Definitely the best episode so far. Let's hope this is the start of an upward trajectory for this series.
FOX.com has a summary here.
As I suggested above, this episode was a pleasant surprise. All three of the plot-lines managed to engage my interest on some level:
- Maddy and fake!Horton. This story is probably the weakest of the three, but I still liked watching Maddy's hero worship evolve into disappointment, unease, suspicion, and - eventually - fear. She stumbles onto a real mystery, and the way she handles it shows, for the first time, that she actually is genuinely intelligent. (Note: A few geek explosions here and there don't really establish that a character is "smart." You have to put that character in situations in which being smart is crucial to success and/or survival. Thankfully, the writers have finally evinced awareness of this key rule of thumb.)
- Taylor's deal with Curran. Here's yet more evidence that Taylor is evil -- or at least not wholly good. The fact that he is willing to recruit an alleged criminal just to root out his mole certainly indicates a vaguely Machiavellian approach to solving problems. Very interesting.
- Josh's finally realizing that secretly dealing with the Sixers is wrong. As I noted in my first post on this series, I don't really care for Josh. From the start, he's struck me as incredibly self-absorbed and thoughtless. I wanted to smack him when, in the pilot, he blamed his father - and not the government - for the latter's stint in prison. And he's been acting like a total dumbass ever since. Here, however, one of Josh's few brain cells fires for once, and I for one was relieved to witness the change. "Hey, wait -- maybe I shouldn't blindly trust Mira." Ya think? I just hope Josh isn't let completely off the hook for the break-in and general treachery. I better see him on waste disposal duty next week.
I may be over-rating this script just a bit, but I can't help it: I was genuinely happy to see an episode that clearly rose above its predecessors on the writing front.
The performances weren't too bad either.
But we're still missing Big Themes to tie things together, and that's holding the series back.