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'Legends' recap: Drone today, gone tomorrow

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Quicksand” | Aired Sept 24, 2014

Drones don’t kill people. Potential terrorists flying a drone with an iPad who don’t like bike messengers kill people. Don’t believe me? Well, that’s how the first five minutes of Legends kicks off this week. I love when they start off the show with a proverbial bang, although in this case it was an actual bang, and a bike messenger was blown to pieces.

This week’s episode centers around an assassination plot aimed at Prince Abboud, a Saudi prince with a women’s rights problem in his country. The Prince’s classified itinerary has been leaked, and the DCO believes he is being targeted by a man named Aaron Rawley. Luckily for Martin and the team, Agent Rice has been transferred to DCO to help out. Awwwwww yeah! If you had any balls that felt a little slippery, don’t you worry. No more ball-dropping in the DCO! (Yes, I’ve beaten that horse to death.)

Sitting at Table Legends

Crystal, Rice, and Martin track Rawley, which leads them to a woman named Hani Jibril. Hani is a women’s rights activist whom they believe is involved in the assassination plot. While Rice and Odum are searching her apartment, they discover they’re being watched by a photographer outside. Odum sneaks out of the apartment, goes outside, and puts his gun to the guy’s head. Surprise! It’s our friendly neighborhood drone flyer, Ahmed Hassan.

Odum: Why are you taking our picture?
Hassan: Diplomatic immunity!
Odum: Yelling that out with a gun to your head isn’t the brightest idea.
Hassan: Super mega diplomatic immunity!
Odum: I officially don’t like you.

After bringing him in and finding the immunity is real, Hassan is released from custody. He later meets up with his buddy Aaron Rawley, and the two spend quality time together attaching explosives to a drone (#foreshadowing). After Hassan’s release, the DCO team meet to decide it’s time to get close to Hani Jibril. Enter Sebastian Egan, Martin Odum’s favorite legend. Egan is a writer, a journalist, an unseen recluse, and a big ol’ drunk. Egan takes Rice along as his faux photographer sidekick and attends a lecture being given by Jibril. They meet afterward, with Jibril acknowledging that she’s a fan of Egan’s work. She also reveals she’s trying to get close to the Prince to question his country’s treatment of women on camera. Sure she is!


In “Director Gates Be Covering Up!” news, Gates shows up at Martin’s house to once again remind him about the 2004 car accident.

Gates: 2004. Car accident. YOU.
Martin: I keep having these memory montages play in my head—with sweet editing effects, though.
Gates: You should get back with you wife. A wife makes everything better, and they make bad memories go away.
Martin: That doesn’t sound remotely true.

Gates also tries to convince Martin to get back with Sonya. Later on, Sonya shows up to reinforce this plan with a little sweet talk and some sad puppy-dog eyes. She brings up Aiden (where has Mason Cook been?) and reminds Martin about their wedding day. Best line of the show is Martin saying he can’t remember the wedding! He’s half-joking just to keep things calm, but seriously, he probably doesn’t remember because it probably never happened! They share a tender kiss to end the scene, but Martin still has a skeptical look in his eyes.

Back to the assassination plot: Hani Jibril and a group of protesters are outside the Arcadia Policy Council. The prince is there delivering a speech to their board (their super-shady board, according to Maggie). As he tries to leave, Jibril and her protesters confront him, with Egan and Rice in the group. Prince Abboud gets out of the car and asks her not to do this. She makes a short speech about not tolerating his country’s behavior and pulls out a veil to drive her point home.

Great Shot from Legends

While this is happening, Crystal is frantically searching nearby for Rawley, whom Maggie is tracking via his cell phone. Just when they think they’ve found him, Crystal discovers the phone in an empty alley. While the team sifts through the confusion, a not-so-friendly drone appears and blows up Prince Abboud and his car. Martin is able pull Jibril to the ground to avoid the explosion, but begins having flashbacks to Iraq. Two men rush the scene and take Jibril away, while Martin and Rice look on, a bit confused.

Rice: We should go after them.
Martin: I’d rather go grab a scotch.
Rice: Now is not the time to cater to your legend’s drinking problem.
Martin: I’m just saying, I save women better when I’ve had a few.

The best part of Legends so far has been the smooth transitions from plot to plot, while still maintaining Martin’s fragile mental state—and introducing new, interesting legends. The secrecy of Gates and Sonya, the untrusting Crystal, the too-trusting Maggie, and the skeptical Rice all perfectly balance the world surrounding Martin Odum. All that, coupled with intense, explosive action and a pinch of humor, have made the show extremely enjoyable. This episode in particular had an intricate plotline, and I’m happy it will continue next week, as Rawley and Hassan are still on the loose. Can’t wait to see if they get caught!

TNT: We don’t condone killing bike messengers with drones.

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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