Warning: Spoiler Alert
An air traffic controller spots a collision waiting to happen and just before it does, one of the planes disappears. It didn’t really disappear. Sylvester, just changed its colors so it blended in with the background on the computer screen. All because that plane held specific world leaders traveling to the United States in the hopes of reaching a peace settlement. Sylvester is not comfortable with the deception, regardless of the upside.
There is still a decent amount of tension between Happy and Toby despite what happened in the last episode. Toby is progressing forward and Happy is still reluctant to bring down her defenses.
The team travel to a site of an old western movie that will be used for the negotiations between Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania. Merrick introduces a woman named Renee to Cabe. Paige observes from a distance. Her interest is peculiar, especially considering the interest and college course she’s taking on European History.
Walter’s program that places seamless images against a green screen to make it appear as if these world leaders are still in their home countries, is being utilized but not taken seriously. After Walter attempts in his way to focus their attention to detail, Renee interjects and reveals that she is, shall I say, not nice. Paige jumps in again, this time using her knowledge of Eastern European customs. Renee is incensed. She demands that Cabe removed her from the grounds.
Renee: I want her off the grounds. Now.
Cabe: Like hell. She just did your job for you. It’s just pouring drinks, but she’s got them working together. She stays.
The moment the drink hits the lips of the Lithuanian President, its apparent he’s been poisoned. Pointing fingers and guns soon ensue. Walter jumps in to show how many people would die if no one lowers their guns. Then Merrick steps in and turns this into Clue: The Movie. The compound is on lock down and everyone’s a suspect. Paige and Toby are sent to hopefully diffuse some of the tension and perhaps pick up on some guilt markers.
The next most pressing issue is any outbound correspondence. Walter and Sylvester will create a ‘cyber noose’. Then Sylvester will respond to any emails, texts, etc. Which of course he is uncomfortable with.
Toby is getting nothing. Hard to read deceptive body language from politicians. An actual fist fight breaks out and Paige gets an idea. There is a singer who is popular in all three countries based on the lineage that spans all three countries. “Hard to keep fighting while listening the lullaby your mother sang to you”. This has a two-fold benefit. Stops the fighting and should calm them enough for Toby to get a read on the group. Instead, Paige thinks she knows what the poison was. The UN doctor is about to give the President an injection to buy them some time. Toby comes from nowhere fast, and tackles the doctor.
After Toby proclaims that the adrenalin shot would have instantly killed the President, Paige explains. Earlier one of the leaders before the fist fight made a reference to a snake. One referenced the ‘dust storm’. Both references relate back to a very old incident the sparked a 4 year war and a temperament that is still seen today. Merrick, naturally, takes shots at Scorpion and is prepared to dive in head first into a move that could kill the President immediately. Next step is to find the appropriate snake, then make an antidote from it. But that would include leaving the grounds.
This is where Walter’s software comes in. Toby kneels down posing as if he’s taking pictures. That image is applied to the green screen and hacked into the surveillance feed. It works beautifully, but Merrick catches them cleaning up. While they are alone, Merrick almost verbally attacks Cabe in his condescending sort of way. However, he does reveal to us the viewers, that there is some piece of information pertaining the to the software Walter made that first caused their rift to begin with. Then Cabe, in no uncertain terms, let it be known that if Merrick disclosed any information to Walter directly, they would have problems and rank would play no part in it.
Walter gets a plan to ‘jack’ a taco food truck to speed up their search for the right snake.
Back on the compound, Sylvester is intercepting texts and Toby is trying to interpret them. Then the President’s top aide (Miko, a large bearded man) sends a text that simply reads, “Everything is in place, moving forward.” They’re smarter than I am, but with all of Miko’s outbursts, being the culprit doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility. After a short bit of research, Sylvester pins the identity of the text recipient. An arms dealer. If the President signs the peace treaty, no war. No war, no weapons sales. Thus, motive.
Toby tells Sylvester to reply to the text, apparently they had a code word. Miko ‘asserts’ himself. A 2 on 1 fight breaks out. Toby and Sylvester lose. Miko makes a break for it.
At a reptile house down a few miles away, Paige runs interference with a lovely southern accent to distract the tour guide while Walter and Happy get by. The tour guide asks a child to press the red button on the wall that applies a rain like mist to the venomous snakes exhibit. Problem is that Walter is directly under the mist. He falls into the venomous snake pit. Walter ultimately decides to let one of them bite him to see if he can mimic the President’s symptoms. Process of elimination. They grab the correct snake and a ferret while Walter slowly loses control of his motor skills.
Cabe pursues Miko and engages in a gunfight in the movie sets referenced at the beginning of this recap. A movie set that Cabe is ‘fanboy’ familiar with. While being shot at, Cabe takes out a ‘saloon’ sign, knocking out Miko in the process. He gets up on Miko and grabs his gun. With both guns fixed on Miko, Cabe channels his inner fanboy.
Cabe (in a John Wayne like voice): Next time, let your horse do the thinking. He’s smarter.
They successfully get Walter next to the President, but Paige dropped the ferret dismounting the taco truck. She tries to go out to help Happy secure the ferret when Walter starts babbling. “I’m sorry. I had a reservation. I’m sorry I never took you to dinner.” Before Paige has a chance to react, Happy arrives with the ferret. A problem remains. They don’t have the proper equipment to separate the healthy antibodies from the ferret’s blood. Without a centrifuge, they opt instead to use a salad spinner from the taco truck.
When Walter wakes, the images he sees (from his own software) was used to show these leaders what would happen if they didn’t come to a resolution. While Walter was out, the team was able to use his software exactly the way he designed it to be used. Image on top of image. Merrick tries to make a government agency version of an apology to Cabe for hanging the Baghdad information over Walter’s head to intimidate Cabe. A notion that Cabe isn’t buying.
Back at Scorpion HQ, the team is settling in. Paige can’t find something and Sylvester is reading something. Then Happy calls for Toby. Toby answers her call the second after he asks, “what’s up”, she plants a very passionate and long kiss on Toby. I was hoping for a permanent removal of her defenses, but as it turns out, just a response to putting the UN doctor in his place.
Cabe and Walter chat. It looks and feels like Cabe is compelled to tell Walter something that could cause another rift. Then Walter asks about Paige and why she would feel the need to take night classes. Cabe says something about not understanding why someone would conceal something. Code for this secret Cabe’s been holding onto. Before Cabe can say anything Paige discovers that there is a water main issue and she’ll never make her final in time, and consequently fail the course. Walter asks Cabe for a favor.
Paige gets a full police escort in order to make her final in time.