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Series: The Bridge US

The Bridge is a television drama that premiered on the FX network on July 10, 2013. Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir play Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz, American and Mexican police officers (respectively) who must work together when two halves of two bodies—that is, the top half of one body and the bottom half of a different body—are placed on the Bridge of the Americas between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The two jurisdictions must cooperate because the body parts were placed precisely on the border between the two countries.

The Bridge is the American remake of a Swedish/Danish joint production also called The Bridge (Bron in Swedish and Broen in Danish), also remade as the British/French production The Tunnel.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Just what is up with Sonya isn't specified, but it appears to be Asperger Syndrome-style autism. Word of God, however, states that it is Asperger's, and the actress even has Alex Plank (creator of autism community website Wrong Planet, and someone who has Asperger's himself) as her advisor.
  • Artistic License: The systematic kidnapping, rape, and murder of young women in Juarez is something that was in the background of Season 1 and looks to be the focus of Season 2. Juarez actually has a lower-than-average femicide rate, and most of the women killed in Juarez are victims of domestic violence, as this article points out.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Tate accomplishes his revenge.
  • Between My Legs: Ray is framed between Charlotte's legs as he swims in her pool ("Destino").
  • Bikini Bar: Daniel Frye is at one in the flashback that opens "Vendetta". Hilariously, the sign outside the Bikini Bar says "Totally Nude".
  • Book Ends: The episode 'Rio' opens and ends on a shot of the searing hot El Paso sun, the former during Karl Millwright's funeral and the latter when Maria is staked out in the desert.
  • Boom, Headshot: Deputy Stokes meets his end in "Destino" when Jackson Childress puts a shot through the back of his head that explodes out of his face.
  • Bullet Proof Vest: Sonya and Childress are both wearing them when they shoot each other in "Destino".
  • Butt Monkey:
  • Cannot Tell a Lie / Will Not Tell a Lie: Over the course of the season, Sonya ventures in between the two.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Linder does this in "Vendetta" when the girl he's having an Erotic Dream about morphs into an evil drug lord.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Sonya does this a lot, such as when she reads texts from Gus calling her a "MILF" and objects to the characterization because she doesn't have kids.
  • Continuity Nod: A couple instances occur over the course of the show.
    • In the pilot, when Sonya is informing Judge Gates' husband of her death and simultaneously questioning him, she asks him if he would like a glass of water twice after he doesn't respond well to her questioning. In 'ID,' when she is questioning Gina about her father's murderer, Sonya asks if she would like a glass of water.
    • In the pilot, Det. Cooper tells Hank Wade about Sonya's bottom drawer. Later, in 'ID,' Sonya opens her bottom drawer and we see what appears to be the evidence box full of her murdered sister's belongings.
    Det. Tim Cooper: Have you seen what she keeps in the bottom drawer of her desk? Listen, if you've seen it -"
    • In 'Maria of the Desert,' while Sonya and Lt. Wade are searching for Maria, they have a conversation about Sonya's sister, in which Hank mentions that Sonya has to remember the good times the two of them have had as well as the bad times. In 'Vendetta,' when Sonya is questioning David Tate's former sister-in-law, the latter says how it's bad to talk shit about the dead and Sonya counters that it's alright to have bad memories of loved ones.
    • In the pilot, when Marco is bringing the case file on Cristina Fuentes' murder at 4 in the morning, he brings a bag of pan dulce in an attempt to charm Sonya. In 'All About Eva,' Sonya travels to Marco's home and tries to cheer him with a bag of pastries.
  • Crapsack World: Ciudad Juarez, overwhelmed by uncontrollable drug-related violence.
  • Dead Guy on Display: After Galvan's sicario is killed by Linder, Galvan has the rest of the cartel stab the body all over with carving knives and hangs it from a telephone pole. Nobody dares to cut it down.
  • Diagonal Billing: For Kruger and Bichir.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: In "Calaca", Sonya goes to a bar looking to get laid. A guy at the bar offers her a drink and she declines, failing to understand this social cue. Then after he walks away she walks over to him and says "Do you want to have sex with me?".
  • Establishing Character Moment: For our two detectives in 'Pilot,' their respective response when faced with an emergency ambulance driving over the crime scene.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Galvan, as The Don of a Mexican cartel, has killed plenty of people, but can't understand why someone would enjoy the act.
  • Fair Cop: Yeah, that's Diane Kruger as Sonya. She played Helen of Troy once.
  • Faking the Dead: "Vendetta" reveals that FBI Agent David Tate did this, and assumed the identity of Kenneth Hasting.
  • Fan Disservice: Ray goes down on cartel boss Graciela as payment for her agreement to run guns through the tunnel ("Destino"). Ick.
  • Foreign Remake: Of Bron/Broen, as noted above.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted; see Pretty Little Headshots below.
  • I Have a Family: Marco does this when the killer has him at gunpoint in a warehouse.
  • I Have Your Wife: Alma and the girls are locked into a creepy cabin in the middle of the desert with a live grenade. Later, David Tate kidnaps Gus and locks him into a septic tank that's slowly being filled with water.
  • Ironic Echo: A nonverbal version: Sonya, oblivious to the inappropriateness, changes her shirt in the bullpen in the first episode; she does the same thing in the sixth episode, but this time it's because she's gotten Gina's blood all over it.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Not surprising when body parts are strewn smack dab on an international border.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the pilot Sonya apologizes after her brusque manner causes a grieving husband to throw her out of his house.
    Sonya: I'm sorry if I didn't exercise empathy.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Right after having a vasectomy, Marco finds out his wife is pregnant.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: In the pilot the serial killer asks why the murder of the white judge is such a big deal while no one cares about the piles of bodies in Ciudad Juarez.
  • No Social Skills: Sonya. After she takes her shirt off in the bullpen Hank reminds her that she's supposed to do that in the restroom.
  • Odd Couple: Warm, friendly Marco working with cold, distant Sonya.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Cartel leader Fausto Galvan comes forth with the ransom money for one of the victims, simply because the law enforcement presence on the border because of the serial killer is terrible for business.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Gruesomely averted in "Destino". Deputy Stokes gets nailed from behind by a sniper-rifle wielding Jack Childress, and loses his entire face as a result.
  • Previously on The Bridge
  • Red Herring: The Bridge presents a few suspicious folk who seem like the Bridge Butcher.
    • Steven Linder is seen putting a young Mexican woman in the trunk of his car in the pilot.
    • Deputy Manny Stokes seems to, as Lt. Wade puts it, "show up at the darndest time" whenever something important happens.
    • Jackson Childress, the kooky former police officer who has weird theories on the border and Mexicans being aliens.
  • Revenge: The killer's real motivation.
  • Serial Killer: Of the "Mission Based" subtype, as the killer likes to talk about the violence in Mexico and the lack thereof on the American side of the border. However, that turns out to be a Red Herring.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Sheriff Manny Stokes looks at a painting of a desert with wind turbines while he's getting his braces removed and has an epiphany. He tries to share his epiphany moment with Marco, but is shot in the head when he's about to share his revelation.
  • Slashed Throat: Santi Jr. receives one in "Vendetta".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Daniel Frye makes it through the end of the season, while his counterpart Daniel Ferbé from Bron|Broen is gassed by the killer at the end of the seventh episode.
  • Strictly Professional Relationship: Sonya and Marco.
  • Take It To The Bridge: Try not to take body parts there, though.
  • Too Dumb to Live: We first meet Gina when she gets into trouble and has to be picked up by her father. Instead of going home with him, she crosses the border into Mexico and wanders around for a bit before sitting outside a random apartment and then going upstairs with the tenant when he invites her in (he's a complete stranger to her, mind you), although to be fair, her dad isn't exactly father of the year, and her mother was not available). So she isn't exactly the brightest bulb to begin with. Then later she becomes a witness to the murder of her father, and while knowing the killer is still out there, she runs away from the police. Where is she running to? We'll never know because she gets killed very quickly after she goes on the run.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Adriana drags Daniel to an AA meeting in "Old Friends".
  • Trophy Wife: Charlotte was this. Her husband's daughter hates her for it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Marco realizes that the killer is deliberately targeting him for revenge.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Marco sleeps with Charlotte. Later, Alma gets revenge by screwing her boss. It turns out that Marco has also slept with Jill Tate, the wife of his partner David Tate aka Kenneth Hasting, and this comes back to haunt him.
  • Wham Episode: "Vendetta"
  • Wham Line: "I want to kill him myself."
  • Where It All Began: The final confrontation with David Tate takes place on the Bridge of the Americas, where the first two bodies were dumped, where Sonya and Marco first met, and also where Tate's wife and son died in a car crash.

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