First off, let me apologize for the delay in getting this recap out there. I actually watched the episode yesterday while sitting in an airport in Las Vegas praying my phone didn’t die before the episode ended. It was a great way to pass the time before my flight, but it’s just not the same watching it on a small screen. Also I was briefly interrupted by Russell Brand walking past me…..so that was interesting. He’s quite skinny but moves as fast as lightning. Anyway, Vegas was eventful to say the least, but I felt a bit guilty for not being timely with my recap. So here it is, a few days late. But better late than never right?
Somewhere outside of Jo-berg, Knox has a meeting with man named Christian Lucas. Lucas is helping Knox distribute the nukes and tells Knox that he understands that Knox needs to keep a low profile. Since Zimbabwe was a disaster, Lucas tells Knox that one of his men has already picked up one of the crates for Nigeria. Lucas tells Knox that his men share Knox’s plan to force change in the region and also tells Knox that any of his people will offer him sanctuary. A gentleman’s agreement is made when the two men shake on it.
Meanwhile, the truck Lucas spoke about pulls up to a gas station. The man tells the attendant to fill it up and walks off. The attendant signals to a would be thief who cracks open the crate only to find the nuke inside. The driver of the truck walks up and shoots the would be thief in the back and he tries to run off, then he shoots the attendant in the head as well and takes his leave. Nice that he got free gas though. There was an older man inside the building who saw everything happen and was able to get the truck’s license plate number.
In Jo-berg at the new and updated crib, Liam informs the team that he’s got a hit and has found a group of trucks outfitted to carry the nukes. Julia pipes up and tells them that one of the license plate numbers was called in and they’re now tracking it on satellite. Dalton deploys Scott and Stonebridge to intercept the truck and retrieve the nuke. Dalton makes a comment that as long as Knox has something to fight for, that’s what he’ll do…right up to the end.
Scott and Stonebridge find the truck and make a plan to enter the building. After a counting disagreement that is reminiscent of Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon, their plan gets cuts short when the trucks barrels out of the building, leaving Scott and Stonebridge scrambling back to their truck to give chase. As the two vehicles make their way down the hill, the local police force sets up a roadblock. Since the driver doesn’t stop, the police start shooting, not realize what his cargo is. One officer gets off a lucky shot that catches the driver in the head, killing him. With no way to stop the truck, it veers off course and plows though a shack and hits another truck, causing an explosion which showers the area in radiation. Dalton orders a quarantine of the area, while Scott and Stonebridge help with evacuations and aid. Both men have to be tested for radiation levels and the thought alone affects them. Both men are cleared, but are told they need to follow-up in case symptoms arise.
Lucas watches events unfold at his home on the news. He gets a call from Knox who is quite pissed about what’s happened. Knox tells him that his people will move the nukes from now on and Lucas agrees. Knox asks for an update on the Nigerians, and Lucas tells Knox to leave the Nigerians to him and he’ll be in touch. Lucas then calls his secretary and asks about flights that he asked her to book. She’s quite short with him and when she hangs up we see why. There are men in the office holding a gun on her asking for Lucas’ address.
Meanwhile, in a remote, undisclosed location, Matlock shines and ponders over a U.N. medal. Hanson walks in and asks about it and Matlock tells him it’s from fighting in the Congo in 1997. Matlock tells him that it wasn’t a war but a journey to hell and he couldn’t tell either side apart. Matlock says that something had to change, which I imagine is why he’s doing what he’s doing. Matlock asks why Hanson is still there and Hanson replies that he doesn’t have anything else.
Dalton arrives and asks Stonebridge if he’s ok. He acts business as usual but she can see right through him and asks again. He tells her that after he thought he’d been exposed to the radiation, all he could think about was Hanson. He tells her that he can’t get Hanson out of his head and she should know that he could possibly make a mistake because of it. She lets him in on a secret in that when she allowed him back in to 20, she never read his psych report and that to this day, she still hasn’t. She based her decision on the team’s reaction to him and what kind of soldier he is and that he makes all of them better soldiers. She tells him that she hasn’t seen anything to doubt her decision and eventually he will have his moment with Hanson.
With that conversation out of the way, Dalton then is approached by the special task force leader Captain Marcus Radebe. He gives her guff for now reading him in, but thanks her for their help with the evacuation. To counter his point, she tells him that she couldn’t allow it because someone in his government murdered one of her best men. He assures her that she has their full support and asks if she has any clue what Knox has planned. She tells him no, but that Knox has two left.
Julia and Liam relay info on the dead driver to Dalton as she gets back to the crib, but Julia also tells her that she has a visitor. Christy Bryant is there waiting for her. Ugh! Dalton asks what she wants and Bryant tells her that Langley sent her to offer any assistance if needed. Dalton tells her she must have free time now that her efforts to start a war in Zimbabwe went south. Bryant told her she saw it as a way to oust the regime, put Knox out to pasture and make sure the nukes went to the U.N. but that Dalton ruined all of that. Bryant brings up having Scott on the team, obviously trying to goad her. Dalton tells Bryant to tell Langley they decline the offer then sends her packing. While the two were meeting, Liam was playing sneaky sneaky and tagged her car. When Dalton asks if he succeeded, he responds with “damn right.”
Scott and Stonebridge get back to the crib and after discussing the finer points of when to move on a countdown, Stonebridge excuses himself to go talk to Capt. Radebe. Scott makes his way inside, but before he walks in, Bryant walks out. He not so politely asks what she’s doing there and she tells him that he needs to be nicer to his friends. Once inside he asks Dalton what Bryant said and she tells him about the olive branch Bryant was extending on behalf of the CIA. He tells her that she’s always looking for an angle and after the two trade insults over Bryant and commitment to duty, they move on to other matters.
Julia shows the team background info on Lucas. Radebe confirms that Lucas is a lawyer and has defended a load of awful people. Julia mentions that they can’t find a link to Knox, but Dalton wants him brought in anyway. Scott and Stonebridge go to his house and interrupt a meeting between Lucas and the men from his office. Things get tense and Scott and Stonebridge know something is about to happen. Guns are pulled and shots fired, but Scott and Stonebridge are able to take out two of the men. One gets away, but Lucas and his family are safe.
Dalton questions Lucas and tries to get answers from him but he doesn’t want to talk. She plays the family card, which ends up doing the trick. He tells her that the nuke was supposed to go to freedom fighters, and confirms to Dalton that he’s using Knox. She wants to know why the Nigerians came after him and he tells her that he took some money and since they didn’t get their bomb they wanted the money back but he doesn’t have it. Dalton pieces together that the nukes are already spoken for, he tells her that he’s the only common denominator between the buyers. He doesn’t want to help, but Dalton not so subtly threatens his wife and child. While Lucas sets up the meet, Liam plants a tracker in his shoe.
Matlock and Hanson prepare to move out and Matlock is clearly bothered. Hanson gives him a line about not trusting a soldier who can’t look himself in the eye. Hanson gives him guff for living by a code and tells him that by not living by a code is not having the weight on your shoulders.
Scott and Stonebridge move Lucas to the meet. Scott heads in one direction while Stonebridge chats with Lucas about the difference between the two men. Lucas mentions one of the places that he works, which bugs Stonebridge. He relays the info to Dalton and the rest of the team, because that location was also mentioned by Bryant. Dalton immediately has Liam looking into it.
Stonebridge walks Lucas to the building, and it seems Lucas is a bit jumpy. Once inside, they lose Lucas, but still have the tracker to follow. Liam relays the info, but they arrive just to see Matlock leave with Lucas in a car. They follow the tracker to another building and Scott goes one way, with Stonebridge going the other. Lucas is brought to Knox, who confronts him about being a traitor.
Meanwhile, Radebe deploys his men according to the tracker that 20 is following. Scott asks for orders when the tactical team arrives and Dalton defers command to Radebe’s men. The info on Bryant comes back and Dalton tells the team that the CIA disavowed her four days prior and now she knows that they are on to Lucas. Knox lectures Lucas about cause and effect, while Dalton relays the info about Bryant to the team. Since Bryant is working with Knox, she knows 20 turned Lucas, and now Knox knows it as well. Scott tries to get Radebe’s men to pull back, knowing it’s a trap but the commanding officer doesn’t listen. Liam informs them that the tracker is descending in the elevator, and also tells Stonebridge that another person is leaving through a difference exit. Stonebridge follows and sees that it’s Hanson. Hanson run, and Stonebridge chases him leaving Scott to deal with matters at the scene.
Knox leads Lucas out to a balcony telling him that he knows Lucas betrayed him to 20. Scott tells the tactical team leader that they’re in the wrong building, and he proves his point when the elevator opens to reveal a homeless man who has been outfitted with a bomb, and Lucas’ shoe that contained the tracker.
Meanwhile, Stonebridge chases Hanson out of the city to the top of a hill and manages to stop him. Stonebridge has his gun trained on Hanson, but doesn’t shoot, even after Hanson tells him to. Just then and chopper pulls up and orders Stonebridge to stand down. Radebe tells Dalton that they don’t know who Stonebridge is and will shoot him. Stonebridge lowers his weapon and both he and Hanson are cuffed and put in the back of a police car. Hanson tells Stonebridge that he should have taken the shot when he had it. He also says that they’re no different and that Stonebridge is just a killer with a get out of jail free card. Just then, Stonebridge is released. As Hanson is being hauled away, he asks Stonebridge to promise he’ll never forgive him.
Lucas tells Knox that he had no choice, but Knox doesn’t care. He tells Lucas to sit and when he does, Matlock cover his face in a towel, then Knox shoots him in the head.
Let’s talk about Matllock for a minute. This guy is conflicted big time. He believes in Knox’s cause, but I’m not so sure he agrees with the methods. His conscience is going to get the best of him, and I don’t think it’s going to be pretty. As for Hanson, we haven’t seen the last of him. No way is the guy who murdered Michael’s wife just going get hauled away in a cop car. That’s way too anti-climactic. Anyway, this is another action filled episode in the books. Next week is the season finale and I hate the thought of it being done for the season. From the looks of the preview, it’s going to be epic. Which makes it hurt that much more. The good news is that there will definitely be a third season so that relieves the pain a little bit. I’ll be watching for sure and I promise a speedy recap because I’m not missing this one.Tags: Charles Dance, Liam Garrigan, Lyne Renee, Michelle Lukes, Phillip Winchester, Rhashan Stone, Rohna Mitra, Shane Taylor, Stephanie Vogt, Strike Back, Strike Back Episode 19 recap, Strike Back recap, Sullivan Stapleton