This week's recap by @Andrea_Briz - thanks Aussie girl! Gifs by @neropatti and bookemdannodotnet
So I am feeling a bit nervous about recapping this week’s episode as it’s a pretty tough task to follow the brilliant 3.6 (and Alicia’s recap!). Having Mom featuring again also makes me nervous as, to be honest, I am not a big fan of Mom. But more on that later…..
We open with a teenage boy, Zach Slater, being released from juvenile detention. Zach’s family is waiting by the car for him. I like this kid and his family already. Hey, Dad is played by Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I love that movie! I’m thinking about Ferris Bueller right now and also noticing the size of the correctional officers. Man, they are HUGE!
The next scene is very reminiscent of car trips in our family, with arguments over directions (mostly because I am hopeless with them :)). However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when we realise that the family is lost and bad dudes in skull masks turn up, forcing Dad off the road. Scratch that this scene is reminiscent of my family car trips then. Oh, no, Zach is kidnapped! Seriously Show, not another kidnapped kid! Let’s all join hands and collectively roll our eyes.
I’m saved from thinking further about the dangers for children of living on an island paradise by the credits. Thanks, credits! Then we cut to McG at the airport waiting for Mary. Mary’s back! Looks like the flight attendant thing is off and instead Mary is a ‘care giver’ for a feisty old bloke named Morty. McG is not over the moon about Mary’s career change. Hilariously, he asks his sister if she has married Morty. Actually, I LOVE this scene. Alex’s face is pure gold. He is flawed by Mary telling him she is caring for Morty when she can “barely take care of herself” (to quote McG). You’re such a buzz kill, bro! But you’re adorable when you’re being all brotherly. I love this scene even more after McG warns (an old man in a wheelchair) not to touch his sister ‘like that’ or he will break his hand (professional boundaries remember, Morty?). Morty rocks it by saying to Mary that McG is as “surly as you described”. Props to you, Morty, props to you. I love the look on McG’s face when Morty says, “at ease, sailor.” And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Mary tells Morty that she has to talk to her brother in private so she just takes out Morty’s hearing aid to achieve ‘privacy’. Classic. Alex’s faaaccceee throughout this scene is pure perfection. He does comedy brilliantly, especially when it’s actually written well. So much love for this scene 🙂
I have been waiting for Mary to return to Oahu as I wondered how the writers would play out her reaction to Mom being alive and kicking after all this time. I’m so glad they let Mary be Mary: she doesn’t want to see her mother right now which is perfectly understandable. Seriously, the news that Mom is alive after such a long time would take some serious mental processing. That the writers let Mary be Mary gives us the chance for another terrific scene between Mom and McG. Again, Alex doesn’t need to say ANYTHING. His face says it all. That faaacceeee. (OK, I want you to count how many times I write ‘that faaacceee’ in this recap. I’m thinking it’s going to be loads.) McG has to break it to Mom that Mary doesn’t want to see her. Mom wants to use her Super CIA Spy Skills to track Mary down. Are you serious, Mom? Love that McG calls Mom on it, telling her that “Mary is your daughter, she’s not a target.” I want to kiss McG on my computer screen right now but have to restrain myself as I am watching with my kids. Bummer. Anyway, McG then shows us how far he has come in the emotion stakes by asking Mom to give Mary some space. Sage advice, McG; so glad that Stoic SEAL is now being portrayed as a real human being. The scene ends when McG gets the usual call to go to the crime scene. I giggle when he tells Mom to “stand down.” Alex, you are killing me in this episode and we’re only at the 7 minute mark!