One thing that I love about FBI: International is the passion of this team. They don’t and won’t let things just pass – they are going to do everything that they can to solve and issue and sometimes it will be in conjunction with others and sometimes it will be however they need.
One thing that this team has not gotten down is using everyone for their skills and expanding upon them. It feels as though we’ve concentrated on Forrester and Jamie, both their personal relationship and Vo and Gaines seem to be on the sidelines.
But Gaines has had it. He wants more. He wants to do more. He wants to be more. But one has to wonder, does he know what that entails?
Do any of us?
In this episode, “The team jets to Bulgaria when terrorists hold hostage for millions in cryptocurrency a concert hall filled with multinational student performers and their families. Also, Raines is intent on proving his field skills, and Forrester receives news of their dog, Tank.”
What we walked away with in this episode was more than we thought we would. We have such a deep respect for this whole crew, but Gaines, man we’ve got nothing but love for you.
We’ve been asking for a while for more information on Gaines, more about his life, the way that he deals with things, and his whole persona. From the beginning of this episode, Gaines said that he wanted to do more, not just numbers, so we know that he’s going to get his chance. But we’re for that.
We’re living for that.
The team heads out to Bulgaria and Forrestor is coming in hot. I think that he’s partially in a state because something is wrong with Tank.
Tank is the hero of FBI: International and you can’t convince me otherwise. Yes, he’s a dog, but he’s the best dog. And he needs immediate attention – he’s got a blockage in his throat. For Forrester, this is his best friend. He looks broken, and when he says goodbye to Tank, but tells him that he needs to stay – this grown ass women broke down in tears.
Cried like a baby.
The team has to get to Bulgaria. Armed gunmen have taken over a concert that includes some young American students. You don’t fuck with kids. The team is also there because the hostage takers only want to speak to the FBI.
Hostage negotiations ensued, but they don’t get far. The terrorists have said that they have fitted the entire place with explosives, so even storming the place doesn’t seem like a possibility. How do they protect everyone when they are at a disadvantage?
The terrorists want ten million dollars. Shit isn’t chump change and easy to get. They don’t want to wait and the leader wants to tell prove that he is serious so he shoots a man in cold blood in front of everyone. He wants Forrester to know that he is serious.
Two things that I will say about Forrester is he has a way of persuading people to do what he wants, but he also has a tendency to miss what is right in front of him. He’s not noticed Gaines want to do more, which has been obvious. But Gaines is willing to say what he wants.
And so as Forrester negotiates for the wounded to be let go, he also negotiates for one of his team to head inside and make sure that everyone is okay. Gaines volunteers and my heart grew. Why? Because he spoke up, but also because for once Scott saw the eagerness in his eyes.
Gaines is great at seeing the details and when he gets inside, he’s taking it all in. He also gets guarded by a terrorist that has written on his hand, I want out.
This could be the break that the team is waiting for. When Gaines and the injured are escorted out he tells the guy to run, that his team won’t shoot him, they can hear everything. This man trusts him and takes off running as soon as he can.
The team talks to the man who says that it was supposed to be a kidnapping. It was not supposed to be this. He had only met the guy the night before and it was quick and easy money. It wasn’t supposed to happen that they took kids hostage.
But here we are. They best laid plans and all that.
Did I mention during all of this, Jamie gets a call about tank. They’ve found another blockage in his intestines and he needs surgery. She knows she can’t distract Forrester and makes the call for him.
They are running out of time. The Bulgarian police have a history of blood shed and their Commissioner had been on vacation, but was now in root to the standoff. He had a tendency to use methods that were extreme and didn’t care about bloodshed, as long as it was handled.
Due to Jamie having a contact, they are about to figure out the man is Ivo Kostov. He went in not caring if he dies, because he is already living on borrowed time. Forrester begs the Commissioner for more time as he says that he’s going to gas the place.
Umm.. why is this man taking the extreme? Forrester finally had Kostov participating and on the same page. So why is heavy handed shit the only way? I don’t understand.
Forrester isn’t backing down and manages negotiating 10 minutes for his team to bring this to an end before the gas is deployed. The Commissioner is a douchebag but agrees.
The thing about this team is that they know what they need to do and are going to do it. So they get in there and they take care of business. But what I am worried about is how Gaines is going to handle it because he took a life.
And that looks like it really got to him. He seems shaken and I am concerned that he’s not going to be able to deal with it. Especially when he says he’s going to take the train back home. Gaines is a soul that seems like it would be hard on him if something happened to someone. He doesn’t seem like it would be something he could easily live with.
What I do love is that Vo makes sure that he isn’t alone. She shows up at the train station and asks if he wants company.
This team is everything. They are finding their way and I can appreciate all of this. The way that all of their character arcs are evolving – I love. I am here for. FBI: International is such a big asset to this franchise and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
FBI: International airs Tuesdays on CBS.