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'Scorpion' react: Fathers and sons

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Rogue Element” | Aired Nov 17, 2014

This time around, it’s personal.

After a councilman is blown up on Scorpion, the only person who can link the suspected terrorists to the assassination is Agent Gallo’s ex-wife Rebecca, reuniting the two for the first time since their daughter passed away years earlier and they ventured down separate paths.

While the procedural aspect of the episode is a total snoozefest, it does a great job capturing the feeling of family the show has been trying to foster for so long.

Cabe Gallo has been a father figure to Walter for years, ever since he first arrested the genius hacker as a child. The writers have slowly chipped away at this story arc since the show started, but only seriously delved into it in the past few episodes.

After Gallo receives an encrypted text from his ex-wife while he’s in the car with Walter, he rushes over to her house and learns she’s in danger from a group of eco-terrorists.

Gallo immediately goes into protective mode and decides she won’t be let out of his sight until these eco-terrorists who blew up the councilman are found.

Upon talking to Rebecca, however, he and Walter learn she’s left a USB stick with all of the evidence she’s dug up on them at the office where she was working—the same location as their headquarters.

Without wasting a second, Gallo and Walter bring her back to the Scorpion house, meeting with the team to conjure up a way to get the USB key back.

They agree that the best course of action is to simply walk into the building and pretend no one notices, Walter, Paige, Rebecca, and Gallo drive over.

Deciding Walter is the person who most closely resembles a possible environmental fanatic, they send him inside.

While he goes digging through plant basins where Rebecca said she dropped the key, Gallo, Rebecca, and Paige share an awkward but tender moment looking at family photos.

They don’t have much time to embrace the awkward silence, however; Walter is confronted by a burly security guard and politely asked to evacuate the premises immediately.

Via earpiece, Gallo instructs Walter to abide by the polite instruction and get the hell out of the building, but Walter—being the anti-authority Boy Scout he is—instead dekes right, grabs the USB, and jumps into Gallo’s car through the third-story window.

What follows is one of the most interesting scenes Gallo and Walter have shared.

Instead of praising Walter for his brave actions, Gallo scolds him—like a father would scold his teenage son for dinging the bumper on his car.

Playing house, Walter acts like the scorned son, sitting in the passenger seat and staring forlornly out the window.

Walter and Gallo have always had a father-son relationship, but it wasn’t until this moment—when Gallo truly thought Walter was about to be killed—that his fatherly feelings kicked into overdrive and he took out his frustrated love on his surrogate son.

Walter reciprocates just a few scenes later when the team decides to hide out at Gallo’s house after finding their headquarters ransacked.

While at the house, Gallo and Rebecca share a tender moment, discussing why their relationship ended and remembering their young daughter who passed away.

When it gets too much for Rebecca, she steps out of the house. While the team inside deliberates what their next move should be, she’s kidnapped.

Here’s where Walter comes in.

Instead of getting lost in the franticness of the situation like Gallo, Walter uses his emotionless capabilities to good use and calms Gallo down, putting his hand on his boss’ shoulder and proclaiming they will find her.

Walter and Gallo team up and embark on a high-speed pursuit with his ex-wife’s captors that is both action packed and founded in feelings never once explored between the two characters.

At first, Gallo takes the wheel, recklessly darting in and out of traffic as Walter, the ever loyal son, helps guide him to the speeding car.

Right as they’re about to catch up to the bad guys, however, Gallo makes an error in judgment and ends up throttling their car into a pile of freeway water buckets.

After a quick check to make sure they’re both okay, dad hands over the keys to his son, and Walter starts chasing the car once again.

There’s a moment of silent understanding between the two as Walter revs the engine, but the best moment arrives when Walter realizes that he must use a special tactical maneuver to stop the car ahead of him.

Gallo knows Walter is nervous but instead of worrying him, he whispers encouragement, reminding him over and over again he can do this.

Remember when you were learning to ride a bike and even though you were sure you’d fall, your dad or mom would yell “You can do it”—until you eventually rode down the street without tipping over?

This was that moment for Gallo and Walter.

Their plan works and they eventually rescue Rebecca, catching the baddies in the process, but all of it seems secondary to the understanding Gallo and Walter reached while racing down the highway together.

The reason this episode worked above all else was because it treated its characters like real people instead of just caricatures of the people they’re based on.

Metaphorical surrogate parents exist in so many lives, and it was touching to see the writers approach the subject matter with a sense of understanding, compassion, and empathy.

Like Walter and Gallo, Scorpion is going to be A-okay.

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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