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'Scorpion' recap: 'Super Fun Guys'

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Neil Jacobs/CBS

Scorpion

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
2
run date:
09/22/14
performer:
Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Action, Drama

Superheroes are known for their costumes and their superpowers and their nemeses, but if anything defines a superhero, it’s his or her weakness. Mine happens to be pizza. But then again, I’m not a superhero — not in the way that Team Scorpion is. Calling Happy, Cabe, Toby, Sylvester, Walter, and even Paige a band of superheroes isn’t a stretch if you think about the number of times they’ve slyly saved humanity, but like I said…with every superhero comes a weakness, and this week, we dive into those.

The backstory

We start with Sylvester aptly reading Megan a comic book: Super Fun Guy.  Who knows exactly what Super Fun Guy does, but whatever his powers are, they’re not enough for Megan’s tremors because she has to undergo more intensive treatment for her MS. She asks Sylvester to be there when she wakes up, but he can’t tell anyone, especially Walter.

Back at #TeamScorpion’s warehouse, Toby is still boxing with Cabe. He even punches a hole in the wall, which would be way more exciting if that wall wasn’t water damaged and worthless. Per the usual, we’re interrupted by Katherine Cooper, who will only be referred to as Katherine from now on because she’s more laid back and accessible than that pant-suit warrior, Adriana Molina.

The Mission

Katherine delivers news about some casual nuclear missile bidding happening at Kazakhstan. The starting price is $20 million, which seems like a steal considering that the starting price for Olivia Pope’s auction was a cool $25 million. The plan for Scorpion is to find where the nuclear missile is stored and report back, and then Navy SEALs will do the rest, but like, when was the last time that the SEALs actually got to do their job? Answer: never.

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They’ll be moonlighting as a film crew for the movie version of Super Fun Guy, which is practically Sylvester’s dream come true — that’s when we come to our first weakness: Megan calls Sylvester and asks if he can still make it to her procedure tomorrow. YIKES. He immediately tells Walter that he can’t go, but he won’t tell him why because love is patient, love keeps secrets, etc.

The execution

Paige has been chosen as the face of the film crew, partially because of Katherine McPhee’s ease with stage work after Smash, partially because her character, Paige, is the most socially aware. As the mission kicks off, the team has a close call with a suspect stranger, but ultimately, Walter and company use their x-ray camera to identify where the missile is hidden.

The stranger comes back, though, and holds Paige at gunpoint because he’s not just a stranger after all. Thinking fast, Walter blinds him with their camera, and Cabe tackles him.

Even with the gunman captured, the mission is still in jeopardy, and the Navy SEALs that were going to come snatch up that missile are grounded. That’s when Scorpion comes up with the plan to take a tunnel in and douse the bomb, made of enriched uranium, in nitric acid…because who doesn’t have a little nitric acid lying around?

NEXT: Walter O’Brien, Man in Tights [pagebreak]

Sylvester wants to help the team more, but he’s also tending to Megan, who he’s very casually saying, “I love you” now. How fun is that?? Walter is confused why Sylvester is so distant and aloof about the mission, but Sly made a promise to Megan to stay quiet.

The mission in the mission

The team finds the nitric acid, but they need someone to break into a vat and steal it. Happy is nominated and jumps into the vat where she’s pulled down a shaft and caught by her boot. Toby immediately springs into action to save her, but Happy saves herself by taking her pants off. They escape with a bit of a trade: nitric acid for Happy’s pants.

When the team finally gets to the warehouse where the nuke is, Super Fun Guy extras are EVERYWHERE and blocking their way inside. That’s when Sylvester and Toby work together to snag some very important costumes from wardrobe, including skin-tight onesies for Toby and Walter and a schoolboy outfit for Cabe.

The whole team, in costume, makes it into the warehouse and to the nuke. They’re able to extract the uranium and soak it in the nitric acid, as one does when dismantling a bomb, but as the uranium is soaking, Toby (dressed as The Giggler, mind you) starts laughing because of the nitrous oxide the mixture is emitting.

It’s too late, though. His laughter is heard and the team has to escape with a live atomic bomb. That’s when Cabe calls Katherine and requests a helicopter for assistance, and she goes all Adriana Molina and is like, “IDK, seems risky,” and then he says (sort of), “But you’re more chill than Adriana Molina!” and she’s like, “You’re right! I’ll get the chopper.”

Sylvester and Ray take note and visit NATO to request an immediate extraction, but alas, they arrive at the National Association of Theater Owners instead of the political NATO — classic Sylvester. Meanwhile in Kazakhstan, Walter decides to actually ignite the bomb and send it into a giant pit. The bomb’s owners find Team Scorpion and threaten to kill them, but the bomb explodes and the team regains control. Oh, and Toby knocked a guy out, showing that Cabe’s training came in handy after all.

Follow up

Megan wakes up from her procedure to see Sylvester’s face, and when Ray and him roll back into the headquarters, Ray defends Sylvester’s tardiness and helps him hide his and Megan’s secret. He also designed the best “Team Scorpeon” shirt ever. That’s not a typo. Walter addresses Sylvester and asks if he has anything to discuss, and Sylvester tells Walter that he wants to talk with him, but he can’t. Walter smiles and pulls out a Super Fun Guy costume for Sylvester — it’s almost strange because emotional Walter is new ground that season 2 is breaking, y’all.

On the romantic front, Happy asked Toby if he wanted to hang out, but he turned her down. Why? Because that’s his superpower. He calls her an addiction and says that hanging out would only remind him of what he’s addicted to, so he’s going cold turkey and giving her up completely.

And as always, Walter’s weakness is Paige. Paige calls Walter “Clark Kent,” and she tells him that he’s a real life superhero. Walter stumbles over calling her Lois Lane and then tells her that she looked nice in her costume and I swooned for approximately two minutes.

Elsewhere in Ray’s world:

  • He’s still on the show.
  • He’s still wearing a short silk robe.
  • He was dancing to “Mambo No. 5”
  • He now knows about Megan’s MS

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