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Scorpion recap: Dam Breakthrough

After a half-season of cracks, a dam wasn’t the only thing that opened up in the ‘Scorpion’ winter finale

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Action, Drama

This season of Scorpion has been all about the cracks — a moment between Paige and Walter? Crack. A Toby and Happy dance? Crack. Watching Megan finally succumb to her MS. was the biggest crack of all, though, and ever since, it’s just been a waiting game. It makes sense that for the midseason finale, #TeamScorpion is tasked with taking on an actual dam on the brink of failing because everything came bursting out tonight. Let’s discuss.

The Backstory

Team Scorpion is busy with their most important work of the season: coming up with a mixture to make artificial snow that can last FOREVER, and by forever, I mean like seven or eight years. It sounds like the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve, except Toby is being a total Grinch.

And then there’s Walter, who is off on his own, muttering through his thoughts. He tells Paige that he’s just running calculations, but it’s more than that. Walter has been muttering to himself like that since Megan died, and as we saw last episode, Walter hasn’t quite tackled the fact that Megan is gone.

Toby rides with Walter and tries to address the muttering. He opens up Walter’s glove compartment to find Megan’s ashes in a coffee can. “The urn they gave me was black. Megan hated black.” Elsewhere, though he’s still hurting, Sylvester has come to peace with Megan’s death because he never stopped living while she was alive.

The Mission

The rain in Scorpion’s world has been coming down like crazy, and it’s hit the Augustine Power Station particularly hard. It’s been hit by a storm, and the storms have knocked down a tree and crushed a wall. They have to stop the flooding before the water makes it down to the power station and knocks out the electricity for 100,000 people.

The team gets to the site and quickly fixes the power station, but that suddenly becomes the least of their worries — the amount of rain that has hit the area is putting too much pressure on the dam, and it’s falling apart. Sylvester calculates that there’s 68 minutes until the dam collapses, which is great timing, because we have about an hour for them to save it. Game on, Scorpion.

The Execution

The immediate threat is a giant crack with water spewing out. The long-term threat is that there’s too much water being held back by the dam to begin with. And then Paige points out that there’s no plan to evacuate, which is just crazy. So Walter comes up with a plan to do an isolated freeze on the water behind the crack, which will allow for a crack repair with quick-drying concrete. Someone has to rappel down the dam to do the fix, though. Cabe loses his dashing blazer and volunteers. (Fact: Robert Patrick actually rappelled down a dam for this scene. Meanwhile, I almost called in sick today because my stomach hurt.)

The freeze works, but Cabe only has 90 seconds to fix the crack.  He has to swing over to get to the final gap, and as he does, the wire holding him begins to break. That’s when he takes the quick-dry concrete, makes himself some stairs, and then CLIMBS THE DAM. We aren’t worthy of you, Cabe.

The immediate danger is taken care of, but Toby formulates a bigger plan for the dam — a colonoscopy, if you will. It involves a big snake that will flush out the clogged pipe with a battery and a motor. Happy and Cabe put the pipe into the water, and it immediately starts unclogging the drain, but the motor gets stuck on a pine (Christmas — let’s not lose the irony) tree. The team frees the snake, but it catches Happy’s foot and pulls her into the pipe. The team only has seconds to save Happy, so they cast a literal net that she’s able to grab onto. She’s pulled free, but the turbines are failing and the dam is still compromised.

NEXT: The legacy of Megan’s rocket