Originally Posted by keenan
The way I read it was that Ray(the bar owner) is actually her granduncle, she thought he was her grandfather. Tommy, the convict is her grandfather, brother of Ray, who in addition to being her granduncle and bar owner was also the guard that Tommy whacked with tray in the prison. It has not been explained why Ray became a guard at the prison, all that was revealed was that Ray said he wasn't going to let Tommy go it alone, what ever that means or refers to.
Guy was the lead guard who was training Ray when he first started on the Rock. Guy is the person who took "old Ray" hostage looking to find Ray's brother Tommy(the convict). Guy doesn't know, or didn't reveal why he was supposed to find Tommy.
What bothers me is the unresolved ending to the episode, so what happens to Guy? Is he just packed off somewhere never to be seen again, for basically doing nothing wrong? And shouldn't our 2 heroes just be a little bit interested in talking to him? The impression I got by the end of the episode is that the segment involving Guy is over and done, on to the next on the list. That bothers me as it's just a little bit too much like Lost, way too many questions that never get asked.
It's been my impression that even though Rebecca refers to Ray as her uncle, that until she learned last night that he was actually one of her great uncles, she previously didn't think they were related. It seemed to me she simply knew him as as a long time family friend (of her great uncle Tommy) that raised her after her parents were killed. So she was referring to him as an uncle as a term of endearment, not meaning it literally, which she alluded to when talking to Soto last night. I don't know if there's been any indication that she knew he also raised her dad (Van Madsen) while Tommy was at/in Alcatraz.
In the meeting in the prison infirmary, Ray told Tommy that he was there to see things through with him, because even though Tommy felt like he deserved to be there, Ray did not think so (sounds like he has since changed his mind on that one). They left his exact meaning open for now, with the impression that he wanted to help him some way, whether that's as a possible escape helper or just to be there for moral support or whatever, we'll find out later.
At the grave site scene when asked by Ray why he was looking for Tommy, Guy Hastings said, "It's what they told me". When Ray prodded further asking "what who
told you?", Guy responded with, "You were there. You saw what they were doing to him, all that blood, the weeks in the infirmary. Did Tommy tell you? Is that why you left?". That's when Ray said, "No, I left to raise his son (Van Madsen, Rebecca's father)". They left that ambiguous for the time being as well for obvious reasons, but it seemed to me that he was just following orders (or programming?) from the Alcatraz perps and probably doesn't understand or know why.
The scene in the Alcatraz task force room was interesting again, with Hauser saying they were, "looking for a connection to our existing model", and asking if there had been an increase in seismic activity on the day the guard "returned". Also his speculation that since the guard was sent to the present looking for Tommy Madsen that it meant he was "not accounted for, or lost..." by whoever is responsible for the Alcatraz goings on. How might seismic activity figure in to "jumping"? And does this suggest that Tommy has gone rogue maybe and is not following his orders, or that the porting or whatever it is, is not an exact science and he somehow was misplaced and didn't quite come forward to the point where he was supposed to?