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Scorpion recap: Area 51

Aliens are the least of the team’s worries when the fate of one of their own is at risk.

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

Let’s recap this season of Scorpion because our heroes have been through a lot, haven’t they? In a mere seven episodes, #TeamScorpion has found themselves in Kazakhstan, Cuba, high in the sky with a rogue A-bomb, and low in the trenches with, well, a rogue train. In a world where too much goes rogue, our geniuses (and Paige, I guess, sometimes) are the constants. The constant can deal with the rogue, but the constant stands no chance against the unknown.

And that’s exactly what the team attempts to take on this week — the fun part of that is diving into Area 51, but it’s definitely not the scariest. We start with Megan.

The Backstory

Walter and Sylvester are with Megan, talking about her M.S. and the respiratory infection she’s picked up. She assures Walter that it’s under control. What’s not under control is how upset Walter is with Sylvester for not telling him about her condition. He’s pushing to keep Megan alive, but Sylvester wants her to have the best life possible — whatever of it is left. Walter is convinced that he can make it last much longer.

He wants his work on the rocket to lead him to the Kármán​ Prize of $15 million so that he can continue research on Megan’s MS and build a mechanism capable of storing her “downloaded” brain until he can “find a new vessel.” The whole plan is a little unfathomable, even to the team, but Walter is willing to do anything. 

The Mission

And being willing to do anything is what leads you to taking crazy CIA missions for giant sums of cash. Mark Willis, CIA, appears to let the team know Homeland has lent out Scorpion’s services. Agent Willis, played by everyone’s favorite Lost Boy, Billy Wirth, tells the team that they have to locate a top-secret aircraft that is missing inside Area 51. You heard me: the same Area 51 that has all those aliens and fake moon landings and Will Smith.

The Execution

Initially the team doesn’t want to take it on, but with big money on the line, Walter can’t turn it down. As the group gets deeper and deeper in, they lose contact with Sylvester on the outside, but as quickly as they get to the general Air Force base, they find the aircraft. 

The plane is still fully operational, but it looks abandoned with no tag number. The team approaches it, and when Toby investigates, he finds a whole stock of AB-negative blood with some zip ties and chloroform. So basically it’s a kidnapping waiting to happen.

The team alerts Agent Willis, who offers them $350,000 if they can find who was kidnapped and the people who did it. Nervously, the team jumps from the abandoned aircraft and deep into Area 51.

Anyone who knows about aliens and conspiracies knows that you can’t just waltz into Area 51, but they must so they can reference the rare blood type against the military base’s records. Happy and Walter take reflective panels off the plane and create a laser with a magnifying glass that pops the tire on a passing truck and allows Paige, Happy, and Toby to break in. It gives way to a great Paige and Happy moment — Happy admits that her mom died when she was young, so she understands death, but if Megan succumbs to her MS, it could break Walter and Sylvester.

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Once Paige and Quintis break into the sewer system, Happy quickly wires a phone to call Sylvester who cross-references the systems and finds that Dr. Ivan Zahn is the plane system’s creator. Paige, getting a little too big for her genius pants, mocks how easy it was to get into Area 51, and suddenly Air Force officers surround them.

Back at the plane, Walter is intensely focused on the previous flight patterns, but Cabe keeps pushing Walter to confront what is happening with Megan. He ignores him, though, and focuses on how the plane has been used to spy on cities and will be headed to Uzbekistan next. As Walter realizes that the man who developed it is the one they’ll likely be kidnapping, an all-terrain vehicle rolls onto the plane, holding Dr. Zahn. Walter and Cabe hide, but the plane lifts off with both of them on it.

NEXT: Aliens dreams and intubation wishes