We were in for quite the shake up on Limitless this week as Naz tried to get answers as to who signed off on orders for the CIA to get Finch and ended up getting arrested for criminal activity herself. Didn’t see that coming did you?
We don’t really no much about Naz. She’s private, as she should be. After all, she does work for the FBI. But another reason why we don’t know her is because most of our time has been focused on Rebecca and Finch. This week, we got to see them work independently as a team to save their boss and it made for some really interesting character interaction.
Naz raised hell in DC because she’s a kick ass woman. Someone didn’t like that and wanted her out so they dug up some dirt and got her booted. Naz was arrested after being accused of aiding a terrorist named Felix Durmaz… and the worst part is that she was guilty. She did give Felix $3 million dollars but only because he was helping them find her niece Mitra, who was kidnapped by pirates in South China while working for the Peace Corps.
Brian and Rebecca fled to the “secret hideout” aka Naz’s apartment with all the latest security gear and technology. That’s where they meet Ava, Naz’s daughter who was also “pomegranite’d.” That’s when Brian realizes that he has to help Naz because she’s kind of in this mess because of him. And if ADIC Grady Johnson aka Naz’s replacement stays, he’ll be shipped to Washington because the only reason they were keeping him in New York is because they thought the environment had something to do with his immunity to NZT.
Brian’s NZT supply has been cut off, but thankfully, he has two extra pills from Senator Morra. It’s good to have friends in high places right? Although Rebecca definitely doesn’t agree. She allows Brian to take the NZT however so that he can learn several different languages and communicate with the pirates to locate Mitra. After a few long hours, they finally come into contact with a kid who has some intel in exchange for more Twitter followers. Oh youngin’s these days. Mitra was captured by some pirates, but then those pirates were captured by a bigger ship called the Wong Sa. Brian does some digging and finds out that the pirates old leader is actually doing shady stuff in New York now. He devises a plan to stand outside in a sandwich board until the thugs come kidnap him. There he makes a pretty dope exchange; he’ll give them the rarest pinball machine game ever made in exchange for the girl. Once Brian delivers, the girl is set free. Ava is so happy and there’s ALMOST a moment between the two, but Brian has more respect for his boss. Thank god. I’m still holding out for his romance with Rebecca.
We also learned a lot about Boyle this week, including the fact that he recently filed a complaint about the FBI giving an untrained “consultant” this really dangerous drug. For that reason, ADIC Johnson really trusts Boyle and Rebecca uses him to give up Brian’s doctored medical records hoping that the person interested is the same person who authorized Brian’s kidnapping and the person who wants to get rid of Naz.
Boyle flies out to DC with Johnson and hands the records over to the director of the FBI, Kenneth Paulson. Yep… the same guy that was supposed to be Naz’s friend. You can’t trust people these days. Boyle also scores the papers authorizing Brian’s kidnapping and a black ops on American soil, courtesy of his old friend Loretta who apparently had quite the crush on him back in the day!
Brian knows what he has to do. He calls up Senator Morra’s minions and asks them to expose it. When they disagree, he assures them that if they want to keep him close, they need Naz freed and the only way that will happen is if Paulson admits the truth and resigns.
And it works. Pretty soon order is restored at the FBI and Naz and Brian, who both went out of their ways to save each other, now have a stronger bond. Throughout most of season 1 it seemed like the only person who trusted Brian and thought of him as her equal was Rebecca, but now, these guys are one big team. And what’s even better…. she’s kind of okay with him dating her daughter! We’ll see Naz.
Limitless – A Dog’s Breakfast (1×19)
Brian did not get a warm welcome when he returned from Russia. Instead, Naz put together a whole new list of rules that basically stripped Brian of all his freedom. Get ready to see a tux-wearing, no-goofing off, always being watched Brian. Obviously, the lack of space comes at a bad time, especially in Brian’s situation. Things only get worse when he finds Piper’s bloody bracelet in his apartment and realizes Morra and Sans must have kidnapped her.
But Brian’s new detail aren’t the only one keeping an eye out on him – so is Rebecca who found out that Brian has been in cahoots with Sans, thanks to Brian’s little sister. Seriously, look how she screwed everything up. Rebecca is busy trying to find a connection between Brian, Sans and Morra and she even goes as far as to enlist Mike and Ike to help. I’m really not liking this bad work atmosphere we’ve got going here now.
Brian eventually ditches his detail to meet up with Piper, who never shows. He realizes he’s being followed but doesn’t suspect it could be the one person he actually trusts. After he realizes Piper is missing, he ditches his detail once again to get some one-on-one time with the mastermind himself, Morra. But in an interesting turn of events, Morra tells him that he didn’t actually know Piper was alive. In fact, he didn’t care much about anything except his plan to become President and then to take over the world.
Oh and Sans has gone totally rogue. Basically, Sans now has an unlimited amount of NZT and the one person who knows how to make the anecdote to reverse all of its side-effects. In other words, he’s gone evil and he’s building a super smart army of villains. Seriously, why isn’t Morra more worried about this? Kind of makes you wonder if Sans was really the mad man all along and Morra was just power hungry. It’s also disappointing that Sans and Brian had such a good friendship until now. How will he stop Sans and find Piper?
Things only get worse when Rebecca comes to Brian’s house and confronts him holding a gun pointed at him. She demands that he tell her why he’s chummy with Senator Morra or else. Now look, if he does tell her the truth, is it really that dangerous? It doesn’t seem like Morra cares anymore because his henchman is actually evil. So in reality, teaming up with Rebecca and the FBI against Sans seems like a solid solution, don’t you think? I am however shocked Rebecca could turn on a friend like that… no matter what she thinks Brian is doing.
This weeks story involved a rich dude that was killed for his kidney. Turns out, his wife wanted him dead so that his high tech kidney story would go viral and she’d be able to cash in. But in reality, she just got caught. As much as I enjoy seeing Brian solve cases, I could have done without. There was enough happening this week that we didn’t need a filler story!
Will Brian tell Rebecca the truth? Will he rescue Piper? What is Morra’s ultimate plan? Why did Sans go rogue?
Limitless – Bezgranichnyy (1×18)
Brian’s time in Russia was very eventful – he saved Piper by making “Game of Throne” deals with the head honchos, fell in love with Piper, helped Piper break into a ball and steal some plant that could help make the NZT anecdote so that they could free themselves from Eddie Morra once and for all, got arrested, got freed by Piper and finally returned home to New York City.
That’s pretty much the gist of what happened on this weeks where Brian was concerned. His whole motive behind the little trip to Europe was to finally get back his old life; the one where people respected him and where he didn’t have to lie all the time. As you remember last week, things came to quite a boiling point when his mother freaked out about him working for the FBI, taking some clear drugs and putting his sisters life in danger by stitching up some undercover agent. He also lied to Rebecca about having spare NZT pills and she put in a request to change his handler – a falling out between friends and family really affected Brian who realized enough was enough.
All of Brian’s lies are beginning to unravel as his double life begins to come out. First off, both Mike and Ike heard the story about that undercover FBI agent. Eventually Brian’s sister told Rebecca exactly what she saw and positively identified Sans as the man that came over last night. Now Rebecca is smart so you know she can piece two and two together. She’s been suspicious of Morra and his NZT use, Sans tried to buy her out with some really impressive offer to work for him and now she’s finding extra NZT pills at Brian’s place and the fact that he’s secretly meeting him. Not good for Brian at all, but honestly, Sans is to blame for pulling this thread.
Brians relationship with Sans is also pretty much doomed. It was fun while it lasted. Let us not forget like Brian did that Morra and Sans are two very powerful people in this world. Sans has eyes everywhere, including Russia. He received a picture of Brian and Piper at the end of the episode and it really pissed him off because not only is Brian working with the enemy, he’s lying to them about it and he lied about killing Piper. It is safe to say, he’s in big trouble. Without Sans and Morra, Brian will die from the effects of all the NZT he’s been taking. Plus, spoiler alert – the preview showed that Morra’s team kidnapped Piper.
So what now? Instead of freeing himself, Brian only dug himself deeper. His family hates him, Rebecca is onto him and Piper is being held hostage. I hope she doesn’t die, I really like her and Brian together. How will he get out of this one without telling everyone the truth? Will Morra trust him again? Will the FBI welcome him back with open arms after the stuff he pulled? It’s all fun and games until you end up in Russia.
Limitless – Stop Me Before I Hug Again (1×13)
You weren’t the only one who made sure that they were watching the right show. For the first time on Limitless, Brian was finally faced to deal with a really bad criminal and the opening shown had us deal with a very gruesome murder, something I wasn’t completely ready for when tuning in.
Brian is also pretty jilted by the gruesomeness, so he reverts to his subconscious and leans on his favorite childhood TV character Josh-o-saurus Josh. Instead of using words like killer and murder, he uses happy phrases like hug and coddle. So instead of watching the FBI hunt down some deranged serial killer, we’re on the hunt for a serial hugger. It’s hard to take anyone seriously with this lingo and that’s why Limitless is really good at what it does… although I did find it a little creepy and questioned whether or not I should be taking something so serious as rape so lightly. Regardless, the show kept it’s light hearted tone while tackling the case of Mr. Pralines and Cream.
The FBI brings in a top FBI profiler from Quantico named David Englander. Everyone is really excited to see him however Brian puts him in his place right away. The dude is so impressed with Brian’s ability to narrow down the bad guy in a split second, he invites Brian to check out Quantico for a few days and take a stab at some unsolved cases. Naz doesn’t have the heart to say no to Brian, especially when he keeps repeating “ROADTRIP,” so she allows it but only if Rebecca goes with him as supervision.
On the “roadtrip” Brian learns a lot more about his partner including that she’s a really good roadtrip buddy, she loves to sing along and she’s down to play punch buggy. He also finds out that Rebecca has been digging into Edward Morra and that she believes he might have been on NZT the day he was shot. That’s clearly a problem Brian will have to nip in the butt.
But first – Quantico. Brian spends his time flying through cases. When its time to leave, Englander gives him a signed (gasp) copy of his book. While reading the book, Brian realizes there are some inconsistencies. The high profile case made Englander famous, but when Brian reads it on NZT, he realizes that Mr. Butter Pecan is probably innocent. They make a pit stop at the jail to visit Butter Pecan, who is on death row for the crime and find that it would be impossible for him to commit the crime because there is no way this scrawny dude could have killed 300 pound people with his bare hands.
Brian proceeds to look into the case trying to find ways to prove that Butter Pecan is innocent. He’s following his gut, but it’s difficult considering the dude passed a polygraph test which proves that he truly believes he committed the murder. That is until Brian realizes that his memory was altered by his psychologist, who is dabbling in some neurological experiments. Doc was able to plant fake memories into Butter Pecan’s brain by using fiber optic wires. Yes, just like inception… the complicated movie starring Leo DiCaprio! When they shave his head, they find the incision made by the doctor. Unfortunately, his alibi for the night of the murders checks out.
Whoever did commit the murders had to give a detailed account of them to Butter Pecan, so chances are, the dude is in the doctors circle. When the doc gets a big fat paycheck for his research, Brian puts two and two together and realizes that the doc is framing his patient to protect a wealthy investor whose son killed those people.
After Butter Pecan is cleared, Englander flies out to Brian’s headquarters to personally apologize for getting mad that Brian was trying to pick apart his case. He offers him a job by his side, but Brian isn’t down for that life. He likes the FBI, plus there is no way Morra would let him accept it… and neither would Naz. Don’t you ever feel bad for Brian? Essentially, he’s just a really smart puppet that can’t be freed.
With that case solved, Brian now has to make Rebecca stop investigating Eddie Morra. If she continues, she’ll end up dead and we definitely don’t want that. He realizes that eventually, she’ll want to test the blood on Morra’s coat, which is in the evidence locker, to see if it has traces of NZT. He contacts Sands to provide him a very detailed replica of the coat so he can switch them out. If the blood has no traces of NZT, Rebecca will finally let this go for good.
Once Sands delivers, Brian has to break into the evidence locker and plan the evidence. While he’s pulling off his big mission, Rebecca and Boyle show up and realize something is wrong. Brian and Rebecca nearly miss each other in the evidence locker and you know, that would be really, really, really hard to explain. Thankfully, Brian’s got some ninja like reflexes and gets away with it.
But does he? Not really. Sands clearly isn’t on NZT because when he gave Brian the jacket, he failed to chip a button. Brian attempted, but obviously the chip is not identical and Rebecca, who is meticulous to detail, notices it right away. Did Brian want her to see it so that she’d continue asking questions and maybe save him from this life? Josh-o-saurus Josh seems to think so. But he’s also a pothead so we can’t really trust him. All we know is the Rebecca totally knows someone switched out the coats and now she’s even more suspicious.
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