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'Scorpion' react: Group therapy

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “True Colors” | Aired Oct 27, 2014

Scorpion may have found its groove in its most recent episode.

After weeks of chugging along, picking up momentum and then losing it almost instantly, the writers seem to have discovered what it is about these characters that make for interesting storytelling and good television.

The show starts off as it usually does, with the team being lectured by stern-looking FBI agents for costing the bureau either an entire investigation or a large sack of change. In this case, the team’s efforts to capture a rare piece of art cost the bureau just that.

Due to their careless actions, they’re ordered to undergo mandatory psych evaluations to see if they’re mentally stable to continue aiding the U.S. government with isolated cases. So the episode is told through the individual accounts of what transpires over the few days they were on the case.

It’s not groundbreaking storytelling, but it works for what Scorpion showrunners are trying to establish. This is a team built of miscreant misfits who have managed to put aside their irrational contempt or questionable mistrust of other human beings and work coherently as a collective for years.

It’s in this episode that the writers really break down their individual traits and quirks for the audience for the first time, and it works heavily in their favor.

The case starts out simply enough for the team: install a heavy-duty security system at a local art gallery where said aforementioned rare painting was to be displayed as part of a newly curated exhibit.

Walter and the team are bored by the case but agree to take it on to please Gallo.

For Paige, however, it’s a chance to finally instill some of those trusted manners into Walter, and she challenges him to act like a human being while working.

Once inside, Walter begins to investigate and hastily slices the painting (much to the disgruntled outcry of everyone in the room), proving the believed very real painting was in fact a fake.

It becomes apparently obvious to the team the only way someone could have produced such a diabolical copy was through the use of high-powered 3D scanners and printers, narrowing their search to a local toy maker.

Gallo, not wanting to be embarrassed by the anti-social antics of Walter, Toby, and Happy, nor by the overly enthusiastic admiration Sylvester has for the company’s products, instructs the team to wait in the car as he goes in to interview their latest suspect.

The team solemnly agrees, but as they’re waiting for Gallo to finish, notice their suspect drop from one of the windows and break out into a mad sprint.

Walter immediately jumps from the van and bolts down the shadowed lane way trying to catch him as Happy and Toby eagerly blast down side streets in their team’s unofficial van, driving through dozens of chickens in cages to cut off the sprinter.

In the end, Gallo manages to clock the suspect, effectively knocking him out, but it’s Toby who, using his incredible skills of deduction, coerces a confession from the suspect.

Only problem is he’s just the copier, not the actual thief.

His confession leads them to a wealthy socialite with a large wine cellar they suspect is being used to house stolen art. The socialize happens happens to be throwing a party at his luxurious estate that night.

Walter and the gang suit up—literally—and after hacking their way onto the guest list, infiltrate the soiree of the century.

While Toby and Happy go off to locate the wine cellar, Walter and Paige are tasked with getting as close to their host as possible for at least three minutes so they can steal the information from his phone.

Of course, this results in Walter and Paige dancing closely for three minutes and all the preconceived notions of the pair starting a relationship heat up.

While it’s certainly not the first time Paige has considered Walter as possible relationship material, it’s the first time he really sees her as more than just a matriarchal figure.

He even interrupts the super-high-tech, super-unbelievable wireless stealing process just so he has an excuse to dance with Paige for another three minutes, as the psychiatrist points out to him during their session.

Just as they’re about to go in for the romantic kill, she’s whisked away by the host they’re supposed to stay close to as Walter attaches the spy device to her dress.

Happy and Toby meanwhile realize the wine cellar is just a wine cellar, but after causing one of the racks to collapse, have to duck out quickly.

Even without the stolen art, the team manages to deduce who the real criminal is from the hacking they’ve secured.

Voila, it’s the curator! Walter and the team drive to the curator’s house, and after replacing the real painting stored in his car’s trunk with a fake lookalike, follow him, hacking wirelessly into his car’s control, until Gallo can cut him off. Once they’re sure he’ll be able to meet them, they turn off the curator’s car and overheat it to the point of explosion, erasing any evidence they had made the switch in the first place.

With the real painting back in their hands, they’re able to reconnect it with its rightful owners, the family of the original painter from decades past.

The icing on the cake? Walter and the crew have been diagnosed as mentally stable (barely) by the psychiatrist and they can continue to help the FBI.

This was one of the first Scorpion episodes I thoroughly enjoyed, and it proved the writers know what they’re doing.

Here’s hoping they can pull off episodes like this more often.

Scorpion, rated TV-14, airs on Mondays at 9/8C on CBS.

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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