So, this week was pretty tense. And rushed leading to a hazy and fudged timeline and some hocus pocus, “just go with us,” suspension of disbelief, but still, pretty tense.
Number is a guy named Michael Cahill whose real name is Daniel Tully. Reese kind of hates him when he thinks he’s the perp but overidentifies with him when he realizes he’s not only the potential victim but, well, another guy in Brooklyn who has what Reese desperately wants. They’re part of a smuggling ring that initially brings in diamonds but eventually smuggles rice. Or cocaine that looks like rice and is packed in rice bags. But the drug-sniffing dogs on the docks would still smell it, but go with this. It was clever.
Reese gets his butt kicked so he can have some really pretty facial wounds when he busts out of a burning car because it’s sweeps. Then the network insisted that Reese flirt with Carter but neither is in the mood for it because it was really tacked on and a little tacky but all this puts Carter back on Badger’s radar, rightly and wrongly, so hope springs eternal.
Meanwhile, Finch is juggling a lot of balls and needs Fusco to handle a job that was way beyond his pay grade, but he’s the loyal little fireplug so he follows Finch’s orders, step by step and with the right amount of sass. Of course, Finch sent Fusco in to do a Reese job and it leads to potentially disastrous results. I won’t lie, I cried a little for Fusco this episode. Especially at the end. Oh, Lionel.
In flashback, we head back to 2008 and Reese is hanging in New York with his besties Badger and Stanton and can’t wait to get the hell away from them to get a head start on killing himself with rot gut when he “accidentally” meets up with someone he’s not supposed to but is wrangled back into the shadows just in time. And I’m sure he’s totally faking the complete disdain with which he treats Stanton, because why would Badger have lied about that?
Then, worst of all, I realized…I have come to look forward to seeing Badger. Like “seal clap” look forward. I get a visceral thrill whenever his dead eyes, granite jaw and angrily receding hairline shows up. If only he would start working with Elias. They could be the balding, evil doppelgangers to Reese and Finch. Fan-fic writers, get to it. Make this happen.
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