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'Scorpion' recap: 'Sun of a Gun'

Blood is thicker than water, but not thicker than mortar

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Monty Brinton/CBS


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

It’s always hard when Scorpion takes a week off because I feel like we need a reminder of where we’re coming from: A couple weeks ago, we almost lost Toby and Happy in a snow storm that made The Day After Tomorrow look like Snow Dogs. But they were saved, and I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think Quintis might just be an official thing. I DON’T KNOW WE’LL SEE. Meanwhile, back in the present, Cabe and Walter are on maybe their biggest mission yet: speed dating. It’s part of Walter’s personal mission of being more social. Speed dating is a step up from emulating the Kardashians, but still.

The Backstory

Can you even imagine running into Walter during speed dating? Nothing kills date vibes like knowing you’ll never be able to beat your partner in a Rubik’s Cube competition. Walter literally challenges his partners with riddles while Toby instructs from an earpiece. My biggest concern, though, is — and I know it’s a steady process — what exactly does this mean for the progress Walter and Paige have made so far? You’re not the only one disappointed, y’all. Happy asks Paige if she’s okay with Walter’s speed dating, and Paige nervously says she’s fine, even though she’s clearly not. Methinks we have some lies going on.

The Mission

This week’s mission finally brings our buddy Sly back into this spotlight. Kenneth Dodd appears. He’s not only Sylvester’s estranged dad, but also a retired colonel. He steps in, all rugged and salt-and-peppery, and intimidates the hell out of poor Sylvester, but the colonel doesn’t have time for feelings. He’s focused on the sun gun. It’s a weapon of mass destruction that was theoretical until now. The colonel has found the weapon, owned by a dictator in Africa. Team Scorpion has been brought in to find it, destroy it, and, of course, save the world. For this week, Toby has to stay behind because he got sick during the speed dating stint. Sly will take his place to run the software — he begs Walter to stay behind, but Sylvester has to play along this week with his dad in tow.

The Execution

The team rolls up to Bahari, in North Africa, and are immediately swarmed by locals. That’s what happens in a dictator’s country. As Walter says, “His people starve. He lives like a king.” For a dictator, though, he’s very charming. Inside the president’s mansion, Walter develops a plan for the team to explore the grounds, but the president has other plans. He requests that Walter join him for some one-on-one time. Toby warns Walter not to be offensive, as the president tends to get a little stabby when offended. It’s practically like the speed dating never stopped! Our president/dictator reveals that he’s a genius, too, and offers Walter a high-ranking position in his government. Walter seems uninterested, but President Dictator wants Walter to build him a rocket, and if we know anything, Walter has some background in that.

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The rest of the team breaks out looking for the sun gun. At first, the only suspicious find is the blimp that Cabe and Happy stumble upon. There doesn’t seem to be any proof that there’s any kind of weaponry. Sylvester is over the chase, particularly because his father is the lead on it. He says that if there’s any natural light, it will reflect 1,000 times over, so he makes three paper airplanes, sets them on fire, and throws them. They quickly find chemical panels that are used to make the sun gun. Sly and his dad debate on how to get the panels out of the country. It’s way more complicated than just toting them out, so they settle on using the blimp to send them out to the ocean. Unfortunately, when communicating the blimp’s measurements, Happy used the American measurement system, not the metric one, thus throwing Sylvester’s projection off. The team manages to set the blimp off anyway, even if Col. Dodd criticizes his son’s calculations.

NEXT: Don’t go breaking my weapons of mass destruction