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'Limitless' recap: 'When Pirates Pirate Pirates'

Piracy and pinball on the high seas.

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

Up to this point, Limitless has focused almost all of its attention on Brian and Rebecca. They’re the ones we’ve spent the most time with, and we’re (more or less) familiar with their histories and family. Much less screen time has been given to their colleagues at the FBI, and for the first time, “When Pirates Pirate Pirates” dives into Naz and Boyle’s backstories.

The vast majority of the episode is dedicated to Naz, who’s headed down to D.C. to raise a little hell and try to figure out who sanctioned Brian’s CIA kidnapping, and she tells Brian that if her meetings go south, he may need to hole up in her apartment and hide from her bosses. It has biometric security, a fully-stocked fridge, and everything you need for a good ol’ fashioned siege.

It turns out that one of the only reasons the top brass at the FBI let Brian stay in New York was because they thought his NZT immunity might come from something in the atmosphere. Medical tests have now ruled that out, and Naz has been sitting on that information. If the rest of the FBI figures that out, they won’t be afraid to grab Brian, ship him off to D.C., and turn him into a lab rat there.

So, Naz leaves Rebecca and Brian (who’s a little sad that their secret code word is a lame fruit like pomegranate) for her D.C. meetings, and she immediately lays it all out on the table. Not only does she want to know the identity of the guy who sanctioned the black op, but she wants his head on a plate. If she doesn’t get it, she’s going to resign and expose the fact that the CIA conducted an unauthorized black op on U.S. soil. Morale of the story: Don’t mess with Naz.

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Meanwhile, Brian is back home bonding with Ike over Mike and Ikes (obviously). It turns out that Ike got his job as Brian’s babysitter because when he first started at the FBI, he was assigned to Alaska — where he fell asleep on a stakeout. Between his pitch-perfect impression of Ferris Bueller’s dad last episode and his Mike and Ike-throwing skills, Ike is quickly becoming my favorite character. If we’re going to do a deep-dive into another character’s backstory any time soon, can it be either Mike or Ike?

Naz comes back to New York having totally kicked ass and taken names in D.C., but her success doesn’t last long, as she’s soon arrested and taken away in handcuffs. In the interim, she’s replaced with ADIC Grady Johnson, and he’s just terrible. He’s the kind of guy whose phone wallpaper is a photo of himself with a gun. So, Brian steals his phone and learns that Naz is being accused of aiding a known terrorist named Felix Durmaz. After a quick pit stop to pick up Brian’s extra NZT (thanks, Senator Morra!) and an embarrassing text to Johnson’s entire contact list, he and Rebecca head to the safe house — but there’s already someone there.

Naz’s daughter Ava is also hiding out there, and she tells them that Naz actually DID give Felix Durmaz $3 million — but for good reason. Ava’s cousin Mitra was kidnapped by pirates in the South China Sea while she was working with the Peace Corps, and Naz paid Felix as a broker to negotiate her safe return.

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