My best friend and her husband have very different tastes in television entertainment than I do. They seem to prefer shows with extreme violence and gratuitous nudity (Strike Back, Game of Thrones), whereas I’m more into shows that emphasize character relationships. I was surprised to hear they also like Intelligence, even though she and I both acknowledge the writing’s not so great. She thinks it’s an overall problem with television right now, saying Strike Back hasn’t been very good this year. I mention this because I see the writing complaint for Intelligence everywhere. It makes me hope for a (better) next season. Now…
How awesome was Gabriel’s mother? I know! Pretty damn awesome! And how adorable was Gabriel the son? No matter how old or tough we become, we always seem to revert to back to children in the presence of our parents. And Josh Holloway was damned cute, how could you not adore him?
We pick up with an injured and bleeding Gabriel giving Riley directions to drive somewhere unknown while Ms. Smart-mouth Mei Chin tries to keep his gunshot wound from gushing blood. It’s Gabriel’s mother’s house! She was an Army field nurse and uses her skills (and a shot or two of whiskey) to patch up Gabriel. She’s a no-nonsense lady. She tells Mei Chin to shut the hell up and reprimands both Riley and Mei to stop their rival bickering. 😀
While Gabriel is on the operating/kitchen table, Mei Chin uses the opportunity to get into his head to calm him down (she says). Riley notices and accuses “Are you rendering with him right now?” which sounds a lot like “Are you sleeping with him right now?”
The main plot of the last two episodes revolves around a program begun during the Iranian hostage crisis called “The Flood.” Iran supposedly recruited U.S. citizens to spy for them and placed them within our government. Leland Strand, Lillian’s father says it’s a myth.
The cable guide said the identities of the sleeper agents would surprise our team, so I figured it was either Tetazoo, Weatherly, or Leland himself. I was kind of hoping it was Tetazoo because, you know, he’s a dick; but then figured that would be too obvious. It was. Tetazoo finally realizes Gabriel was indeed set up (because of a photo found in the initial murder victim’s safety deposit box), and is rewarded with two bullets to the chest. Being the tough son-of-bitch he is, though, he lives long enough to shoot his killer and send the photo to Lillian. Because that just how stubborn he is!
So that means Director of National Intelligence Adam Weatherly is the sleeper agent. Turns out his mother was Iranian and mentally damaged by helping the CIA bomb Iran in 1953. His motive (revenge) doesn’t really matter, because Mei Chin shows up to kill him while he’s confined in a bare cell hidden in the bowels of an anonymous cargo ship. Since she told us last week she does nothing for free, who hired her? Why, it’s
Peter Coyote Leland Strand!
On a more peaceful note, Gabriel lets Ma Vaughn stay at his place since he blew up her kitchen with the old hairspray-in-the-microwave trick. Once again she gets straight to the point. In true motherly fashion, her first question upon learning of Gabriel’s microchip is, “Does it hurt?” She also notes matter-of-factly that he doesn’t look any different, and that you don’t need a computer in your head to be programmed. And she approves of Riley, noting (to her son’s shame) that Gabriel cares for her.
Will we ever learn what Leland’s motive is is? Will we see Ma Vaughn (Debra Mooney) again? Will Gabriel and Riley get their groove on? I’d like to know, but I’m not holding my breath. There’s been an uptake in the shows viewership recently, so there’s an outside chance for renewal. I’m all for that!