Continuing on with the specific character focused episodes, we get Bill’s story this week. It was made known at the beginning on the series that Bill was on suspension from the FBI, but it was never made clear why. Apparently Bill had an altercation with another agent named Persky. Needless to say, it didn’t end well for Bill. Flared tempers + Bill’s strength = a broken clavicle for Persky. After speculating what will happen to his career, Bill finally receives word that he’s out of the FBI.
This episode starts out on the run. The team is chasing some guy who is carrying some information that the DOD wants. Everyone except Gary, who was told to stay in the van, is chasing this guy and after some nice parkour style footwork from Hicks, followed by a gentle push from Nina, the team gets the information they were after. They head back to the van to find that Gary is gone.
Back at HQ, Bill finds that Gary has actually been arrested and heads down to the station to pick him up. While there, Bill stumbles upon an active kidnapping case involving the daughter of a prominent business man. Bill sees this as an opportunity to waltz back into his old job and seizes it. Gary, who has now become Agent Bell, has already picked up some information on the case and the two begin to get the details of the case.
Meeting with the rest of the team working on the case, including the girl’s father and his chief of security Sarah Nelson (played by the awesome Alaina Huffman from Stargate: Universe) Bill finds that even though the kidnapping seems to be the work of a terrorist group, the FBI doesn’t want any assistance. Especially from Bill since one of the agents on the case is Agent Persky. Bill forges ahead however, with Gary in tow without so much as a word to the rest of the team.
Meanwhile, Rosen is getting a bit antsy because Bill hasn’t returned with Gary yet so he and Rachel head down to the station to try to find them. Nina and Hicks are at her place when she has a run in with a detective who wants to ask her a few questions about her dead ex-boyfriend. She pushes him as Hicks watches and his advice to her is to talk to the cop and get it straightened out. During their conversation we find out that before Rosen came along, Nina was a mess and out of control. Pushing people to get what she wants, and she thinks the cop wants to talk to her about how her ex died. He committed suicide and she’s convinced that she pushed him to do it. Things get a little heated between Hicks and Nina and the two end up on the couch sans shirts when Rachel walks in and kills the mood. Talk about awkward! Later on, Nina tells Hicks that she was in a weird place, but he understands and suggests they go out for dinner sometime. She agrees and tells him that she took his advice and talked to the police and cleared everything up.
Bill and Gary follow leads that take them to a bar in the West Village. It’s here that Gary recognizes the signal from the cell phone that is connected to the kidnapping. After a chase, some gunfire and Gary getting injured, Rosen is finally brought in and he’s not happy about the events of the day. Bill apologizes to him and explains that this could be his ticket back in to the FBI. Rosen then brings the whole team in after Bill tells him that the Feds have it wrong and that the kidnapping is not the work of professionals.
Knowing that the only play to save the girl is to get the suspects before the ransom is exchanged the team finds out that Persky, along with Sarah Nelson are the ones who will be making the drop. Bill & Co discover the apartment where the girl was being held, but she’s since been moved. This raises Bill’s suspicions and he realizes that there’s an inside man on the team.
Persky and Nelson are headed to make the exchange when Bill sends Persky a text alerting him to this new information. Thinking quickly, but not quickly enough, Persky realizes that it must be Nelson, but she zaps him unconscious with a taser before he can make his move. Gary traces Persky’s cell phone signal and the team is able to apprehend Nelson before she gets away with the money. Nina then pushes her to get the location of the girl.
With the suspects in custody, and the money and girl safe, Bill makes amends with Persky and is offered his old job with the Feds. Surprisingly however, he turns it down realizing that working with Rosen and his team is where he really wants to be. I’d like to think that now that Bill has accepted his place in the Alpha group he won’t be so cranky, but something tells me his character just wouldn’t be the same.
Props go, once again, to Ryan Cartwright. Every scene that Gary is in, is bound to be entertaining. Even the smallest of lines can come across as so much more with him. He’s an unlikely source for comic relief, but he nails it every single time.
Next week continues with the string of cool guest stars with Summer Glau so that should be really interesting. I really dig her. Be sure to check back next week for another recap.Tags: Alphas, Alphas recap, SyFy