Zap2It.com – It’s been a hard season for Paige Arkin on “Graceland.” The undercover DEA agent has been on a mission to bust up a sex trafficking ring embedded in the Solano cartel, while trying to manage a relationship with FBI agent and house heartthrob Mike Warren.
Paige’s efforts will come to a head in tonight’s (Aug. 20) episode of “Graceland” — “The Head and the Pig.” We managed to get Serinda Swan, the actress portraying Paige, to open up to Zap2it about the episode and what’s coming up for her character in the rest of Season 2.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Sex trafficking is a really personal issue for Swan, who spends a lot of her downtime when “Graceland” isn’t filming flying around the world to promote awareness for the millions of girls who are sold into sex slavery every year. In fact, when Swan speaks to us her voice is hoarse after two days of jumping out of airplanes for a charity event to cap off 10 days of fundraising for sex trafficking victims.
“I was just so elated when [the writers] said were they not only going to be highlighting sex trafficking in the show but they were going to be putting it into my story in such a significant way,” Swan says.
Paige’s main concern in this next episode will of course be getting all of the girls out of the compound where they are being kept and finding out the truth of what happened to Lena after Mike covered up her murder in the previous episode.
“Paige doesn’t just do her job and then go home and forget about it. This is her life. She has fallen in love with these girls and sworn to protect them — Lena in particular is her Achilles heel,” Swan explains. ” We see her start to unravel Mike’s lies as they get deeper and deeper into it. When Paige goes into the building and sees the crematorium though, and sees that it’s recently been used, she knows in her gut that something is wrong.”
The mystery behind Lena’s disappearance will continue to be a source of drama between Mike and Paige through the rest of the season as Mike tries harder and harder to convince Paige he doesn’t know anything about the girl’s disappearance.
“At the the end of the day [Paige] wants to believe [Mike]. You can start to see this deconstruction of Paige as she tries to keep everything in tact. You see these moments in the next episodes as these two battle it out to see what is the truth,” Swan continues. “You definitely see a new side of Mike and a new side of Paige. She is not going to be like ‘OK Mike, you’re cute so I’m going to believe whatever you say.’”
The tension between Mike and Paige will continue to build through to the season finale, which airs Sept. 10. “She keeps trying to dodge Mike’s lies and you see her world fall apart. I guarantee you no one can see the finale coming,” Swan reveals. “I didn’t see this coming and I’m immersed in the show six months out of the year.”
“Graceland” airs Wednesdays on USA at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Someone has unearthed the truth about Juan Badillo’s murder, and Briggs thinks Sid Markham’s hand is the one on the shovel. With Charlie six weeks pregnant, Briggs has no intention of giving up his freedom without a fight, but the person he’s hunting for may be closer to home than he realizes.
At the same time, the agents of Graceland sit down under the same roof for their old tradition of sauce night. But while the weary housemates are looking forward to putting work aside for an evening, the simmering resentments that have built up between them soon boil over, and it isn’t long until the members of this one-time family are at each other’s throats.
Meanwhile, when Briggs’s machinations throw off Charlie and Amber’s carefully planned bank heist, the team’s only choice is to put aside their differences and pull the job themselves. But while the wary agents pledge to work towards the common goal, their personal agendas could wind up tearing them apart.
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Johnny and Jakes set up a trial run to demonstrate the effectiveness of their delivery system to Carlos Solano, but when their live test doesn’t go according to plan, Johnny must watch his back as he tries to convince the cartel leader to give them a second chance.
Back in Sylmar, Mike seems to be running on fumes, and Paige starts to suspect that Mike may know more about Lena’s disappearance than he is letting on. Worried that Mike may be so obsessed with the case that he’d cover up a murder, Paige and Briggs hatch a plan to use Sid Markham to shut down the sex trafficking operation.
At the same time, Charlie and Amber prepare for their upcoming heist, but the undercover agent has something else on her mind that will prove life changing for her and Briggs.
Meanwhile, with a few well-placed words about FBI surveillance and Solano moles, it isn’t long before Paige and Briggs have Sid on the hook and ready to take down Sulla’s safe house. All that’s left is to get Mike out of the way, but the bedraggled agent soon reads between the lines, and he’ll do anything to keep his op viable – even rush into a certain bloodbath…
Johnny arrives at the Solano homestead in Mexico, and as if being undercover in the family compound of a notorious drug cartel isn’t bad enough, he must prepare to pitch the FBI’s smuggling plan to the Solano patriarch while dealing with his growing feelings for Lucia and fending off the advances of a clearly smitten Carlito. And when the unstable Solano scion’s suspicions are aroused, it puts Johnny in a dangerous position a very long way from home.
Elsewhere, Charlie gets closer to Amber, but problems arise when the undercover agent learns that Amber’s wheelman is a criminal from a past case who won’t be happy to see her.
Meanwhile, Mike does his best to protect the girls from inside the sex trafficker’s boarding house, but Sulla rules his roost like a brutal emperor lording over his personal harem, and when he objects to an outsider telling him how he can treat his possessions it leads to a shocking act of violence.
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Briggs continues to get close to Sid Markham as an angle on Solano, but the longer he works with the shady detective the more it becomes clear that Markham isn’t the stock villain they’ve painted him to be. At the same time, Charlie meets Amber, a heist-planning genius who will be the perfect person to help her rob the bank holding Sid’s money. But in order to earn Amber’s trust, Charlie is going to have to get her hands dirty.
Briggs and Charlie aren’t the only ones going to questionable lengths to take down the Solanos. With the buses shut down, it’s only a matter of time until someone helps the Solano cartel find a new way to move contraband. And Mike wants to be that someone, which means Johnny will have to convince Lucia to return to her family in Mexico, despite her reluctance to do so and his growing feelings for her.
At the same time, Paige takes a hardline stance on the sex traffickers with Mike and Jakes.
Meanwhile, when Briggs gets a call from a suicidal Kelly Badillo, Sid’s suspicions threaten to blow his cover.
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FansShare.com – Serinda Swan has been making a name for herself in Hollywood as one of the more talented actresses on television in 2014 and this assessment has received further support from TVLine which recently selected her “Performer of the Week” for her role as DEA Agent Paige Arkin on the popular USA Network series “Graceland”.
The actress in this particular scene deals with the issue of human trafficking and in her sensational performance Serinda Swan was able to communicate her character’s disgust for the business of human trafficking as a DEA Agent but also was fantastic is showing the fear that accompanies being in the position of a potential prostitute or worse ‘dead’.
Her performance was in the view of TVLine exceptionally ‘real’ and even though it is an issue of which she is a tireless advocate off camera that in no way minimizes her exceptional performance.
The Canadian beauty became known to many US viewers from her role in “Breakout Kings” as Erica Reed at which time her performance announced her as an actress to keep an eye on and sure enough, shortly after the end of that series she was ‘booked’ for “Graceland” and she is now an actress that men and women cannot see enough on the show.
Her “Graceland” performances have made her an actress that fans expect will soon be viewed on the movie screens in a leading role and they are correct. Later on in 2014 she will be be seen as the leading lady in the movie “Jinn” in the UK and also in the movie “Sister” in the United States.
If Serinda Swan as DEA Agent, Paige Arkin on Graceland she continues providing performances such as that which she provided in the episode “The Unlucky One” it is very likely that she is going to have the top filmmakers in Hollywood knocking on her door with offers of her to play a leading lady role in their films, a role for which she seems very ready.
Dead certain that LAPD Gang Task Force leader Sid Markham is Carlito’s contact in the police department, Mike pays the dirty detective a courtesy call to let him know that he’s in his sights.
But despite Mike’s threat, taking Markham down won’t just be easy. So while Briggs goes undercover with the LAPD in order to work his way into Markham’s inner circle, Mike and Charlie trace Markham’s cash flow for a link to Solano.
Elsewhere, Johnny looks in on Lucia in the hopes of getting a lead on Carlito, but two thugs waiting on a cache of guns turn the visit into a hostage situation. At the same time, Paige fumes over Mike’s decision to allow the sex trafficking ring to keep operating. But while she can’t shut them down, Paige refuses to sit idly by while they continue to do business.
Meanwhile, Briggs tries to ingratiate himself with Markham’s team, but the street-wise detective is both crafty and cautious when it comes to outsiders. The only way for Briggs to get close will be to prove himself on the job, but in order to do so, he may have to put himself in the line of fire…
Serinda attended some of the fashion week shows all last week and I have added the photos in the gallery. She looks so pretty so be sure to check them out.
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THE PERFORMER | Serinda Swan
THE SHOW | Graceland
THE EPISODE | “The Unlucky One”
THE AIRDATE | July 23, 2014
THE PERFORMANCE | DEA Agent Paige Arkin never could have imagined her latest take-down would play out as it did. Aiming to end a ring of drug muling/human sex trafficking, Paige’s No. 1 lead died in her arms, prompting the mission-focused Fed to take the young girl’s place. That impetuous decision, however, delivered Paige into a dingy den of inequity, where girls are thoughtlessly sold off to less-than-genteel gents. As Paige endured her dilemma, Swan reflected both her character’s abhorrence for the commerce she’d become a part of as well as her fear of what awaited not just her, but the victims alongside her.
Yes, Mike “saved the day” by arriving undercover to purchase the one known as “Anica,” but for Paige that skirted the larger, loathsome problem. She was apoplectic that the grander, cartel-crushing endgame prevented them from shutting down the traffic ring there and then. Once back at Graceland, Swan used silent moments to register the utter helplessness that even the mightiest lawman can feel.
That human trafficking is a scourge Swan, off camera, tirelessly endeavors to combat only deepened the resolve in her performance.
The Solano case has officially come to a fiery end, and while Jessica prepares to return to DC for a victory lap, Mike keeps a dark secret – he’s holding Laurence in custody, hoping for anything that can point him in the direction of the leak that sabotaged the bust. But while he knows Laurence has the answers he needs, he’s not quite sure how to get them from him.
Elsewhere, Paige infiltrates the sex trafficking ring’s brutal holding facility and spots a familiar face. Little does she realize that Jakes has been arrested for violating his restraining order, and that she’s flying solo.
Meanwhile, when Jakes calls to be bailed out of prison, and it isn’t long until the rest of the house has pieced together Paige’s plight. But with little to go on, the odds of finding Paige look grim, forcing Mike to turn to Briggs with a last resort – Laurence. Now, in order to get the information they want, Mike may have to come down off the fence he’s been walking and do some very bad things. The question is, just how far is Mike willing to go to save Paige? And when opportunity presents itself, what is he willing to give up in order to breath fresh life into the Solano case?
Mike’s plans are upended when Jessica arrives at Graceland unannounced to drop a bomb – the case is being shut down at the end of the week. The next Solano bus to come in will effectively be their last, which means that all resources, even those from Paige’s sex trafficking operation, will be diverted towards making a bust. With only two days until the next bus arrives, Mike must scramble to prep for the takedown, while also dealing with the tangled romantic web he’s woven for himself.
Mike isn’t the only one dealing with an awkward situation. Johnny worries he’s blown his cover when he steps between the young Solanos during a family spat – until it becomes clear that the closeted Carlito has feelings for the undercover agent. The question is, how far outside his comfort zone is Johnny willing to go in order to connect Carlito to the buses?
Elsewhere, Jakes makes a connection with a kindred spirit, and gets a big surprise when his son, Daniel, shows up at his door. Meanwhile, Paige is doubly stung when she learns that not only is there another woman in Mike’s life, she’s also the one who just put the “Tinkerbell” case on ice. But Paige is too invested to back off now, and she’s willing to sacrifice anything to make her case – even her relationship with Mike.