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Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Gauntlet” | Aired Sept 17, 2014

Don’t trust doctors. Don’t trust nurses. Don’t trust little old ladies with hard candy–filled purses. Don’t trust anyone! Will Martin ever learn? This week’s episode of Legends saw Martin Odum dragging around a bloody, bullet-filled Kyle Dobson on an interrogation road trip. Did Martin get his questions answered? Does Kyle know Martin’s real name? Did the show pay homage to a beloved ’90s movie? Let’s find out!

We kick off with Martin and Dobson escaping a bloody car wreck and then trying to hijack a bus.

Bus Driver: You need an ambulance.
Martin: This just became an ambulance.
Bus Driver: Nope, it’s still a bus.
Martin: Have you ever heard of the hashtag #DontKillSmartMouthedBusDrivers?
Bus Driver: No?
Martin: Just drive!

The busjacking doesn’t last long, as local authorities have set up roadblocks. Odum and Dobson are taken to the hospital, but not before being thoroughly questioned. Odum calls Gates to prove he’s actually an FBI agent, and Gates assures him he’ll have backup shortly. That backup, Crystal and Agent Rice, are on their way to Houston after catching Gates up on everything that went on while he was in D.C. He doesn’t seem pleased that Rice is still interfering with Odum, especially after his threatening visit to Rice’s home. Also looking to come clean is Maggie, who tells Director Gates about how she helped Martin set up the Len Barlow legend.

Len IDBack at the hospital, Martin accepts a cup of coffee from a nurse because DON’T TRUST ANYONE slipped from his memory for a split second. After he wakes up from his drugged beverage, an “agent” begins questioning Martin about his mission. Martin finally remembers to be suspicious of everyone, and subdues the “agent” before he’s Tasered. Meanwhile, Dobson is being wheelchaired out of the hospital by one of this cronies, but Martin intervenes. He kidnaps Dobson again and takes off in a stolen car.

We cut back to Director Gates, who’s meeting with Martin’s ex-wife, Sonya. Surprise! They’re in cahoots! She tells Gates she still loves Martin, which prompts Gates to ask her to get back together with her ex-husband when he returns. My new theory is that Gates and the agency know Martin is someone else, but they’re using his abilities to their advantage. There’s a shadow agency out there that is responsible for the events in Iraq and that wants Martin dead. The problem is that Director Gates doesn’t quite know about the shadow agency yet. He will very soon, though.

In Houston, Rice and Crystal arrive at the auto shop that Martin originally swiped Dobson from. They run into Campbell, who tries to lie to them about what’s going on, but Rice calls his bluff. No ball-dropping here! They ask Campbell where all the missiles are, and he replies that they’re long gone. Now, I want to find out what’s going on with Odum as much as the next guy, but maybe we should shift focus to these missiles? Just saying!

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 12.01.32 PMWe cut to Martin and Dobson in the car, and Dobson finally reveals bits and pieces of what Operation Raining Fire was in Iraq. Martin vaguely remembers being there, but his memory is still broken. Dobson explains that he saw a lot of death, and he’s unsure how Martin survived. The pair finally stop driving and arrive at an oil field that has an abandoned house nearby. Once inside the house, Dobson reveals he’s had a tracker on him the whole time. His team is on its way to either rescue or kill him, so Martin has to think quickly. After he finds several random items in the house’s basement, he begins formulating a very MacGyver-esque plan.

Let the homage to Home Alone begin! The first assailant comes through the front door, where Martin has rigged an axe to swing down and split the guy’s chest open. Classic Culkin! The next evil henchmen gets a fireball to the face as he creeps around the porch. Just like Joe Pesci! Martin is able to grab the third guy, while the woman (She wasn’t a nurse? Shocking!) pulls her gun on them. She shoots right through her fellow bad guy, and Martin dives behind the couch before sliding to the other side to gun her down.

When it’s all said and done, Crystal and a cleanup crew arrive to lock things down. Dobson is surprised they survived, so he casually leans on a pillar and SNIPER! Martin looks on in shock as Dobson finally meets a gunshot he can’t survive. Close up on Martin as that quick, “mind unraveling” graphic effect happens and the credits roll.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 12.01.15 PMThe majority of this episode is Odum trying to get information out of Dobson, which finally happens toward the end. We still don’t know Martin’s real name or why he was in Iraq, but bits and pieces of the past are starting to surface. I had a hunch Director Gates knew more than he ever let on, so the reveal with Sonya was very satisfying. This episode is more information- than action-filled, but the last-stand sequence was chock-full of intensity. Next week, we’ll be introduced to yet another legend of Martin’s, which I’m sure won’t further scramble his brain at all!

TNT: Should someone check on Macaulay Culkin?

Legends airs Wednesday at 8/9C on TNT.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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