Bullies are the worst. They make you do their homework and force you to go to prison and won’t even let you use their gang hanky when you got some allergies that need some attention. And there’s no sure fire way of dealing with them. My dad used to tell me to fight them, but I found it way easier to simply avoid eye contact for five years and then vaguely mention them in a Scorpion recap years later — in short, I have no advice for Ralph.
You see, Ralph is being bullied into doing his classmate’s homework, so Cabe and Happy tell him that he should fight the bully. Sylvester, siding more with me, tells him that he should simply run away. As #TeamScorpion offers their advice to Ralph in his time of need, something even more important hits me: Happy might actually be doing Ralph’s voice work. No, listen. They literally have the same voice. It’s just a theory, but it’s one worth investigating.
The team can’t settle on any plan of action for Ralph because Adriana Molina and her friends come to #TeamScorpion with a new case. This case just happens to involve a cryptic message written in gang language comprised of symbols only legible by top gang leaders. If this case proves anything, it’s that your mom was wrong, and even though it’s probably still a bad idea, it takes more than a bad decision to join a gang — it takes a firm grasp of hieroglyphic-type lettering.
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If the team doesn’t figure out this language, three judges will be assassinated at midnight. The warden wants to infiltrate the code manual from within, but if he does, that could cause suspicion. Instead the team decides that Sylvester and his photographic memory are their best chance. Paige helps him into his prison jumper, and Cabe tries to brush him up on “prison speak.” There’s no amount of preparation that could prepare Sly for prison, except for the temporary neck tat they give him. If that doesn’t do it, nothing will.
Sylvester immediately jumps into the books, and the team is annoyed that he hasn’t found something. But then, he pulls a copy of Gray’s Anatomy and notices that pages have been ripped out. That’s when Sly and the team realize that these pages that are torn out contain the gang language and must be hidden in the infirmary — the natural place one hides pages of prison gang speak.
From the outside, the team determines that Sylvester needs to choose a gang member to disrespect so that he can be taken to medical and find the missing pages. Toby and the team choose a gigantic man named Ten-Ton for him to confront, and after insults don’t work, Toby tells Sylvester to take his gang colors and disrespect them. That’s when Sly takes Ten-Ton’s “gang hanky” and blows his nose in it.
The plan works, and Sylvester gets clocked. Unfortunately, he also loses the transmitter that allows him to communicate with the team. He demands an x-ray and uses the time alone to find the pages for the special gang manual. His success is short-lived, though, because the warden, who is Sly’s only get-out-of-jail-free card, shows up after a mysterious issue with his diabetes.
NEXT: Lights out for Sylvester