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Season One of the FOX Network’s summer series “Wayward Pines,” felt like being submerged in a  tank of ice-cold water when David Pilcher revealed to Ethan Burke and the audience, that they now lived in the year 4028.  Realizing that they couldn’t shock their audience in Season Two, the show’s creative staff used a different method of telling their story.  Their new method could be best described as putting the audience in another tank of water and slowly turning up the heat in each episode. We’ve watched as the writers slowly peel back the layers of the onion and discovering the ways that David Pilcher, fulfilled his vision.

Much of Episode Nine’s story takes place in our era as Pilcher goes searching for his “Chosen One,” a child that will enter cryogenic suspension shortly after birth. This child will be groomed to become Pilcher’s hand-picked successor, groomed from day one to become the eventual leader of Wayward Pines. After much research, Pilcher discovers the perfect candidate at a toney girls’ school, Walcott Prep.

The mother-to-be comes from a prestigious family, her father’s a Senator. The child’s father’s in his first year at Harvard and they both just want to get through this “inconvenience” and go onto their lives of privilege. After meeting with school officials, Pilcher meets with the parents and then privately with their daughter Abigail.

Pilcher’s extremely awkward in his meeting with Abigail and he attempts to keep his composure when the teenager tells him she expected he’d be younger. She’s reading Orwell’s Animal Farm and David’s face lights up when he realizes what she’s holding. He takes the book from her and reads a passage that talks about the animal’s conception of heaven. She responds with a passage she’s memorized from the end of the novel, that alludes to the fact that the previously warring factions, now looked exactly alike. Pilcher says it’s an idealistic novel, Abigail replies that it begins in an idealistic tone, but then goes dark.

Returning to 4032, we watch the Abbies attempting to save Margaret, they cauterized the wound with fire and then wrap her injured arms in leaves. We watch as she takes nourishment and we can feel the concern the Abbies have for their leader. Once again we see a humanity displayed by the Abbies, that’s absent in the last human outpost.

There’s been no greater transformation of a character this season than Dr. Theo Yedlin, who got revived in the season opener to save the life of rebel Kate Hewson. After completing the surgery, Yedlin found himself unceremoniously dumped outside the protective fence along with Xander Beck and Ben Burke. Kerry Campbell got gutted by an Abbie, which led to Jason Higgins sending soldiers to rescue him. Theo originally thought that he’d been the target of Team-Pilcher’s capture, but he soon found out that his wife Rebecca had designed the town for the visionary madman and he just got snatched up in the bargain.

Yedlin originally wanted no role in the new reality he found himself in, but without a properly trained medical staff he realized his medical skills were needed. He challenged Higgins authority from the start, telling the leader that Theo could fill Jason’s role, but Higgins couldn’t perform surgery. Yedlin’s authority and power’s increased with each episode and the doctor who stopped using guns due to the damage they caused gave way to a man wanting vengeance. He decides to enlist the man now married to Theo’s former wife Xander Beck, to help carry out his mission.

Yedlin enters the ice-cream shop and Beck comes out of the back room expecting to argue with Theo over Rebecca, but the surgeon makes it clear that’s not the reason for his visit. He tells Xander that he wants to take out Higgins and asks for his assistance. Beck replies that he’s fine with the regime change, but he asks Yedlin if he’s got a plan of what they should do after killing Jason. Theo remains silent, showing us all that he’s not thought about anything but killing the boy-king.

CJ Mitchum walks into the shop and tells Yedlin that Higgins has summoned them both to the mountain. When they arrive, Jason tells them he’s decided that the only way to save the community’s for them all to go back into cryogenic hibernation. He asks Mitchum to check the pods and make certain they’re all operational and he tells them he’s going to address the town and tell them of his decision.

Turns out there’s a fly in the ointment, CJ informs Higgins that powering the fence and the town has drained many of the pods batteries and they’re now inoperable. Mitchum tells Jason that only 571 pods can operate, leaving about half their citizens to die by starvation or at the hands of the Abbies.

Higgins tries to pull a fast one on Yedlin, but he soon confesses what Mitchum told him and asks Yedlin to go through the medical records of the residents and divide them into groups. Theo refuses to go that route telling Jason that the only fair way to choose who survives, is by lottery. Higgins dismisses the idea saying that people who are needed could be left to die. Theo then brings up the fact that Kerry can’t get pregnant and reminds him that Pilcher would have allowed her to die.

Yedlin decides to use the situation to his advantage and meets with Kerry and tells her about the lack of working pods. He tells Campbell that Jason’s going to leave her behind because she can’t get pregnant. She loses her composure and tells Theo she doesn’t believe him and Higgins loves her. Yedlin responds that he loves Pilcher more and that she’s got to take Jason out. Theo keeps his hands clean while achieving his desired results.

We flashback to 2017, and watch as Team-Pilcher does its final preparation check before they enter their cryogenic hibernation. Mitchum tells David that all the pods are in working condition and they’ve got some extras if Pilcher decides to add any last-minute guests. Pilcher’s cellphone rings and his face turns ashen when he finds out that Abigail miscarried and his “Chosen One” died. He’s crushed, they’re scheduled to all be frozen within days and he’s lost his successor.

In desperation Pilcher heads to a hospital in Boise and finds an unwed mother who doesn’t want to keep her son. David makes a huge donation to the hospital and gives the mother a huge amount of money. He asks the physician if he could possibly talk with the child’s mother, but he believes she’s asleep. A girl’s voice rings out from the bed that she’s awake and the young mother’s Kerry Campbell.

Campbell’s from a town about 30-miles outside of Boise and she’s had a hard-knocks life. We find out the father of her child’s a boy she knew since she was seven, but she says she guesses she never really knew him. Pilcher asks if he hurt Kerry and she smiles that he tried to, just like her step-brother and father did, but she didn’t let them. David asks her what she’s going to do with the money and she starts beaming and telling Pilcher about all the places she’s going to travel to beginning with Paris.

Turns out Campbell’s infatuated with the writings of Marcel Proust, author of a seven part epic entitled In Search Of Lost Time. She’s mesmerized by his words after taking a bite from a cookie and the memories it evokes within him. We can see that Pilcher’s captivated by the young woman and we realize why he asked her to join his new society. Unfortunately he never expected that her son would see her file and that Jason would conclude that she’d be the perfect mate for him. Unaware that the woman he’d chosen was actually his mother.

Higgins goes through all of the files of the town’s residents and discovers that Kerry Campbell has an alternate file telling the true story of her past. He sees that she had a son and that the child got renamed Jason Higgins. Unlike Oedipus from the Greek Myths, Higgins does not react to the news by tearing out his own eyes. He decides he’ll end this twisted relationship by killing Campbell.

Kerry walks into Jason’s office right then, fearing he’s going to leave her behind because she’s defective, but putting on a brave face. Higgins naturally loses his composure quickly and tells Kerry about the problem with the pods. He then says he’s glad it’s out in the open, that they share everything with each other. He then asks why she never told him she had a baby and she thinks Jason believes that’s why she can’t get pregnant. She tells him it was 2,000 years ago and Pilcher saw something special in her and asked her to join his society. Higgins asks her what happened to her son and she told Higgins what Pilcher told her in the hospital, he got sent to Texas. Jason asks how can she be sure and she replies Pilcher told her.

Who actually made the first move’s hard to say but soon the couple were locked in a battle to the death. They both struggle for Jason’s pistol, then we hear a gunshot and we go to commercial. When we return we’re watching one of Higgins memories. We see him pick Kerry’s file to become his significant other and then we watch as Jason’s the first person Kerry meets in Wayward Pines.

We jump back to 4032, and find Campbell and Higgins lying next to each other on the floor. We see by the blood streaming from his chest that Jason got shot. His dying words to Kerry are that they taught her well at Walcott Prep.

Our final scene takes us back outside the fence and we find that Margaret’s getting stronger and will survive her shooting. The leader of the Abbies sits upright and growls and soon the thousands of Abbies that surround her follow suit.

Photo Courtesy of FOX

Photo Courtesy of FOX

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The eighth episode of the FOX Network series “Wayward Pines,” begins with the calm before the storm, as we hear Jason Higgins’ voice addressing the town’s citizens on the dawn of a new day. Higgins tells the residents that they’ll defeat their enemies and one of the ways they’ll show their determination’s to live their lives normally. He finishes his speech with the words “Go to school, work hard, be happy and enjoy your lives in Wayward Pines.”

What Higgins and the rest of the town’s unaware of, is that they’re in the midst of a life and death situation. Theo Yedlin and Kerry Campbell enter the superstructure in the mountain at the same time and they ride the elevator together. Yedlin’s got some disconcerting news for Campbell, after going through te results of the tests he performed on her, Theo tells Kerry due to medical issues she’d be unable to carry a child to term. Campbell’s normally cool and calm demeanor gives way to the devastation she feels hearing the news, crying that she can’t fulfill her obligation as a member of the First Generation. The elevator stops at her floor and she tells Yedlin to let her know if Megan Fisher gets in his way. It’s at that moment we realize they’re clueless to the danger in their midst, but that will change quickly.

Yedlin realizes something’s wrong when he reaches the lab and the lights are off, he turns them on to find Fisher’s lifeless body sitting in her wheelchair, the floor soaked in her blood. Theo then discovers Margaret’s escaped and he pushes the button sounding the alarm. The soldiers arrive along with Kerry and Jason and they start searching the superstructure for Margaret, but they soon realize she’s escaped the facility.

Higgins starts barking out instructions to Mario, but Yedlin interrupts him and tells Jason he’s got to inform the residents of the situation. Jason automatically tries to dismiss Theo’s advice but suddenly turns to Kerry and says Yedlin’s correct, they’ll tell all the residents to immediately get indoors, unless they want to help in the search.

Before the announcement’s made, we join Rebecca and Xander for an awkward but illuminating conversation. The couple may have started living separately six months before, but apparently they’d been intimate far more recently as we find out Rebecca’s carrying Xander’s child. He asks her why she hadn’t told Yedlin and she tells him that she still has feelings for Theo.

Margaret’s trying to get to the spot she used to get inside the electric fence to escape, when she slips and starts to fall from a cliff. She hangs on with one hand and attempts to pull herself up, however when she realizes that won’t work she jumps to the ground below unharmed.

The announcement goes out to all the residents to seek shelter and lock the doors. Over at Wayward Pines Academy, Frank Armstrong tries to convince one of his pals to hunker down in the school’s basement. However his buddy gives him a wink and  a smile and says if it’s truly the end of the world, he’s not about to waste it in the basement as he and his girlfriend walk off holding hands.

Frank’s younger sister Lucy pleads with her brother to take her to Rebecca’s hair salon and after she tells her brother she’ll feel safer there, he agrees to her request. What they don’t realize is the trip to the town square will put them dangerously close to Margaret.

Adam Hassler and Yedlin team up to try to capture Margaret, each carrying a gun and Hassler asks Theo if he knows how to shoot? The doctor says his father taught him when he was a kid, but he stopped shooting when he became a doctor and realized how much damage a bullet could cause. Adam tries to console Yedlin, saying Wayward Pines has caused many residents to break promises they made to themselves. He then suggests that once they bag their trophy they should celebrate in the town square. Theo says that Margaret’s not a trophy and Hassler responds that Yedlin best hope she becomes one.

Margaret’s spotted on the roofs of the shops in the town square, Mario and his soldiers spray the roofs with gunfire but don’t come close to hitting her. When one of the soldiers makes it to the roofs they realize she’s escaped once again. The soldiers start getting various reports that the female Abbie’s been seen all over town, so they split up and start searching.

Frank and Lucy walk to Rebecca’s salon and Armstrong attempts to keep his younger sister calm by talking about her upcoming spelling-bee. However the Armstrong’s are unaware that Margaret’s about 30-yards away and recognizes Frank from their encounter at the merry-go-round, but she lets them pass. She then discovers Frank’s buddy making out with his girlfriend in the woods, but she lets them be as well. The third couple she comes upon aren’t so lucky, as one of the soldiers kisses his wife goodbye before heading to join the other soldiers. Margaret recognizes the uniform as the same as what the soldiers that captured her wore and as soon as the wife goes inside her house she attacks the soldier and quickly kills him. She then picks up his corpse and carries his body on her shoulders.

The Armstrong’s reach Rebecca’s salon and she hurries them into her shop, where they join Arlene and a young married couple. Suddenly Xander comes into the shop carrying a canvas bag filled with weapons he’d been hiding. The couple says they want to help in the search, so Beck gives them each a rifle and tells them not to point them at anything they don’t intend to kill.

Rebecca says that they could determine where Margaret’s heading far easier if she had a copy of what the Abbies settlement looked like before Pilcher destroyed it and built Wayward Pines on top of the ruins. She suddenly remembers that there’s a copy of what she needs in Jason’s office inside the mountain and says she’ll retrieve it. Xander begs her to be careful.

Hassler and Yedlin see blood on some foliage and believe it’s Margaret’s so they start following her trail East but then they discover the corpse and realize that Margaret purposely mislead them. Hassler believes they should start heading South, while Theo’s convinced they should remain going East. They then hear gunfire coming from the East and the men split up with Yedlin heading towards the gunfire, while Adam continues South.

When Theo reaches a housing development, he finds the source of the gunshots he heard. Turns out that the married couple from the salon suddenly se Margaret at the same time that Mario and three soldiers do. The husband attempts to shoot Margaret but his shot goes awry and he instead hits Mario in his abdomen. One of the soldiers reflexively fires back and hits the husband in the throat, killing him instantly. When Yedlin arrives he sees the wife and the soldiers with weapons pointed at each other. Theo takes charge and orders them all to drop their weapons so they can get Mario to the hospital. Yedlin’s authoritative demeanor gets their respect and they all drop their weapons and then one of the soldiers asks Theo what next sir? They carry Mario to the hospital.

Rebecca shows up at Jason’s office door and tells the soldier guarding it she needs to go in there, but the soldier refuses saying she’s not authorized. She smiles and said that Jason sent her there and that he should call Higgins to verify her story, though he may get a tad upset as he’s in the midst of trying to capture Margaret.

The ruse works as the soldier lets her into the office and she quickly finds the document she seeks, but she’s soon joined by Kerry asking what Rebecca’s doing in there? Rebecca says she found what she needed, the schematics of the Abbies settlement, so they can determine where Margaret’s headed. After sniping at each other for a bit, Rebecca heads back to the town square. However as she’s walking back she suddenly looks right into Margaret’s eyes as they’re about 20-feet from each other.

Margaret raises her hand to attack and Rebecca reflexively puts her hand on her belly as she’s concerned about her child. Margaret immediately realizes that Rebecca’s carrying a baby, as we see Margaret flashback to the Abbies settlement before Pilcher destroyed it and we see an Abbie holding her newborn. Whether she was about to show Rebecca mercy or not, will never be known as Xander appears from out of nowhere and hits Margaret with a shot to the forearm. Badly injured she growls at Beck and runs away and Rebecca and Xander kiss passionately.

Jason pulls Kerry aside and takes her into a room she’d never seen before containing cryogenic chambers. Higgins smiles and says this is their escape, they’ll go back to sleep and return after the Abbies die out and they’ll become the new Adam and Eve. Kerry breaks down and tells Jason she can’t have children and Higgins says he feels so sorry for her and had he known that he would have planned things differently. She then tells him she loves him and he responds the same way. However will Jason decide to choose a new mate?

Mario wakes up after surgery and Theo tells him the bullet passed right through him, missing his liver by about an inch. Mario looks Yedlin in the eyes and asks are we dead? Theo says that Mario should make a full recovery, but the soldier shakes his head and asks Yedlin are WE dead? Theo admits he was doesn’t know and the brave front Mario puts on disappeared as he broke down crying.

Margaret finds the drain pipe she used to enter the town and she’s about to enter it when she hears a rifle being cocked. She turns around to see Hassler pointing his rifle at her. Margaret’s fearful at first but she flashes back to Adam in the lab saying they needed to set her free. Realizing Hassler’s aware of her intelligence, she suddenly stands tall and stares into Adam’s eyes. He gestures with his head for her to enter the drainage pipe and she doesn’t hesitate and takes off. Hassler waits a few minutes then lays his rifle on the ground and heads into the pipe.

After studying the schematics, Rebecca and Xander head to Jason and tell him they know Margaret’s escape route. Along with Kerry and some soldiers, they arrive at the drainage pipe too late and they realize that Margaret either took Hassler or he allowed her to escape. To keep the Abbies from using the drain pipe to invade the town, Higgins had the soldiers collapse their end of the pipe with grenades.

On the other end of the pipe we see Adam emerge to find a swarm of males waiting for him. They appear ready to pounce on him when Margaret growls at the males and signals for them to let Hassler pass safely. As soon as he gets out of the area Margaret collapses into the arms of two other Abbies who attempt to comfort her. Margaret flashes back to the day that Pilcher destroyed their settlement.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

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Secrets get revealed, partnerships form and a deal’s made with a demon, must be Christmas in Central City! All this and more took place in the final episode in 2015 of The CW hit series “The Flash,” as the show reshuffled the deck before heading on hiatus. Something to keep in mind though as the Scarlet Speedster and Team-Flash take a break for the holidays, it’s a lot easier to break a bond with a man who has no honor. Sometimes deals get made for no other reason than to buy time, as the party that’s coerced into the agreement attempts to think of a way of defeating their new-found ally.

The first image we see is Harrison Wells running from someone down some hallways. He grabs a weapon and attempts to fire it, however he finds himself with his feet dangling in the air as Zoom holds him by the throat. Wells tells the speedster to take his life but allow his daughter Jessie to go free and live. He says she’s innocent and he’ll gladly sacrifice his life to save hers. Zoom stays silent and doesn’t loosen his grip on Harrison’s throat, Wells tells the monster to kill him and finally Zoom speaks and says Merry Christmas.

Joe West and his daughter Iris are getting their final Christmas shopping done and sit down to get a bite to eat. Joe asks Iris what he should get Barry for Christmas and Iris suggests a really nice watch like Joe’s father gave him. Joe smiles and says his father had a message for his son when he gave him the watch, start arriving places on time. West says that when he was a kid he pledged if he ever had a son he’d give him fun gifts. Iris knowing that Joe does have a son that she hasn’t told him about gets a bit emotional.

Barry and Patty are making out at the station and she says they really should be acting more professional in case anyone comes in. Right then Iris comes in and Patty slaps Barry on the shoulder and says she’s got a 4:00 pm to midnight shift and she’ll see him around.

Iris then tells Barry about her brother that she’s kept hidden from Joe since she had contact with her mother earlier in the season. She says that she feels terrible about not telling him sooner and the news will kill him. Barry tells her he’ll handle it well and he’ll help break the news to Joe. Iris hugs him and thanks him then takes off.

Back at STAR Labs Jay Garrick and Caitlin are trying to come up with a way to close all the breaches to Earth-Two except for the one at STAR Labs. Snow tells Jay she truly appreciates him watching out for Barry and Garrick replies he’s not the only one whose welfare he’s concerned with. Cisco trying to rebound from a broken-heart plays the wise-guy and tells Jay to kiss her already then asks Caitlin how’s Wells doing? She says she believes he’s still asleep but as Ramon turns to go find him Harrison’s standing right behind him.

Barry and Iris noticed it started to snow as they finished their conversation earlier, turns out the white-stuff didn’t come from Mother Nature. The Weather Wizard shows up at Iron Heights Prison and breaks out Captain Cold and The Trickster. Leonard Snart, Captain Cold’s real name isn’t a fan of James Jesse/The Trickster and asks Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard why he broke them out. Mardon tells Leonard that they’re going to team-up to kill the Flash and with Weather Wizard’s powers, Captain Cold’s smarts and The Trickster’s flair for the dramatic they’ll be successful.

Joe and Barry meet up at Iron Heights and discuss the escape and West tells Barry this might set Patty off as Mardon killed her father. Patty arrives looking grim-faced and Barry tries to talk to her, but she blows him off saying he has no understanding of the situation. She tells him she cares for him but he’s over his head in this type of situation. Which leads me to my question of the goings on in Central City. In the last few weeks Barry’s told Linda Park and Kendra Saunders he’s the Flash, why hasn’t he told the woman he cares about Patty Spivot about his secret identity?

I’m not much of a “shipper” when it comes to shows and characters that I follow, however Patty Spivot’s pretty much a perfect match for Barry Allen. She’s truly adorable, they share he same interests and she’s crazy about him and her admiration would only increase for him if he told her he’s the Flash. I don’t want to see this relationship get dashed on the rocks because she finds out accidentally. He’s a lot closer with Patty than he was with Joe’s former partner Eddie Thawne and he knew Barry’s the Scarlet Speedster. Let’s get Patty in the loop as soon as possible when the show returns.

West comes home to find Iris and Barry sitting there waiting to talk to him and he knows something big is going down. Barry starts to take the lead but Iris cuts him off feeling it’s her responsibility to inform her father and tells Joe that he has a son and she has a brother named Wally West. Joe smiles saying that’s short for Wallace, which is what they planned to call Iris if she’d been a boy.

Joe’s obviously unsettled by the revelation and tells his daughter he needs time to process things and tells her to give him time to let things set. He then says he needs to get back to the station. Iris asks Barry if she thinks Joe’s going to be alright and Barry says that he’ll be fine. However Barry’s not fine when he discovers Captain Cold sitting in the easy-chair in the living room.

Barry pins Leonard against a wall and asks him if he’s insane coming to Allen’s house? Snart says this is a fine way to treat him when he shows up to give him his Christmas present. He then tells Barry that Weather Wizard and The Trickster are teaming up to defeat him, they asked him to join them but he’s decided against it. However he turns down Barry’s request to team up with him and help the Flash defeat the duo.

We find out Wells confrontation with Zoom actually took place in the opening scene and wasn’t a nightmare or a hallucination. The monster enters STAR Labs through the breach and asks Harrison if he’s made his decision and Wells says he needs more time. Zoom says he needs his decision immediately but Wells stays resolute that he needs more time before he gives the villain an answer. Zoom tells him he has one day then says he’ll say hello to his daughter for him and goes back through the breach.

The Trickster’s commandeered the airwaves and he’s on every TV station in Central City saying it’s going to be a very bloody Christmas. He says his stocking’s going to be filled with Flash parts and then laughs hysterically. As he finishes his address to the city, Caitlin notices an image reflected in Jesse’s iris. Wells recognizes it as a children’s toy he bought his daughter when she was in grade school. Cisco soon finds the distribution warehouse that the toys shipped from and the Flash heads there to try to catch The Trickster.

He arrives and he’s soon joined by Patty Spivot whose obsessed with finding Mardon and making him pay for her father’s death. They both soon realize that it’s a trap and neither of the criminals are there. However a videotape starts playing and an image of Jesse tells them that the dreidels that are heading for them from all sides are made from C-4 explosives. The Flash tells Spivot to wrap her arms around him and he rotates his hands fast enough to create an up-draft that takes them to safety.

Flash tells Spivot to let him handle this situation and for her to back off, he understands that Mardon murdered her father but says she’ll just get hurt. She confesses to Flash that she worked for her father before he got killed, but ditched work that day to hang with her friends. So her father got robbed by Mardon and killed for a few hundred bucks. She said it’s her fault her father died and she’s going to make Mardon pay.

Cisco creates a wand that will draw all the electricity out of the air where Mardon’s at making it impossible for him to access his powers. Cisco tracks down Weather Wizard and The Trickster to Central City Square where the city’s holding the tree lighting ceremony. Flash grabs the wand and speeds down there. Turns out Weather Wizard’s acquired the power of flight but Flash chases him down and zaps him with the wand causing Mardon to fall onto a rooftop.

Flash asks Weather Wizard if he truly thought he could beat him like that and Mardon says of course not, but Central City’s hero will allow Mardon to beat him now. He reveals that The Trickster posed as a department store Santa Claus and handed out 100 bombs to random children from all over the city. Unless Flash submits to Mardon’s beating 100 families will get blown up instantly, Flash agrees not to fight back.

Team-Flash monitoring Barry from STAR Labs hears what’s going on and Wells says if they can find one of the bombs reverse the polarity and send it into the breach all the other bombs will get sucked up with it. Garrick, Ramon and Wells get into a vehicle and find one of the homes with the bombs. Wells straps it to a drone and guides it through the breach and all the other bombs get sucked into the breach as well. Barry’s hanging on when Cisco tells him the bombs are gone he then quickly takes out Mardon and The Trickster.

Spivot shows up and uses Cisco’s invention to stop Meta-Humans the boot to keep Flash on the sidelines, then she grabs her service revolver and stands over Mardon and says this is for her father. Flash tells her if she does this her life’s over and she’ll lose everybody she cares about and she’ll be all alone once again. She decides to cuff Mardon instead and releases Flash and apologizes.

Everybody’s at Joe’s house for a Christmas Eve celebration. Patty arrives and tells Barry she wants to tell him what’s been going on and he says it’s the best Christmas present he could receive. Suddenly the door bell rings and a young man’s standing in the doorway he introduces himself as Wally West, Francine’s son. He says he sees Joe’s got company and says he’ll come back some other time, but Joe insists he come in and join the party.

Wells gets another visit from Zoom in the final scene and the speedster asks Harrison what’s his decision. Wells says he needs to see his daughter first and Zoom quickly gets her and puts her in front of Wells. The two embrace and she begs her father to save him. Zoom then snatches her back and leaves her back in her cage and asks Wells his decision. Wells tells Zoom that he’ll help him steal The Flash’s speed and the screen goes black.

The Story Returns Tuesday January 19, at 8:00 pm on The CW.

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Photo Courtesy Of Nicole Rivelli/ FOX

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Despite everything we’ve soaked in until that very moment, our loftiest goals and heartiest claims of bravado the unvarnished truth is we don’t know how we’ll deal in a crisis until it’s thrust upon us. Which of us will demonstrate bravery or compassion, while others attempt to blend in with the furnishings? Even prior history’s an uncertain indicator, as the right situation could give a coward courage or the final factor that pushes somebody over the edge. This week’s chapter of the FOX series “Gotham,” showed some characters just wetting their feet in unfamiliar waters while others dove in head first embracing the rush.

We watch a news-truck throw a bundle of papers in front of a newsstand blaring the headline “Mayor Galavan Arrested” as Tabitha walks past the stand and into an empty bar. Bartender’s wiping the counter and asks if he can help her and she says she’ll have a Highsmith Royale. The bartender asks isn’t it early in the day then she repeats her order adds no ice and gives the man a bankroll. After counting it, he smiles and opens a hidden door leading to a jumping underground casino.

Tabby makes a beeline to the woman she came to see, a woman who owns the most infamous assassin-for-hire agency in Gotham City. A treat for fans of Doctor Who, the woman’s portrayed by Michelle Gomez whose taken on the role of Missy playing opposite Peter Capaldi. The woman guarantees Galavan that once she provides the name, the victim will  be roadkill before sunrise. Tabitha gives the woman a photo Jim Gordon.

Gordon’s down at Gotham General  asking Barbara Kean’s doctor if she can answer questions. The doctor looks at Gordon as if the detective’s loony and tells him Kean’s in a coma and it’s tough to predict when or if she’ll come out of it. They’re transferring her to Arkham and the doctor asks Gordon if he wants to ride in the ambulance? He declines and heads to the precinct.

Penguin wakes up from being drugged and he sees Ed’s standing over him. Cobblepot tries to get up and Ed tells him he’s badly injured and can’t move. Oswald tries to get up again and this time Nygma sedates him with a hypodermic needle. As Penguin goes back under Ed says rest up we’ve got a big night ahead.

Jim sees Lee at the precinct and she tells him Kean’s being transferred to Arkham and he tells her he knows as he was just there to see her. Lee’s  really ticked off at first then Gordon says she’s a witness in the case against Galavan and he needs her testimony. Thompkins says we all have a dark side, but Jim’s been running towards his over the last few weeks. She says that’s bad for him and them, he agrees and says he needs to meet Barnes at Theo’s penthouse. He promises they’ll discuss it that night.

As we drop in at Wayne Manor we see that Bruce has company as Silver St. Cloud’s sitting in his library. She says she thought he’d refuse to see her and asks if he believes her uncle’s guilty? Bruce says of course not and says he has a question for her but right then Alfred walks in. He says given the circumstances he needs to ask Miss St. Cloud to leave, she gives Bruce her hotel-room key and tells him to join her there later.

Gordon heads up to Galavan’s penthouse by elevator when a guy stops the car at last second by sticking his arm in the door covered by a cloth bag. The guy looks like a homeless person but it’s pretty easy to see he’s the hitman. He asks if Gordon lives there then offers him a caramel then pulls out a piece of piano wire and starts strangling Jim from behind. The two smack the stuffing out of each other in the confined space, but the detective gains the advantage by covering the dude’s face with his bag and pummels his head until he blacks out.

He drags the guy out of the elevator to the penthouse and Captain Barnes asks who he is? Gordon says he doesn’t know but he just tried to kill him. The assassin’s phone rings and Gordon picks it up and just breaths. The woman who owns the agency’s on the other end and hangs up realizing Gordon’s alive. She goes over to the craps table and puts out an all-call to kill Gordon before sunrise.

Penguin’s lucid this time when he wakes up and he’s frightened to see Ed standing by his bed. Penguin says he’s leaving and Nygma tells him he’s badly injured and a wanted criminal and he’d be fortunate to make it three blocks. Penguin glares at Ed but gets into bed, then says he knows Nygma. Ed says they met last year at the GCPD and he laughs when Cobblepot asks if he’s a cop.

He then says he needs Penguin’s advice, he’s just become a murderer and realizes he can’t go back to his old life. He asks Oswald to mold him. Penguin lets out a derisive laugh and looks out the window, he says his empire’s in ruins and he’s friendless and he lost the one person he cared about due to his weakness. He says he’s leaving, then passes out.

Barnes calls for backup, right now they’ve got an unarmed guy from forensics and three armed officers in Barnes, Gordon and a young uniform named Officer Parks and she looks like the only time she’s ever fired her weapon’s at target practice. Suddenly the security camera feeds get cut and the now restrained failed assassin starts laughing. He says that’s his employer’s policy, if the first assassin doesn’t get the job done, they keep sending people until it gets done.

The forensic guy’s killed but Parks, Gordon and Barnes kill three of the guys and one looks like he’s taking a long nap. Barnes says they’re evacuating now and will return with the backup, Gordon begs Barnes to let him stay behind so none of Galavan’s people can take evidence while they’re gone. Just then the fourth guy comes to and slices Barnes thigh deeply with a blade. Gordon takes him out with gunfire, but Barnes’ artery got severed and they can’t move him.

Ed tells Penguin he’s got a gift for him. The man’s named Leonard and he’s bound with a bag over his head and Nygma tells Cobblepot he’s Galavan’s lackey. He says Penguin talks in his sleep and was talking about Theo killing his mother and he thought Penguin would get cheered up by a little vengeance.  He gives Cobblepot a blade and Penguin stands in front of Leonard, then drops the knife and says he’s through. He’s going to get better and leave Gotham City forever. He goes back in the bed and pulls the covers over his head and hums a tune softly to himself.

The agency’s owner’s at her wit’s end and makes a call she hoped to avoid. She gets a guy whose already got a bunch of corpses laying at his feet and he’s torturing his last victim, by slicing off a slice of the guy’s flesh and he’s about to eat it while the guy screams. He laughs at his victim and asks why just smell the fear when you can taste it?

He answers his phone and we find out he’s Eduardo Flamingo, a character out of the Batman comic-books universe. Flamingo’s known as the “Face-Eater” as he devours his victims faces after he kills them and his counterpart on the show’s also a cannibal. He says  to the woman he thought she revoked his membership and she tells him all’s forgiven and she needs him to kill Gordon before sunrise. He shoots his surviving victim and says he’s on his way.

Gordon ties off Barnes’ leg so he doesn’t bleed out before the EMT’s arrive and the Captain asks Jim what’s going on. He tells her that Kean said he’s a monster and Lee seems to believe it as well. He said he nearly crossed the line before the backup arrived at the church as he held that double-barreled shotgun aimed at Barbara and nearly pulled the trigger.

Barnes’ has had a couple of belts of whiskey to kill the pain and he tells Gordon about his second-tour-of-duty in the Middle-East. He and his platoon caught three enemy soldiers and had their hands zip-tied as a sandstorm approached. One tried to escape and Barnes tried to scare the soldier and stuck his gun in the guy’s mouth, then he felt himself pull the trigger. He says it took him years to forgive himself, when he finally admitted he was just a man. He says there is no line, there’s only the law. That’s what separates us from the animals.

Bruce comes into the library wearing his bathrobe and he tells Alfred that he realizes his guardian’s correct and he’ll contact Detective Gordon in the morning about help with Theo. Alfred asks him if he’s heading for bed and Wayne responds he is, Alfred says he already sent the taxi that Bruce called away giving the driver a generous tip. Bruce says he didn’t call a cab and Alfred dangles the hotel-key and says if he has to play prison-guard he will.

The backup arrives downstairs as one of the uniform’s tells Gordon that four officers have arrived and then there’s silence. Flamingo gets on the radio and says after he feasts on Gordon’s friends he’ll have him for dessert. Gordon says he’s heading down there. Barnes’ tries to stop him but has no other solution.

Gordon hits the street and sees the four officers bodies but he doesn’t see his opponent until Flamingo hits Jim in the head with a chain. Flamingo takes the early advantage but Gordon suddenly gets the upper hand and starts beating Flamingo’s face like Ricky Ricardo on the congas. Eduardo starts laughing as his face turns to pulp and the blood spurts, he sees the evil in Gordon and he’s goading the cop on. Jim sticks his gun in Flamingo’s mouth and Eduardo looks at him defiantly daring him to let the dark side win. Gordon finally screams NOOOOO and pulls the gun out of Flamingo’s mouth. Eduardo says you let me down my man. Gordon gives him his rights.

Penguin’s woken to the sound of Ed playing an organ and singing the song Oswald hummed earlier. He asks Nygma how he knows the song and Ed said he heard him humming it. He then says his mother used to sing it to him every night and she’d say the other kids are wrong Oswald. You’re handsome and smart and you’ll be a great man someday.

Ed says Penguin was correct before when he spoke of his weakness, then tells Cobblepot his mother had been his weakness, Penguin grabs the knife and presses it to Nygma’s neck and says his mother was a saint and she was the only person he loved. Ed says a man who lacks love can’t be bargained with or betrayed. He answers to nobody but himself, he’s a free-man, that’s who Nygma sees in front of  him. Penguin gives Ed back the blade.

Bruce tries to sneak out again, this time Cat stops him saying she’s got proof that Silver’s no good.

Tabitha visits Galavan at prison and he berates her for ignoring his orders and hiring a hit-man to try to take out Gordon. He says everything’s in place, the Brotherhood’s arrival’s imminent, soon Bruce Wayne will die and he’ll control Wayne Industries. He tells Tabitha as much as it pains him if he disobeys him again he’ll slice her throat.

Father Creel welcomes about ten hooded men onto the docks late at night, greeting them as brothers. A security guard comes up and says the docks are closed and he needs to see some identification. Creel nods his head and the men encircle the guard and start stabbing him, about a minute later they step away and the guard’s dead body lies where they just stood.

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Photo Courtesy Of FX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The whole tale of the FX Network Original Series “Tyrant,” revolves around brothers, fathers and sons and the problems that exist between them. The Al Fayeed family, that lead the mythical Middle-Eastern country of Abbudin, is a clan that’s filled with a history of betrayal and being unable to properly express their love for each other. The former President Khaled Al Fayeed, got betrayed by his brother Tariq who commanded the country’s military. The General went behind his brother’s back and attacked rebel forces with Sarin, over 20-years-ago. The attack resulted in a victory for the government, but Khaled lost the trust and faith of his people, including his youngest son Bassam.

Bassam left his homeland and reinvented himself in the USA, renaming himself Barry and became a husband, father and a physician in California. Last summer Barry took his family to Abbudin for the first time, so they could attend the wedding of his brother Jamal’s son Ahmed. Things got complicated when Khaled passed out at the reception and subsequently died, making Jamal the new President of Abbudin.

Barry agreed to remain in Abbudin as his brother’s adviser, while Jamal was getting used to the job. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well, as Barry tried to engineer a bloodless-coup to replace his brother. Jamal caught wind of the plan and ordered his brother’s execution for treason. However Jamal couldn’t live with the thought of his brother’s blood on his hands, so he abandoned Barry in the middle of the desert, giving him a chance to survive.

Barry did far more than survive, he once again took on a new name Khalil and became the leader of the Red Hand, a counter-revolutionary group determined to destroy the enemy of the regime, the Caliphate Army. Once again Jamal turns to him for advice, unaware that Khalid’s really his brother. However Barry’s son Sammy, wanting to help the Red Hand financially, goes to the headquarters of the Red Hand and finds out that the father he thought dead, actually leads the movement he wants to help. The reunion between father and son was far from joyous. Sammy insists on joining the movement to avenge a friend’s death and Barry can’t convince him to leave.

This week’s episode opens with Barry watching his son sleeping, he takes Sammy’s cellphone and calls his wife Molly and tells her he’s still alive. Molly doesn’t believe it’s him at first, then she realizes it’s true and tries to make sense of all she’s been through in the last few months. She drops the phone as Barry keeps asking if she’s still there.

Jamal’s wife Leila enters his office in the palace and tells her husband she’s concerned about him, that he hadn’t gone to bed the night before. The President’s paranoia has overtaken him and he tells his wife about his meeting with the religious figure, who told him that there’s an enemy within the palace. He then says that his son and the head of the Abbudin military Rami Said, had the chance to destroy the Caliphate Army’s leadership, but he didn’t act on it. He asks his wife if Rami could be the enemy within.

Leila, tells her husband that Rami’s trying his best for Jamal and the country and tells her husband it’s ridiculous to think that the General’s working against him. Jamal nods his head, but we can see by the expression on his face, her words haven’t soothed him.

Jamal’s other son Ahmed’s in his room with his wife Nusrat and he asks her where she wants them to head to for vacation, so she can heal from her miscarriage and hysterectomy. Nusrat follows the instructions she got from Leila and tells Ahmed they must have their marriage annulled, so he can marry another woman and produce an heir. Ahmed says he loves her and will fight to the death for her, but she tells him she doesn’t want him to, she just wants it all to be over.

The President holds a meeting with his senior advisers and Rami tells the group his plan to win back Ma’an. He says that meteorologists predict a huge sandstorm in three nights. His plan involves the Red Hand destroying the Caliphate Army’s anti-aircraft weaponry, then his troops will come in and destroy the rebels. He asks Jamal to share Khalil’s phone number with him, but the President says he’s the only one to make contact with Khalil.

The leaders of the Caliphate Army Ihab Rashid and Abu Omar, talk with Kasim Al-Yazbek about surviving the bombing during their raid of five Christian homes, the night before. Rashid says that Kasim must have been blessed to survive the bomb and asks him what he believes saved his life. Kasim says it was likely timing, Ihab Rashid says that timing’s critical, especially when coupled with information. He then accuses Kasim of collaborating with the Red Hand and when Kasim claims innocence, he starts asking about his brother Munir. Kasim remains silent.

Rami and the chief of his Air Force meet with Colonel Mahmoud and General Said tries to get Khalil’s phone number from him. He tells Said that he works for Jamal and if he were to disobey orders, he’d get tried for treason. The Air Force commander says it’s not treason to try to save the country. Mahmoud advises Rami not to try to get Khalil’s number as it will lead to trouble.

The Red Hand have a meeting and Halima asks about Barry’s progress with the palace. He tells the group he’s waiting for a call, but he’s encouraged due to earlier conversations. He tells them he’s sure that things are going to work out the right way and then asks Sammy if he’d like a tour of their living quarters. As soon as the two are alone, Barry hugs his son, but Sammy’s still angry and hurt. Barry tells his son he contacted Molly and let her know he was okay. The call for prayer sounds and Barry invites Sammy to join him, but the teenager declines the offer.

Barry’s cellphone rings while he’s praying, he sees the call’s from Jamal and steps out of the group to answer his phone. Jamal greets him by asking how his favorite counter-revolutionary’s doing and Barry responds he’s anxious. He tells the President he’s glad he called, he wants to speak with Jamal’s military leader and solidify plans. The President replies that he doesn’t trust his military commander and then tells him that Rami’s actually his son. A son he never knew he had, who came to him with a distinguished military career.

Barry asks Jamal why he doesn’t trust him and Jamal replies that God hates him for refusing to forgive his brother. Barry responds that the President’s a very wise man, but he shouldn’t presume to know God’s thoughts. Jamal asks if the Red Hand could storm the Caliphate Army base and destroy their anti-aircraft artillery, Barry replies that without explosives or trained soldiers it would be a very tough mission. Jamal says that’s fine they’re just exploring options.

He then asks the man he knows as Khalil, his thoughts about just giving the Caliphate Army Ma’an. He admits that would give up the nation’s oil resources, but he says that oil’s not the energy of the future. Barry tells him that’s a bad plan, that Jamal’s people are there and counting on the government and the Red Hand to save them. Jamal chortles and says that Khalil’s a warrior and he likes that and trusts him. However at that point he looks out his office window and sees Rami talking with Nusrat and says he’ll call back the next day.

Rami tells Nusrat she looks as if her world’s falling apart and she says that happens to be the case. She then tells him about her conversation with Leila and he asks what’s Ahmed’s reaction. She says he’s devastated, because he’s willing to give up everything for her, but she’s not willing to do the same for him.

Ihab Rashid’s torturing Munir, trying to get information about where the Red Hand are located. Kasim’s sitting and watching his brother getting tortured and tells Munir to tell them the truth. Munir cries to his brother that he saved his life and Kasim responds he’s trying to do the same for Munir.

Rami pays Leila a visit, she’s pouring water in with the liquor in Jamal’s decanters, in an effort to cut back her husband’s drinking. She tells Rami that Jamal’s drinking too much and not sleeping, he then asks her for Khalil’s phone number.

Molly calls Barry and unloads all her frustration and anger on him, she says that she’s found herself wishing he really was dead, since she heard from him. She can’t comprehend what kept him from contacting her and she says he’s a horrible person. Barry lets her vent without defending himself.

While Jamal’s taking an afternoon nap, Leila takes his cellphone into their bathroom and copies Khalil’s number onto her phone, to give to Rami. Jamal wakes up shouting her name, when she arrives at the bed he tells her he had a nightmare. He says he was in the ocean and developed a cramp and started to drown, he saw Leila standing on the shore but she just watched dispassionately, making no effort to help him.

She tells Jamal she will always be there for him and would do anything to save him. She tells him he just had a dopey dream and then gives Jamal back his cellphone, saying he left it in the bathroom.

Barry’s asleep when he’s woken by his phone, Rami’s on the other end and asks Khalil if they can meet that evening, at a safe-house not far from Ma’an.

Kasim comes back to visit Munir holding food and water and Ihab Rashid cuts off the bonds that have secured him to the chair. Kasim says that he knows his brother’s hungry and thirsty and all he has to do is walk over to the map and point out where the Red Hand are hiding. Munir says he doesn’t know, and that Kasim’s his only friend. Ihab Rashid puts a gun against Kasim’s head and tells him he’s going to shoot Kasim if Munir refuses to give up the Red Hand, Munir gets up and walks over to the map.

One of the female members of the Red Hand has a crush on Sammy and keeps trying to flirt with him. Suddenly the members of the Red Hand get excited as they hear that Khalil’s meeting with Abbudin’s military leaders that night. One man starts pounding the table and chants assassinate the Caliphate. Soon almost all are banging and chanting, while Sammy looks on.

We cut to a jeep and see Ihab Rashid, Abu Omar and Kasim riding along. Abu Omar says it would have been alright for Kasim to sit out the attack on the Red Hand as he just witnessed his brother getting killed. Kasim says he admitted his crimes and got the punishment he deserved.

Barry, Siddiq and a few other soldiers from the Red Hand meet with Rami, the commander of the Air Force and other military leaders. We join them as their meeting’s finishing up, Rami tells the man he knows as Khalil that he’ll be given enough explosives and goggles to take out the anti-aircraft weapons. He then asks Khalil to not mention the conversation to Jamal and sound surprised when Jamal tells him the plan. Barry nods his head and says he understands.

Just as the meeting breaks up, the Caliphate Army arrive at the Red Hand headquarters. They start by bombing the building, then send in soldiers to engage in a fire-fight. The girl who has a crush on Sammy, grabs her machine gun and him and they take off. She shoots back at the Caliphate Army soldiers, then the two of them hide under a truck as the soldiers run past them. She then kisses Sammy and when he asks her why she kissed him, she says she was tired of waiting for him to kiss her. She tells him to hang tight, crawls out from under the truck and gets killed by gunfire. Sammy stays under the truck hyper-ventilating.

As Barry and his men get closer to their facility, they see flames shooting from the structure into the night sky. He tries calling Sammy but keeps getting his voicemail. When they arrive back at their camp they see all the dead and Barry starts screaming for Sammy. Just then he gets a call from Molly and he starts crying that he doesn’t know where Sammy is. She tells him she spoke to their son 20-minutes ago, he’s battered and bruised but otherwise alright and he’s heading back to fight with Barry. She then tells her husband she’s glad he’s still alive.

When Rami and the Air Force commander return to the palace, Jamal and Mahmoud are waiting for them. Jamal says he’s gotten a report that they met with a group of armed men and asks if they met with the Caliphate Army. The Air Force commander says they met with Khalil to try to save the country, Jamal asks his son why he disobeyed a direct order?

Rami’s frustration gets the best of him and he calls Jamal a drunken old fool and tells him to stand down. He says allow me to do my job and save yours in the bargain. Jamal asks his son if that’s the way he talks to his President and his father? Rami apologizes and says somehow I’ve lost your trust, but I swear on the soul of my dead mother that all I want to do is help you. He says everything’s in place and they’ll take down the Caliphate Army, the night after next. Jamal smiles and says excellent job and dismisses the two men, but holds Colonel Mahmoud back to talk to him. As soon as the two men get out of earshot, Jamal says he wants Rami dead.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00pm on FX.

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Photo Courtesy Of AMC

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Nobody puts Cameron Howe in the corner. The creator of Mutiny took control of her destiny on the penultimate episode of season two for the AMC Network’s Original Series  “Halt And Catch Fire,” and she created quite a mess in the process. The good news, she got vengeance on those who were out to do her wrong, but she lost some key allies along the way. There’s also a burning question that got left on the table, were the feelings she showed for Joe MacMillan sincere, or was she in fact just manipulating him?

Giving a nod to the fact the show takes place in Texas, the episode opens with Donna Clark and Cameron working off their angst on a firing range. The women are trying to come to grips with the fact that Western-Group Industries hijacked Mutiny’s chat-network Community. The guy who replaced Joe at Western-Group Jesse Evans, took control of Mutiny’s network. He replaced the Mutiny logo with one reading West-Net and cut Mutiny off from receiving any revenue.

Donna tells Cameron they’ve got six grand in the  bank, which would be enough to buy time on a new network, if they stop paying the Coder-Monkeys again. Howe says they can’t stop paying them again and suggests they try selling  their new game Extract And Defend, to a game manufacturer.

Sara and Joe are asleep in bed fully clothed, after their drug-filled night, when the phone rings. It’s Gordon asking if  Joe would come down and pick him up from jail and drive Clark to his car. We witness the last few seconds of the car ride, as  the two men are silent. Joe pulls up and asks Gordon if he’s okay and Clark thanks him for his help. Joe tells Gordon to head straight home and clean himself up. Gordon shakes his hand and tells MacMillan to get on that plane to California, without looking back.

Tom Rendon walks into Cameron’s room and asks if it’s true, that she’s selling defend and extract? She says they need to in order for the company to survive. She then tells him to go get breakfast for anyone whose awake and he responds sarcastically and leaves the room.

Gordon shaved off his beard and drives to a parking garage, clutching the ad from JGL Computers. He gets to the building and rings the bell, a security guard  comes to the door asking if he can help him. Gordon asks if this is the location of JGL Computers and the guard asks who wants to know? Gordon says his name’s Jim Clark and he’s looking for a job. The guard tells them, they went out of business and left the building the previous Friday. Gordon thanks him and heads back to the garage.

Donna meets with Jesse Evans in a function room at Western-Group and gives him Mutiny’s financial proposal to not take Western-Group to court. Evans doesn’t even pretend to show her any respect and basically laughs at her and tells her good luck. Clark says she’ll contact all the tech writers and Evans tells her they’ll all soon be there, as West-Net called them for this unveiling announcement, two weeks earlier. He says they’ll just look at anything Donna says as sour-grapes. She says that holding hands with Joe MacMillan always leads to bad-things, Evans asks her why she believes that Joe was involved in taking over their network?

Gordon’s feeling great after learning that JGL, no longer exists. However that feeling of happiness soon dissipates as he can’t find his car in the garage. He goes from floor to floor, but he doesn’t see it anywhere and then he starts to panic and he gets confused.

Jacob Wheeler arrives at Joe and Sara’s apartment, with a bon-voyage present. Sara tells him it’s beautiful and he says they’ll love California, it’s the land of second chances. He then asks if he can have a word with Joe and they head to where Wheeler’s parked his car. Joe says he hopes Jacob doesn’t think his present will keep Joe silent that he stole intellectual property. Wheeler says of course he realizes that, Joe’s far too emotional to be easily placated.

MacMillan threatens to go public, saying ten words from him could cause Western-Group’s stock to drop like a stone. Jacob says that Joe doesn’t want to do that, without Western-Group  on his resume, it looks like Swiss-Cheese. MacMillan says he’s willing to take the chance and Wheeler asks him what about Sara? He then invites Joe to attend the share-holders meeting, he can make new connections and part friends. MacMillan says they’re not friends they’re related and Jacob will be a stranger to his grandchildren.

John comes into Cameron’s room wearing a suit, she says he’s looking sharp. He asks her what the drawings on her desk are and she gets very animated and tells Bosworth it’s her design for the new Community Network. John says he’s got to take off, Cameron asks if he wanted to discuss something. The look in his eyes says yes, but he tells her no.

Gordon’s still looking for his car and somehow he’s ended up in a restricted area. A janitor tells him he’s not allowed there and Gordon says he’s having trouble finding his car. The maintenance-worker asks what section he parked in and Clark responds he thinks it was 5-F. The man says it must be 5-E and tells him the stairwell’s right where Gordon’s heading. Clark just stands there, until the man asks if he’s okay, then Gordon says he’s fine and starts walking away.

Cameron, Donna and Bosworth are sitting in the lobby of a startup game manufacturer named Funtime. Clark asks why they’re meeting with these people and Cameron says out of all the cold-calls they made, they’re the only company that called them back. A young nerdy guy comes out to meet them, there are two older guys sitting at a conference table, but the guy ushers them into this cramped little office.

Sara tells Joe she thinks that he should attend the shareholders meeting. She says her father will never expect him to accept the invitation and it could help him in his future in California. She says perhaps something good will come out of this horrible situation.

The trio from Mutiny are presenting the game to the nerdy guy and this young red-headed woman. The guy loves the game, but the woman says that production costs maybe too high for them. We then realize their just gophers, as the guy’s summoned to get coffee for the two guys at the table while the woman answers the phone in Japanese. Donna quietly suggests they leave, but Boz looks over at the guys at the table and tells them to give him a minute.

John walks over to the table and asks the nerdy guy to give them some alone time and one of the guy’s nods. Bosworth says it looks like they’ve got a strong operation, but one thing their backers in Japan are going to want to do, is to put some games made in this country into their inventory. He then brings up the fact that Toyota produces cars in Fremont, California, so they can say made in the USA.

The trio walk back into Mutiny headquarters with sullen faces, until Donna shows the Coder-Monkeys the check for 50-grand. She says that’s enough to get them a new network and keep everybody getting paid. The Coder-Monkeys are ecstatic, they chant Mutiny and pick up the chair Donna’s sitting in and carry her around the room. Cameron just walks to her room and shuts the door.

Gordon’s still looking for his car and he heads down a stairwell, but trips on the first step and falls down the cement stairs in a heap. His right leg’s hurt, he tries to stand up but can’t put any pressure on the leg, so he sits down on the floor and starts screaming for help.

Tom heads into Cameron’s room and he asks her if she’s upset, but she says she feels more clear-headed than she’s felt in a while. She then basically tells him their romantic relationship’s over, that she got too happy and complacent and she let her guard down and it hurt Mutiny. Rendon tells her that happiness isn’t a side-effect, it’s what everybody’s shooting for.

She says it’s her fault and she caused this, he responds it’s Joe MacMillan that caused this, not her. He then says she used him, she made him believe in what they were doing and she made him believe that what they had was real. He says he thinks that she’s a lot more like Joe than she cares to admit.

MacMillan’s on the stage at the shareholder’s meeting, checking out one of the terminals when Jesse Evans walks up and sarcastically asks if Joe needs some help, as the program’s real technical. He then says scoring the keynote address at the shareholder’s meeting’s a great wedding gift. Joe tells him to get off the stage before he pushes him off. Evans tells him that a reporter wanted to have a word with him, she  says she’s an old friend, it’s Cameron and the two head into one of the offices.

He asks if she came there to embarrass him in front of the shareholders and she replies she sees there’s no need. He says he’s heading to California, she asks with his fiancée and he says with my wife. Cameron then says that she knows that Joe didn’t have anything to do with hijacking Community and she wanted to make sure he knew that before he left.

She says somebody close to her asked why she thinks that Joe’s still part of her life? She then asks if he ever thought about what would have happened if instead of obsessively going after their separate projects they had held onto each other? She then walks over to him and says that she must be mental, cause part of her wants him to stay. He starts to say you have no idea, when she puts her hands on his face and kisses him. They start passionately kissing, when Joe stops and says I can’t do this Cameron. She giggles and says you can do what ever you want, you’re Joe MacMillan. He gently pushes her off him and she says she’s sorry.

She starts to walk out of the office, when she stops and takes a floppy-disc out of her raincoat pocket. She hesitates at first but then walks over to the desk he’s sitting at, puts down the disc and says this is what could have been, then  she walks out. Evans walks into the office and asks Joe if he’s ready for a final run-through and MacMillan asks him to give him a minute. He inserts the floppy into one of the terminals and the landing page shows up on his monitor, with the Mutiny logo on it. Below the display’s a message that reads For Joe, Always C. MacMillan smiles and tells Evans he’s ready.

The hall’s now filled with all the shareholders and Jacob Wheeler welcomes them all and says he hopes they all got a chance to check out the terminals. He then says their likely asking why an energy company’s fooling around with computers? He says he wants to introduce the man that conceived their grand plan, a man whose passion and excitement even convinced an old fossil like himself. My son-in-law Joe MacMillan.

Joe gets up from his seat in the audience next to Sara and takes the stage with confidence, coming off like an actor presenting a category on the Oscars telecast. From cave drawings to the funny pages, from stone tablets to the telephone, man’s desire to communicate with each other has existed throughout history. Now welcome to the printing-press, the newspaper and the telephone of tomorrow. With just a few keystrokes, we’ll be able to communicate with friends across the country. We’ll also make new friends based on shared interests.

The key of course is the  interface, that……. At that point Joe lost it, struggling to find the words. When he finally found his voice he said that all started with a  young programmer named Cameron Howe. I didn’t invent this or own this,  or does anybody in this room.  If we look past this fact we’re committing an injustice. Miss Howe couldn’t be  here this evening, but her genius surrounds us. I’m sure it will continue to for many years to come. He walked back to  his seat in silence and took Sara’s hand. Finally a voice said thank you Joe.

Gordon crawls backwards up the steps, makes it back to the floor he was on and crawls over to a truck and slams on  the side. The janitor’s driving the truck. We then see Gordon carried out on a gurney, as he’s being wheeled out he finally finds his car.

Back at the shareholder’s meeting, Jesse’s about to demonstrate West-Net’s chat-rooms when suddenly each terminal starts emanating this extremely loud alt-rock. Jacob asks Evans what’s wrong and Jesse says he doesn’t know, suddenly the interface disappears, replaced by code.

We then see the word Sinorous starting to appear repeatedly on the screen and suddenly things start to become clear. Cameron destroyed the network with Gordon’ s Sinorous disc. The disc she gave to Joe contained the program and once it got inserted into a terminal, the process started. Joe suddenly realizes that Cameron set him up, seconds later Gabriel starts glaring at MacMillan.

Gordon’s in the ambulance and the EMT tells Clark to try to keep his ankle still and they’re almost at the hospital. All the fear and grief Gordon’s felt since he was told about his brain damage overtakes him and he starts crying in the ambulance.

Back at Joe’s apartment Donna and MacMillan are having a bad argument. She tells him she thought he  was a genius and she was his second chance. But now she realizes, he’s an accident that becomes part of people’s lives that deserve better. He says he’s not an accident, he deserves better and he deserves her. She loses it, starts pounding on his chest in frustration. She says she just wishes he knew what she’s experiencing, that she dies a little each time he says Cameron’s name, because of the way his face looks. She then tells him to say her name and he can’t, she tells him he’s lost and leaves.

Gordon and Donna are in the hospital room when Clark’s doctor comes in and asks to speak to Donna. Dr. Semel tells Donna, that it wasn’t Gordon’s brain-damage that caused this incident. He’s having psychological problems handling his diagnosis. Donna goes back to the bed and tells her husband he’ll be spending the night in the hospital, he says he knows he needs help.

Cameron finds out from the young woman at Funtime that Tom set everything up for Mutiny to meet with them, they know each other from way-back and she says Rendon nearly broke her arm to get the meeting. Tom’s about to leave when Cameron asks him why he didn’t say anything and he says she already made her decision. She says he’ll come back tomorrow and they’ll start working on a new project, but he just leaves.

The Season Finale Airs Next Sunday Night at 10:00 pm on AMC.

Photo: Courtesy Of BBCA

Photo: Courtesy Of BBCA

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Back in motion picture’s infancy, when folks gathered at their neighborhood movie theater, to enjoy silent films, the audience took to hissing at the screen, each time the villain of the piece appeared. This viewer’s tempted to engage in that archaic tradition, each time The First Minister and Captain of the Red Guard in France Rochefort, appears during an episode of the BBCA Original Series “The Musketeers,” shows his face, as he’s amongst the most despicable characters, ever portrayed on the small screen.

The former lieutenant to the late Cardinal Richelieu, Rochefort spent the last several years in a Spanish prison, finally released as a spy and sent back home to obtain information about the Royal Court. Equal parts, master politician and toady, he’s become the most trusted adviser to France’s dimwitted Monarch, King Louis XIII, convincing the King, that Rochefort’s the only man in his Royal Court he can trust.

We’ve known since early in season two, that Rochefort carries an unrequited love for France’s Queen, Ann of Spain, whom Rochefort first met when she was but a girl of 14. He was sent to Spain, to educate the sister of the Spanish King, the language and social graces of Paris, to become the eventual bride of Louis, after their marriage got arranged. Though at least a decade older than Ann, Rochefort fell hard for the future Monarch and believed she felt the same about him. He gave her a jewel encrusted Crucifix, which she promised to  cherish forever.

What complicates matters even more’s the fact that Rochefort’s certifiably insane, even the most evil creature can get convinced to abandon their schemes, if one appeals to their self-interest; convincing the evil-one they will benefit more, by cooperating. However when dealing with someone whose stark-raving-mad, there’s no logic left behind, they’ve abandoned the idea of things going back to normal.

Season Two opened with the death of Louis’ most loyal adviser and surrogate father figure Cardinal Richelieu (portrayed in season one, by the great Peter Capaldi, whose now preoccupied riding in the TARDIS with his gal-pal Clara.) In the first episode, with the Queen’s urging, the King approached the Captain of the King’s Musketeers Treville, about becoming his new adviser. Treville politely declined, saying he’s a soldier not a diplomat, disappointing Louis XIII greatly, while questioning his Captain’s loyalty.

Rochefort got rescued and brought back to the Royal Court by the Musketeers, impressing the King with his brashness and his seemingly undying loyalty, to Crown and Country and named him Captain of the Red Guard, Richelieu’s former soldiers. He’s spent the entire season doing his best to appear in the best light as possible, while pointing out errors allegedly committed by the Musketeers, causing Louis to lose respect for Treville, stripping him of his rank and his soldiers.

Before continuing with our story, Marc Warren who portrays Rochefort’s done an amazing job with this role, conveying the evil and insanity, within the character, without turning the First Minister into a cartoon. Throughout the season, he exercised restraint with the part, until finally coming unhinged in the previous episode, expressing his love for Ann and attempting to force himself on her. A timely entrance by the Queen’s special adviser Constance Bonacieux, stopped the attack by Rochefort and Ann stabbed him in the left eyeball with a six-inch pin, apparently blinding him.

Rochefort, always had his own agenda after returning to Paris, he’d eliminate the King, marry Ann who truly loved him and rule the nation as a regent until the Dauphin could take the throne. However, earlier this season he became suspicious when he saw the Crucifix he gave Ann, around the neck of the Musketeer Aramis, a gesture of thanks for saving her life last season. However he eventually pieced together that Ann and Aramis were intimate and after she stabbed him said he would see her tried for treason for sleeping with a Musketeer.

The latest episode, begins minutes after Rochefort got stabbed, realizing the eye’s useless he has a maid get him a leather eye-patch to cover it with, he tells Louis he suffered a hunting-accident and the King likes the look on his First Minister. Constance gathers the Musketeers, telling them what Rochefort did to the Queen, holding back Aramis and telling him that Rochefort knows about Ann and his tryst.

The Musketeers tell the Red Guard soldiers to clear a path and they accompany the Queen to Louis’ quarters and the King blows a gasket when he sees Ann’s brought in an armed regimen with her. Rochefort’s playing things cautiously, accusing Ann of treason due to a letter she wrote to her brother, the Spanish King asking for help after Louis got kidnapped earlier in the season. She tells him why she wrote it and that she did at Rochefort’s behest, Louis asks like a pompous fool, ordering her back to her quarters and telling the Musketeers to return to their garrison.

Time for the “Big Reveal,” for the Musketeers, only Athos knows about Aramis’ relationship with Ann, but with the walls tumbling around them he needs to let Porthos, D’Artagnan and Treville in on his secret. They all gather in Treville’s quarters and after Aramis stammers and stutters, Athos reveals that their mate slept with the Queen, they’ve barely processed that, when Athos says there’s more and Aramis admits the Dauphin’s his son.

Porthos grabs him to bludgeon him, but suddenly realizes it’s his friend and hugs him instead, Treville’s not as accepting, saying that the next King Of France! Athos says he’s yet to tell them the worst, Rochefort’s aware and fixing to turn them in. Treville say’s they’re lost, but Athos, says he might know a way.

Rochefort enters the Queen’s quarters and orders Ann’s Governess Marguerite to take the Dauphin to Louis’ quarters, saying the Queen’s not fit to care for the Royal heir. Both Constance and Marguerite and Constance argue with Rochefort to no avail, Marguerite apologizes to the Queen. When they’ve left, Ann says to Constance that Louis will take her word over Rochefort’s.

The Musketeers meet with Milady de Winter and she tells them that Rochefort’s a spy for Spain and she killed the Spanish Ambassador at Rochefort’s behest. The soldier’s head back to the Palace to take the Queen to the monastery she hid in last season, Milady makes plans to meet with Athos later to show her estranged husband where Rochefort keeps his most important papers. Unbeknownst to all they’re getting trailed by Catherine, Athos’ late brother’s fiancée, who wants to kill Milady for destroying all their lives.

The Musketeers take Ann to the monastery, but Constance refuses to go, so she can keep an eye on the Dauphin, she tells D’Artagnan, that Marguerite’s a friend of the Queen and will insure her safety. Constance will find out later that Marguerite’s not in a position to help anyone, as Rochefort’s got her deeply involved in his coup-attempt.

The Court physician Doctor Lemay, gives the King a mild opiate to help him relax and it does the job, soon he’s telling Rochefort he’ll summon Ann and yell her he forgives her, she didn’t cause any harm. The First Minister’s unhappy to hear that Louis’ mellowed on the situation and decides to add a little poison in place of Lemay’s opiates. Marguerite sees Rochefort make the switch, he tells her if she talks she’s dead.

Sister Theresa, welcomes Ann and tells her she’s  got a room as long as she needs it. The Queen thanks her and says she’s never countered on the Sister’s help more than she is right then. She goes into her quarters and shuts the door.

Catherine catches up with Milady and attempts to hang her, but Athos waiting in the shadows, saves de Winter and knocking Catherine’s pistol to the floor below him. He tells Catherine, Milady’s helping him on a mission to help save France, but she scoffs at his statements, saying he’s still in love with her.

The pair get to Rochefort’s office and de Winter shows Athos where the important papers are kept, they find nothing incriminating, but take his stamp and a couple of letters, when they hear him approaching. Milady shows him a hiding place behind a bookcase that Richelieu installed, Rochefort doesn’t detect them and leaves, the couple overcome by the close quarters kiss each other passionately.

Louis swallows the poison, Rochefort only put enough him to sicken and scare the King and it worked. Rochefort finds out Ann’s left the palace but seizes Lemay and Constance. Marguerite lies through her teeth, saying she overheard the Queen plotting with Lemay and Constance to kill the King. Louis says he can’t bare to look at them and sends them away.

Athos returns to the monastery with word that Louis got poisoned and Ann insists on returning to the Palace. If Louis survived, he’ll need her by his side and if he didn’t she must protect her son. However before they go, they get Sister Theresa to forge a note by Rochefort and attach his seal to it. Porthos takes the message to Paris.

Rochefort has an executioner cut off Lemay’s head in front of Constance and she sinks to her knees, in horror and pain. The First Minister says she can save herself by testifying against Ann and he’ll let her think about it over night, putting her in a cell.

Marguerite sends Ann a message, saying the King survived and she must return. She trusts her Governess, but when they arrive the Musketeers and Ann realize they’ve gotten lured into a trap. Ann’s confined to her quarters and Aramis to a cell as Rochefort tells him sleeping with the Queen carries a steep price. Next Saturday’s the final episode of Season Two, it should be a blockbuster!

The Story Continues Next Saturday at 9:00 pm on BBCA.

Photo Courtesy Of NBC

Photo Courtesy Of NBC

Warning: Spoiler Alert:

It’s nearly three-months since NBC has shown an episode of “The Blacklist,” waiting to showcase it’s return after the airing of the most viewed TV broadcast of the calendar year, as the network hosted Super Bowl XLIX. Raymond Reddington and company, surely must have gained a large quantity of new viewers in their return, as the show lacked any slow moments and lots of questions that have intrigued viewers  from the start of this series, got revealed or are tantalizingly close to getting discovered.

The Blacklist,” roared out of the gates last season, as the freshman entry combining an intriguing story of the number one wanted man by the FBI, who turns himself into Federal authorities, with an outstanding performance by the series lead James Spader. The show lacked the spark, the excitement, the chemistry, that made it a ratings hit last year in the first few episodes, though it found it’s footing in the fall finale.

The show-runners built on that momentum in their return, as we came out of the game seeing a supposed news bulletin, with the graphic reading “Reddington In U.S. Custody.” A series of talking-heads inform us that Raymond got captured in Hong Kong and they had no reports of where he would get taken to. Red’s looking dapper in a tuxedo sans tie, handcuffed, when a soldier puts a black-hood over his head and tells him, from that moment forward he cease’s to exist, Red responds with that’s a load off and gets whisked into a helicopter.

We approach what looks like an oil-rig, but the graphic tells us we’ve arrived at a Black-Ops Site, somewhere in the Bering Sea. Red’s taken off the chopper, with the hood still over his head, then his hands get shackled to opposite walls and the hood’s removed. As soon as it comes off he says to the guard 202-555-0511, then repeats the number. The third time he repeats it, he tells the guard to ask for Housman and $50,000 will get wired into any account the guard requests. He leaves the cell remaining silent.

At FBI Task Force Headquarters, Tech-Wizard Aram Mojtabai, tells Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper that Reddington’s fallen off the grid, they check reports and find he’s gotten arrested by the CIA. Reddington’s partner FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen, asks why they can’t just get him back and Cooper informs her that only 41 Intelligence Agency Officials are in the loop about Red’s status. So Don Ressler, starts working the phones working on his contacts.

Back at the Black-Ops Site, the Warden comes into question if Raymond offered the guard a bribe and Red replies that within 12-hours, a prisoner Luther Braxton will escape from his cell and steal a Classified Intelligence Package, that will put United States national security at stake. He says the plan’s already in action and the Warden laughs him off, saying that Braxton’s in solitary confinement.

What the Warden was unaware of was that Braxton was getting electro-shock therapy and some guard slipped Luther a piece of electrical wire, that Braxton swallowed. After he got the wire back, he somehow rigged his cell so that the door became electrified and when the guard put his metal key in the door, he got fried. Braxton, aware that the guards would use tear gas, covered his nose and mouth with a bandanna, then came out of his cell with a flamethrower, burning a couple of guards, then grabbing a machine gun and wiping out the rest.

Ressler’s found out that they’re holding Reddington at a Black-Ops Site called “The Factory.” Mossad and FBI Agent Samar Navabi, exclaims they’re in trouble, Aram asks if it really exists and Keen asks what it is. Cooper reveals that it’s a level-10 Black-Ops Facility, known as a Spy Slaughterhouse. It’s said when they’re done with you, you’re just an empty husk, ready to serve out existence lost and forgotten, or killed immediately. Keen says they’ve got to get Raymond back and Ressler says, it’s going to get tough, pulling off that stunt.

Suddenly the Director of the NSC (the now deceased’s Alan Fitch’s boss,) and his Liaison, enter the Task Force Headquarters and the Liaison asks what’s Red’s status? Cooper, hems and haws and she responds that the NSC is well aware of the ongoing arrangement they’ve got going on with Raymond and Cooper, tells her where he’s at, but states he lacks the authority to get him back. She says that Cooper now has that authority and send a team to extract him.

Back at the Black-Ops Site, the Warden asks Reddington how he knew what was going down and Raymond says the conversations useless, that Braxton’s already got control of the prison. The Warden says that they’ve sent a chopper in to extract Red and he tells them to tell them to turn it around. Ressler, Navabi, Keen and the helicopter pilot land just then, all but Keen get caught and imprisoned, she hides in the shadows.

Braxton’s got a crew of eight in place in order to complete every angle of the mission he intends to complete. He’s after the Fulcrum, the object that Fitch talked about with Red prior to exploding in the fall finale. We now realize, why Raymond’s gotten in there, to assure that Braxton, doesn’t gain possession of the Fulcrum and that Red does, although we’re still in the dark to its identity.

After Braxton takes control of the facility, he calls in on one of the FBI agents phones and gets attached to a Bureau Hostage Negotiator, Luther says he wants to speak to someone higher up the food chain. The Negotiator attempts to form a bond with Braxton and says everything’s okay and he just needs to speak to the Warden and Luther says no, The Negotiator, asks again and the prisoner puts the warden on the phone with the Negotiator, after Braxton takes back the phone, he kills the Warden and says give me someone with authority.

Cooper grabs the phone and identifies himself as the FBI Assistant Director and Braxton tells Cooper, he knows how it works, either Harold gives him what he wants or someone dies. From now on he’s the Warden. Keen’s sneaking around, when Reddington, grabs her from behind and asks what she’s doing there. She says she came to rescue him and he tells her to turn and run, but she tells him about the other three held hostage and says she won’t leave without them or him.

She then asks Red’s purpose in being there and he reveals that he’s there to stop Luther from finding and stealing the Fulcrum, which she’s never heard of. Red tells her it’s a blackmail file, proof of the existence of an extremely powerful clandestine organization. If their activities get made public some of the most powerful people on the planet, will get sent to prison or executed. He explains, that this cartel believes he has the file, hence he still lives. She asks how they’ll stop Braxton and Red says that sadly he knows at least one person on every prison on Earth.

Braxton calls back Cooper and says he’s aware that when security gets breached, all computers go offline and he’s provided with a code-number to reboot the machines. Cooper says that’s true and he’ll look into what he can do to provide Luther information, Braxton shoots a hostage and tells Cooper his reflexes are slow, he’ll call again.

Keen and Reddington joined in the Warden’s office by the guard, and three prisoners, that Red knows. One guy’s on a laptop searching the ship’s schematics and tells Red where the facility’s server’s located, but he says they can’t access it due to Braxton’s lockdown. However the guy referred to as the German says that if they can access the boiler room, they could cause the boiler to explode, knocking out the server. The rub’s that the only access is a 24 inch single air-duct that only Keen’s small enough to crawl through. She’ll get into the boiler room, let Red and the German in. The other prisoner asks what’s his job and Red shoots him in retaliation for killing some of Reddington’s soldiers.

One of Braxton’s people see a security breach in the Warden’s office, so Luther calls the extension and Raymond responds the Warden can’t be reached can he take a message and Braxton remains silent as he immediately recognizes the voice. Red says nothing, a hello, how are you and Luther spits out his name, to which Raymond responds it’s him. Braxton immediately brings up Belgrade, a previous battle between the two that Luther claims to have won, but Raymond says that his opponent, chewed and clawed his way into his pockets and killed innocent people.

Braxton, says they both know it takes guts and someone willing to run the gauntlet, to take him out and after Belgrade, Red showed he lacked what it takes and asks what’s he going to do?

Reddington: A Wise Man Can Learn More From A Foolish Question, Than A Fool Can From A Wise Answer.

Braxton: Who said that, Nietzsche?

Reddington: No, Bruce Lee.

Luther calls Cooper again and demands the code and Cooper tells him he’s not giving it to him. Then Braxton tells him that he’s got his agent Samar Navabi, chained up and unless he gives him the code in ten-minutes, he’ll be down one agent. Aram asks Cooper if he’s going to give Braxton the code and Harold and the Liaison enter his office. He says he’s got three agents on the ground and he’s not going to let them die over a code. He says that if Braxton escapes they can recapture him, then she tells Cooper that it’s information that Luther’s trying to obtain that’s the problem.

Braxton calls again and he’s hanging Navabi and as Cooper hears her groans he gives the prisoner the code. Braxton sends his team down to the server to reboot it and get what he wants. The Liaison fires off a text to the Director of the NSC and the following scene’s the Director meeting with the organizations members. Although some think that Reddington will release the Fulcrum if killed, the Director says that this incident, proves Red doesn’t possess it.

The National Security Director meets with his liaison in his car and he tells her to send two air fighter jets to destroy the facility. She tries convincing him otherwise due to the three agents, but he says he can’t take the risk that Braxton can have that power over so many important people.

The German can’t override the computer settings, says the boiler needs to get overridden manually and he’s not taking that risk with his life. Liz says that she and Red can do it and the other two prisoners high-tail it out. As they’re overriding the boiler, Liz asks why Red’s obsessed with stopping Braxton and Red says that if Braxton gets the information he’ll realize the only way he can get the Fulcrum’s through Keen. The boiler’s about to explode and they run out, both knocked out by shrapnel.

The Liaison tells Cooper and Aram that the order’s sent to have the Black Site Ops Site destroyed, Aram says that two fighter jets just took off heading for the target. Cooper asks how far out are they and Aram responds that the jets will reach the facility in 24-minutes.

Liz wakes up and finds Red not breathing, she gives him CPR, getting him breathing again, but he’s still knocked out. She hears voices, hides him under some rubble and quickly gets caught, she gets taken back to Braxton who whacks her and asks where Reddington is, she responds he’s dead.

Red’s found by the guard and he takes him back to the Warden’s office, they don’t know where Liz’s at. All the prisoners escaped when the server exploded and they’re rioting. Red loads up a shotgun and tells the guard he’s getting her back. Reddington struts like Al Pacino in Scarface, taking down anyone and everyone in his way, he shoots Braxton, but he tries to fight when Liz pulls a pistol on him. Amar tells Cooper that the fighter jets just released their missiles.

Raymond tells Braxton’s he’s not getting a golden ticket, all he’d gain’s a target on his back. Luther says he knows the stories, about the fire and the girl and he looks over at Liz and his jaw drops. Braxton says that’s her, that’s the girl and Raymond shouts to Keen to shoot him now, when we see the bomb start to hit the facility.

The Story Continues, Thursday, February 5, at 9:00 pm on NBC.

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Photo Courtesy Of Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

 Warning: Spoiler Alert

When it comes right down to it, the most important job of any parent or guardian’s doing what ever they can do to ensure the safety of the child under their care. Everything else in our existence, really pales in comparison, whether you’re a captain of industry, or discover the cure for the common cold, could you live with yourself if your child died due to an ill-thought decision on your part? Strip away all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the power available to agents and attorneys and even basic right and wrong; that was the basic story of the ninth episode of the second season of the Showtime Original Series “Ray Donovan.” What was the route that would ensure that Ray’s daughter Bridget safety, both in the short and long-term.

Proceedings began shortly after the climactic scene of the previous episode, after Bridget lying down undetected in the back seat of Rekon’s car, witnessed recently released convict Cookie Brown, gun down both Rekon and Bridget’s boyfriend Marvin Gaye Washington, killing them both with a shot to the head right in the middle of Hollywood. After Brown left, a dazed and blood spattered Bridget, left the car walked about a thousand-yards and called her father.

Ray brought his daughter back to his apartment in Los Angeles, where she showered and scrubbed off every bit of blood and tissue off of her body. While she showered, Abby tried calling her daughter on Bridget’s cellphone, saying they had lots to discuss, but it’s 2:00 am and she’s still not home. Abby hangs up just in time for her son Conor, to run into her bedroom with his laptop, telling her that Marvin and Rekon got shot to death.

Overcome with fear, she calls Ray and he tells her that he’s got Bridget and she’s fine but asleep, however Abby tells him to wake her up and put her on the phone. Donovan reasons with his wife, telling her he’ll bring her home in the morning after a needed night’s sleep. No sooner does he hang up, then his daughter walks into the living room, wearing one of Ray’s t-shirts as a nightie. She’s traumatized and confused and the ensuing events in the next 24-hours are only going to make that confusion multiply and consume her.

Donovan asks his daughter to describe the events and she tells him that Brown came up to the car at a red light, shot Rekon through the driver’s side window, then Marvin begged for his life, but Cookie showed no mercy and shot him in the head.  Ray asked her if Cookie could have possibly seen her walk out of the car and she says she doesn’t think so. Donovan then tells his daughter then when she talks with the police, to say that Rekon was getting high while driving and she asked him to let her out of the car two blocks before they got shot.

Bridget can’t believe her ears and tells her father she’s telling the police exactly what she witnessed and put Cookie Brown behind bars for the murders of Rekon and Marvin. Ray then tells her what probably the toughest thing he’s ever had to said to his daughter: That’s not the way it works, this is what I do for a living. That there’s only so much protection he can give to Bridget, a guy like Cookie Brown will do anything in his power to maintain his freedom and taking out the only witness that identifies him as the murderer of Rekon and Marvin’s just child’s play for him. Imagine just how small the “Fixer For The Stars,” Ray Donovan felt right at that moment, for all his accomplishments throughout his career, he couldn’t guarantee his own daughter’s safety if she did the right thing.

Abby called her lover LAPD Detective Jim Halloran, telling him that the rapper that got murdered was her daughter’s boyfriend and that Bridget spent the day with him and now she’s at Ray’s apartment. The cop asks her what she wants him to do and she responds to go over to her husband’s apartment and bring her daughter home. Halloran, displays common sense and tells her that he can’t do that, the best way help he can provide, is looking into the case and says goodbye, though Abby’s clearly dissatisfied with the response.

The next morning Ray takes his daughter home and Abby rushes over embracing her daughter and asking her if she wants to eat, but Bridget says she just wants to sleep. Husband and wife argue, before Ray leaves the house, while Abby goes upstairs trying to talk to Bridget. Her daughter says she just wants to sleep and Abby covers her and leaves the room.

Lee Drexler, who unknowingly engineered the gangland slayings of Rekon and Marvin calls Ray and says he’s a dead man and that Donovan has to come over and protect him. He then pulls up in front of Cookie’s gated mansion where he meets Avi, whose been keeping any eye on Brown and tells Donovan that Cookie’s at home, Ray then tells Avi to drive over to his house and keep an eye on his family. He rings the bell at the front gate, which opens immediately and Donovan’s greeted by a group of about six of Cookie’s enforcers.

One guy tells Donovan that who ever he’s looking for isn’t there, when Ray takes one of the guys down with a blow to the chin. He may have been able to handle two of the men, but the six gang up and bang on his body like Desi Arnaz on the conga. They throw him onto the floor inside the house and Cookie comes out and asks Donovan what’s he there for. Ray, gasping for air and spitting out blood, asks him how he could have been as stupid enough murdering the two of them out in the open like that. Cookie responds, though it was common knowledge there was bad-blood between he and Rekon, why would he kill his money-maker Marvin. Donovan says he still shot them both, but Brown states that somebody shot them, their identity unknown as no witnesses have come forth. Ray now realizes that Cookie has no idea that Bridget was in the car.

Brown then asks why he really came to his house and he said he wanted to make sure that Cookie and Drexler were square, at which point he dismissed his men from the room. He then tells Donovan, that he wants Drexler to give Brown any recorded material by Marvin and Rekon’s catalog as well. Ray tells Cookie he’ll convey the message and leaves.

Abby goes back upstairs to Bridget’s room and this time she tells Abby that she was in the car when they got shot, she watched Marvin’s head explode and some of his brain got into her mouth. Abby asks why Bridget didn’t tell her sooner and she says told Ray she’d remain quite, so she’d stay safe. Abby calls Ray and curses him out for not telling her. Donovan apologizes, but tells her to remain calm and not do anything.

He gets off of the phone just as he walks into Drexler’s office, then proceeds to pick the attorney up by his lapels and throw him to the floor on the opposite side of his desk. He tells Drexler that he bears sole responsibility for the murders of Rekon and Marvin and now they have to hand over all Rekon’s and Marvin’s material. Ira, uninvolved in the situation until that instant says the firm will not and over that material to a murderer and storms out of Drexler’s office.

Ray follows Iran into his office, but the older attorney refuses to listen, until Donovan says that Bridget ducked out of Cookie’s vision, but was in the car and saw it all occur. Ira, turned soft saying that beautiful young girl witnessed that horror, enough said.

Back in his car he gets a call from Avi, telling him that Abby’s boyfriend Detective Halloran just arrived at his house. Abby introduces Bridget to the detective and he says he’s a friend of her mother’s, but the daughter replies her mother doesn’t have friends. Halloran, then basically undermines everything her father told her, telling Bridget it’s her duty to come forward and testify, which is when Ray walks in the front door and tells the detective to leave his home immediately.

Ray heads into Bridget’s room as she’s dressing to make her statement to the police. She tells her father she wants Cookie charged with taking the two lives and she’s the only one who can make that happen. Ray tells her he’s proud of her sentiments, but the only way she can spend the rest of her life not looking over her shoulder is to tell the police she left the car before the shooting.

They head to the department and the detective tells Ray that he needs to speak with her privately, despite the fact she’s a minor. The detective then after some friendly banter asks her if she was in the car when the two men got shot and Bridget said she wasn’t. He tells her she’ll be in lots of trouble for lying and she says she’s telling the truth. She then says Rekon got stoned and driving funny, so she asked them to pull over, she got out and then called her father for a ride. The cop says he realizes that her father’s only looking out for her, but who’s looking out for Marvin? She then asks the detective if she’s free to leave.

Abby’s arrived by the time Bridget comes out and she tells her parents, she told the truth, that she wasn’t present at the shooting. As they head into the parking lot, Cookie and entourage are heading into headquarters. He puts his arm around Bridget and calls her “Snowflake,” expresses his sorrow for her and says he’ll miss Marvin as well. To her credit Bridget didn’t react and Abby asked her if that was him when they got into her car and they drove back home, without saying goodbye to Ray. Donovan told Brown, that the deal with Drexler was all set, then noticed Halloran about to get into his car, sneaks up behind him and has him in a grip with his arms pinned behind him. He tells the detective that he can keep having sex with his wife, but if he hurts his family Donovan will kill him. He then gets into his car and drives into the night.

The story will pick up again next Sunday night on Showtime.

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Photo Courtesy Of USA Network

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The term “Jumps The Shark,” became part of the television lexicon back in the seventies, as the ABC hit comedy series “Happy Days,” hit the downward slope in quality and ratings, after an episode of the series took place in Hawaii, that had Fonzie waterski up a ramp and over a man-eating shark. The term became a buzzword over the years, when a series pulls a stunt that seems so contrary to the story they’ve presented, that the show never recovers. The USA Network Original Series “Graceland,” may have reached its “Jumps The Shark,” moment in episode nine of the second year of the series, by allowing it’s alleged “good guy,” to commit an inexcusable and unpardonable act.

The premise of “Graceland,” has always played around with shades of gray, allowing FBI Agent Paul Briggs to remain unpunished for dirty-deeds he committed in the first season, including dealing heroin and accidentally killing another agent in a scuffle over a gun. Only one other character, Dale Jakes’ knows about the shooting, while all remain in the dark about him formerly moonlighting as a Drug Kingpin. Briggs may soon be implicated in the death of the agent Juan Badillo, as a Los Angeles Detective possesses a cassette tape of the conversation between the two agents, as well as the sound of the gun being fired.

However, this episode also showed the former “Boy-Scout” FBI Agent Mike Warren, watch a woman he was trying to protect get murdered and rather than blow his cover and risk not capturing cartel boss Carlos Solano, he’s covered up the death and incinerated the young woman’s body. The situation’s a plot device to signify how a law-enforcement official could get so obsessed over taking down a criminal, that he’s allowed the case to go against his morals and principles. Unfortunately, it came off in the eyes of this viewer, as totally unrealistic given what we know about Warren.

Sophomore slumps unfortunately are far too common on the small screen, as series that come out of the gates with all cylinders firing, seem to lose their direction after completing their first season. Unfortunately, that’s due to not thinking about the ramifications of events that have occurred and then getting stuck in a corner when the previous story-arc comes back to bite them in the butt.

The housemates throughout the second season are on a mission to close down the Solano Cartel, a major provider of heroin and weapons from Mexico to the USA. They were able to shut down his drug trafficking operation as he was using a bus line he owned to bring in the heroin, but the cartel got word of the bust and destroyed all the evidence as the task-force closed in.

DEA Agent Paige Arkin proved that the cartel was also involved in human trafficking, as they are running a sex-slave operation, promising foreign young woman that they’ll become American citizens, before selling them off to become prostitutes. Paige took the place of a young woman who died of a drug overdose and imprisoned in the facility along with a young Ukrainian woman named Lena she had tried to track earlier. Warren was able to rescue Paige by posing as a buyer and paying the facility’s operator Sulla $250 thousand for her. However, he told Paige he wanted to keep the facility operating until he could connect the Solano Cartel to it. Paige vehemently disagreed with the decision fearing for all the young women still imprisoned.

Warren tried to keep the operation going but rescue all the young women, by offering Sulla $1.5 million for them in the previous episode. Sulla told Warren that his boss wouldn’t make the sale now, as the FBI were monitoring his operations. The agent then offered Sulla to hold another $250 thousand as a deposit on the young women, on the condition he stay at the facility to protect his employer’s assets and Sulla agreed to the proposition.

Sulla wouldn’t leave Lena alone, beating her and then trying to force her to perform oral sex on him, Warren burst in the room stopping the operator but getting a black-eye in the bargain. He told Warren that the facility was his and he called the shots, but the agent tried to call his bluff. He told Sulla he was taking Lena to his employers and paid no attention to the threats the operator made. Sulla ran after the pair with knife, slicing Warren’s hand, then repeatedly stabbed Lena in the abdomen and she died seconds later. He told one of his henchmen to shoot the agent, but Warren promised him a million dollars and to make sure nobody would find out about the young women’s death.

He then got into his car and called Paige who was standing nearby with a SWAT team and told her he had Lena with him, but she struggled thinking he was taking her for nefarious reasons and she was in his trunk. He then drove past the SWAT team and told Paige to meet him in a parking lot a few miles away. He then parked his car, opened the trunk, pulled out a tire iron and whacked himself in the head with it Paige arrived soon after finding Mike on the ground bleeding from his head and told her that the young woman had run away and knocked him out with the tire iron. As she called the officers to start a search, Warren told her he had to go back to the facility to protect the rest of the young women.

Warren then took Lena’s body wrapped it in a sheet and incinerated her in a blast furnace in the facility. If he told Sulla that he would take care of things, just  to save his life, he could have returned with the SWAT team and arrested him for murder and along with his associates for human-trafficking. Instead, to keep the operation going to catch the Solanos, Warren covered up a murder and disposed of the body.

Warren graduated at the top of his class at the Academy and got sent to Graceland last season to determine if Briggs was dirty; how could ambition, obsession or both change a man so radically? And if the law enforcement officers stoop to the level that Warren did in this episode, are they any better than the criminals they capture?

Graceland can be seen Wednesday nights on the USA Network.