Friday, November 27, 2020

FBI - Never Trust a Stranger

FBI returns with a new season and a new agent in Special Agent Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) but apparently without Ebonee Noel. "Never Trust a Stranger" returns Special Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) from her undercover assignment to investigate a mass shooting at a liberal media company by a White Power group which involved a source (Andrew Yackel) of OA (Zeeko Zaki). The first-half of the episode deals mainly with Scola (John Boyd) and Wallace getting off on the wrong foot as new partners and Maggie wondering if OA is too close to his missing source to face hard truths about a kid he's determined to think the best of (even after he takes seven people hostage to avoid being arrested by the FBI).

From the closing scenes, it appears there will be a lingering hangover from Magie's undercover mission which was completely successfully but not without some fallout (and a new relationship?). The second-half of the episode centers on the search for another member of the group walking around New York with a pipe bomb in his backpack and OA taking a desperate chance to save the kid's life. The war room certainly misses Noel's presence but Turner is a solid addition to the cast as the script allows for a couple of more human moments with her partner after introducing her as a hard ass early on. As for OA, he manages to save the kid and the hostages but to do so he put quite a bit of trust in a young man spiraling out of control and was, as Maggie surmised, too close to a situation that could just have easily ended much worse.

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