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Limitless recap: Hi, My Name Is Rebecca Harris

Rebecca takes the spotlight — and an NZT pill

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

Every drug-enhanced crime-solving FBI consultant needs a partner.

All the best mystery-solving duos consist of two people who have different strengths but who also make each other better. (Think Sherlock and Watson, Mulder and Scully, any TV procedural from the last 20 years.) Even when he’s on NZT, Brian Finch wouldn’t be nearly as effective — and Limitless wouldn’t be nearly as interesting a show — without Rebecca Harris there to back him up. Time and time again, Rebecca has shown that, even though she’s not on NZT, she’s a brilliant FBI agent who’s damn good at her job, and when she and Brian work together, amazing things can happen.

But as Brian has become more and more tangled in Morra and Sands’ web, Rebecca has been relegated to suspicious sidekick status. While she’s stuck in B-plots that always keep her one step behind him, Brian has been the one having all the fun over the past few episodes. However, when we last left Limitless, Rebecca had laid it all on the table. (Literally. She put a gun and handcuffs on Brian’s dining room table.) She’s finally put the pieces together about Brian’s involvement with Sands and Morra, and she needs answers. Now.

Just to emphasize how this is a Rebecca-centric episode, the story takes us back to the pilot with an in medias res opening and a “Hi, my name is Rebecca Harris” voiceover. It’s a direct parallel to the pilot and how Brian introduced himself to us while facing an oncoming subway train before explaining a little bit about his background and childhood. Rebecca does the same, recapping how she was close to her artist father for many years but he disappeared after years of struggles with substance abuse, only to later turn up dead. It was watching him struggle with addiction that led her to her career in law enforcement, and she’s about to bring Brian into the FBI for interrogation when he drops a bombshell: Sands is the one who killed her father. This is enough for Rebecca to decide that she’s sick of being in the dark and she’s more than ready to be the “smartest person in the room” for once. So, she swipes Brian’s NZT pill, and together, they try to figure out a way to take down Sands and prove that Rebecca’s father was murdered.

They have an advantage. As Brian says when she takes her pill: “It’s not fair. You, on NZT. It’s not fair.”

Sands, meanwhile, has Piper, and after threatening her brother, he gets her to agree to craft the immunity shot for him and his coalition of evil collaborators. One of those collaborators is his girlfriend/mistress/business partner/something — whatever you call a person you hold hands with while planning a murder. She sees Brian as a liability and wants to bump him off, but Sands is reluctant. (After all, Sands and Brian did share a magical evening of rescuing a kidnapped child. Although Brian has seen Sands in a “Female Body Inspector” T-shirt, which means, yeah, he probably has to die.)

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