So last week ended with Scott, Stonebridge and the rest of the hostages being taken prisoner again by Hasani and the corrupt US troops. This week starts shortly after and shows the group in some ramshackle cell. Scott is cuddling with the blonde he started getting frisky with last week, the weasley politician is on the verge of a serious breakdown, and John Allen, the MI6 agent turned Latif informant seems calm, cool and collected.
Scott and Stonebridge decide to question him and he’s totally aware of what’s actually going on. Just as they’re about to seemingly get some info from him, the guards come in and take the old lady away. She’s taken to a lovely pit with a view of body parts and a lot of flies where she’ll be spending her final moments as one of the bad US soldiers shows her the working end of his gun. We don’t see it, but we see the group in the cell react to the sound of gunfire. That can’t be good.
The group then gets split up, women go into one truck, including the blonde that Scott is so fond of, and men go into the back of another. Except Allen who gets to ride separately. It’s not what you know it’s who you know apparently. Just before they’re all loaded in, one of the hostages tries to plead for his life by giving Hasani some information about Allen being a spy and how our boys were questioning him. Hasani does the bad guy equivalent of a ho-hum, and shoots the guy for ratting out the other hostages. So he’s a terrorist with a moral code? Interesting. Anyhoo….the men are loaded up and the dead guy is thrown in the back too for shits and giggles. The weasley politician guy is about to go balls out crazy by this point. Just as they’re about to leave, bad US soldier guy who killed the old lady gives them a present to enjoy on the drive. It’s a severed head! Nice present yeah? But this isn’t any ole severed, decomposing head. Scott and Stonebrdige both notice how the head sounded when it hit the floor of the truck. Like metal. Scott digs around in the head and finds a gun wrapped in plastic! Gives a whole new meaning to digging around in someone’s head eh? Seems like the bad soldier is actually a good soldier.
Scott uses the gun and fired two rounds through the wall into the cab of the truck killing the passenger and the driver. Cue the wreck and truck flip scene. Everyone is able to walk away, a little worse for wear, but mobile. They come across the old woman, who was hiding in the bushes by that nasty pit along with two dead soldiers. Looks like the bad/good guy busted a cap in both of them and stashed her for safe keeping.
The group make their way on foot only to have Hasani and his men catch up to them while crossing a bridge. Scott gets the group to safety, while Stonebridge stays behind to cover them. As gunfire ceases, the group realizes that maybe Stonebridge bought the farm. Weasely politician guy is sort of an asshole and doesn’t want to help rescue the women, and really doesn’t give a rip that Stonebridge is probably dead. The old lady gives him a dressing down and the group continues on their way. As they cross a field, the old woman’s shoe comes off and Scott stops to give her a hand, realizing that they are actually in a mine field. If it’s not one thing it’s another right? Scott dials up Section 20 and they’re able to locate the group. Scott tells the other three that they’re to keep it single file, and go slow. The pressure is too much and the young guy in the group and he decides to just haul ass through the field to get to the tree line. Surprisingly he makes it. Weasley politician decides to the do the same thing and not surprisingly, he doesn’t make it. Scott and the old lady make it to safety and continue on to find the women who apparently are being transported to Hasani’s HQ to be addicted to heroin and sold off as slaves.
Meanwhile, in Vienna, Stonebridge’s wife shows up. Col. Grant pays her a visit to her to let her know that her husband is MIA. They don’t know if he’s dead or what, but she wanted to let the wife know. The wife tells her that she’s there to try to persuade Stonebridge to quit because she needs him and so does their unborn child, of which she shows Grant the sonogram picture.
Back at bad guy HQ, Hasani, Allen and…..Latif are having a little soirée. They paid Allen $20 million for some sort of encryption device thingy and when the deal is done, they whack Allen. Scott meanwhile is on the compound and hits pay-dirt when he finds all sorts of explosive goodies. He rescues the women, mainly the blonde, and comes across the dying Allen. He tries to pump Allen for information and Allen tells him that it was the CIA that whacked the prisoner during the exchange last week. He’s got info on Scott’s military career but when Scott asks him about something called “Trojan Horse”, Allen expires. Scott gets hold of the encryption device and hauls ass out of their with his lady, and good US soldier guy that gave them the severed head gun in tow. Turns out this kid is undercover military intelligence. That’s handy.
Stonebridge, meanwhile, is still alive but in really awful shape. He’s bloody, and drugged, and strapped to scary medical table, in a scary medical facility thingy, next to a scary medical team doing scary medical things to a dead woman. It’s all part of Hasani’s Black Market organ harvesting gig and Stonebridge is next on the menu. He starts to come to, but is super disoriented and he can’t go anywhere anyway, what with being strapped down and all.
Latif and Hasani are also at the facility and Latif isn’t too pleased with Hasani because of the whole hostage negotiation that took place last week. Hasani apologizes and says it’ll never happen again, yadda yadda yadda, but Latif won’t hear it and feeds his a couple of bullets, then walks out like he owns the joint. Even though he’s been drugged, Stonebridge is such a badass he’s able to get free and get outside just as Scott and crew pull up. Scott jumps out to save his buddy and they all make it out of Kosovo.
Back in Vienna, Stonebridge is in the hospital and his wife shows up and tells him about the baby. Scott is back at the hotel and walks in to his room to find the blonde practically throwing herself at him. In a surprising move, he declines, telling her that he wants her to remember him as a good guy she can trust. She leaves just as the secret agent chick from last week shows up. So he bangs her instead. Back at the Section 20 crib, Julia is researching what Trojan Horse is, while also working on decrypting Allen’s device.
Things are getting a little bit clearer now and I have a feeling that the remaining two episodes are going to be nuts. This episode showed a completely different side of Scott which was refreshing. He felt something for the blonde and didn’t want to screw it up with sex. His exterior is that of someone who doesn’t care what other people think of him, but that gal was able to put a crack in it. This episode also showed a little bit more of the bond that he and Stonebridge are forging. Overall it was a pretty good episode.
News came down last week that this show has been renewed for another season. Thank goodness! I’d be really pissed if they left off in a cliffhanger and didn’t come back to explain it all. So I’ll be recapping this one for at least one more season. Cheers to Cinemax for making the right choice! Back next week with more drama and intrigue.
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