“Scorpion” Season 1 Episode 16 “Love Boat” aired last Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 9 PM on CBS. In this episode, Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel), Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) and Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) went undercover as passengers on a private luxury cruise ship in order to locate and disarm several shoulder rockets that went missing and to catch a known weapons broker. Meanwhile, Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) and Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) helped out Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) in order to catch the attention of a girl that he likes in time for Valentine’s Day. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with a highly organized team hitting a truck transporting shoulder rockets to Camp Pendleton. They loaded their cars with the rockets and killed the guards who were transporting the rockets to the camp.
The next morning, Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) caught Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) hacking into the system of a fancy restaurant named Escala in order to book a dinner reservation for two on Valentine’s Day. However, Walter claimed that he had not realized that it was Valentine’s Day, and told Toby that he was going to have a business dinner with Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) and had only picked that place as Paige had mentioned it before. Paige, who had just come in, then noticed that Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) was writing a Valentine’s Day card for someone. However, they were all interrupted as Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) came in with a new assignment.
He then told them that several experimental shoulder rockets had been stolen the night before by a highly dangerous weapons dealer named Kristoff, who sold to various international criminals abroad. Homeland then learned that Kristoff was going to smuggle out the rockets out of the country by way of a private luxury cruise line. They were to go in as passengers, locate the rockets, disarm them and plant some tracking software on it so that they can figure out to whom Kristoff was selling to. Toby then discovered that a particular passenger, Mr. Chaz Bonesteel, a 25-year-old billionaire, was the perfect person to impersonate as he was extremely private, which meant that he had no photos online. He had booked a suite for four people — himself, his wife Alisa, his personal trainer and personal valet. Cabe then had customs stall the real Bonesteels at customs in Canada and had Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) create fake ids for him, Walter, Sylvester and Paige. Sylvester, the only one who could pass as a 25-year-old, would be Chaz; Paige would be Alisa; and Cabe and Walter would be the trainer and valet, respectively. Sylvester wasn’t too happy about this as he hated boats and the water but had no choice but to go.
As soon as they boarded the vessel, Walter and Cabe slipped into the bulkhead, where the bags were kept. However, Walter had a difficult time in finding the signal of the rockets; and they didn’t expect someone to come in to check the pressure gauges. After the engineer had left, Cabe and Walter were locked inside. Walter managed to hack into the system and managed to open the door without alerting anyone; but as it had taken too much time, they were already in the open water, much to Sylvester’s discomfort. To make matters worse, Ralph’s school nurse called Paige and informed her that Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) was sick as he had the chills. However, when Toby picked him up, he discovered that Ralph had filled his backpack with ice packs to pretend that he was having the chills, and discovered an unsent Valentine’s Day card from him to a girl named Sloan.
Walter and Cabe then entered the suite, and everyone put on their earpieces. Paige then answered the door, as the Captain had just invited them for lunch at the Captain’s table. Outside, as they were about to split up, Walter was stopped by his ex-girlfriend, Janice, who was there with her fiancé. Walter then told her upfront that he was working with the government, but she didn’t believe him. Luckily, he was saved by Paige who ushered him away from her.
Paige and Sylvester then sat down for lunch and barely made through it, as Sylvester had no choice but to eat frog legs and escargot, and made up several stories in order to please their curious tablemates.
Meanwhile, back in the bulkhead of the ship, Happy, thanks to Cabe’s mentioning that there was an echo there, realized that there must be a crawlspace in the hull, which messed with their tracking device. Walter then found the rocket and started to work on disarming one of it, as whatever he did to one would reflect on the others as all the rockets were synced with each other. While Walter was still working on it, a man came in and held Cabe at gunpoint. Walter managed to knock him out, and Cabe took his gun, but he managed to escape, which meant that Kristoff and his men would be alerted of their presence. Cabe then instructed Walter to just disarm the rockets instead.
After lunch and after the Captain excused himself to take a phone call, he announced that all of the passengers were required to go towards the casino, which was strange. This made them realize that they were looking for them and were going to use the passengers instead. The captain was then knocked out, and several men with guns forced them to give up all their electronics and told them that they would be checking if their identification cards checked out or not, as someone among them had stolen something. Sylvester then began to panic as he knew that he and Paige only had around three minutes before they were found out.
Inside the bulkhead, Cabe told Walter that the Navy was sending in a chopper and that Walter needed to disarm the rockets so that it could not be used against them. However, Walter told Cabe that they had to come up with another plan as it would take another four minutes to disarm the weapons, which would mean that it would be too late for Sylvester and Paige.
Meanwhile, back in the office, Toby and Happy talked about Ralph’s Valentine’s Day card. Toby mentioned that most girls didn’t realize that sometimes, a guy who liked them was just in front of them, and then Happy mentioned that sometimes, the other person just didn’t want the friendship between a girl and a guy to change and that sometimes, it was better to be patient. After Toby asked how long that person would have to wait, Ralph got the feeling that they weren’t talking about him anymore.
Meanwhile, back on the ship, Happy directed Walter to an intercom system, where Walter made an improvised phone using wires and an empty beer can. He then contacted them just as they were about to shoot Paige, as they had discovered that she wasn’t who she said she was. After instructing Happy to hack into the weapons system of a nearby Japanese destroyer, Walter agreed to meet them on the lido deck in five minutes. At the deck, the men came with the captain as hostage. Walter and Cabe then gave the rockets, and they discovered Cabe’s earpiece. The man in charge then instructed Cabe to tell the Navy helicopter that they were okay, so that they would maintain their course, and shot the rocket towards them. While the men were distracted, Cabe and Walter managed to escape to the room below them by falling through the skylight. Cabe then instructed the helicopter to maintain course as they were going to intercept the rocket. He then successfully hacked into the Japanese destroyer and launched a missile from there, which successfully intercepted the rocket. However, Walter and Cabe were caught once more.
Back on the deck, they fought off their captors, and the captain managed to gain control of the gun. However, to their surprise, the captain held Walter at gun point. This made Walter realize that the captain was Kristoff all along. Kristoff then instructed his men to load the inflatable boat with the rockets, and decided to bring along Paige as a hostage. As the room grates were pulled down on the remaining hostages, Sylvester decided to climb up the air vent ducts in order to get to the deck. He managed to arrive on deck just in time to see Walter and the men going down in the inflatable boat. It turned out that Walter had volunteered himself as a hostage over Paige as he was a “high-valued government asset.” Sylvester then jumped on the raft and capsized it, sending everyone except for Walter, whose foot got entangled in the ropes on the boat, into the water. Cabe then jumped into the water to save Sylvester, who was being pulled in by the current caused by the propeller. Thanks to Happy’s instructions, Paige managed to turn off the ship’s propeller, and Cabe managed to knock out and arrest Kristoff.
Afterwards, Paige told Drew (Brendan Hines) over the phone what had happened, while Walter looked on. Janice then approached Walter and believed that he was working with the government. After he asked her for feedback on how to be a better boyfriend, she told him that she had actually noticed that Walter had no malice in him and that he had gotten bored with her a long time ago, even before they had broken up. Walter then apologized, and Janice told him to make sure that he made a real connection first with Paige, before getting into a commitment.
Later that night, Toby and Happy went over to Ralph’s school with him and set off some fireworks, which was dedicated to Sloan. Ralph then went over to her, and Toby and Happy laughed after realizing that Toby had misspelled Ralph’s name. Toby then held Happy’s hand, and the two were about to kiss, when Ralph’s principal came in. As she was angry, Toby picked up Ralph and told Happy to start their getaway car.
Back at the office, Walter told Paige that their dinner was off, as she deserved to have the weekend off. Paige then encouraged Sylvester to send the Valentine’s Day card to Megan, even if she was Walter’s sister. After Sylvester revealed to Walter that he had plans for the night, Walter, not knowing that Sylvester was going to go and see his sister, wished him luck and told him to take the reservation at Escala that he had made. After he left, Walter was left alone in the office, as he continued to work on his rocket.
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