Season 1, Episode 12
Air date May 25, 2016
Written by Erica Meredith
Directed by Tawnia McKiernan
"Paper Orphans"

"El Toro Bravo" is the twelfth episode of Season One of Beyond Borders.


After the ears of an American tourist are found in Pamplona, Spain, the IRT heads there to investigate.

Guest CastEdit

  • John Patrick Barry - Rob Tanida
  • Juan Javier Cardenas - Simon Alonso
  • Natalia Castellanos - Claudia Fuentes
  • Scott Dean - Tony Downs
  • Gerry Del Sol - Xavi Alonso
  • Christopher Goodman - Clint Smith
  • Robert Henry - Lew Donovan
  • Carlos Leal - Detective Benjamin Esposito
  • Tony Plana - Father Consolmango
  • Oliver Rayón - ND Pamplona Officer
  • Elka Rodriguez - Isa Rodriguez Pareja
  • Jeff Torres - Carlos Villa
  • Gerald Webb - Kevin Garcia

Referenced CriminalsEdit

  • Kale Borroka
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Euskadi Ta Askatasuna
  • The Germán Rodríguez case
  • Los Zetas
  • Los Matazetas
  • The Gulf Cartel


  • "El Ritmo de Maria" by Andy & Lucas
  • "A San Fermín pedimos (Choral)"
  • "San Fermín (Instrumental)"

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Mae Jarvis: "Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be." Miguel de Cervantes


  • "El toro bravo" is Spanish for "the fierce bull", and is the common name of the Spanish fighting bull breed.
  • While commonly attributed to Cervantes's novel Don Quixote, the bookend quote doesn't actually appear in the book, nor is it in any other book written by Cervantes. Its actual origin is the 1964 musical Man of La Mancha. A fictional version of Cervantes appears as a character in the production and says the aforementioned quote.
  • The stock shot purportedly showing the Cathedral of Pamplona actually shows the Central Market of Valencia, a 20th-century, largely metallic Art Nouveau building that has no religious function (and is not actually in Pamplona). A shot of the actual cathedral is used instead for Father Consolmango's fictional church. In addition, the cathedral featured in the show is consecrated to Saint Francis Xavier, but its actual name is Royal Saint Mary (Santa María la Real), and its construction predates Francis Xavier's birth for five years.
  • Father Consolmango is likely named after American Jesuit priest and astronomer Guy Consolmagno, whose surname is Italian. As of 2017, no citizen of Spain has the surname "Consolmango".

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