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'Scorpion' react: It's all about Walter

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Revenge” | Aired Dec 8, 2014

In its return after taking a week off, Scorpion examines the moral ambiguity affecting the team’s leader, making for a pretty interesting episode.

After an unusual robbery, Walter and the crew are called in to investigate a decade-long series of thefts by an international crime syndicate. Known as Ghost, they have been terrorizing the world and making off with priceless jewels in the process.

It’s all business as usual—until Sylvester unknowingly picks up a handmade bomb, which explodes and sends him flying through the air.

Sylvester survives but is in critical condition. The team work themselves harder than ever before, personally seeking out the criminals who nearly killed their friend.

The details of the case itself aren’t that interesting, and like every episode before it, the team goes through a couple of victories and a couple of “dang it, they got away again” moments. But they finally wind up catching the Ghost crew in the middle of another theft.

The crux of the episode falls on Walter and his reaction to his friend being injured before he makes a literally life-or-death decision.

While the rest of the Scorpion team are reeling from the attack on Sylvester, Walter has managed to distance himself from what’s happened and thrown himself into the case.

It’s a stark juxtaposition to Toby’s overwhelming guilt over all that he owes Sylvester and Paige’s inability to concentrate. In contrast, Walter seems to be a cold-blooded employer instead of a loyal and genuine friend.

Of course, as with any procedural, Walter’s inability to feel anything over Sylvester is reflected back at him in the form of the new FBI agent, Simone, introduced to the group at the beginning of the episode when they’re first handed the case.

Simone, like Walter, saw a friend get injured while investigating the case. It’s their common resilience and their ability to keep their heads down, pushing forward at all costs, that draws Simone and Walter closer to each other. It’s even the main reason the case gets solved, but while they see each other as heroes and dedicated detectives, the rest of the team can’t help but worry over what they see as Walter’s fragile state. They encourage him to talk about what he’s feeling instead of pushing it aside and bottling it up.

Walter’s leadership has always played an interesting part in the show because of how much he resents the role thrust upon him. In many ways, he enjoys being the man who brought the team together and acting as their surrogate older brother. But this is a lone wolf who’s still learning to play well with others.

In this episode, the audience is finally able to deconstruct Walter. The anger, the guilt, the frustration that he seems to feel in every single episode is on display for the world to see.

The highlight of the episode comes just before the final scene when Walter has the chance to possibly save one of the thieves who is hanging on to the roof of a building by one hand.

Walter stops, looks him in the eyes, and hesitates for a good couple of seconds before lazily reaching out and grazing his hand, watching as the thief falls to his death.

For all his talk of disassociating himself from what happened to Sylvester, he still decided to take the vigilante route when coming face-to-face with one of the people who hurt his best friend—his surrogate brother. It’s a chilling scene and undermines everything Walter preached about his cold, calculated attitude this entire season.

Walter obviously has feelings for the people in his life and they obviously hinder his ability to make a decision. It’s a fact he grapples with, even when he visits Sylvester in the hospital after he’s woken up by doctors.

He doesn’t understand why he couldn’t save the thief and he doesn’t understand how he could let emotions overrule logic.

It is an utterly captivating side of Walter, in many ways reminiscent of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode when Data receives emotions for a day and realizes they’re too much to deal with. Like Data, Walter is scared by the enormity of his feelings, and flees from any chance of connecting with people because of it.

The episode itself wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but the intimate look into Walter’s psyche was phenomenal.

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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