Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16 Review: Keep it in Check, Mate

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You know, the Chess Ostrich is kind of growing on me.

On Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16, Team Scorpion's latest case took them into the world of chess, which is one that Team Scorpion is all too familiar with.

The fact that Sly, Toby, and Walter had to basically ban chess from the garage is just hilarious.

Taking It All In - Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16

In addition to the glimpse into the Team Scorpion early years, the case allowed us to see Sly and Walter in a totally different light.

Their competitive natures brought out the sass and confidence in both of them, and it was a sight to behold.

There are so many reasons why this case was an absolute gift.

Walter is normally confident, but we don't get to see Sly exude that kind of confidence like ever, at least not accompanied with taunts and sarcasm.

It was fun to see that side of him. I mean when do you see him in such high spirits or defiantly calling out Walter? Never. I'm still in shock that Sly hurled a rook into the wall. Was he aiming for Walter's head?

This hour was a great look into the "dark" side of Walter and Sly's relationship. In addition to the taunts, both of them put their desire to win above the case.

While Sly did mention how one of them should forfeit for the case, neither did even though they knew it was the right thing to do.

Didn't you love seeing this side of Walter and Sly? Don't get me started on the trash talk.

Making a Move - Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16

My only wish was that we got to see a flashback of how Toby acted during the team's chess days.

It was great that he recognized that playing chess again might lead him down a gambling path, and I'm proud of him for resisting.

However, I really want to see what he's like in competition mode, especially against Sly and Walter. I bet he would start trying to distract them by analyzing their every move and gesture.

Walter: We don't play chess.
Toby: Not anymore.
Cabe: Why the hell not?
Paige: Why are we looking at a coat hook?
Toby: That is not a coat hook. That is a coat rook. Wound up in the wall 5 years ago.
Walter: After a week long chess tournament.
Sly: A tournament that went horribly wrong.
Paige: You threw a rook in the wall?
Walter: It wasn't me.
Toby: Nope.
Sly: It was a three-way tie for points. I was about to engage a masterful attack, the Bishop's Gambit, but then, Walter sneeze on my knight.
Walter: It was an accident.
Sly: J'acuse! My knight was covered in your mucus. The one piece I needed just happened be the one you dosed with your filth.
Walter: One I do not happen to have the ability to aim my mucus. Two you could have cleaned it off!

This is the kind of case that Team Scorpion does well. It introduced us to a side of the characters that we hadn't seen before.

It was light, entertaining, and all around fun. Plus, there weren't too many over the top fixes, and there were not any near death experiences.

In addition to the chess aspect of it all, Cabe sitting out the case forced the rest of Team Scorpion to be on their own with no Homeland safety net.

It was all them, and let's face it, I don't think Cabe would have allowed the trash talk to happen if he was there.

While the parent is away, the kids will taunt each other by naming off different birds, obviously.

Eyeing the Competition - Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16

Meanwhile, Happy and Cabe's storyline was absolutely ridiculous in the worst possible way.

It felt like an unnecessary way to add drama to a situation that did not need any drama.

Unless this case against Sonny comes up later down the line, there really wasn't a point to locking up Happy's dad and throwing a wrench in Happy and Cabe's friendship.

It accomplished nothing, and it was not even remotely entertaining to watch in the first place. Why can't everyone just get along?

Even if a case comes out of all of this later, I'm not sure if it could make watching the Happy and Cabe drama worth it. What do you think?

Also, Happy, how did you not consider that having your father break out of jail would make him a fugitive?

Unless you're planning a destination wedding, your dad couldn't walk you down the aisle anyway.

The only, small, bright side was that Patrick didn't blame Cabe at all. He was able to recognize that the feds put Cabe in a bad position.

That's really the only good thing I can say about this storyline. I love you, Happy, but I hated this drama.

Sly: You know what my nickname was in chess club?
Walter: Susie.
Sly: The chess vulture because I peck away at my opponents until there's nothing left but a rotting carcass.
Walter: That's dumb. Any bird would work in that analogy. I'm going to call you the chess ostrich.

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Scorpion Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

Paige: Does Ralph have a sweetheart?
Toby: Sorry, can't answer. Bro code.
Sly: Yeah, bro code.

Ralph: Two girls asked me to the Valentine's dance.
Sly: We can't help.