Awake “Ricky’s Tacos” Review

Awake (NBC) "Ricky's Tacos" Episode 7 (1)
To move to Portland or to stay in LA. That is the question Michael faced in “Ricky’s Tacos,” this week’s episode of Awake. It seemed so simple for his wife to get out of the house they shared with their lost son, but could he actually bring himself to let go of one reality in favor of the other?

Not exactly, because according to his shrinks, he started coming up with subconscious reasons to keep things exactly as they have been. In the blue reality (which, it has been pointed out to me, is actually green, but since it looks blue and I like blue better than green, I will continue to refer to as such), Michael dug deeper into a seemingly open and shut rape-murder and uncovered a sexually abusive father in time to save the suicidal girl’s little sister.

In the red reality, he looked deeper at a tattoo on the shoulder of the brother of a long-dead man found encased in concrete, and discovered a Cain and Abel murder perpetrated for a green card. As always, clues from both realities helped him solve the crimes, but his shrinks continued to maintain that he is simply creating elaborate scenarios in order to have an excuse not to move.

But we know that there’s more to it. When the drive-thru intercom at Ricky’s Tacos whispered to Michael that he can’t move to Portland because it all starts with Westfield, Michael found himself at the same abandoned office building. He had no idea what he was searching for, but in the red reality, he was being watched and monitored, and his movements were reported back to the same man his boss was talking to a few episodes back.

Now that we know his boss exists in both realities, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m pretty sure that so far we’ve only seen direct evidence of the conspiracy plot in the red reality. So far, the mysterious man has yet to appear in the blue reality. Does this mean anything? I have no idea. At this point, I’m pretty much grasping at straws. Why is Michael so dangerous? Why does his boss think all of their problems are solved when he resigns in the red reality and announces that he’s moving to Portland? They want him under control, but they have no problem with him moving far away? It doesn’t seem to make any sense.

The mystery grows ever deeper. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it below!