Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scorpion - Da Bomb

Brought in by NASA and their old nemesis Merrick (David Fabrizio) to fix their top secret rocket before launch, Scorpion runs into a conflict of interest when Walter's (Elyes Gabel) date from the previous evening shows up in their offices wearing a bomb vest and carrying a recording ordering Scorpion to make sabotage the rocket, or else. Brooke Nevin returns from her previous cameo as the host of the speed dating service (where apparently she didn't get a good enough look at Walter's "skills" to know just how terrible he'd be at dating). Although the pair part as friends at the end of the episode, I'm pleased that it doesn't appear the writers have any interest in bringing her back as part of a love triangle between Walter and Paige (Katharine McPhee).

The set-up allows for a pair of tense montages as Scorpion first struggles to find a way to sabotage the rocket that won't look like sabotage and have Sylvester (Ari Stidham), Cabe (Robert Patrick), and Happy (Jadyn Wong) execute the plan under the team's nose. Of course once they learn NASA is sending up astronauts in the rocket Scorpion has to figure out how to sneak back onto the base and under all their tampering without alerting either NASA or their blackmailer (whose identity takes way too long for a bunch of geniuses to figure out).

The other piece of the episode is Walter's attempts to disarm the bomb vest in the warehouse while attempting to mask his shame and how bad the date went. It is convenient that this is the first episode of the series that Walter stays behind allowing him to be there when Linda arrives. As with the situation at the launch site, the geniuses must think outside of the box and find a way to deal with the bomb with whatever they might have on hand which creates an equally tense A and B-story.

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