Okay, even though I don’t like the way that Forrester and Kellett were introduced to us as a couple, they’ve grown on me. The reasons that they have grown on me kinda freaks me out, because I didn’t think that I would ever associate Forrester as the kind of man that is caring and compassionate.
But when I am wrong, I can say that I am wrong.
FBI: International has proven itself a different FBI show. The agents are different. It’s as if because they are abroad they see things differently, fight differently, and just overall not give up.
At first, I felt like Forrester was a little overbearing, but now I see that he’s just passionate. He loves his job, he loves his country, and he wants nothing more than to fight for people.
And we kinda love this.
This weeks episode, American Optimism, is about, “The team investigates an American citizen who is proclaiming his innocence after seeking sanctuary at Madrid’s U.S. embassy while still covered in the blood of his murdered Spanish boyfriend. Also, Vo and Raines continue to grow their friendship.”
Let’s break it down.
Kellett isn’t allowed back on full duty yet and when Forrester tells her that she’s going to have to be on modified duty, she looses her shit. She automatically thinks that she is being benched because of their relationship, and tells him that things between them won’t work out if he is going to be like this.
Umm… lets be smarter here Kellett. Your paranoia isn’t on him. It’s been obvious that you two have been able to separate work and business. They’re super obvious coming into the office 5 seconds apart, but no one is calling them out for their relationship.
The team catches a case in Madrid. Kellett needs to stay behind, but the rest of the team hops the jet. At the beginning of the episode we had seen a man running through Madrid to the embassy, police chasing, and he gets to the embassy, falling to his knees and asking for asylum.
He is an American citizen.
Instantly, I was mad at the embassy, because they seem so bothered by the whole situation. They are there to help American citizens, and the Ambassador, who was appointed because of financial contributions, is annoyed. God forbid doing your job Ambassador.
His assistant is an annoying twat who wants to exercise control but she’s a fish out of water also.
The Spanish police believe that the man, Drew Edmonson, is guilty. He ran from the scene. He tells the fly team that he found his boyfriend that way, had called the cops, and he got scared and ran. The team tells him that they need complete honesty, and he says he is giving it.
You can see the fear and hurt in Drews eyes. He’s obviously lost someone that he loves. Drew hadn’t stuck around for the police because he was afraid and thought he’d be treated unfairly. He is not far off because the police have released the body, didn’t secure the crime scene and allowed the family to remove contents.
The team is definitely up against a lot of road blocks.
Then to make matters worse, the idiots at the embassy convince Edmonson to self surrender to the Spanish police. They tell him it will look better for him.
But Forrester knows that is not the way it is. Drew is begging for them to get him out of there, but Forrester can’t.
And everything is starting to look worse for Drew. The team learned that Delgado (Drew’s boyfriend) had been embezzling money from his company. Drew had signed paperwork on the account that the money had been going into. But he thought that what he was signing was paperwork to help Delgado get a work visa to come to the states.
It’s finding out that Delgado was embezzling money that enables the team to track down the true murderer and save Edmonson from spending the rest of his life in jail.
The way that the team makes sure that they are there to defend Edmonson makes me have faith in them. Sure, I know it’s a TV show, but one would hope that agents would fight this hard for anyone. Isobel on FBI needs to learn that lesson.
When they are leaving the jail with Drew, Delgado’s brother stops them and thanks him. He knows that Drew helped his brother feel alive and that he made him so happy.
That’s all he wanted for this brother, was to be happy. They are all hurting. We see it and it’s definitely heartbreaking to see. But you hope the best for all of them.
And you leave the episode knowing that you respect these agents. That’s a rare thing.
- Forrester kissing Kellett’s scar made me respect his feelings for her.
- Love that we’re getting more Vo and Raines.
- Vo taking down the real murderer – I cheered.
- Raines is a champion. I run on roofs for no one.
- Forrester giving Diaz the credit… that’s what I’m talking about. Make a friend.
- We need to see more Jaeger in action.
FBI: International airs Tuesdays on CBS.