Cal is at a bank to check on a safe deposit box. The "Average Looking Female Bank Teller (I'm imagining that's what the script calls her) takes him to the vault. She gets all horny because Cal has done some groundwork and seduced ALFBT into turning off the camera's (something beyond the average teller's job description or ability to achieve) before knocking her out. He then kills the poor bank manager who stumbles upon the scene, to let us know that Cal Sweeney is a cold-blooded murderer. Thanks, we've been hit over the head with that since the premiere. Alcatraz was full of killers, got it. Then he casually strolls out of the bank with the contents of multiple safe deposit boxes.
When word of the robbery hits the airwaves, Dr. Soto takes the huge leap of logic necessary to connect it to a "63", before he and plucky Det. Madsen fire up the classic Ford Mustang (that every Lone Wolf Detective is issued at Lone Wolf Detective School) to track down the latest time-travelling murdering pyscho.
Back in 1960, Cal Sweeney was The Man when it came to getting contraband onto The Rock. But E.B. Tiller gets wind and want's his cut of the action. We've established that Tiller is a douchebag so this isn't shocking. What does surprise is Cal's reaction and subsequent actions to prevent the takeover. He goes all out to keep his turf but ends up losing it to his "protege", who's been sandbagging Cal all along.
This ends up not working out for protege as well as he'd hoped and his comeuppance shines further light into the darkness that is Warden James. The James/Tiller dynamic is getting to be more interesting as "Alcatraz" gets more convoluted. We're also treated to "Lucy Sangupta" (Parminda Nagra) supping with Dr. Beauregard (the appropriately inapprorpriate, Leon Rippy) and not enjoying the company. It will be interesting to see if their relationship is as strained in 2011.
In the present, we see Cal about to rob another bank, winking to another ALFBT as he saunters into the bank vault. This means he seduced another ALFBT in his brief time in 2011. So, he gets two modern women to risk serious jail time for him, using game from 1963? I have to stop here and call bullshit and point out a huge elephant in the room:
The "63's" all seem to have come to the future fully prepared for 21st century life. Trying to get anyone from 1963 to fully assimilate and hide unseen among 2011 American's would be impossible without years and years of training. Fine, they've been away for a while training this whole time.
But if you were able to take 300 plus people, train them in a pocket universe somewhere then have them infiltrate modern society complete with weapons and ID? You sir, have unimaginable power that you are squandering by playing silly little revenge games. Adjust the time on your Way Back Machine and send people back to make friends with a young Steve Jobs or Bill Gates and steal from them. This would be more efficient than bank robbery. Or just get one of the first jobs at Apple or Microsoft. I hear those people did well.
Money would be the easiest thing to make with the power at your disposal. And revenge makes for good drama but as a lifestyle it gets tedious. Seriously, what's the longest you've ever held a grudge? And be honest, was it justified? Whoever is behind the "63's", 48 years is a long time to be pissed about something. To have that much power and still be that emotionally unglued isn't the best foundation for an interesting character. We all know middle managers who are exactly like this. We ignore them and keep working or stop working there. This doesn't bode well for a second season of "Alcatraz".
Cal's latest robbery goes wrong because ALFBT isn't a total dunce and alarms go off. Naturally, Hauser draws his badge, takes over the crime scene and Det. Madsen is able to infiltrate the building because Dr. Soto is also an architectural scholar with intimate knowledge of blueprints for all the buildings in San Francisco. Right. So, Det. Madsen infiltrates the building, surrenders to Cal Sweeney and helps him escape the squads of SFPD and FBI (it's a bank robbery, FBI will show up) milling about the outside of the bank, except where they come out of course.
Dr. Soto and Hauser give chase and Hauser is unimpressed with Dr. Soto's pursuit skills. He's your omni-versal Uber-nerd and you're banging him for not being Vin Diesel? Really? Meanwhile, Det. Madsen is unarmed (WTF?) and at the mercy of a proven killer with a gun to her head. Her best plan of escape is to crash the police car they're in and count on her airbag and seatbelt to save her. Not getting into a car unarmed with a proven killer would have worked too.
Cal Sweeney's capture leads to the discovery of a second mysterious key. Flashbacks have shown us where the keys open but not what lay beyond the door. "Alcatraz" needs to get the past woven better into the future quick because right now its backstory is far more compelling than the main narrative. If the present of "Alcatraz" can't hold our interest, it will become part of our past very soon in the future.