One thing that we are loving about The Recruit is even though we don’t always understand the timeline is that they pick up right where they left off at the last episode. We’re not left with the WTF for long, we’re not left just going, who can we trust.
Also how they all travel so fast. The amount of miles that the CIA agents must get and their lack of sleep… we’d die. But you know, we’re not CIA, so we don’t know a thing.
We pick up with Owen getting out of the river that he jumped in, to be met by a whole bunch of agents from other countries. They are asking him all sorts of questions, but he ain’t giving up shit. They quickly leave him, when they realize he truly is a lawyer, because he doesn’t know anything about counter intelligence.
After all, going back to the hotel he was at, would be stupid.
What we end up being impressed about is that he somehow has had his passport and wallet survive, because he ends up at the airport to get home and has the money to buy some clothes. Can’t stop laughing that it’s a sweatsuit.
One thing that we’ve all learned quickly in this show is that you don’t involve others in their shit, because anyone who knows can be called in to your shit and that’s not smart. That’s not ever smart. So when Owen returns to DC, he lies to Nyland, and says that he was mugged.
BUT – he does tell his boss that Max’s case is valid and she has the ability to expose a lot of peeps and that isn’t a good thing, because if she does they will loose the ability for intelligence gathering in the region.
Max is really smart and she knows how to play the game. She knows that Owen was in Vienna and so she’s calling all the places that she can to get Xander’s name. She’s ready to go balls to the wall in order to bring him down.
When Owen heads to the courthouse to check in on Max’s case – as she’s being transferred to federal prison – he sees the person from the pool. We knew that she was important. She’s the daughter of the man that Max killed. For Owen there is a crisis of conscious, he feels a connection to this girl – they bonded over the deaths of their fathers.
And this is where we are eating words that we never thought we would. Noah Centineo can show a range of emotion. Yes, this writer called him a stale actor before who felt like the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s day off and well I was wrong.
Yes, I, Erin, was wrong.
Centineo is a kid in this show, all be it one with a powerful job. But he’s a kid and its that ability to be a kid who makes mistake, but a man that also is navigating life that makes us stop and take a second look and go wow, he’s got some range.
But that being said, as we see Centineo take on roles like this, we know that it’s us that has to let go of the boy that we knew and accept that he is a man taking on more complex roles. We can’t expect him to be the young kid that we knew.
We need to accept that he’s grown. He’s definitely proving that in this show.
Max is transferred federal prison – where Owen has the chance of getting her case dropped. It’s definitely not going to be easy, but that’s never stopped him. He’s asking questions on how to get that done and Amelia says that they’ll talk at dinner that night.
Whereas we love Amelia, because like her blunt, take no shit kind of attitude, we’re also terrified of her. She’s blunt and scary, but she’s also like this force that feels like she’s more powerful than we know. It feels like she’s a wild card, but maybe the only one looking out for Owen.
Lester is a fuckup. We get that. We’re also not sure of what it is that Lester is hiding, but we do know it’s something. He’s pretty pissed that he’s gotta go to Beirut and that Nyland has called Owen in to go with him.
Lester thinks that he’s this all powerful dude, and that his shit doesn’t stink. But I also think that Lester was that nerd that never fit in, so he found his work buddy with Violet and has decided that he’ll not allow anyone to even come close to getting in the middle of that.
He’s irritated that Owen will be coming to Beirut and tells him to let him handle it, but lets all be real, Lester can’t handle shit. He’s intimidated by people in ops. What we do get to see is a bonding moment between Owen and Lester – where they are working together to get this paper signed so that they can garnish one of Lester’s peeps checks.
Owen and Lester have different ways of approaching things and showcasing that is a smart thing. We get to see the differences, how everyone is not the same, and how important it is that we recognize things like this.
Owen lays out worse case scenario to the ops dude and gives no fucks on what could happen. Lester is obviously paranoid about what could happen and the things that people could do. We guess that’s the difference, when you’re the new guy – you’ve got nothing to loose.
Upon return from Beirut, Owen and Lester run into Violet and Amelia.
Look, let me say this – did I get to like Lester a little bit more? Sure. But do I trust him? No. I do believe that Violet and Lester aren’t to be trusted and are up to something. Why they are so threatened by Owen? It doesn’t make any kind of sense.
- Max finding out Xander’s name… well, that made me be like never give a real name at a bakery.
- Sarah telling Owen that the only thing he can do to help himself is to give dirt on his boss… it was like damn, Owen is fucked.
- Amelia truly scares me but also want her confidence
- Lester in the car in Beirut and talking up the city, I wonder if that was to make the driver think they were tourists?
- Owen really is a bit selfish. Ok, a lot selfish.
- Signing the contract FUCK YOU was hilarious.
- The Attorney General showing up – didn’t see that one coming
- Seeing what Max did – we get it
- Cora being mad at Max when she saved her life – don’t get it