For a second consecutive week, Rubicon proved that it's at its best when the David conspiracy is NOT a focus of an episode.
Granted, we learned a few clues about it on "Connect the Dots" - from Ingram's connection to Donald Bloom to whatever the heck is going on at MRQ to the Spangler's shredding of David's Houston paper - but I remain most intrigued by the characters themselves and the effect the world of data analysis has on them.
The scene were Will was forced to lie to Ed in order to prevent another breakdown by the retired API employee was one of my favorite to date. The former fought back tears as he watched the latter practically fall apart in front of his eyes.
Ed clearly is on to something regarding Bloom and an assassination, however. As Will tries to connect these dots himself, we're left to wonder if his brain will be able to handle it.
The same can be said for Tanya's liver. She may have impressed Spangler and Ingram with her presentation, but the mental burden of this job is proving detrimental to her health. I'd be shocked if she's a member of the team when the season concludes.
Among the man questions this episode left me with:
- What does Ingram have on Maggie? She's clearly passing him information for a reason. I'm guessing blackmail and I'm guessing it's related to her daughter.
- Who are the man trailing David? The one we've seen more prominently is played by Isiah Whitlock, best known for playing Clay Davis on The Wire. It's doubtful the show would use such a recognizable actor if there wasn't more for him to do down the line.
- The squalls have been shipped, a mystery man told Spangler. Well... okay then.
- How shady is Ingram?!? "I strongly suggest you stick to the analysis side of things. I would hate to see you involved in any mayhem," he said to David.
- Why does Bloom carry around an umbrella everywhere?
Overall, another solid episode. It was nice to see that Spangler has a connection to Katherine's supposed pal, James Wheeler, and to have it confirmed that he's behind the tail on David. This genius of a man is clearly at the center of the conspiracy, which bodes well for viewers. For Will? Maybe not so much.
What did you think of the episode?