The thing about FBI is that they dive into a case and sometimes they bring in the personal aspect of things. Normally they have focused on OA and Maggie but I do love that lately we’ve been seeing more of Scola and Wallace and I think that is so important.
I love learning more about the team and it not feeling like it’s this show with side characters. It feels more like an ensemble cast versus a story about two people solving cases.
But I have to admit that this episode killed me. My heart broke for the characters I love and the characters I want to protect.
Scola picks up Wallace from church and we learn quickly that he’s never really gotten to know her. He’s never asked her questions. He’s never gotten to talk about anything personal, because he’s never inquired or given up that information about himself.
This week, we’re dealing with a serial killer. The killer is killing young black men who have prostitution convictions. And when the NYPD thinks that they have found the van, the team heads to see if they can find anything in the van. It’s filled with blood, and the FBI is there to find anything that they can find.
A lady at the food truck has seen the guy get out of the truck, carrying a shovel and heading towards the warehouse at the end of the street. Scola and Wallace head in, and end up getting clocked by a man with a shovel. Chase pursues.
Honestly, when I watch this show, I think mostly of all the running these people have to do and I get tired watching. Like I could not be an agent, I don’t like cardio.
What we’re learning quick is that the FBI can find anything at any time.
Maggie is the one who takes him down and I love it. She’s like this bad ass that you don’t want to fuck with. She doesn’t back down because she’s a woman. She stands up because she is one.
Tiff says that she’s fine, when the medics are checking her out. She is just hurt because of being hit by a shovel and all. The two journey off the club. Don John’s, where the bouncer claims that he doesn’t know anything and that he doesn’t remember talking to the guy who died.
She suggests going down the road to talk to her cousin, who is a pastor. He knows the neighborhood and he knows the crowd. Terrence is a little shifty, you can tell that he’s hiding something. But you also know that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save the people in his community.
Maggie and OA are sent to pick up another suspect, Isaac. They’ve been told that Isaac basically shakes people down for money, for protection. Isaac goes running and Maggie and OA pursue. They are able to catch him and bring him in.
I know that they need to follow the leads and hey, leads can lead to the next lead. And that’s a good thing.
Because Isaac leads them to a man who escaped the possible murderer.
It’s funny when you watch these shows, that you know that someone that you’ve seen and paid no attention to has something to do with whatever the crime is. It doesn’t matter what innocence that they proclaim or what they say – though most of the time it is I have no knowledge. Those are the people that we should always be looking at.
As we get the person who escaped the potential abduction, Tiff decides to go back to Terrance for information.
As much as I love Scola, I think that he’s got a lot to learn about relationships. He doesn’t know how to communicate. He has so much heart and even though he doesn’t know how to show it, it’s there. But his closed off persona, the way he keeps people at bay, has serious consequences.
Scola is always trying to solve the case and that is good, but what he does a lot of the time is he sacrifices his relationship with his partner. He doesn’t see it that way. I do get that he cares, because that is who he is. But the truth is, he’s made it known that he is always going to be stand offish.
He sees a lot of clues, things that point towards Terrance. He runs it by Maggie and OA and they think he has a lead that he needs to follow up on. And that he needs to talk to Tiff. But he doesn’t forewarn her, he doesn’t give her a heads up, she finds out when she’s told that she can’t work on the case and that her cousin is being brought in.
Terrance lies to the FBI and says that he wasn’t at the club, even though they have pictures of him there. He wants to talk to Tiff but she can’t be involved. Her family is raking her through the coals for not standing up for Terrance. Her uncle is also upset that everyone is now gonna think that Terrance is gay.
I can’t even imagine what it must feel like for Terrance to keep his secrets. He tells Tiff that he doesn’t know if he is gay, that he was at the club. He tells her that he’s afraid of loosing everything. His family, his congregation, no one would be open to him coming out. He wants Tiff to keep his secret.
She wants to get him out of trouble. She wants to help him. The fear that is in Terrance’s eyes is a lot to watch. It’s a lot to take in. And it’s heartbreaking. No one should have to live in that kind of fear.
The team is able to find the killer – it’s the bouncer that claimed he knew nothing. It’s the bouncer that was trying to do everything to prove that he wasn’t gay. They are able to find him, but not in time before he kills someone else.
And almost kills Scola.
But Tiff has gone against orders and is there and is able to shoot the killer before he kills Scola.
What bothers me so much is that so many things didn’t have to happen, but they did, because people weren’t honest. And they weren’t honest because society has made it shameful to be that way.
Terrance lied and committed a felony because he’s afraid to be himself. He’s in a situation because Scola was afraid to be open and trust Tiff.
My heart breaks watching them all break. We need to do better, to be better. We need to be there for each other in this world.
They arrest Terrance for lying. Tiff has to explain it to him, but he’s scared. She’s scared for him. He tries to remind her that he lied because he was scared.
I am not excusing his lie, but I do understand why he didn’t want to tell the truth. Especially after seeing his Dads reaction to him being questioned. He deserved better and to be honest I am pissed that Isobel didn’t fight harder for Terrance.
And I am pissed at Scola that he didn’t do more to be a true partner to Tiff. She deserves better. They have both tried in their own way, but Scola needs to address his attitude first. The man needs to trust his partner. Had he done that, a lot of this could have been avoided.
And for Tiffany it just isn’t fair or right.
FBI airs Tuesdays on CBS.