One of the best things about this season of FBI is Tiffany and the way that she looks at things. She’s got a different look at things because she was once a part of the NYPD, but I also feel bad for her. Why? Because it’s that being able to see both sides of the situation that has people always questioning who she is.
But I also think that it makes people realize who she is. She’s loyal and takes her job very seriously. She knows that who she wants to be is someone who changes the world. But she will also do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Look, I love Maggie and OA, they are amazing. Maggies the ultimate badass. She doesn’t put up with anyones shit. But neither does Tiff, and that is part of what makes them perfect in the same show. Because we’re seeing a lot of strong ass women who aren’t going to take anyones shit, that aren’t going to back down on the job, and know the meaning of loyalty.
This weeks episode of FBI is entitled Allegiance, “The team must track down a shooter targeting detectives from the same precinct and unit, while facing mounting tension from the NYPD. Also, Tiffany finds that her NYPD roots may be influencing her view of the situation.”
When a Detective is murdered, the FBI takes the lead, as the NYPD reaches out to the FBI to take the lead, due to the anti-police climate. There seems to be no love lost between the FBI and the NYPD, but they are going to work together to get this solved.
Scola doesn’t like the fact that the NYPD isn’t rolling out the welcome mat, but here’s where Tiff comes in and reminds him that he needs to look at the bigger picture. They are under siege.
And things don’t get any better when the police think that Maggie and OA have asked the widow if the cop is a dirty cop. It closes any cooperation that they had. Tiff is trying to keep the peace, but Scola feels the need to talk and justify the situation.
We all know my love for Scola knows no bounds, but sometime I would like to slap him and to see that there is a bigger picture and that people have feelings. Whereas sometimes I think he is void of feelings, I know that he has them. He’s just not good at showing them.
But he seems to judge Tiff as she tries to keep the peace. It’s as if he believes that she is torn between where she is and where she was in life. As if situations with her go one way, because she’s still influenced by her past as a cop.
However, what we quickly learn is that influence isn’t always a bad thing. Tiff is one of the smartest and most complex characters on this show. But she’s also one of the best.
One thing that we tend to overlook is just how much Tiff learns from each and every situation and how she applies it to her everyday life as well as her work life. We’re underestimating Tiffany.
And that’s where the team has gone wrong. But we see that all changing in this episode and that is not a bad thing.
Another cop is shot, which leads the team to look for a connection. The two detectives that were shot were involved in a case, where $200,000 went missing. One other cop was involved, and a third detective went to prison. That third detective was murdered in prison.
As Maggie, OA, Scola, and Tiff try to figure out what is going on, the team is drawn in a lot of different directions. The closeness of the detectives is hindering the situation, putting up the blue wall. We see the anger of the detectives, and I am not in any way saying that it isn’t valid. I don’t know anything about the politics of the police or the FBI. But I do know that all of them have the same mission – to find who is doing this.
Sometimes when you are looking for answers, life gets more difficult. Answers are a hard thing, because you aren’t sure what you are getting. And what they do end up getting is a difficult answer.
The detective who went to prison has a son. When he went to visit his father in prison, he was told by his father that he went to prison because his fellow detectives lied about him. Ray, the son, was so angry that no one showed up to his fathers funeral, that he was going to make them pay. His son feels the need to clear his fathers name and punish people for his fathers murder.
Ray’s Mom wants to protect him, but she’s not helping him by covering for him. I get it, she’s in pain, but so is her son. And he needs help before more people die. Maggie and OA see Ray on the street, but loose him. They are able to find where he may be, but by the time that the team gets to the house where Ray may be staying, they know he hasn’t been there in a hot second.
But they find a list of all of the cops that are involved in Rays Dad’s case, and they know the next target. But by the time that Scola and Tiff get there, it’s not a good situation. Ruiz has already been shot, and Tiff finds her. She wants to help, but this results in her being held hostage.
It’s the first time that I really feel like Scola is really worried about his partner. Sure, part of the reason that I love Scola is his dry sense of well… personality, but I do also appreciate a man that can show some emotion. And seeing that fear in his eye when Tiff is being held… FINALLY WE KNOW HE’S NOT A ROBOT.
This hostage situation isn’t looking good and the cops show up, but Jubel gets them to leave. Ray will shoot and Jubel knows that he needs to protect everyone there. Things keep getting worse, and they know that they are going to have to breech the house.
Tiff is in the house and she’s taking Ray’s shit, but she’s also trying to calm Ray down. He’s not hearing anything, which I get. His father was murdered. He wants justice.
When Ruiz finally tells the truth, Tiff tries to reason with Ray. You can’t always reason with someone in pain though, because that pain is overwhelming to them. It’s all encompassing. He wants justice for his father and in his pain he sees that as being death to all of those that put his father in prison.
Right before the FBI breeches the house, Tiff is able to take Ray down. There is a struggle, and my favorite line of the whole episode is Scola saying, “get the hell off of her,” as he makes his way in.
Here’s the thing about FBI – none of these characters are perfect. They are all flawed, but the beauty of the show is that we get to see them grow in little ways each episode. Character growth is important for the longevity of any show, and the people behind FBI are making sure that this show is going to be around.
They are giving us characters that we can invest in. They are giving us characters that we can believe in. Hell, they are even giving us characters to hate.
Do I wish that we knew more about their personal lives? Yes. But will I continue to watch this show and stay invested in the parts of them that I do know?
- Does Jubel know who he’s sleeping with, cause she’s a biotch
- Isobel isn’t my favorite person but she doesn’t deserve to take the heath
- Tiff deciding to come forward with what she knows – I applaud her moral compass
- Tiff and Scola meeting for drinks is my jam. Love seeing their partnership
FBI airs Tuesdays on CBS.