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Scorpion: 1.08 ‘Risky Business’ Review

Case of the Week:

Reed, a music blogger, has been murdered. The only clue is an algorithm left on the white board at the crime scene. Sylvester and Walter recreate the algorithm from what was left and figure out that the algorithm was created by Peyton Temple (portrayed by Kid Cudi!).

So, Scorpion goes to Peyton’s house, which has a mini forest growing up front. Walter decides to jump the gate and gets electroshocked for his efforts.

Dude, come on! At some point, you have to learn to not go behind gates and stuff! Nothing good comes of it!!

(The mothering instinct in me comes out a lot during crime shows. I have to try not to yell at my screen “CHILD STOP THE THING.” The midseason finale is probably going to be even worse.)

Then again, I guess if I was trying to distract myself from my teammate’s ex-husband coming back into the mix, I might do the same thing—actually I would have probably fallen on my butt since I’m not athletic at all but moving on.

Peyton allows Scorpion and an LAPD detective in but is super suspicious since someone tried breaking into his house earlier that day.

Cabe is able to calm Peyton down so that the Team can figure out who killed Reed. The algorithm found at the crime scene creates hit songs and had been stolen months ago. Reed was planning on posting about the “Hit Wizard” which would have caused chaos in the music industry.

Their first suspect is METHOD MAN?! “Lucky the King” utilized the algorithm too!

Toby masquerades as Peyton’s lawyer while Peyton talks to Lucky about the theft. Toby grandstanding is probably one of my most favorite things. He’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but love him.

Unfortunately, the ruse doesn’t really go anywhere, and worse, someone planted a bomb in the Scorpion van, so now, it’s up in flames.

Poor Cabe has to explain why the van has been destroyed a second time.

Luckily, the street camera catches McBride placing the bomb. He works for a security company utilized by the music industry and was hired by a manager of three artists who have used the algorithm.

Before Cabe can get to McBride, he abducts Peyton so the team has to go to the manager’s home to get Peyton back.

Toby pretends to be a beat boxer looking for his big break while Happy gets Peyton outside.

Unfortunately Walter gets caught too, so Happy remotely jerks the elevator up and down to knock out the bad guys. The elevator opens to Cabe, and the baddies are arrested.

Toby:

This show has hilarious one-liners. Toby makes a crack that the only explanation t for Macklemore’s popularity is the algorithm working, and Paige gives him a great side-eye: “Or not, Toby.” Agreed, Paige. Toby obviously doesn’t have much love for pop music. Agreed, Paige. Toby obviously doesn’t have much love for pop music.

Toby is also calling out Walter being agitated about Drew’s effects on Ralph, who got a D- on his algebra quiz. He doesn’t want Drew to leave, so Ralph’s hiding his ability.

Ralph let me give you math statistics to play with. Or a hug. Whichever one is better.

Happy:

I hoped the thread from last week where Happy surreptitiously met her father would continue throughout the season especially because I have so many questions about her childhood and just life in general.

For now, Happy shows more of her interests in not just technology but also sound equipment and music. Happy tells Peyton she’ll show Peyton her “Octave” (synthesizer) to which Toby responds that it sounded dirty: “Maybe it was supposed to. He’s cute.” Go Happy!

Plus, the writers don’t have her being the Dragon Lady or the submissive Asian female, which is so refreshing. I want to know if her name is actually Happy, or if it’s a joke because she’s so angry.

This episode is hilarious. Toby is complaining about fake music, and Happy responds that he’d make a great boyfriend considering how cranky he is. The show obviously plans on getting them together—just not today.

Especially since Happy leaves for a date with Peyton. GET IT, GIRL.

Elsewhere:

Ralph and Drew go to a baseball game. Unfortunately, Ralph is quiet for the first inning, and Drew calls Paige worried that the game wasn’t a good idea. Walter listens to Toby’s nudging and advises Drew to talk about baseball statistics instead of just the game.

Afterwards, Ralph and Drew finally start connecting through baseball. Drew is connected to some sort of sports app that shows how hard and fast Drew’s throws are which allows Drew to show his skill and Ralph to understand the game in mathematical terms.

There was also a C-plot where Walter had been dealing with the Drew/Ralph stuff by street racing with rental cars and losing. It could have been left out, and we would have still seen Walter deal with his trepidations about Drew and Ralph.

Although it is really funny seeing Walter borrow a Lamborghini from “Lucky” to use for his second race.

Overall Grade: A

Scorpion will never win any awards, but it is a strategic addition for CBS to the lineup and as future replacement for any of the older shows like Hawaii Five 0 or Blue Bloods.

I enjoyed watching all the interactions between various members of the Team.

Characterization: A

It’s great to see everyone be more than just their specialty.

Sylvester loves comics, and Happy loves music. Since this show is constantly toeing the line between “Geniuses are awesome, and even if they take time to connect to people, they are people too.” and “Geniuses don’t connect, so they’re terrible.” (The latter of which is so messed up), I will take any positive moments.

Walter is obviously listening to Paige in regards to showing some “softness” and tries to help Peyton out with his no longer wanting to make music. However, it’s Happy who really gets him to realize that he can make music even after so many years.

Toby fulfills the common procedural trope of being perceptive about people’s behaviors but not tactful when describing those behaviors. While Toby does push Walter to deal with his issues with Drew, it was also good to see him work through his obvious affection for Happy. If they ever go on a date onscreen, it’ll probably end in flames, but it’ll be so worth watching.

Plot: A

The music algorithm bit reminded me of a similar Numb3rs episode where Charlie created an algorithm to figure out who was making hit music to solve the murder of another rapper.

It was also entertaining seeing something outside of the usual bioterrorist threat or national security stuff because it brought Scorpion down to earth a little bit. The larger drama plots all the time take away from the simple fun that can come from mysteries.

Mythos: A

Episode wasn’t ableist, and we got to see everyone connect more. I still want flashbacks for how Walter found everyone else though.

Setting: A

We got to explore more of the garage that houses all of Scorpion’s stuff which is surprisingly big. So, I guess it’s more of a warehouse than a garage.


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Seher obsesses over show ratings and usually writes about media representation issues. Otherwise, she's at work in the non-profit world using her anthropology and public health training.

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