Griselda Season 1 Episode 5 Recap and Review: What Does Griselda Accuse Carmen of?

This article recaps Griselda Season 1 Episode 5


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This article of the Netflix series Griselda Season 1 Episode 5, “Paradise Lost,” contains spoilers.


It’s a new day in Miami. The Griselda episode, “Paradise Lost,” now features The Godmother, the most feared narco in South Beach. Meanwhile, CENTAC has been corrupted by Griselda and her money. The report to Washington, D.C., states that the local police can no longer be trusted because they leak.

The thing is, Griselda already knows this. And she has another ruthless plan. While June and Diaz run the next CENTAC meeting, they go over a potential recon of Blanco’s drug trade and stash houses. In an ingenious plan, she makes a strike against CENTAC.


Ms. Blanco owns the bank where Diaz has his account. She placed money there, making it look like she was on the take. She then reports it to the Miami Police Department. He is forced to resign, and June oversees the CENTAC unit.

And she’s going to fight back.

Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix
Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix

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Netflix’s Griselda Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: What does Griselda do about the leak?

The godmother kills what appears to be a list of nine of her own people because she thinks there’s a leak. She orders Rivi, Chucho, and Dario to kill them before the latter’s birthday party. (Yes, she knows how to set the mood for a good time.) All of the men are suffocated to death in one of the stash houses.

June uses this to her advantage. As Blanco keeps murdering rivals and her own, it’s a sign of weakness. Not someone who is confident and in control. She suggests they take out one of her stash houses. One they think is hidden in secret. This will cause Griselda to become anxious and paranoid. She will think there is still a leak.

In fact, June never had an informant. This kick-ass detective broke the codes herself. June suggests they raid the Fort Lauderdale stash house. By doing this, she will overreact and could create an opening. A colleague points out that Blanco could then switch houses and change her whole system. June thinks it’s worth the risk.


Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix

Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via NetflixAlso Read: “He was a target for kidnapping”: The Horrific ‘Nightmare’ Sofía Vergara May be Reeling With Even Today

Who does Griselda now think is the leak?

Griselda thinks the leak is now her friend, Isabel, whom we met in the pilot. The raid on the stash house has sent Griselda down a rabbit hole of paranoia. The birthday party is a huge affair, but it’s a mess. Dario and Blanco now have a small child. Griselda’s second son has a major drug problem. And she hates Rafa’s new supplies—an arrogant American, John Roberts.


Rivi delivers the news. He thinks there still could be an informant, but Dario says they may have had the intel. Rivi will call his police contacts. That’s when the paranoia sets in. Rafa’s wife, Marta, is a gaslighter, suggesting Isabel is the leak by spying on Griselda. She begins to self-medicate with drugs and booze.

Blanco asks Rivi to follow Carmen. This, despite reporting to her that the leak was intel and not an informant. While at home, June surprises Carmen. She shows her the evidence that Blanco is buying tickets through her travel agency to smuggle into the United States. She offers her a deal, but Carmen does not take it.

She is now in a tailspin. She finds her secretary talking to Dario. She accuses them of having an affair. While chasing her through the house, she sees John Roberts. Hold him at gunpoint, telling him to strip, get on all fours, and bark like a dog. She forces a man and a woman to have sex in front of everyone. Griselda then shoots a car in the driveway.

Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix
Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix

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Griselda Season 1 Episode 5 Ending Explained: Why Does Griselda Choke Carmen?

Griselda ends with Carmen coming back to the home to support her friend and tells her about June approaching her. Blanco, high on drugs and drunk, attacks her, thinking she’s the informant. Dario comes in and pulls Griselda off Carmen. She then runs from the home. Things get worse when her second son asks Chucho to take a gun he used to shoot up The Mutiny and make the arrest.

Chucho punches him in the face for bringing this to his family’s doorstep. Griselda’s son then reports the assault to his mother but, of course, leaves the rest out. Ms. Blanco orders Rivi to kill Chucho. The next morning, Rivi attempts to shoot his car with his son in the back seat. Chucho survives, but the son is killed.


Rivi calls his boss, who tells her he misses him. She is actually relieved, knowing she was out of control last night. That’s when she hears the news. Chucho and his family go into hiding. Also, Carmen turns witness for CENTAC.

Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix
Sofía Vergara in Griselda (2024) | Image via Netflix

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