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The Irrational Review – Dead Woman Walking (102)

THE IRRATIONAL -- "Dead Woman Walking" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Arash DeMaxi as Rizwan, Jesse L. Martin as Alec Mercer -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

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The Irrational is enjoyable television—providing an escape when you just want to watch something that doesn’t force you to think too much but doesn’t fall into the realm of reality TV either. 

And the predictable nature of the procedural—the outcome always ends with Alec cracking the case in the knick of time, even when the odds are stacked against him—is comforting. The storyline begins and wraps up in the same thread, never extending past that 45-minute mark.

There’s an overarching mystery that keeps Alec in focus and provides enough background so viewers can get a sense of who he is—the bombing that left him as the sole survivor and bearing a scar on the left side of his face, with the mystery coming more into focus now that Alec is determined to help the authorities, including his ex-wife, Marisa, nab the man responsible. In the pilot episode, the alleged bomber was up for parole before he was spooked into solitary by a hooded figure that drove off before anyone could stop him/identify him. Since then, Alec has been doing anything he can to help his mind trigger an identifying memory, with the final moments revealing that through the smell of fire and flowers, he was able to recall the logo on the getaway van, the first and only clue that they have to work with to untangle this devastating mess that’s taken so much from him.

In a twisted way, the nightmare incident has also given him plenty, including his ex—they met at the hospital after the bombing as she was working the case— in addition to a present-day reason to remain in each other’s orbit despite being what some might call “estranged.” However, as Alec’s sister (whose only purpose, for now, seems to be to assist and guide her brother) points out, it’s not exactly healthy, nor is it giving Marisa the “space” she requested when they broke up, which could lead to a permanent fallout for the couple. It’s hard to really feel either way about this romance so early on, but you have to admit, they do make a good “professional” team.

Alec is definitely wanting to smooth things more than Marisa, however. He’s under the impression that everything is peachy, but when he suggests working on his case on a weekend and ordering takeout, she pushes back instantly, explaining that it’s crossing some boundaries that need to be established in their unique situation. It makes sense that working with your ex is hard, especially if you still love them. And it’s not a healthy environment to get over said ex either; you end up just stuck in this toxic cycle. 

As for the case of the week on The Irrational Season 1 Episode 2, it definitely forced you to flex your brain muscle to figure out who may have poisoned esteemed journalist CJ Wright with polonium, since they shot down the possibility of the Russian oligarch sooner rather than later.

Considering Alec’s expertise in solving the “trickier” crimes (the woman asked him to solve her murder before she even died—filed it under “above a cop’s pay grade”), he should’ve been quicker to realize that it’s the person you’d least expect that’s staring you right in the face… in this case, CJ’s writing partner, Gene, who held a lot of resentment for CJ and wanted to prove himself. In the end, he took Alec’s bait—a killer always wants the glory—and outed himself to a dying CJ in a coma, who was actually recording his confession in a “got you” moment. Oh, Gene… once a loser, always a loser. 

Viewers were likely indifferent on whether CJ lived or died as, again, we didn’t invest any time into the character, but in a hopeful moment, she pulled through. 

While most people with polonium poisoning don’t survive—CJ was one of the few who knew the symptoms and could identify them happening to her (which you’d think Gene would know when he poisoned her with it in the first place)—and was able to get treatment in time to help her body heal. In the process, she made up with her estranged daughter, a storyline seemingly only added in to help us get to know Alec’s research assistant Phoebe a bit more.

As the saying goes—all’s well that ends well—with Alec now two-for-two.

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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 Review Season 1 Episode 7 The Real Deal

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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