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Limitless recap: This Is Your Brian on Drugs

Worst breakup ever

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Current Status:
In Season
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Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

I mean, if someone breaks up with you via text message, you’re totally justified in jacking a bunch of NZT pills from the FBI, helping your co-worker cover up a murder, and stealing a janitor’s sudoku book. You pretty much get a free pass. That’s how this works. But before we can get into the exact events that led to the most dramatic breakup the FBI has ever seen, we have to start with everyone’s favorite bodyguards: Mike and Ike.

This episode switches between multiple viewpoints, and although we’ve slowly learned more and more about the pair’s backstory over the past few episodes, this is the first time we’ve really done a deep dive into who Mike and Ike are when they’re not fetching Brian obscure vinyl albums and gas masks. We knew that Ike got assigned to babysit Brian because he wasn’t the brightest student at Quantico, and when he was posted in Alaska, he fell asleep on duty. Now, he’s breaking out in some seriously scaly rashes, all thanks to the stress caused by having Brian in his life every day. But this is the most we’ve learned about Mike, who’s counting down the days until his year with Brian is up. After that, he gets a permanent spot at the CJC. Ike has no such guarantee, and he’s terrified that he’s going to spend the next decade of his career retrieving cat food for Brian.

Their main responsibility is picking up Brian’s dose of NZT from the dispensary each day, until one morning they stumble upon a robbery in progress. Mike holds the intruder at gunpoint, and when the guy reaches for his gun, Mike fumbles, forgetting the safety is on. The guy fires and bolts, as Ike dives in front of his partner and takes a bullet to the chest.

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Ike survives, but we leave him in a coma, with 6,000 NZT pills now missing, before cutting to Rebecca’s POV. She’s giving herself a pep talk in the mirror, trying to convince herself that she should break up with Casey. That doesn’t go so well. Instead, he invites her to go stay at his buddy’s cabin, and they end up on assignment together, tracking down the thieves. Casey’s not stupid, and since the very beginning, he’s known there was something off about Brian. Remember, the guy learned everything Casey knows about martial arts in just a few days. The CJC doesn’t send elite SWAT teams to track down your run-of-the-mill oxycodone burglar, so it’s pretty clear that whatever’s been stolen is the key to Brian’s superpowers.  

By the time they get back to New York, Rebecca’s complete desperation and fear of confrontation forces her to do the worst thing a human being can do to another, which is break up with them via text message. In a classified MEETING. With their BOSS RIGHT THERE. Stone cold, Rebecca. You may be great at giving Brian relationship advice, but you need to get your own house in order. Casey is thrown for a loop (UNDERSTANDABLY), and they’re all barely listening when Naz reveals that, though they were able to recover the pills, 80 of them are missing. She believes somebody in the CJC skimmed some off the top. Naz fills Casey in on exactly what NZT is, and while he emphatically declares that none of his men would ever do something so corrupt and heinous, it turns out that, oh wait, yes they did. He’s initially reluctant to pop one himself, but by the time Rebecca breaks up with him — again, by text message — he’s on board.