“Scorpion” Season 1 Episode 21 “Cliffhanger” aired Monday, Apr. 13, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the Scorpion team raced against time in order to figure a way into an anti-neurotoxin lab. It was held hostage in revenge against the government for orchestrating the bombing of Baghdad, which in turn forced Homeland Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) to finally reveal the truth to Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel), as to what really happened on that mission. This, plus other circumstances caused two of the members to reevaluate their priorities, which could change the team forever. Read on to learn more about this episode.
At the Campbell Neurotoxicity Laboratory, Jim Stone (Sunkrish Bala) got locked inside a room in which sarin gas was released, and whose suit’s oxygen levels were dangerously low, much to the dismay of fiancé, Sarah Jacobs (Vedette Lim).
At the Scorpion office, Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) made Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) realize that Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith), who had dressed up in a suit and tie for picture day, was emulating Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel). He showed Ralph the engine of the Ferrari that he had just gotten as a gift from technological billionaire Richard Elia (Andy Buckley). Before Ralph left for school, Walter reassured Ralph that he was an important member of the team.
Meanwhile, the Scorpion team was called in to help out with the situation at the Neurotoxicity Laboratory. The perpetrator demanded that the government release all of the files related to the Baghdad bombing fiasco, which included Walter’s involvement in it. The perpetrator then gave them a deadline of ninety minute. It was until he filled the entire facility with nerve gas, which he could do as he had complete control of the facility’s system.
However, as they ran out of time, the perpetrator cut of Jim’s oxygen supply. He died after removing his helmet, which caused him to take in all of the sarin gas in the room. They were then they were given sixty minutes to comply.
Walter then realized that they couldn’t get into the system because the problem was internal. It meant that they had to get inside to repair whatever had been broken, so that Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) could gain control of the entire system.
Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) then pulled Walter aside and finally told him the entire truth about Baghdad. He had known three days before the mission commenced that Walter’s system was going to be used to bomb an Iraqi leader, and not for humanitarian aid like he said. He had done this because he knew that Walter would have compromised the system.
They then got Sarah to go to the main server, which showed them that the main cables had been cut. As Sarah began to panic, Cabe tried to calm her down. After hearing Cabe trying to get Sarah to trust him, Walter yelled at him. Hei told Director Merrick (David Fabrizio) that after this particular case, Scorpion would no longer work with Cabe. Because of this, Cabe resigned and waited outside. Paige then tried to smooth things over to no avail.
They then discovered that Dr. Simon Boyd (Alexander Chapin), the scientist in control of the toxin storage, was the perpetrator. He was looking for revenge against the government as his fiancé, who had just died, had been paralyzed by the bombing, as she had been there at the time. Walter then decided to go on using fire resistant suits, and Paige convinced him that Cabe go with him. They then began to go down by using magnets, but Cabe began to slip after the incinerator chute turned on again. However, Walter managed to save Cabe by pulling him up into the crawlspace in the vents, as he had managed to slice through the chute sideways.
Walter then began to patch up the cables and got Simon’s attention so that Cabe could evacuate the building. However, after Simon realized that he had been tricked, he held Walter at gunpoint and began to release the gas into the different zones in the building. However, he managed to quickly slice the cables and got out of the building locking Simon inside, who then died.
Ralph, who had escaped from the principal’s office at school, distracted the guards, and started to go down the chute, which Sylvester had turned off for him, in order to patch up the hole that Walter had created so that the gas wouldn’t leak out from there, which would endanger the entire city. Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), Toby and Paige managed to pull Ralph out just in time before the fire in the incinerator burned him, as the entire facility had reset.
Back at the office, the other members of the team, who thought that Cabe leaving was a bad idea, couldn’t seem to talk to Walter at all. Paige then told Walter that she was leaving with Drew (Brendan Hines) and Ralph to Maine. It was because being near Walter was becoming too dangerous for Ralph.
Upset, Walter drove the Ferrari above the normal speed limit and crashed into the railing down a cliff.
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