‘Scorpion’ Recap: ‘Arrivals and Departures’
“Scorpion” Season 2 Episode 10 “Arrivals and Departures” aired last Monday, November 23, 2015 at 9:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, while the O’Briens and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) stood by Megan O’Brien (Camille Guaty) in her final moments, the Scorpion team, including Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) worked against time in order to figure out how to stop a dangerous fungus from spreading into a full blown outbreak. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) driving Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee), where they met Walter’s parents, Sean and Louise O’Brien, whom they took to the hospital to see Megan.
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On the way there, Sean tried to stop Walter from talking about the research he had done for Megan’s condition, and called it “science fiction,” and became hostile towards Sylvester after learning that he, a grown man with posters and toys of Super Fun Guy, had married his daughter.
Later, however, Sylvester told Sean, after being questioned as to what kind of man he was, that he was the kind that had been caring for Megan for three straight weeks, and who loved her very much. This was enough to make Sean back down from Sylvester in the meantime.
On the way up, however, Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Happy started feeling a little bit uneasy after seeing doctors rushing towards the infectious disease ward as it was being quarantined. Their suspicions were later confirmed in the cafeteria after discovering that one of the hospital’s kitchen workers collapsed due to a fungal infection that was beginning to spread. They later learned that the patient in the infectious disease ward had the same thing, and the entire hospital was placed on lock down.
Toby then later discovered that the fungus was actually more deadly than they thought after realizing that the kitchen worker had gotten infected with an ancient fungus which he had brought with him while illegally prospecting for gold in a forest. To make matters worse, one of the women inside the cafeteria was beginning to go into labor.
Walter then called Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) to send for the CDC, and tried to tell the infectious disease unit to stop spraying the area with fungicide, but it was too late. However, they managed to seal off the vent there before collapsing.
Walter, with the help of Paige and his father then put plaster of paris on the door and hardened it with liquid nitrogen so that the fungus wouldn’t spread from there. Walter and Paige then, with Happy’s help, went to the basement exhaust fan, where they hoped to contain the fungus from spreading by stopping the fan by inserting alluminum medical stands into the fan after it was slowed down by the MRI magnets that Sylvester hacked into. However, this didn’t work, and only caused the door out to seal shut.
Inside, Walter became furious that he couldn’t get out and be with his sister, who was slowly deteriorating and became semi-conscious after getting a seizure.
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At one point, Sylvester asked for some time alone with Megan, and showed her a ceiling full of stars, something that he had done as she had expressed regret that she would never see the stars again.
In the cafeteria, Happy noticed that Sylvester’s thermos, which had been with them, had been untouched by the fungus. Toby then realized that this was because years of hand sanitizer had allowed Sylvester to create a superbacteria that killed the fungus. After making sure that it did indeed work, they told Cabe to get Ralph from school so that he could create a batch of superbacteria that would act as the cure.
Ralph managed to do it, but they discovered that the police wouldn’t let them through. Paige then suggested that they distribute it by boiling it, so that the vapour could get distributed via the pipe lines connected to the fire houses in each floor. Happy then suggested and ran into the kitchen-ground zero, in order to heat the gas line so that the water would boil.
Covered with mold, Happy collapsed, unable to help Toby who had to deliver the woman’s baby. As the cure was distributed, Walter and Paige climbed up the shaft of a dumbwaiter elevator, just in time for Walter to say goodbye to his sister.
At the garage, Walter began to collect his research and began to unplug the machines he had been using when an email entered his inbox. The email contained a video message from Megan, who told Walter not to be afraid to love.
Downstairs, Sean apologized to Walter for calling his research science fiction, and turned to leave with his wife and son-in-law. However, before they could take another step further, Walter began to talk lovingly about Megan, while holding Paige’s hand in his.
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