Hondo and Deacon are still on the run coming up with plans on the fly. Deacon sets a trap to buy them a little time in case the Mercs catch up sooner than they think. They have another problem that they don’t know about.
They were counting on dispatch sending out a search party when they didn’t check-in after three hours. Hawkins is back at the cabin covering their car so it won’t be seen when he hears the radio for Hondo and Deacon to check-in. He pretends to be them and Jess gets word back at HQ, believing the call.
No backup, no help, and now dispatch and everyone else think everything is fine. What the hell are they going to do now?
“I don’t know why you’re acting so proud, half our squad hadn’t heard of you clowns til this morning” – Street
Street and Jess interrogate the Merc gang member they grabbed from the church. They tell him that the Jackals are coming to town in retaliation for what the Mercs did. Jess tells him to take a deal in exchange for telling her where everything will be going down. He stays silent and they realize they have a big problem on their hands.
Mountain Men – Part II
Back in the woods, Hondo thinks him and Deacon should take a shortcut up a rock wall to the top of the hill. Since Deacon has experience with that kind of terrain, he decides against it. Hondo tries pulling rank but Deacon refuses and goes his own way. Hondo catches up with him to find out what his deal is.
Deacon tells Hondo that he knows more about the woods and what to do than Hondo does. They bicker back and forth about rank and then Deacon’s true feelings come out. He says he should’ve been team leader but because Buck made a mistake, it went to Hondo instead. Hondo thinks Deacon is saying that he didn’t deserve to be team leader but that’s Deacon’s intention.
While they argue differences, they hear one of Deacons traps go off in the distance. They notice two Mercs approaching their location. If the others hear any shots they will know exactly where they are, so Deacon and Hondo try to take them out silently. Everything is going well until one of the Mercs pulls out a pistol and shoots in the air right before Deacon can disarm him.
They tie the two Mercs up, take their guns, and make a run for it. When they reach the top they are both confused as to why there’s no rescue. They realize Deacon’s car is still back at the cabin and Hawkins must’ve called in to dispatch. Despite the sticky situation they’re in, they’re still arguing about who should’ve been team leader.
Hondo lets Deacon know that it wasn’t always easy for him growing up and instead of succumbing to the street life, he stepped up to become the man his mom needed when his dad left. He had it hard going through LAPD and making his way to where he is now.
Deacon feels like he deserves it just as much as, if not more than Hondo. Guess they both feel the same about themselves and all their hard work. Ultimately, Deacon says Hondo has been more than a leader and he’s proud to serve by his side. He still feels cheated because of Buck’s mistake but he realizes Hondo worked just as hard as he did.
It is what it is.
Get to the chopper!
Still interrogating the Merc member Street and Tan grabbed, Jess comes up with a plan to get him to talk. It works and the guy sings like a canary giving up Hawkins. Jess’ jaw drops and realizes this could mean Hondo and Deacon are in trouble. They get the recording of when Hawkins calls in to dispatch and realize it’s not who they want it to be.
The team gears up to go get their fearless leaders.
Help is on the way, dear!
Back on the mountaintop, the Mercs move in on Hondo and Deacon, cornering them. They keep moving to create some distance and possibly get out of there alive. They’re putting up the fire-fight of their lives, taking the Mercs out one at a time. They’re low on ammo so Deacon decides to pull the flare.
The chopper, with the team inside, is up in the air searching for them with thermal recognition. They don’t know which ones are Hondo and Deacon and look defeated until Chris spots the flare. Hondo and Deacon take out two more guys when they see the chopper above them.
The team ropes down from the chopper coming to Hondo and Deacon’s rescue. Luca patches Hondo up and Deacon grabs the gear the team brought for them. Hondo, despite his pain, bucks up and shows why he’s team leader. They gear up and head out to go grab Hawkins and the rest of the Mercs.
The rest of the team grab four Mercs, leaving one and Hawkins left. Hondo and Deacon catch up to Hawkins and try to talk him into surrendering. Hawkins tries to make a move but Deacon takes him out before he can. He goes over to check on him but Hawkins is gone.
In the locker room, Hondo tells Deacon he doesn’t regret taking the team leader position but he knows Deacon would have a been a great one and hope he gets his chance.
Season One Finale? Already?!
Street is hiding something from Hondo and the rest of the team.
The theme: Rules are made to be broken…
What’s it going to be about!? Guys, I can’t take the suspense.
As always, S.W.A.T. airs every Thursday at 10/9c on CBS…see you next week for the finale!