by Paulette Cohn
The only innocent man who was in Alcatraz at the time the inmates and guards mysteriously vanished 50 years ago returns to the present on tonight’s episode — but now he seems to be fulfilling the only option he feels is open to him: committing crimes.
“Clarence Montgomery (guest star Mahershala Ali), shouldn’t have been in prison, but because of his race, he is treated a certain way and put in Alcatraz,” Sarah Jones, who plays Detective Rebecca Madden, explains the storyline in an exclusive interview, but she won’t reveal why Clarence has gone over to the dark side.
What she does reveal is the most interesting thing she learned about Alcatraz, if she would like to see a romance in Dr. Diego Soto’s (Jorge Garcia) future and the fact that she had actually planned to be a dancer, rather than an actress.
“Alcatraz” airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX.
Growing up were you a tomboy who wanted to play cops and robbers, so this show is a dream come true?
Actually, no. I wouldn’t say I was a girlie girl, but I fell in love with ballet at really young age. I grew up doing that: dancing, dancing, dancing. That is what I thought I was going to do professionally, actually. So, no cops and robbers for me, but it is still a dream job to have — to be able to work with the people I work with and for someone like J.J. Abrams.
What kind of training did you take?
I took up boxing and I started running. If you have seen the show, you know she runs quite a bit. I learned how to shoot my gun, which is a Glock 26. I am not much of a gun person, but that is what she uses. I learned how to shoot that and all the things that come along with busting down doors and having to clear spaces.
Rebecca hasn’t really dealt with the fact that she found out that Ray (Robert Forster) is her biological uncle as opposed to a family friend who raised her.
I think that given the task force that she is involved in, I don’t think she has a ton of time to process beyond what she has to do in that moment. She has to get the job done, which is finding the criminal who comes back to the present day. Even more so, she is pretty damn focused on getting to her grandfather, dealing with him and trying to figure out the mystery that involves Alcatraz. I think she thinks if she figures that out there will be a lot more answers to why Ray didn’t tell her they are biologically related.
I don’t want to give too much away. There was a hint in an episode that talked about Tommy’s [Tommy Madsen, Rebecca's grandfather] blood — and last week, Rebecca took notice of that.
Her grandfather killed her partner. They do come face-to-face at some point. How will she deal with that?
She doesn’t have a relationship with him. It is not emotional in the sense of: “How could my grandfather do this to me?” It is emotional in the sense that her partner is dead and it so happens that she is related to the guy that killed him. I think her intention is that she is going to do what she does with all the criminals. She is going to take him back to Hauser to try to get as many answers as she can. She is prepared to do whatever she has to do to restrain him.
Do you have a theory as to why these people are coming back? Or maybe you know?
I am definitely in the dark. I do have a couple of theories, but I am not going to mention them, because one of those theories gets addressed in episode 13, the final episode, so I am not going to give that away.
It seems as if Tommy might be innocent to me and he was framed to get his blood, but Ray did say, “I thought he was innocent and then I had to accept he was guilty,” but I still wonder. Will we find that out?
Actually, I think that question will be answered.
Coming off “Lost” — another series with a big mystery, has Jorge given you any advice about this one?
No, but he is incredibly supportive and I consider him a dear friend. I just love Jorge. You just have to roll with the punches. You have to get the script and make the most of it you can.
Do you think Doc will have a romance with the medical examiner — they were flirting?
They were flirting. They have the love for comic books in common. Nikki is one pretty lady played by the lovely Jeananne Goossen. I hope to see that relationship blossom. It would be cute.
What is the most interesting thing you learned about Alcatraz?
I think it is more ironic than anything, but considering how Alcatraz housed the worse of the worse, it had the reputation for serving the best food in the prison system. I don’t know why I got a quick out of that.