If you remember, last week’s episode ended with a whole lot of stuff going on. Scott was facing off against Rebecca, the Mossad agent who doubled as the flight attendant. Evans was abducted by Matlock after Stonebridge left him to chase after Hanson. And Stonebridge was in the middle of a shootout with Hanson who was driving a car directly at Stonebridge. Quite the action packed ending I must say. This week picks up in the same place and only a mere few seconds have passed. I do so love the action that this show provides. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
So…..Stonebridge is still standing in the middle of the street shooting at Hanson’s car, with Hanson hanging out the window trying to shoot Stonebridge. Neither of them hit their mark and Hanson seems to get away. Stonebridge runs after him and finds that the car has crashed into a wall. Stonebridge approaches the car hoping to find Hanson, but when he opens the door, a grenade falls out and Hanson is nowhere to be seen. Stonebridge runs for cover just as the car explodes. Dalton pulls up just in time to gather a shaken and injured Stonebridge, while Hanson watches from his hiding spot. And can I just say that for two SAS agents, they both seem to have crappy aim since neither of them hit the other.
Meanwhile, Scott and Rebecca have a few words while holding guns on each other. Scott asks if she’s alone and she admits that since he killed her man, she is. Scott puts his gun away and tries to reason with her. She tells him that he’s not her mark and he tells her that he knows what she’s going through. He also tells her he understands how she was trained because he was trained the same way. He gives her mark a name and tells her that Peter Evans is a grandfather and he’s trying to save his family and not threaten Israel. He asks her to help him rescue the family and that in doing so, it might help her sleep better at night. She walks away telling him that she sleeps just fine. From the look on her face though, I’d say that’s not so true.
Back at the crib, Dalton is understandably pissed and is trying to figure out just how Matlock knew where they were. Stonebridge blames losing Evans on an ambush, and Scott claims a tracker was planted on him at the airport. Both men screwed up and they know it, and even admit it to each other. Scott also admits to Stonebridge that he knew Hanson was in town. Stonebridge gets pissed and tells Scott that he needs to trust him.
Evans is taken to the facility where Knox wants him to build the nuclear bombs and he’s finally able to see his daughter and grandson. Knox tells Evans that the death of his son-in-law was a terrible tragic mistake and the family will be compensated. Knox plans to make Africa a nuclear power and needs Evans help to do it. Evans is given a bit of time alone with his daughter and grandson, until Matlock interrupts and tells him it’s time to get to work.
Dalton tells the boys to go home and get some rest, but Stonebridge is reviewing material about the Knox foundation. Scott invites him for a beer, but Stonebridge declines, so Scott takes off. Julia asks Stonebridge if there’s anything else he needs and he tells her that the next time she sees him, a heads up on the man who killed his wife would be great. Ouch. After reviewing tape of Knox’s daughter Ava talk about the foundation’s work, Stonebridge sees an opportunity.
Scott’s at home being quite domestic when Rebecca shows up at his house telling him that Evans is now an open target. He asks her what she’s doing there and the look on her face says it all. Yep….they fall right into the sack again. However, this time seems to be a bit…..different from what Scott’s romps are normally like. The look on his face afterwards tells a story too. During the pillow talk afterward, Rebecca states that he thinks she’s still using him to get to Evans. He tells her that he doesn’t care, because 20 doesn’t know where Evans is. He tells her that the only way to get to Evans is to save the daughter and grandson, but they don’t know where they are either. He asks her why she wasn’t sent after Knox, because he’s their main target. She tells him that maybe they will, because there is always another person to kill. He tells her to walk away, but she shakes that thought off. She asks him if he’s ever put his gun in his mouth and he tells her that when that happens, it’s time to quit. She tells him that they helped build the weapons that Knox is now trying to reassemble, but Scott tells her that she herself didn’t have anything to do with it. He asks her to promise him that she’ll try to leave the life behind, but she doesn’t respond.
Knox gives Evans a tour of his mighty facility and tells him stories of how Evans can help rebuild their country and rewrite history and how all of this was his life’s work and it was hidden away by cowards. Knox tells Evans that with his help they can raise the status of Africa to where their voice is not only heard, but listened to. Later on at Knox’s compound, Knox gives the triggers to Matlock to transport to Evans. Matlock “strongly recommends” that Knox move up his departure date because with Mossad involved, it’s a whole new ballgame. As they discuss this topic, a masked gunman is making his way through Knox’s security system, taking out guards left and right. The masked man makes it into the same room and introduces himself as….Craig Hanson. Knox is impressed, but Matlock is pissed. Knox tells Matlock that since Hanson just made mince meat of his security team, to hire him. Hanson got what he wanted, much to Matlock’s dismay.
Ava arrives at some sort of fundraising function where Stonebridge approaches her telling her he’d like to help in her efforts. He tells her that he’s a British soldier and has fought all over Africa and thinks that the foundation’s decommissioning project is the single biggest effort to bring peace to the region and he’s totally behind it.
At the crib, Dalton confronts Scott about his fling with Rebecca. She not so kindly informs him who Rebecca is, but he already knows. He tells her that Rebecca wants to quit and if she does, Evans will be safe. Dalton tells him that he’s a liability, but he retorts with the fact that he’s given everything to the section, including his friend Curtis. After flinging a few insults at each other, Dalton gets back on track. She tells Scott about a shipment of decommissioned weapons from Sierra Leone that are being brought in through the Knox Foundation. She tells Scott that she wants him, Julia and Liam to track the weapons in case any of them are diverted en route.
At the fundraiser, Stonebridge hobnobs with the attendees and Ava is impressed with the support he’s getting. He mentions his wife, but when asked, he tells Ava that she was shot and killed, which is just one more reason why he strongly believes in the work they’re doing. He makes a comment about how it’s ironic that even though she’s trying to make the country safe, she needs armed guards to do it. She tells him that her father insists on having them there.
At the crib, Sinclair informs Dalton that two trucks in the convoy have diverted. She tells him to update Scott and his team. Stonebridge is also getting the play by play and he tells Ava exactly what he’s doing there and what her father is up to. He tells her that they have growing evidence that the foundation is behind weapons being sold. He shows her a picture of Matlock but she says that she’s never seen him before. He also tells her that he wants to protect what the foundation is doing, but wants to bring down those who are corrupting it, but she’s clueless.
Scott, Julia and Liam hold watch over the shipment of weapons as they are being loaded into crates for transport. Dalton tells him that she’ll contact the local police so that they can make the arrest. Liam transmits pictures, and Julia recognizes Jessica, Matlock’s sniper. The pictures that Liam transmits are also going to Stonebridge, who shows them to Ava. Liam sees and recognizes Hanson in the group as well, and Sinclair confirms it. Dalton says to hold on that photo and not read in Stonebridge. Stonebridge gives Ava all the dirty laundry about her dad, telling her about Evans, and his daughter and her family. She doesn’t want to hear any of it though and tells him to get out.
Scott and Co. go to move in on the shipment when he notices that something is going on when Jessica calls for Hanson and tells them men to wrap it up and get out. Scott looks for a diversion and has Liam blow out a gas tank. Chaos ensues and people are running everywhere, and then the local police show up. Scott and Hanson see each other at the same time and start shooting, but both miss. What is it with these highly trained soldiers who can’t hit their mark?? Anyway, the cops show up and start arresting people. Hanson and Jessica get away, but Scott gets nabbed by the cops, even though he tries to tell them that he’s the good guy.
Matlock stands by a chopper that is getting ready to haul all the clean materials for the bomb that Evans is helping to build. Knox tells him by phone to hang on to the triggers and to remain at the facility with Hanson. He also tells Matlock that Ava was approached by 20 and is now asking some probing awkward questions. As this conversation is happening, Ava is doing research on all the information that Stonebridge gave her…all of which is confirmed. Especially when she pulls up on article and recognizes Jessica.
At the crib, Dreyer tells Dalton that the section is to pack up and leave immediately. Sinclair pipes up saying that they’re the ones who gave the police the info on the weapons, but Dreyer tells him that they had been conducting their own personal investigation. I call bullshit on this considering this guy is the one who’s in Knox’s pocket.
Evans tells his daughter that she’ll be safe and what he’s doing, he doing for them. He tells her that there is a small fortune waiting in a bank account for her, but she tells him she doesn’t want the money. She also tells him that she’s never seen him so alive and he tells her it’s because he’s doing what he was meant to do.
Ava watches her father, when Jessica approaches with a package. She then meets with Stonebridge in private on a beach and tells him that she’ll make a deal as long as the foundation isn’t compromised. She gives him information on where the bombs were “buried” but not destroyed. This is most likely where Knox has Evans and the triggers. Dalton tells the team that they can’t call on local law enforcement to help and getting UN help would take months. Scott suggests going in themselves and she agrees that it’s their only choice.
Ava confronts her father about what he’s doing and he tries to defend his actions. She tells him that she knows about Peter Evans, his daughter and grandson and the triggers and asks that he put a stop to it. Her pleas fall on deaf ears however, once she tells him that she made a deal with 20. Knox promptly leaves his daughter behind to get out of dodge.
Meanwhile, Scott, Stonebridge and Co, invade the facility where Evans is being held. Their presence is made known and that’s when it really hits the fan. Knox’s men scramble to get out, while 20 splits up to try to stop them. Stonebridge ends up facing off against Hanson again, and Hanson decides to drive the knife a little bit deeper by asking Stonebridge how the wife is. Hanson gets away again, and Stonebridge meets back up with Scott and Liam while Dalton and Julia try to hold down the fort from outside. Matlock loads up Jessica, Hanson and Evans in the chopper and Scott tells Stonebridge to take the shot at Hanson because it’s his kill. Stonebridge can’t get the shot due to Evans being in the way. Just as the chopper begins to take off, Evans has a change of heart and jumps out of the chopper to stay with his daughter. Matlock has no choice but the leave without him. Scott tells Dalton they all have a clear shot at the tail rotor, but Dalton tells the team to stand down due to the materials that are on board.
The team moves out with Evans as he tells Dalton exactly what Knox has concerning the nuclear weapons. They get him to, I think it’s his daughter’s house, and unload him when he’s shot in the chest by Rebecca before Dalton can get a full debrief out of him. Scott ends up shooting Rebecca and asks her why she did it. She tells him that it was her way out and that she needed him to kill her. He tells her that she won’t die from her wounds and that since Evans is dead she’s done and makes her promise that she’ll get out. She promises him she will and he lets her go.
Back at the crib, Sinclair tells Dalton that there is no lead on Knox and that the facility has been wiped clean. He suggests maybe using Mossad to track Knox, but Dalton tells him that Rebecca is a ghost now. Sinclair brings up the fact that they are about to be deported for an illegal raid on a civilian facility and that they need to move. Dalton tells him that since Knox has gone dark, it’s time for them to go dark as well.
There were a few aspects to this episode that I loved. The fact that Stonebridge and Scott have both come so far in their relationship that they both freely admit to the other about their screw ups is a testament to their level of trust with each other. They hated each other in the beginning and while it was funny to watch, I like this much better. It’s a bromance of epic proportions. I also like the fact that the writers are giving Scott some depth when it comes to women. His fling with Rebecca was more than what it seems and I’m wondering if we’ll see her again. With only a handful of episodes left, it’s hard to say. What is guaranteed though is the fact that I’ll be bummed once this season is over.
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