FBI Episode 6 and 7
Episode 6: Family Man
In episode six, the team investigates the kidnapping of a Senator’s daughter while he is running for reelection. Two-year-old Gracie Lynch—of Senator Gary Lynch (Eoin Bailey)—goes missing with her nanny while her parents are at a campaign event. The kidnappers are demanding one hundred million dollars and state that the Lynchs cannot involve the police or any law enforcement.
This means that Agents Zidan and Bell must work discretely within the home of the family. First, they investigate the nanny, but security footage proves she was also abducted. Her innocence is further proven when the van which abducted the pair turns up and her body is inside.
Skeletons In the Closet
Meanwhile, OA and Maggie continue to grill the Senator on skeletons of his past. They are curious about his Chief of Staff, but he doesn’t seem too suspicious. Kristen back at the bull pen finds out that Lynch had an affair with a hostess who later extorted him for money after he broke it off with her. The two go and see the woman, who is dying of ALS and has secretly been raising her son (that is also Lynch’s and he is unaware of) on her own. This gives her motive, but they can’t pin any details on her.
They move toward an old childhood friend of Lynch’s, Finn, who helped get rid of the hostess, Nicole Sousa, the first time. He declares that Gary is a good guy and that he hasn’t seen Sousa since the day he paid her off years ago.
Then, the kidnapper reaches out and tells them that they want to meet at a park. At the park, Lynch finds a letter demanding that the ransom must be converted to bitcoin, which makes it harder to trace. The family is willing to pay the money to get Gracie back and is about to do so when a reporter makes the story public.
This happens because Gary’s Chief of Staff tries to stop the story about his affair from going public, figuring the baby’s kidnapping would garner him more sympathy. This infuriates the kidnapper, who immediately calls Gary and tells them that they’re going to kill her. We hear Gracie crying as tension builds.
At the bullpen, Mosier tells the family to keep hope, which bothers Maggie. We learn a little bit of her past—she was recruited into the bureau from Indiana where she worked a similar kidnapping case, except it did not end well despite the promise she made the family saying otherwise. She can’t understand why Mosier would give them false hope knowing how it worked out for her years ago. Mosier declares it does not matter, the hope is what will keep them going.
No Leads, who did it?
They are scrambling to find a lead, clearly running out of time. Bell and Zidan wonder if it’s a set up by the Senator, but he still seems honestly anguished by his daughter’s disappearance. They decide to go back to the hostess’s apartment where they find she took pain pills and overdosed. Horrifically, she tried to do the same to her son. They find a pulse on the boy and rush him to the car, where OA keeps Narcan in the back. This impresses Maggie and the boy comes to. They realize Sousa’s involvement but the ability to do it not on her own, considering her medical condition. Details point to Finn who has been lying all along.
Alls well that ends well…
He won’t give them a motive, so they bring Gary into the room. He says that he asked Gary for a favor and that Gary wouldn’t help him. Gary says he couldn’t make a criminal charge go away for Finn’s son, who recently died in jail. Finn is bitter, he set everything up and set up Sousa. Gary begs him to tell the bureau where Gracie is, that she is innocent in all of this.
He eventually complies, they find her being guarded by men and bring her back, alive, to the station. The family is reunited, and Maggie apologizes to Mosier for being incorrect. Mosier tells her she did nothing wrong.
As Maggie goes to leave for the day, Gary’s wife asks her if she can adopt Nathan, the little boy who is his son. Maggie says she’s sure they can find a way.
- Maggie’s background as a cop in Indiana was interesting. Her experience makes her who she is, and it shows within the episode. She doesn’t want to get this wrong and she knows how crucial timing is in an abduction of a child. Still, her empathy is clear, and we see how driven she is to bring home the child despite her annoyance with Gary Lynch’s secrets.
- I, like Maggie, was surprised to see that OA carries Narcan in the back of the SUV. While he doesn’t give reasoning for this, I find it both smart and awesome that he’s prepared. He was able to save that kid’s life. I do wonder if he had something personal happen, or if he just realizes how severe the opioid crisis has become in our country. New York, especially the boroughs, has high addiction and overdose rates. It’s smart that an agent thinks ahead. Score one for OA!
- Nice to see Eoin Bailey on the TV! I enjoyed his character on Covert Affairs and his guest appearance on Law and Order: SVU a few years back. He is a bit of a chameleon … never looks the same!
- Grief. OA’s stare. When he’s furious with Finnegan over the lies, I feel as if he could literally kill him with that stare. I’m totally looking forward to when that stare is behind something personal to him. Imagine in the future if someone tries to harm someone on the team. Can you hear the bad guy giving in now? Zeeko Zaki, your looks can cause homicide.