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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Risky Business” | Aired Nov 10, 2014

Rev up those engines, ladies and gents: the checkered flag is about to drop.

This week’s episode of Scorpion starts off with a very Fast and Furious-inspired drag race between Walter and a shady Owen Shaw-type character on the streets of Los Angeles.

The two, paired with equally impressive Lamborghinis, barrel through barren streets. The camera switches between panned shots of the cars midrace to closeups of Walter’s face as he tries to navigate his way to the finish line—using his secret weapon, algorithms, to outsmart his opponent.

Just as Walter is about to overtake his nemesis of the hour, a truck appears out of nowhere. Walter must screech to a halt to ensure he doesn’t kill anyone.

He loses the race, and now he owes the scary man with gang tattoos a Lamborghini—or he’s toast.

It was one of the best starts to the series since it debuted, but unfortunately that was the most exciting part.

Buckle up, boys and girls, it’s all pretty downhill from this point forward.

On top of having to deal with his newly discovered love of street racing—which Toby insists is a sign that Walter is not dealing at all well with Paige’s ex-boyfriend Drew reentering the picture—the team is called to a murder scene.

A prominent music blogger has been found dead, an unfinished algorithm on his whiteboard.

Sylvester and Walter get to work and solve the problem pretty quickly: it is the personalized coding behind a piece of software called the Hit Wizard.

They track down the owner of the algorithm, a music prodigy by the name of Temple (played by the always fantastic Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi). Still riding his newfound desire for constant adrenaline, Walter jumps the fence of said suspected murderer only to be electrocuted and knocked unconscious by an Indiana Jones-style trip-wire booby trap.

The team quickly realize Temple is not the killer—he’s a close friend of the victim. He is, however, the likely next target.

Temple confesses that he figured out at least six popular mainstream musicians used his Hit Wizard to write chart-topping hits, and if he were to come forward with this information, it would ruin their careers.

After narrowing down the list, Walter and the team decide their best plan of action is to talk to one of the managers who used Temple’s Hit Wizard for at least two songs.

Acting as Temple’s “lawyers,” Toby, Paige, and Temple all burst into the office of maverick music manager Lucky the King (Method Man). While threatening a lawsuit, they manage to bug his office.

Patting themselves on the back for a job well done, the three quickly make their way out to their own Mystery Machine van, where the rest of the team is hiding out.

They’re about to drive back to headquarters and listen for some clues from Lucky the King, when they hear peculiar sound. Happy rushes them all out of the van seconds before it explodes.

Bad news for the team: They’re now being targeted by the person or persons who killed their victim. On the plus side, however, their attempted murder was caught on camera.

Sifting through the footage back home with Gallo, they notice a tag for a private security company that works with top musicians. It doesn’t take long for Sylvester to hack into the company’s database and match the face of their deranged bomber on camera to one of the security agents.

Armed with a proper identification of their man, they’re ready to go out and find the artist he’s working with. But before they have a chance to leave, said hit man stumbles into their own secret lair.

He quickly tasers Walter and stabs Temple in the neck with a syringe loaded with a serum that instantly incapacitates him—an attack now officially dubbed the Dexter Morgan.

When Walter comes to, the team drives out to find their perpetrator and the artist he’s been working for: the very man who doesn’t want the media to find out he’s not really musically talented, just a pretty good petty thief.

Happy, Walter, and Toby surreptitiously enter the apartment. While Happy and Walter drag the unconscious Temple down the stairs, Toby stays back as a decoy to distract the untalented hack and his murderous agent.

Doesn’t work out too well for him, though: he ends up hanging upside down off the balcony. Luckily, Walter rushes to his aid, and they manage to persuade the conspiring duo to return with them to their headquarters.

After a bumpy elevator ride controlled by Happy that knocks Thing 1 and Thing 2 unconscious, Gallo arrests them and the case is solved.

Of course, their own personal drama manages to seep in every once and a while.

Happy and Toby’s clichéd but inevitable romance has finally begun to move along. Happy drops a hint about Toby being a bad boyfriend to someone, and he purchases two tickets to a monster-truck rally.

He’s all gung-ho about asking her out, but when he finally gets the nerve to do it, he’s beaten to the punch by none other than their new stray, Temple.

Ralph also has a bigger role in this episode. After a disastrous father-son outing at a minor league baseball game, the team rushes to help the two connect by fusing Ralph’s preferred hobbies—math, physics, and computers—with Drew’s former career and America’s favorite pastime.

“Risky Business” was a little weaker than the previous episode, but—with help from Mescudi—it wasn’t a complete disaster.it wasn’t a complete disaster.

Again, after last week’s tremendous episode, there are no doubt the writers and team behind Scorpion can create a terrific hourlong procedural drama.

They just need to find what really works at its core—and Control-C that formula moving forward.

Scorpion airs 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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