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Scorpion recap: 'White Out'

As the geniuses’ hearts continue to warm up, a deep freeze almost stops one of them entirely

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

Antarctica has given us a handful of wonderful things: Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, and Morgan Freeman’s voiceover in March of the Penguin. Other than that, Antarctica hasn’t given us much to cheer about, which is why it’s natural to worry about Team Scorpion as they head way down south this week to save a United States Special Forces unit in need of a satellite repair. But it’s more complicated than that — let’s discuss:

The Backstory

The team is hanging out in the warehouse discussing New Year’s resolutions. Happy is using Quincy Berkstead’s (you remember Quincy — the guy who stole Toby’s fiancée) book, which teaches how to be more positive. Megan told Walter to be more open to relationships, so somehow he takes that on the more…social level and familiarizes himself with the Kardashians. Like, the literal Kardashians. Because if anyone knows how to be social, it’s the woman who named her child Saint. Paige tries to get Walter to work with Ralph on getting his scout badge for knots, but Walter is convinced those aren’t necessary. Kardashians… No use for knots… Oh, Walter.

The Mission

But let’s back up to the Special Forces squad in Africa. The details of why they’re there are pretty vague, but the most important part is that they’re in trouble, and there’s only one crew that can save them: #TeamScorpion. And that’s where Katherine Cooper comes in! The Pentagon has lost contact with the squad because their feed is broken and isn’t able to transmit a signal.

The team realizes that the best chance of resetting the signal is to catch the satellite as it glides over Antarctica past a station. Sylvester and Paige get to stay behind, but Cabe, Walter, Happy, and Toby jump onto the world’s least favorite continent to fix the satellite.

The Execution

As the team sets the antenna up inside the tent, the winter storm outside picks up intensity, getting in the way of the signal. Ultimately, they decide they have to go out into the storm and move the satellite to higher ground. Toby makes everyone eat a protein bar to build up calories, which is the first time I’ve ever felt capable of doing something Scorpion has done. As for the whole “getting to the high point in a blizzard and assembling an antenna to transmit a high-end satellite” part? Not so much.

Scorpion manages to get it up, though, and the satellite works long enough for Agent Decker, a man who is practically Lieut. Dan from Forrest Gump, to update Paige, Sly, and Ralph on the situation. The Africa squad is worrying about their lack of time, so Ralph devises a plan that will make their attackers believe there are more soldiers than just the small squad. The squad takes the advice because when Ralph gives you instructions, you best listen.

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Meanwhile, back in Antarctica, ice blocks fell on the team from a rock formation. No one was hurt, but as the team pull themselves up, Toby realizes from the slack in the rope to Happy has been detatched. From afar, the team can hear Happy’s cries, but the wind and snow distort them. Cabe and Walter argue that Toby can’t go on search for her, but Toby asks Walter if he would leave Paige if she were out there. With that, he disappears into the blizzard.

Meanwhile, Happy drops through a snow bank into a giant winter cave. It gives her a break outside of the blustery winds and the low visibility, but she’s still out of sight and in the frigid cold. Toby, on the search for Happy, loses his communication device, as well, and once it breaks, he finds himself in a position he never thought he would be in: praying to God. But instead of asking for help, he asks God to take his soul and not Happy’s.

NEXT: Sugar, we’re goin’ down swingin’