One Night Stand as a title leaves me with so many questions. I mean most of us have been there – but whether you have or haven’t we’re passing no judgement. Shit happens.
One person that we never expected to have a one night stand would be Scola. Should we have? Probably. He did work on Wall Street after all. But the thing is that Scola doesn’t seem to fit the douche bag type. He is the guy who has intimacy issues, doesn’t know how to talk to people, and is quite frankly sometimes cold. He’s always calm. He’s always charming though.
This season, Scola has been a character that has been working on himself, but it’s something that we haven’t seen in the forefront. But all of that work comes back to be something that he has to face, in this episode of FBI.
The case? A young couple is murdered and the girl was gutted. Tiff and Scola are the first to respond from the bureau and judging by the look on their faces it was hard keeping down their lunch. The team digs into their social media presence and travel, and finds that they recently took a trip to Mexico. So why wasn’t that trip splashed all over their social media?
Even their family didn’t know that they were in Mexico, which leads to a whole bunch of new questions. The team is able to find footage of them outside the airport and track a man who picked them up. His name is Gomez.
Here’s where it gets interesting – Gomez is working as an informant and his handler is a one night stand of Scola’s. He liked her, but didn’t follow up with her, so one can’t be surprised that she’s upset. Her name is Nina and my One Tree Hill loving heart is happy as fuck to see a face that I know.
Nina is using Gomez as an informant and she wants to protect her case. However, Scola wants to figure out the murder. He doesn’t know if Gomez knows that Nina is a FBI Agent, so he cuffs her too. It’s kind of a moment that I had to laugh, because awkward. But somehow Scola makes it feel as though he is innocent and he’s really just trying to be a better man.
Nina is no nonsense. She has her career and she’s put a lot of effort into this case. She’s not thrilled that they have to work together, but she gets Scola to promise to not arrest the man until she makes her case.
I can’t figure out if Scola is doing the right thing or if he just wants to make amends. But that is the thing with Scola, he’s not easy to figure out. But I do think that he does want to be a better man and he doesn’t want to end up alone. There is no part of me that can’t respect that. Everyone deserves to be happy.
Nina wants to get to Gomez’s boss, Octavio. The team is investigating him and trying to figure out what is going on all while trying to play nice, but Scola, he’s really trying so very hard to make amends. Nina keeps asking him if he’ll keep his promise, that they won’t move in on Octavio UNTIL she gets her case made.
But the thing is, when push comes to shove, it’s not Scola’s decision. It’s Isobels and I have made no secret that I don’t trust her at all. Isobel is all about whatever will get her ahead all the time and nothing else. She comes across really shady to me – always caving to pressure, and not necessarily doing the right thing. Instead she’s always doing what she thinks that she has to do to look good.
But the thing is, no one really ever challenges her. And I get it – challenging your boss isn’t always the best idea. In fact it can be the worst. But sometimes I see this glimpse in the teams eyes, that they don’t agree with what Isobel is saying. And when Nina watches Scola arrest Octavio, the look on his face is that he let her down again.
As much as I don’t agree with Isobel and the way that she does things, I am glad that they picked up Octavio. It’s because they did, that they know that Nina was going to be robbed and killed. It leaves Tiff and Scola time to get to Nina and protect her from being murdered.
Nina is pissed at Scola, so much that she’s put up walls. And hey, we can’t blame her at all. But it’s nice to see Scola take the things that he’s done and want to make them right. He’s a nerd, true. But he’s also the type of man that you want to be with. And I am guessing that won’t change, but I am guessing with his growth, we’re going to see more of him and the person that he wants to be.
Scola has always been complex, but there is not a character on this show that hasn’t been. What we need assurance on is if we can trust that this show is going to start showing us more than the cases, and show us the people that make us love this show so much.
At the end, Nina gives in and lets Scola take her to dinner. It’s a nice moment to see. It’s a moment we want more of.
Can we have it?
Women don’t “owe” anything to a man who has treated them poorly in the past. I was so disappointed with the cliche “last second hold the elevator” moment. She doesn’t owe him her time so he can apologize, let alone a date. He thinks he’s earned it because he’s been working on being a better person. Good for you, go take that learning and use it on the next person that lets you into their life. What an entitled super-chad wolf Scolla is, in “woke” sheep’s clothing.