I really hope this house also has ghosts. . .just for Dylan McDermott’s sake
Day/Time: Monday 10:00 EST/9:00 CST
Where are we?: Washington, D.C.
Ooh! A baseball game is on, but this family looks bored. Oh. They have guns to their head. That explains it.
12 hours earlier, we see a hostage situation at a bank. A sniper shoots one of the robbers, which was not the plan. Dylan McDermott works for the FBI, talks the robber into releasing 12 of the hostages. They give him the safe transport he requested and as he leaves the bank, Dylan shoots the hostage, and then it’s revealed that the robber switched places with the hostage! He knew it because the boots didn’t match the suit. I should probably be a little more careful next time I wear rain boots with gym shorts.
Next, Ellen (Toni Collette), the mom from the hostage scene, is at a news conference about how she’s gonna operate on the President. She gets back to her office, notices a pic of her family is missing, and calls her husband to talk about dinner. She’s married to Tate Donovan, who has moved from Newport Beach to DC and started a new life because Marissa died and Kaitlin was awful.
Tate Donovan coaches his son’s lacrosse team, and sound a lot of money in a bag in a locker. His son and his friend shadily say it was their beer and fake ID money, but we quickly learn that’s not true. But what is it for?! TELL ME, SHOW!
Sketchy people dressed in black are staking out their home. They all have numbers, and Dylan McDermott is #1! The dog won’t stop barking, so they shoot it (NOOOO!!! I wrote in my notebook “They’d better not shoot that dog”), then break into the house and each of them takes a family member to draw guns on (after #4 follows the daughter to visit her bf and back).
We learned that the money was for weed, and the boy and his friend owe $1,200 to the dealer who will beat them with a baseball bat if they don’t deliver. The girl goes to the bathroom, pees on a stick and cries.
Dylan pulls Ellen aside and tells her that she needs to kill the President during surgery the next day using a vile of liquid that’s untraceable, because he was watching the pilot of The Mob Doctor and got inspired. If she does this, nobody gets hurt. If she doesn’t. . .dead family.
They let the family eat their lovely pasta primavera dinner and while doing dishes, Ellen trips the silent alarm. Dylan and company realize it by looking at some tracking thing they have, and Ellen tells Brinks or whomever that everything is cool, yet they’re still sending out a patrol car. The patrol car arrives and it’s a guy Ellen saw in the hospital. He hands her an envelope with the missing family picture from her desk. So basically, this family is screwed.
Tate Donovan does his best Jimmy Cooper and punches one of the guys. What is this? Marissa’s debutante ball all over again? Dylan is like “Hey, check out these photos I have of you having an affair. Maybe chill out, ok? Oh, and also talk your wife into going through with killing the President, k thanx byeeee!”
It’s time for bed, and #s 1-4 are assigned someone to tuck in. The boy’s drug dealer phone goes off and #3 is PISSED. He explains the situation and #3 texts back “Family emergency. Can’t meet up tonight.” Nico is so gonna show up with a baseball bat. The boy looks forlornly out the window, and #3 asks what’s wrong. Turns out he’s not sad about his impending ass kicking, nor the possibility that his whole family may die if his mom doesn’t kill the President, but is instead sad they shot his dog. So, #3 takes him to the garage or basement or something and shows him Barkley was just tranquilized. Best part of the whole show. So relieved!!! Dylan is like “WTF? They’re supposed to fear us!”
Mom is getting ready for bed and sanitizes scissors to cut off the tip of her finger. I presume. I had my blanket up to my face. She ends up just cutting herself, so no need to freak me out unnecessarily.
It’s morning! Teenage girl pees on a stick again and starts sobbing, and Dylan McDermott busts in. Her mom goes running because a grown man just burst in on her teenage daughter in the bathroom. He saw the EPT test and she’s pleading with him not to tell her mom. He grabs it from her (ew! hopefully not on the pee end!) and crisis averted. Well, except the one in her uterus. Everyone gives each other meaningful looks, and Ellen heads out.
At the hospital, we see hoards of Secret Service, and a vial of liquid in Ellen’s pocket. Ok, so she’s gonna do it. She leaves it on the President’s tray and leaves. Back at the house, they’re watching TV, the VP calls Dylan to make sure everything is going as planned (he wants power!!) and breaking news cuts in about the President’s surgery. At first, it looks like something is very wrong. In reality, someone (WINK) accidentally gave him an IV full of blood thinners, so he can’t go under the knife today. In Ellen’s press conference, she said they’ll reschedule in a couple weeks because they need to have a show. I mean because she “doesn’t give up that easily.”
Reaction: I really liked the thriller nature of this show. It kept my interest the whole time, and the cast has so much talent. The logical leaps you’re asked to make aren’t *too* crazy (although when do the captors eat/sleep/poop?). I’m actually pretty excited the next episode is on tonight. I’m also really happy they didn’t use that godawful CBS drama house music.
What it’s against on my DVR:
Slot 1: The Blacklist
Slot 2: Nothing
Prediction: I believe they’re keeping it to a short season, which is smart. I was incorrect in my review of The Blacklist. This is the stronger of the two shows.
Yes to Season 2.
On-Screen Food I Want: The sourdough she was serving with the pasta. At least it was sourdough in my mind. . .
Best Acting by a Non-Human: Barkley playing dead
Over-dramatic Local News Promo: “Riding along with paramedics to see what they’re up against, and calling out those who put us in jeopardy by not getting out of their way!” (same as Mom)
Quantico Reference: No. . .which is weird b/c there were FBI agents present. . .
Oh my gosh! That’s: James Naughton
“All I care about it love. . .and not dying during surgery. . .”