Sunday, November 19, 2017

Scorpion 4x08 Review: "Faire is Foul" (Historical Inaccuracy) [Guest Contributor: Yasmine]

“Faire is Foul”
Original Airdate: November 13, 2017

This episode just may be one of the most entertaining Scorpion episodes to date. It is Sly’s twenty-fifth birthday and of course the only way to celebrate it is by everyone donning the most awesome outfits and heading out to the Renaissance Faire. Sly’s day hadn’t started spectacularly. Sly had his hearing to dismiss charges in Cabe’s case and he failed miserably in his appeal. Sly took his failure hard, but lucky for him, he has a supportive and understanding client who believes in him no matter what. Cabe tells him to forget about the hearing and focus on his birthday plans.

Sly is not the only one Cabe dishes advice to before the team head off to the Faire. He takes Toby under his wing and offers him advice, tips, and tricks on getting Happy pregnant. The conversation is equal parts hilarious and awkward, but that’s just Cabe’s fatherly role kicking in. And he continues to have a great day by most standards — taking out the bad guy while jousting on horseback — and admits to his geek side and his love for the show Chair of Blades.

While Sylvester is in his groove at the Faire, Happy and Toby are too busy trying to find a place to hide and work on making that baby. Cabe and Paige are both determined to have a good time (and do manage to find it enjoyable), but Walter is too busy pointing out all the historical inaccuracies of the event to be able to enjoy it.

But soon enough, no one else can enjoy the day either. Gang members blow the generator on site in order to access the LAPD warehouse nearby. This causes roads to be blocked and, with any help very far away, it’s up to Team Scorpion to save the day — including an injured cop at the warehouse — and the Renaissance Faire. With no modern tools and facilities because the fair is authentic and keeps everything true to the age, the team has to really think outside the box and stretch all their skills and talents to be able to stop the gang members and save the injured cop, as well as protect the piece of evidence the gang members are after.

The team cannot do what they need to do alone and have to recruit some of the remaining Faire guests to help them out. But when the civilians voice their worry and their lack of enthusiasm to help — and no one can blame them as they are unarmed geeks facing two gangsters with weapons — it is up to one person to rally the troops.

On the heels of his bad morning in court, Sly is unsure he is the man for the job. But with Cabe’s support and backing, he gives and inspired speech proving his leadership skills and that when he sets his mind to it, he can do anything. The team and their recruits manage to keep the cop alive with a medieval defibrillator and then build a plan to stop the gangsters that can only be described as something straight out of slapstick comedy.

And again that’s one of the strengths of this show: it’s a show about geniuses using science and math and all that, but still doesn’t itself too seriously.

The team hand the gangsters off to the authorities and head back to the garage to continue the festivities for Sly’s birthday. Toby admits to Happy that he bought a pregnancy amulet from the fair and she admits there is nothing to lose by wearing it.

Elsewhere, grumpy Walter’s education in relationships continues and this week the lesson is “you don’t need to change yourself to be in a relationship.” The episode opens with him trying to write a song for Paige to make up for that date when he acted horribly. His first attempt is dreadful, to say the least, and he recruits Happy for advice. The advice she gives him is simple: write from the heart. His second attempt is much better — beautiful, actually — but after Paige tells him she doesn’t want him to pretend to be someone he’s not to be her boyfriend, Walter decides to toss away the tape and follow her advice.

Incidentally, the tape doesn’t land in the trash and instead slides under the bed, maybe disappearing there to make an appearance at a later time.


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