There is so much to be said about how complicated relationships are, espcecially the ones we don’t have answers to, the ones that we’re searching for more about, and the ones that have defined us. The biggest relationship that defines us is almost always the ones with our parents.
And now a days there is also that other angle in life, how social media can shift our perception and define moments of our lives. Both these things come into play in the newest episode of FBI: International.
I’M NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM
Moms. We’re supposed to be able to trust in them and follow everything that they say. Moms are supposed to be the people that you can count on. However, Scott hasn’t been able to count on his. She’s a spy and she’s a traitor. But she’s shown up and tells him that she’s not who he thinks she is.
Ummm… you’re a traitor. You sold secrets to the Russians. She claims that she’s still working for the CIA and that she was asked to give up her son and her husband. She’s not trying to hurt him, she needs his help. She wants his help. She wants to show him that she owes him the truth.
And the truth is she didn’t sell out her country.
But then, after 15 years, she’s back and she’s asking her son to retrieve a classified file for her? Look bitch, why would you put your son in that situation? He’s in pain. You hurt him. And you left him.
She tells him that there is a file, the Hutchinson file, in the Washington office, and she needs it.
The pain that is on Scott’s face is horrible. He’s this man that tries to always remain strong, but this is too much. This is her ripping off the bandaid and hurting him over and over again.
Sure, he may have dealt with the things his Mom did, but that doesn’t mean that he’s over them. He’s still hurting. He tells her that he can’t let her go, but he does just that.
CAUGHT A CASE
The team comes in and Scott is on the phone screaming. There is something wrong and we aren’t sure of what it is. Well the team isn’t. But the reality is that Scott isn’t going to tell anyone what is going on.
The team has caught a case. In Frankfurt, they have their first sighting of a fugitive. He’s an internet dude that apparently killed his former partner when he tried to force him out of the company.
All we see at first is that he’s coming home, but then after a confrontation with his neighbor he walks out and shoots him at point blank range.
None of this makes any sense. The team head to Germany, where Jaeger is a little bit – okay a lot – excited to be working in her home country. She’s excited for the beer, the brats, and the bread – and if we’re being honest, I have spent a lot of time in Germany and she is right. I’d be excited for that too.
The German police are happy to have the FBI there and take them immediately to the crime scene. The team is looking around and they are confused. Where did he go? There is a key that they don’t know where it goes to. They have a bunch of different theories, but they’re not sure what it could be.
Social media is some shit. Like for real – social media can make a person feel powerful or insane. For Vestal, the fugitive, he wants power. He’s been able to hide himself from capture, but he’s also maintained a social media presence, which is baffling to me.
But Vestal also gets off on the hunt and him knowing that the FBI and German police are after him, excited him. Having attention excited him. So he uses both to his advantage.
He starts to post videos online talking about how the police and the FBI are setting him up. He tells his followers to make their life hell, as they are making his life hell. But how will anyone know who they are? Vestal has that covered, he puts pictures of them online.
Exposing Jamie and Scott is not a good thing. It’s actually something that could cause the end of the team. Jamie is worried. But she’s also worried about Scott, because she sees that he’s carrying something.
And she’s not sure what it is.
Scott tries to say that they will maintain a low profile and just do their jobs, but those are famous last words and we never know how that will end. But most likely not well.
Vestal is always close, setting it up to make them look bad, even though they are not.
At Vestals house, they find a piece of mail that leads them to a security company. The team wonders if the company, Schlag, has been hired by Vestal. But when Vo heads there, they find that the company has not been hired, Vestal owns part of it.
But his co-founder is eager to help. He says that he didn’t know who Vestal really was until an hour prior. Well, we find that hard to believe. However, he gives up Vestal’s computer and wants to help.
Or so we think.
But it turns out that he and Vestal are stalling the team and leading them on a wild goose chase for as long they can. They are trying to stall, because come to find out, the company is being sold and they have to pass the 3pm mark without incident in order to make their money.
And fifty million euros ain’t no joke. Nope, not at all.
Forrester though, he’s not gonna stand for this shit. He’s not in the mood. A different side of him is coming out and he’s gonna be callous and calculating to get what he needs.
Vestal can post what he needs to. Like sure, whatever, because as far as Forrester is concerned, he’s giving all the clues.
And it leads them to realizing that Vestal shot his next door neighbor, because he knew that Vestal was having an affair with his wife. So find the wife, find Vestal. And they do just that.
The team wraps up the case, and the German police are pissed with Vestal. The officer that the team has been working with is pissed and tells Vestal that he is. He doesn’t appreciate the shit that Vestal has said, so he’s going to post something to their social media too – a video of Vestal walking out in handcuffs.
TOWING THE LINE
This entire time, Jamie has been worried about Scott, even though he’s like it’s all good. You can tell he wants to tell her, but he also wants to protect her.
She guesses that this has something to do with his Mom.
One thing that we love about these two is the way that they move, the way that they fit, they way that they are in sync. We get why they can’t be together, but at the same point, they are meant to be together.
She knows that he’s towing the line and doesn’t know what to do. But the way that their relationship is, it doesn’t mean that she isn’t going to be there for him. She tells him that he just needs to be careful.
What we see is that he’s asked for the file, but it’s not until he’s set to meet her that we see that he’s called counter intelligence, who are there to help him get through it. To take his mother in.
And I have to say, that I was shocked that he did that. But in the same breath, when he’s on that bridge and he sees her coming and makes eye contact, telling her with his eyes to keep walking, we see that he can’t do it.
Whatever she’s done to him, however he’s hurt her, he can’t hurt her. He loves his Mom and always will.
But we have a feeling that’s just gonna make things more complicated. What in life isn’t?