Red Hook Showdown
The deal is to take place at Red Hook’s Port. Maggie and SWAT follow on route while at the JOC, they notice Ari has sent a text but it’s coded. Kristen is not able to crack the code but can see where it was sent. It was sent to the cartel, and she realizes that Ari has undercut her father and is going to sell to the Zetas.
The ‘sale’ is underway at this point by OA and Martin, though neither of them knows yet about Ari. She eventually cuts her father off, telling him $200 million is too low and reminding him about the Armorer’s Faith, cuing our title for this episode. She admits that the cartel paid more, and Martin is gunned down by one of them as shots begin to ring out everywhere. Quinn takes a hit in the thigh and our undercover and blown duo is outnumbered. OA tries to take as many down as possible but cannot hit them all. Luckily, Maggie and SWAT arrive to save the day. Ari is arrested.
All head back to the JOC where our team celebrates, and Mosier tells the team that the director of the FBI says a job well done! Maggie invites OA out for drinks, but he says he must go somewhere else.
OA instead visits Quinn in the hospital and Quinn apologizes a second time, to which they make amends. OA tells him that while he wanted to quit many times, he never did so his methods worked in a way. Quinn disagrees and tells him he always had it in him, he never needed that to succeed. He then asks a favor of OA.
We learn the favor is OA going to guest lecture in Quinn’s undercover class. The episode ends with OA coming into the room, confident and secure and telling the class he was there two years previous.
- One of the most exciting things about this show is that it takes place so close to home for me and for some I know, it is their home. Over the summer, I had the pleasure of seeing some of the most exciting parts of the city with friends, so when our final scene ending up in Red Hook terminal and port, it was awesome! From the Port, you can see the Brooklyn Bridge (always prettier at night) and the Freedom Tower in the background. Just beyond that, are the islands (Ellis and Liberty island). I imagine it is just as exciting for those in the show who are not local to act around these sites. Besides, what a backdrop!
- His arrival made me want to punch him and I’m not so sure I still don’t want to punch him. First, I hate people like him. I don’t do well by being put down to succeed and not everyone does. So, his type of character is the kind of person who, in real life, makes me want to hurt them. Of course, he didn’t pick Maggie as his “chosen” one that year. Beautiful woman, he’s going to be smitten, not scolding. Second, you must wonder what made him pick OA and the others he did this to. He says it was his skill, but was Maggie not the best of her class then? Cop out response. Let’s be honest. He feared him. Quinn is a bully who takes pleasure in making others feel crappy about themselves. I hate that they made OA forget whatever he put him through just because he proved himself worthy. People like that should get what’s coming to them.
- I LOVE undercover storylines. Oh, the possibilities with them! This is when things usually go haywire too. I fully expected someone to end up injured in tonight’s episode (and don’t get me wrong, I didn’t shed any tears for Quinn). Tensions are high, and emotions are strong. OA had a lot to prove (mostly to himself even though he doesn’t realize it) and he scores well. I also think this was one of Zaki’s better performances. He is the rookie here compared to Peregrym, but he did well. I’m looking forward to more undercover storylines in the future.
- What happens for the rest of the season? Next episode is our mid-season finale and I do wonder where the rest of the arc will go. FBI is not like some shows where there is heavy, drawn out arcs across the season. This show runs as episodic and simple, where you can tune in and miss a week and still be able to follow along. We’ve seen a few hints that others from previous episodes might return (Mosier and her Russian ‘friend’). OA’s history could lead us another way. What about Maggie? She’s been under the hand of Mosier for a while now. Could she take a more direct role? It’s hard to say. We have another 12 episodes this season and storyline is fair game!
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