Meanwhile, Nate is making sure everything is perfect for Jay’s fight while Keith does his best to stay out of Ryan’s way. Ryan’s focused on his knee, which seems fine but not great. Jay, however, is focused on nothing but the fight. (Well, that and maybe a picture of Ava’s breasts.)
Just as Alvey finds out he’s being sued by the cyclist from last week, we catch up with Christina at rehab. It seems Jason still hasn’t gotten the message that she’s done with him, so she tries to make it as clear as possible. “I’m starting to think you’re not a very good person,” she tells him before asking him to leave her alone for the week she has left.
Of course that only pisses Jason off, so he tries to stop her from attending Jay’s fight. But Christina doesn’t go down without a fight, and when she threatens to essentially blow up Jason’s life, he concedes.
At the arena, a very excited — so excited he threw up twice already out of joy — Garo promises to hook Alvey up with Roxanne, his lawyer, to help him with the suit. From there, Alvey hugs both fighters before asking Alicia to join him across the street at a bar so that he can get a real drink. (The bar at the arena only serves wine and beer.)
Once at the bar, Alicia asks the question we all want to know the answer to: Who does Alvey want to win? He avoids answering, simply saying that he’s “more worried about who’s going to lose.” Changing the suspect, she says she’s sorry about Lisa, alerting him to the fact that everyone knows. But it’s when he asks about her father that we get more information about Alicia’s childhood.
When Alvey asks, “How f–ked up was your father?” Alicia’s curious as to why he’d think he was f–ked up. Well, because she’s a fighter, and after meeting Ava, Alvey’s starting to think Alicia might be the normal one. And this leads me to one of my favorite lines. Alicia says that Alvey barely knows Ava, but as he puts it, there’s just something in her eyes. “I married one,” he says, referring to Ava. And in that moment, it’s as if we’re suddenly able to pinpoint the thing that’s seemed off about Ava. It’s the Christina quality.
Alicia tells him that their mother died of breast cancer when they were young and their father went to prison, where he remains, for raping one of Ava’s friends.
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