Time Is Ticking
We return to episode 3 of Elite learning that after 48 hours, it becomes less and less likely that whoever is missing will be found. The window is tight and as we reach 36 hours into the missing persons case, the police intensify their search for Samuel.
The night after their sexual encounter, Samuel confronts Carla over what she admitted and she tries to spin it into a game, which Samuel is having none of. Polo arrives soon after and asks her whether they can be a team again, while Samuel formulates a plan to steal Carla’s phone and figure out just what she’s hiding.
Consumed by guilt, Polo begins hallucinating until Guzman offers him some comfort, unbeknownst to him that Polo is the one who killed his sister. Ander pleads with Omar to accept their relationship but he tells him that because of his Father, they won’t ever be an item. As he heads back to Guzman’s, heartbroken, Ander admits the truth about him and Polo hooking up the previous night.
At the prison, Nano warns Samuel about getting too involved, telling him he may end up in hospital like Christian if he’s not careful.
Back at home, Lu confronts Guzman over his behaviour where they wind up in a fight. As they raise their voices, it breaks up the studying that Valerio and Nadia were conducting in the room next door. Determined to help him take the edge off his rage, Valerio offers him some drugs instead.
Samuel heads to Rebecca’s house soon after where they speak about her fame and riches. She tells him about her lack of experience and rags-to-riches story before offering him a job with her Mum, telling him to think about it as he leaves. Given the easy money being offered, this could result in a better lawyer for Nano or even posting bail and getting him out of prison.
As day turns to night, Samuel and Rebecca set their plan into motion as he plays along with Carla at the bar, while Rebecca leaves Nadia to play with Valerio and Guzman who continue to do drugs. She decides to get in on the action and take some too.
Deciding enough is enough, Omar ditches the shop and heads to the club where he professes his love for Ander and kisses him infront of everyone on the dancefloor. Smiling, the two continue to kiss, oblivious to Samuel’s plan which is set into motion over a spilt drink. However, Carla manages to take her phone back during the chaos, thanks in part to Guzman confronting Samuel on the stairs nearby. Following her into the toilets, Samuel again asks her outright what she knows but aside from a few faint glimmers, she doesn’t offer much he can go on.
Nadia confronts Guzman over his alcohol dependency and tells him she understands he’s grieving but needs to find another way to mourn his sister. Offering encouraging words, Guzman takes her by the hand and the two kiss while Polo suffers the worse for wear in the toilets, almost green as he talks to Ander about his condition.
After the party, Omar suffers the consequences of his actions as his Father confronts him and tells him he’s to blame for what’s happening with the family. Omar bites back though, telling him his whole life is a punishment, knocking his Father to the ground and telling him he doesn’t get to push him around anymore. Angry and hurt, his Father tells him to leave and never come back. As he glances over at Nadia with longing eyes, he walks away into the night.
Alone, Polo admits to Ander that he killed Marina. As he stands up to leave, disgusted, Polo pleads with him not to tell anyone while Samuel wakes up on the sofa, naked with Carla and spies 4 messages on her phone from Polo. Taking the phone away from her, he listens to a voicemail that implicates that Polo has confessed something but for now, he doesn’t quite have all the pieces to the puzzle.
In the future, Nadia tells Valerio to leave while the rest of the kids try to find him in the woods. Overhearing the police, a distracted Nadia wanders aimlessly through the night, thinking back to what happened in the past. Charging through the woods and breaking the silence, Omar hurries to the Inspector and finds Samuel’s blazer, covered in blood. As the group watch on, stern-faced, the Inspector takes Nadia aside where she admits that someone threatened Samuel in the hallway at school, not long before he went missing.
Once again Elite delivers another dramatic episode, this time with some crucial clues over just what happened to Samuel and the events leading up to that moment. As Samuel and Carla continue to play their cat and mouse game, she’s clearly hiding something but whether she’ll crack under the pressure or not, remains to be seen.
The usual array of EDM tracks feature throughout the episode too and the constant parties, even this early in the series, does feel a little well-worn and relentless. Still, the mystery is interesting enough to keep you sticking around and with the promise of more drama on the way, Elite looks set to deliver a dramatic second half.