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The Irrational Recap Season 1 Episode 5 – Lucky Charms

THE IRRATIONAL -- "Lucky Charms" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer, Molly Kunz as Phoebe, Travina Springer as Kylie, Arash DeMaxi as Rizwan -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

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It’s time for Vegas, baby. The Irrational Season 1 Episode 5 takes Alec, Kylie, Phoebe, and Rizwan to Sin City to help solve a case involving Alec’s best and former student, Camille. 

Camille, a professional poker player, has found herself in some hot water after getting involved with loan sharks. Yes, she knew the risks and dangers and did it anyway. 

When she called Alec for help trying to lure out a cheater who’s been causing her to lose games leading up to a tournament, she also had to know that Alec would sniff out that she was hiding something from him. He might not know much about poker as it’s not his area of expertise, but he is a behavioral science expert after all. And it wasn’t long before Alec met the “complicated” part of Camille’s life that she was referring to, though he also had an advantage against the loan sharks, knowing how to leverage his position and re-direct the conversation to buy them some time. 

Essentially, they couldn’t win if Camille couldn’t win. And she couldn’t win if he couldn’t do his job. They benefited from Alec finding out why Ethan, Camille’s competitor, suddenly had an edge. 

Alec approached Ethan at the bar to get a feel for the situation, finding out that Ethan credited his winning streak to a good luck charm. But once Kylie stole said good luck charm, they found that he was still on a roll. Additional evidence and data then confirmed that he was winning when the stakes were high and losing when they weren’t, a telling sign that someone is cheating and their bluff needs to be called. 

They brought it up to the organizer of the tournament, who couldn’t do much about the cheating, but she promised to look into it. If this scene—and her saying statistics aren’t enough to accuse someone of cheating—felt shady to you, that’s for a reason. Also, why wouldn’t this woman pull up the cameras and see if anything strange was happening?

Alec always has a backup plan, so he promised Camille that they would get to the bottom of it before she lost everything. 

A curveball came when Ethan dropped out of the upcoming tournament, but Hank, another mediocre player, won using a super marginal hand, just like Ethan. 

From there, it was clear that someone in the vicinity had to be giving the players signals and seeing the cards of the other players, though the “how” still remained a mystery. 

That’s when Alec was essentially kidnapped by the loan sharks as “collateral” as Camille was still losing, yet he still found a way to talk them into helping him help them. They were able to locate Ethan, who informed Alec that whoever offered him the 80/20 deal for rigging the game communicated with him through a mechanism in his shoe that sent zaps.  

Alec enlisted everyone’s help getting to the bottom of it, with a two-pronged plan that heavily leaned on watching human behavior during times of heavy stress and anxiety. They flooded Hank with mixed signals so he wasn’t sure how to react, which they hoped would stress out the person rigging the game. And since Alec associated nerve with drinking faster, all they needed to do was a quick scan of the room to find the culprit’s tell, realizing that it was the organizer the entire time.

Camille redeemed herself, took home the grand prize, and got the sharks off her back, while Linda was escorted to speak with the FBI. And the look on her face when confronting Alec meant that she knew it was all over for her. 

There was a secondary story involving Phoebe and Camille that was meant to emphasize that she was once an integral part of Alec’s team and did them a disservice when abruptly leaving, and while it was heartwarming to see them reconcile, it didn’t really make or break the episode. It’s hard to care about those who came before when we’re still trying to get invested in Phoebe and Rizwan’s storylines.

The series wins when we see Alec doing what he does best—and winning by the end of the episode. This episode’s suspect was slightly less obvious than in the episode’s past, making it a bit more exciting to watch. 

There was also some movement on the church bombing case as Marisa invested heavily in tracking down a lede on the van logo. She managed to get the designer behind the logo, Sylvio, to reveal who ordered the print and narrowed it down to one man who matched the description and lived 15 miles away from the church. Unfortunately, it was a dead end as the man seemingly died by suicide just before they got there. Of course, that definitely seems like a coincidence—did whoever is pulling the strings know that Marisa was onto him? Did they kill him so that he wouldn’t say anything? The case is beginning to take on a new life, which is what happens when you hit a nerve, but they’ve got some work to do until they get to the bottom of it. I know Alec has wanted answers, and there’s a deep disappointment that the one person who could’ve given him any is now gone, but I don’t want him to give up hope just yet. His moment is coming—it just might require him to work with his ex and her new BF for a little longer. He may not believe in luck, but in this case, it was a lucky break that came through hard work. 

It was nice seeing Alec work a case all on his own without Marisa’s input or the FBI hovering. Putting a little distance between him and Marisa might make it easier for him to make the decision to move on… and when he’s ready, Rose is waiting!

What did you think of the episode? Were there enough twists and turns to keep you guessing? Did you like all the human psychology lessons and theories that were applied to the behaviors? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! 

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The Irrational Review Season 1 Episode 10 – Bombshell

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On The Irrational Season 1 Episode 10, fans learn just how far Matthias is willing to go to keep his identity a secret. 

The episode focuses largely on Wes Banning, the initial bombing suspect who flubbed his parole after a visit from Matthias, after he took Alec Mercer and his assistants hostage.

Turns out, Wes didn’t just believe he was a victim, he was, in part, one. While he played a role in the church bombing 20 years ago–and contributed to other bombings when he fell on hard times—he also wasn’t given much choice if he wanted to protect his daughter, Dahlia. 

All of his actions have been to keep her safe and sound from Matthias’ threats, which allows us and Alec to see him in a new light. He’s not the soulless psychopath he’s been made out to be. 

And after realizing that Matthias, the real orchestrator of the church bombing, wanted him dead, he escaped from prison and showed up at Alec’s door asking for help. 

Alec didn’t just dismiss him—he does what he’s skilled at and gets him talking, learning plenty about Wes’ life and even bonding with the man who left him with permanent burns. 

Eventually, the plot takes quite a turn when Matthias calls Alec’s office, using Wes’ cloned voice, and threatens his daughter yet again if Wes doesn’t blow himself up.

Where one person sees no option—or things in black and white—Alec always sees the shade of gray, and realizes that there’s another way. With the help of Rizwan and Phoebe, they are able to pinpoint Dahlia’s location and get to her mere moments before Matthias arrives. 

You might be wondering how they managed to get out of the building surrounded by the FBI—as Alec’s perceptive sister realized that everyone’s phones were turned off and knew they were in danger—but Alec had a plan for that as well.

Wes made the bombs go off in the office, allowing them to escape without notice, while Rizwan and Phoebe fled to safety. 

It wasn’t as easy convincing Dahlia that she was in danger, especially as she’d seen the news and knew her dad was a wanted man, but Alec was eventually able to reason with her, and she allowed them inside. 

There wasn’t much time, but Wes was able to apologize to his daughter for not being in her life, and even had a tender moment with her daughter, his granddaughter, before taking a bullet for Dahlia and dying moments after he told her she was his “one good thing.”

The Irrational Review Season 1 Episode 10 - Bombshell

THE IRRATIONAL — “Bombshell” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer, Ben Cotton as Wes Banning — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

The moment had to be very shocking to her, but thankfully, Alec was on hand to provide some clarity behind her father’s disappearing actions all these years—and in the end, Wes made amends and got closure with the only person who’s ever mattered, proving that he’s only ever cared about her and protected her. 

As for Matthias, he’s very trying to tie up old ends and loose ends, all while seemingly silencing any new theories that may arise. It’s evident that he’s aware of the FBI’s investigation into him, and the fact that Jace ended up unconscious (possibly dead) on Marisa’s living room floor isn’t a coincidence—it means that he got too close to the truth and took him out before he could tell her what he found in the critical break in the case. 

That, however, means that Matthias may be hiding in plain sight. Or he’s got them all bugged somehow. The man (or woman, let’s be honest) is skilled, but Marisa’s determination just shot through the roof now that he’s targeted not one but two men that she’s ever loved.

What do you think Matthias’ deal is? Who is it? And what are they actually covering up? What happened the night of the bombing?

Did you enjoy Wes’ redemption arc? And we all have to agree that there’s no denying that Kylie’s calling is in law enforcement, right?

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Is ‘The Irrational’ on Today?

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The Irrational Season 1 Episode 1 Recap Pilot

If you’re looking to solve a new case of the week with Alec Mercer on The Irrational, you’ll have to be a bit more patient.

The Irrational Season 1 Episode 7, which aired on Nov 6, 2023, was the last one audiences will see in a while—and there’s a perfectly reasonable, even rational, explanation for it: there are no episodes left to air.

The former episode was the last scheduled episode to air on NBC, as the start of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, both of which have, officially concluded, halted production. That means they were only able to film 7 episodes of the season.

Now that production has been cleared, The Irrational will pick up filming once again and will air its final four episodes starting Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. So sadly, fans will not be getting any news episodes through the remainder of 2023, however, the good news is that 2024 is just around the corner. 

The Irrational, starring Jesse L. Martin, scored an NBC series order at the end of 2022. 

While you’re waiting for new episodes about the behavioral psychologist who takes on cases—and helps the CIA (along with his ex-wife) solve crimes—all while dealing with past trauma from a bombing decades prior, you can catch up via our recaps and reviews right here on CraveYouTV.

You can also check out another NBC series that’s also been filling the gap amid the strikes, Found, with reviews here. 

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The Irrational Review Season 1 Episode 7 – The Real Deal

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The Irrational Season 1 Episode 7 attempted to pull off double duty as not only was Alec on a first date with Rose, but he was also using the 24-hour date to test a new romance theory just as the whole outing doubled as a murder investigation connected to one of her clients. That’s just how things go when you’re with Alec, and you have to be ready to roll with the punches, which Rose definitely was. 

But if that all feels like a lot for viewers, well, it’s because it is. The plot of the “case of the week” was just a bit too complex to follow—and I’m not a fan of getting invested in the story only for it to bear no merit on the outcome (looking at you, Mr. Z!).

There were too many players featured and a handful of twists as Alec and Rose debated whether or not the Cézanne paintings were real or a forgery. Then, at the end of the day, none of it even mattered because Rose and Alec, who witnessed the murder of Henry, an art dealer, found out that the motive behind the death was love. 

Their investigation revealed that Henry destroyed the final Cézanne created by Bridget, the artist behind the forgeries, after he spoke with them because he realized that people were onto their scheme and didn’t want to leave any evidence behind, however, Evan, the forgery appraiser, killed Henry in a fit of rage because he was in love with Bridget, who died of cancer, and was upset to see the only thing left of her destroyed so carelessly.

While murder mysteries are rarely ever cut and dry, it was a roundabout way of getting to the suspect.

There was also Rose’s client, Blair, who connected to the scheme through her ex-husband Carson but wasn’t completely crucial to the overall story aside from kickstarting the investigation by reporting her Orchard painting as a fake.

Seeing her move on from her ex, who admitted that he was cheating on her, however, coincided with Alec’s grand first date, the first since his divorce. 

There’s something to be said for finally concluding that it’s time to move on, and, in Alec’s case, he was accepting that things with Marisa were officially over. 

Rose, however, is such a good fit into his life—she’s basically the female version of Alec. The former M6 agent whose cover was blown now works as a crisis management expert, so she’s go-with-the-flow, good at reading people, and thrives on the action. 

She’s also a good addition to his life—not only because they had great chemistry and they complement each other far better than Marisa and Alec—but because she can exist without always being involved. They are both established in their respective careers, so they can date without becoming co-dependent. 

Moving on is a huge deal for Alec. At the end of the episode, there was a moment where it was clear Alec didn’t think he’d ever feel like this about anyone ever again after his divorce, but now he’s realizing that he simply needed to do it on his own terms after grieving and mourning his previous relationship. 

He wasn’t ready for his next chapter until he was ready, so I hope Marisa doesn’t screw it up or make him have second thoughts. 

Rose’s next client took her on a trip to Paris, but they both agreed to another date when she got back.

For Marisa, the news that Alec was once again dating was a hard pill to swallow, despite having moved on with Jace. I don’t think she’s ever faced her feelings, simply repressing them instead because she initiated the divorce and knew that they needed to move on. However, she never confronted how it would feel to have Alec move on while still playing a critical role in her life as a friend. 

Marisa and Kylie hung out for the first time since the divorce, and while the “A” word was not allowed, it was established that they had a tight relationship before Alec and Marisa split. It was nice to see them get back to it, proving that once family means always family, no matter the external circumstances. They still cared a lot about each other and could have a relationship even if Alec wasn’t the middle ground as much anymore. 

The bombing was not mentioned, so there wasn’t anything on that front, though I read it’s supposed to be a storyline that’s wrapped up by the end of the first season.

Phoebe and Rizwan conducted a control experiment that helped Alec and Rose solve the case, but other than that, they are two characters that I’ve found myself completely indifferent about. The story exists with or without them. 

What did you think about the episode? Do you like Rose for Alec? Are you enjoying the cases of the week? 

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