This was a fun one. I think I’ve mentioned, I watched the entire series of The West Wing last year, and who should turn up in this week’s episode of Almost Human but John Larroquette, the imposing and commanding White House counsel, Lionel Tribbey? He was in one episode, but he made a hell of an impression. On me, at least.
Anyway, Larroquette plays a formerly prominent robotics engineer, fallen into disfavor and having lost his license. When a high-profile extremely dangerous piece of evidence walks out of the locker to wreak havoc across the city three years after having annihilated a good number of the force after a demonstration went awry, John and Dorian begin looking into the case, and it leads them to the workspace of Dr. Nigel Vaughn (Larroquette).
Vaughn seems innocent enough, distraught, afraid, even, because of how much damage his robot did the last time she was on the loose. But after a while, all signs point to his involvement being more than coincidence, and when he disappears, it more than seals his fate as a suspect.
The question is, what is he planning? He has enough processors to build an army, and with some time, and privacy from the scrutiny of the police, he may do just that.
Vaughn disappears “over the wall”, which is some strange separate area of the city that everyone talks about in hushed voices, though it seems more derelict than secret. John and Dorian aren’t sure if that’s where he would go, the risks are great pulling a move like that–it seems there is a substantial amount of lawlessness on the other side–but it ended on such a cliffhanger, I can’t imagine we won’t be seeing more of Vaughn in the near future.
To that, I say YAY. Larroquette is awesome, no matter how old he is, he’s a top-notch actor who owns his roles, and already, he’s preparing to burn Nigel Vaughn into our memories forever. Stay tuned…
You know what’s messed up? I really felt the emotion of Emma’s reunion with Joe. That’s right, the crazies reunite and they almost had me in tears. Joe Carroll may be one crazy motherfucker, but there’s a magnetism about him that makes you root for him, sometimes. Unless he’s antagonizing Hardy. Then he should burn in hell.
Lily reunites with her “children”, all of whom seem to be a little too lemming-like, both to her and to Joe. Emma isn’t sure what to make of all of it, but so far, she feels she can trust that they are on Joe’s side, and after everybody else got pinched, they’re all she has until Joe returns.
Joe has to make a pit stop, though, for supplies, IDs, and other necessities. And who should we meet but Jana (Leslie Bibb, whom I know you remember from GCB!), one of Joe’s followers, ready and waiting with all kinds of goodies.
The big surprise, or maybe not surprise so much as twist? Jana is Agent Mendez’s ex! Or perhaps sister or relative, but I think they’re exes–they were talking custody. How crazy is that? Miss Holier Than Thou federal agent Mendez used to be married to a follower of Joe Carroll’s. And she doesn’t know it. Or does she? Ironic? Perhaps. Entertaining, definitely. Well done, writers, well done.
Joe finally gets in touch with Emma, and she says it’s safe to come to her, though I suspect it was more because she wanted to see him so desperately than she actually thought it was safe. She and one of the twins go to greet Joe, and Emma breaks down. At first, she’s overjoyed and relieved, then angry at him for hiding his plan from her and not letting her know he was still alive, but after all of it, she really is just glad to see him again.
Ryan is on the hunt for Giselle, and Max steps in and gets her ass kicked in the process. Giselle escapes, but Max may have the drop on her–she boarded the same train. Even if she doesn’t get a hold of the crazy French chick, she may at least get a lead on where she’s headed and what she’ll find when she gets there. She may get more than she bargained for, though, as she still doesn’t believe Joe is alive.
Mike comes down to her office, trying to get her to reign Ryan in, and get her to stop helping him pursue this mission of vengeance against a guy he believes to be dead. However, I almost think he has ulterior motives. They made a thing of her hanging up his jacket, and then promptly kicking him out of her office, leaving the jacket behind. Is this a romantic subplot, or does Mike have something else on his mind he wants to discuss with her? New ep next week!
We meet Jess’s sister! Total opposites, but she is damn entertaining. At first, I thought she looked a little like the girl from Not Another Teen Movie, the one who parodies Sarah Michelle Gellar’s role from Cruel Intentions, but in fact, it’s Linda Cardellini, Don’s latest affair from last season’s Mad Men! With the hair, she looks totally different.
Jess’s sister Abby is in jail, and Jess’s mom sends her to go pick her up and put her on a plane home. Jess, knowing the hurricane Abby can be, heads down on her own to do damage control, having no intention of allowing Nick to meet her crazy sister. However, circumstances, and Abby, conspire and not only does Abby not make her flight, she is moving in with Jess and the guys at the loft to try and get her life together.
Winston recruits Cece and Coach for a double date, and the two get so crazy about how things ended, that they try to start things up again, to epic failure. It looks like maybe they’ll just be friends now, but there may still be some tension there.
I don’t like how Schmidt’s role has fallen to the wayside. I’d like to see him and Cece spark back up, or at least give him a better subplot than simply womanizing as he tries to get over Cece.
Boyle has gone “full-Boyle” on his new flame, the food critic he met at the Captain’s birthday party, and Jake is trying to reign him in before he scares her away.
Gina is trying to help the Captain prepare for reelection to his organization for black people in the police force, and while some of her ideas are pretty out there, par for the course, she helps the Captain realize that a new leadership might be good chance for change.
Jake is trying to keep Boyle’s over-romantic side in check, but after he realizes that the woman is just as crazy for Boyle as he is for her, he lets Boyle be Boyle.
Ava is transferred to the state prison, and Boyd tries to get her some protection, but he goes to the wrong guy and she gets jumped in the yard. She’s not physically hurt much, but they chop off her hair in ragged clumps.
When Boyd hears of this, he finds a solution–another two birds with one stone solution–the Boyd Crowder specialty. He recruits the Crowes to go beat up the neo-Nazi whose sister jumped Ava in prison, and now he has a new muscle-for-hire in the hulking, crazy team of Crowes.
After Danny Crowe runs Allison’s car off the road, barking at her like his crazy pit bull, to teach her a lesson, Raylan wants to head down to the new Crowe outpost and teach him a lesson. Rachel goes along, wanting to make sure that he doesn’t get in over his head. Raylan doesn’t end up doing anything to Danny, but I have a strong feeling that if Danny crosses the line again, especially when it comes to Allison, Raylan won’t be able to restrain himself.
The new heroin deal from Mexico seems to be on hold, as Boyd continues to try to work out his money problems, but at least these guys don’t seem to be as crazy as some of the other people Boyd’s worked with. Give it time, though. I’m sure they’ll show their stripes soon enough.
I’ve got one more set of recaps from the last couple weeks’ worth of Almost Human, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Agents of SHIELD to catch up on (and I still haven’t seen two of those eps), so those will be posted soon, but I can’t say exactly when.
Tune in for a new episode of Men at Work Wednesday night! Psych, Nashville and The Tomorrow People are off this week!
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