It turns out that if you blow off the FBI, hop on a plane to Russia, and disappear for a few weeks, there are going to be some consequences.
For one, your boss is going to be super mad at you. I don’t know what kind of vacation time Brian gets as an consultant, but I’m guessing the FBI generally frowns on using unapproved vacation days to secretly run away to Russia. As a result, there are some new rules in the CJC office: No more headquarters (exclamation point!), no more Skeletonwitch T-shirts, and no more unsanctioned trips across the Atlantic. Instead, Naz assigns Brian a 24/7 bodyguard detail comprised of two hulking, silent Mike-and-Ike wannabes, whom Brian deems Mr. X and Mr. Y. There isn’t much for Brian to do except wait for things to blow over — and for Piper to finish synthesizing the NZT enzyme — so he decides to toe the line for a little while and help the FBI solve some cases.
The main case on the agenda is the murder investigation of one Mr. Gordon Roper, a billionaire who turned up dead in his apartment, missing one kidney. After a long battle with kidney disease (and a less-than-fruitful stint on the organ waiting list), Roper had invested in a new research company called Biosoma, which specializes in bioprinting. It’s like 3-D printing, except instead of printing things with plastic, you’re printing things with human cells. After electricity-eating bacteria and homicidal robotic arms, bioprinting is the rare Limitless tech reference that’s actually a real thing.
Part of the reason Roper was so eager to throw all his money into bioprinting is because he could really use a kidney. So, when Biosoma actually succeeded in making one, Roper was the first guy on the list. The transplant was recent, but things seemed to be going pretty well. That, however, doesn’t answer the question of why somebody murdered Roper and carefully cut out his kidney.
But before Brian can start digging into Biosoma, he discovers that the FBI needs to check its employee list a little more carefully. His newly hired bodyguard, Mr. Y, chauffeurs him to a creepy, dimly lit warehouse to meet Sands, who is there to give Brian his booster shot and say vague things about how Sen. Morra is going to make things better and safer. “I’ll be working in a different capacity,” Sands adds. Which isn’t ominous at all.
Things get even more ominous when Brian gets a mysterious coded text, which he quickly deciphers as a message from Piper. But before he can call her and reminisce about their time together in Russia, he first has to go figure out why some random guy’s DNA showed up at the Roper murder scene.
That random guy is some dude named Rohan Kumar, and it turns out that Roper was NOT the first person to get a bioprinted organ transplant. At the rate Biosoma’s research was going, the brand new bioprinted kidney wasn’t going to be ready in time to save Roper’s life. The head of Biosoma was getting a little nervous about the fact that if Roper died, his checks would presumably start bouncing, so he bought a kidney from Kumar on the black market, told Roper the bioprinting was successful, and stuck it in Roper. That explains why Kumar’s DNA showed up in Roper’s blood at the crime scene. What it DOESN’T explain is why somebody murdered Roper.
You know what that means. It’s times for the second gathering of everyone’s favorite crime-fighting squad: The Bruntouchables. James even brings his Bruntouchables shirt. Ten bucks says he keeps a spare in his desk just in case the occasion arises.
NEXT: Bruntouchables, assemble (again)