There is so much shit happening on The Recruit that we’re equal parts fascinated and equal parts angry. It feels like a lot to have to deal with and we’re just wondering how Owen isn’t on the ground, crying, and screaming that he can’t handle this shit.
Instead he’s dealing with a lot of drama and a lot of bullshit. Max has dragged him into this, way further than he ever wanted to be dragged into. He’s a lawyer. His job was supposed to be behind a desk at the FBI. His life is supposed to be with Hannah (we’ve solidified our ship, even if sometimes we hate it).
This episode starts with a flashback to how they met – Owen and Hanna. He was charming, even though he looked like he rolled out of a bed and hid from the sunlight. He charms her into taking a book that they both need from the library, It’s the moment that we see the difference between the two, but you also see the immediate attraction between the two. It’s how they formed their friendship.
It’s the start of Hannah always been the one to save Owen.
But Owen is now working for the CIA and is in Geneva. He’s dealing with Max. He’s doing everything that he never thought he would do.
Geneva is where he needs to be with Max in order to withdraw a whole bunch of money. The money had been under sanctions, but Owen thinks that he’s handling it. In typical CIA form, no one is really handling it or believes that anyone is handling it. Everyone is paranoid, including Nyland. Nyland has sent Lester and Violet to check up on Owen and make sure that he doesn’t fuck shit up.
Now if we’re being honest, it would be no shock to me that Owen would fuck things up. Noah Centineo plays Owen so well, that you can’t help but love him and hate him at the same time. Well, that’s the character of Owen that you love and hate. It’s the character of Owen that gets to you.
When they get there, they have to deal with the fact that Max and Owen aren’t getting along. He’s pissed at her for putting him in this situation and the way that she acts like its no big deal. She’s just pissed over everything.
We can understand the want to go home. But it’s definitely really complicated. Owen and Xander are going through the plan – they’ll access the bank during a one hour that Linus will open it. It seems simple enough.
You know unless you’re bad at time zones, but we’ll get there.
Owen has to leave Max, as he has to go to the embassy and call home. Janus has to update him on their situation – they are fucked. The missles that Janus’s team sold are heading to Sudan which is not a good look for the CIA. That will definitely make them have to answer to the senate. Janus is pissed and Owens trying to give him advice, but he’s not hearing it. Janus is way high strung, but it’s kinda what makes him one of our favorites on this show.
Owen is like just keep adding more shit to it to make it more confusing. It’s a good idea – even Janus thinks it could be, but he’s not really hearing it.
It’s no surprise that Owen is overwhelmed and that he doesn’t want to return to the room. Who would want to head back to deal with the woman that got him in this situation in the first place. Not sure we would. But he was warned that Geneva is a hot bed for spy drama. So when he’s at the bar a woman walks in and is trying to pick up on him. Owen is drunk and for a bit you would think he’s going for it. But he learns quickly that’s not the best idea. He’s getting “sex-spinoged” and is announcing it loudly.
Max is also wondering where Owen is an texts him.
What we don’t like is that he goes running to Max, but we also understand why he did. Don’t understand why they went out to dinner, because Xander told them to keep a low profile. It just also looks suspicious, as if there really is something going on between them.
Think with your big head and not your little one Owen.
Dinner doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to. She gives Owen some fancy ass watch that we’re like – for real? Aren’t there some laws against this shit? Does Owen think he’s not gonna get caught? Does he not think Max has bugged this watch? Cause she has.
Max doesn’t want to tell Owen anything personal, even though that’s what she wants him to do for her. However, she does give up the shit that she has on Xander. He had an affair with a local mafia bosses wife.
Max has no thoughts about screwing anyone else over. She only worries about herself. It’s gross and annoying how much she takes people for granted. But it also infuriates me that Owen keeps falling for the shit. He ends up sleeping with her and that makes me really hate him. It’s a stupid mistake that he makes and it’s one that we feel will bite him in the ass eventually and we won’t feel bad for him when it happens.
Owen makes another mistake – he gets time zones wrong and that fucks things up. The account gets frozen and there is nothing that they can do. But upon leaving the bank, Owen notices Lester in a van and heads over to call him and Violet out and ask why they are there. Xander sees Max and Owen go into the van and after awhile, he goes after them.
Lester keeps surprising me, because he knows what to do for the job, and sometimes you see that part of him that really just wants to be the best, but also wants to protect the people around him.
And protecting Owen and Max is protecting the agency.
So he’s going to do exactly what it takes to protect the agency.
Max and Owen may not be able to get her cash, but what they can do is get to her safety deposit box. In there she has the proof of what Xander has done. And those pictures she uses when meeting up with Kirill, the guy whose wife Xander was sleeping with. She gives him the proof of what Xander has done to prove her loyalty and buy her way to a conversation that will get her home.
But she’s also just written Xander’s death notice. And in the final moments, we see Xander killed and thrown over a balcony. This happens right as Owen and Max arrive back at the hotel.
That and we see Hannah and Terence showing up there too.
Look, we’re loving The Recruit and are on the edge of our seats thinking about what could happen. All we do know is this is the spy show we never knew we needed but we want more of.