When things affect the people that you love, it gets harder to take. For Jubel, his whole world is his job and his kids. And he’s been devastated by the fact that his son has leukemia.
But he’s made sure to be there. And he’s right beside him, trying to tell him to think positive and that cancer won’t be the end of his life. Jubel wants him to think positive and plan things like going to his first highschool dance. But he tells his Dad that sometimes its hard to think about the future, with cancer.
And Jubel, all he wants is to protect his son. So when the lights start flickering and everything starts acting weird at the hospital, Jubel goes to ask what is wrong. The nurses are dismissive, but he knows something is happening. And like any concerned Dad, he pulls out all the stops.
That’s the thing about FBI – you get to see a lot of the professional side of the agents, but I have enjoyed the moments where we get to see the personal side of it too. Because these people are human and being an agent is their job. But there’s definitely more to them than that.
Let’s break it down.
A hacker has locked the New York Children’s Hospital out of their system. The generators only have 48 hours. 500 kids are at risk.
Now, do I know this is a television show? Yes. Does that make me any less mad? No. Like you don’t fuck with kids. You absolutely don’t fuck with kids.
Jubel calls the team and tells them what is happening. And like any good episode of the show, the team is ready to take this on. It’s their job, but when jobs are personal, it also gets very different. These people are family.
And they also will do whatever it takes to save these kids.
It’s scary and heartbreaking to watch the hospital, the agents, the kids. Someone attacking a hospital is just something I can’t even fathom. All of the machines that go down, all of the people that are affected. People could die in an instant because someone is selfish and fucking insane.
What we do find out quickly is that the malware had to have been installed by someone in the room. That helps – they’re able to find footage of a man that doesn’t work at the hospital entering the room.
Scola and Wallace are not people I would fuck with. Granted Scola looks kinda like a soccer Dad, but he’s also scary as fuck. When they enter the shop, where Jason Cooke works, he takes off running. Like he knows that he’s fucked which is a sign.
Maggie and OA are in the interrogation room with him and he breaks easily. He tells them that he was pain 20K in bitcoin to install the rubber ducky at the hospitals. Yes, that’s right – it’s six hospitals.
Look, FBI knows how to tell a good story, but hospital issues at this time are a lot for anyone to take. We all know that the US healthcare system is being stretched to its breaking point right now, and as I watch this, I am petrified of what is happening.
As a person who needs hospitals more than she cares to admit, this whole episode is terrifying to me.
Maggie is back at NYC Children’s Hospital and the hacker makes a call with her. She tries to convince them that they need a sign of good faith, but the hacker will not relent. All they want is justice for their friends. Their demand is that the FBI help them find a serial killer.
Seven people that the hacker wants justice for were all patients at Burwell Psychiatric Facility. Scola and Tiffany head over to hospital and I have to give FBI props cause immediately all I can think is that it has to be the director. But you know, every show gives you small clues and instantly I am like that assistant is creepy as fuck.
But what kills me is that the director says that there have been a lot of complaints of the past few weeks. He asks the assistant to print them out. He hadn’t taken them seriously, because it’s a psychiatric hospital.
Ummm… just because people are mentally ill doesn’t mean that they don’t know what is happening. It breaks me to see that a person who is supposed to be helping people is disregarding them. And who is suffering? Kids.
But here’s another moment where we can respect Scola, cause he’s not putting up with shit. He’s not having it at all. Scola seems like a soccer Dad, but he also seems like he’s gonna come out of nowhere and whoop your ass.
What the team does find out from the complaints is that they started coming in after Anna Lewis passed away. She doesn’t have any family, and a woman named Lydia Ryan reported her death. Lydia was Anna’s roommate and she was also a patient when all of the patients were there. She had motive, as she filed a complaint against the hospital.
Which, don’t you know was disregarded. I actually feel bad for Lydia before we meet her. But I hate her more, because there is wanting justice for your friends, but you don’t fuck with sick people.
And you sure as hell don’t fuck with kids.
Back at the hospital, Tyler is not reacting well to antibiotics. The doctors inform them that his spleen needs to be removed. With everything going on, the doctor says situation isn’t ideal, but she believes they’ll be fine doing the surgery. . Jubel and wife agree to it. But they are scared.
I can say what I want about Jubel, but he’s a good Dad. He’s a Dad that wants nothing more than to protect his kids and whatever lengths that he has to go to for that – he’s willing to do. And there is a part of me that admires that.
Hell, I admire everyone because they aren’t going to stop until they fix this. Maggie is trying to establish a relationship with Lydia, she’s trying to reason with her. You would think that the possibility of kids dying would be enough to make Lydia help.
But she won’t – no matter what they say fix the hack. Maggie is trying to reason with her, even offering a reduced sentence, but Lydia doesn’t care about that. She wants people to listen. She wants people to care.
Lydia tells Maggie that no one listened and she wouldn’t go through all of this if she didn’t think that something was wrong. People weren’t dying of natural causes. She wouldn’t go through with all this if I didn’t think that the people of Burwell were involved. Maggie says she hears her and she’ll look closer at the facility.
What kills me is that what I am looking at is typical. People with mental illness are so often disregarded and if these people hadn’t been – some would still be alive.
Isabel pulls Maggie out to let her know that there has been another death. When Scola and Tiffany go to investigate, it looks like an overdose, but there is a witness. And that witness heard a struggle.
A rushed autopsy shows them that he didn’t overdose. James, the deceased, was poisoned. The ME found potassium chloride around the wounds that were on James. Isable knows that they will have to exume everyone.
What is a heartbreaking scene, but one that was too long, was James’s sister identifying the body. Her sadness just felt forced and I felt awkward for her. But she does lead to the fact that someone called to on her brother.
There is nothing like a father who needs to protect his son. When the Doctor comes back and tells them that she can’t do the surgery, as Tylers platelets have dropped and that he runs a risk of bleeding out. How hard it must be to feel that helpless to not be able to protect and save your kid, I don’t know.
But I do believe that’s why Jubel ran straight to the office to help.
Maggie goes in to talk to Lydia and she tells her she was right, there is a serial killer. She says that they are doing everything that they can to find the killer.
One thing – among many – that Maggie is good at is establishing a relationship with people. She is doing a really great job, when Jubel shows up and tells her to take a break. It’s not the best idea for him to go in and talk to Lydia. She’s not going to back down, even if Jubel is playing on her feelings and telling her about Tyler.
Lydia is stuck in her ways, and I do get it. But I also understand why she won’t listen, she’s bipolar. The disorder is what is making her think that backing down will make them stop the investigation.
It doesn’t matter what Jubel says, until they find justice for her friends, she’s not doing anything. Jubel sits down and tells her about his son. You can tell she’s not moved, even when he’s begging her to end this. She still says no. He asks her what do you mean no. She says that she has to do what she has to do. He explodes.
Isabel pulls him out from talking to Lydia and tells him that she’s worried. He doesn’t have time for small talk. He doesn’t have time for anything but saving his son. And you can’t be mad about that at all.
Sure, intimidating the director of Burwell isn’t the smartest thing, but he does what he has to do to get the patient files.
Jubel thinks that it’s the assistant who is the killer. The assistant accessed all the patients files after they left when there was no reason for him to access it.
Jubel’s ex-wife calls. Tells him he needs to go back to hospital. They don’t know if Tyler will make it – it’s gotten that bad.
John Maguire – the assistant. His father died of a heart attack, but was also bipolar. His Dad is patient zero, the first person he killed. The FBI finds that John recently changed his name and that his hospitals where he worked have a history of people dying unexpectedly. He’s also not smart, leaves his phone on, but it does help the team find him.
Scola and Tiffany go to where they think he’s going to, and get there as he’s running out. They have to confront the patient he was going to kill, who ends up lunging at Scola with a knife.
It was a stupid move, Tiffany reminds him of that. Scola reminds her thought that the man was having an episode and asks Tiffany if she’d be okay shooting him, knowing that. She says that given the choice she will choose Scola.
As Maguire has gotten away, the FBI has everyone looking out for him – including air support. That air support finds him going into an abandoned building. I got a little nervous at the FBI and SWAT go into the building and Tiffany went off down a hall by herself. You knew that she was going to be attacked, but what I didn’t expect was Tiffany to lose her gun and have it pointed at her.
Scola showing up and shoots Maguire before he can shoot Tiffany.
Maggie knows that she’s running out of time and I am assuming that’s the reason that she seemed to have magically transported with Lydia to the scene.
Lydia did what she did to get attention for her friends and is having a hard time believing that Maguire did it. She sees him dead and thinks that they are trying to manipulate her. But Maggie keeps saying that she can trust her. She tells her about her sister and how she took her to rehab. How if anyone took advantage of her at her most vulnerable, she’d be pissed. She understands why Lydia thinks that, but Lydia needs to save those kids who are at their most vulnerable.
And she agrees to reverse the hack. Some are down to their last minutes, but it ends up that one person, an 11 year old girl died.
The lights go back on at the hospital. Tyler gets his surgery. But what Lydia has done has consequences. Big ones.
She’s going to be charged with murder.
Once again, FBI delivers a fast paced episode that will leave you on your seat and wanting more. That’s good television.
But are any of us shocked?