Scorpion “Super Fun Guys” Review (Season 2 Episode 5)

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Oh, the irony! In a case literally tailor-made for our beloved Sly, damned if he wasn’t near-completely sidelined in the latest episode of “Scorpion,” entitled- you guessed it- “Super Fun Guys.” Yep, the time had come for the perhaps inevitable “Super Fun Guy” movie adaptation, which just so happened to be shooting in Kazakhstan, reportedly for tax breaks purposes, at the same time a radical group was set to auction off a found 70’s era Soviet nuke to the highest bidder for some $20 million or up to any anti-American group willing to fork over the right amount of dough in an auction. (I blame “Borat,” lol.)

Unfortunately for Sly, the case came at the exact same time frame as girlfriend Megan, aka Walter’s sister, was scheduled to undergo a secret surgery that could well have resulted in her going blind and/or rendering her mute. She naturally didn’t want to go through such a thing alone, but for reasons unknown, neither did she want to tell Walter about it, forcing Sly to beg off of the assignment, much to Walter’s confusion.

To be honest, this part of the episode was a bit hard to swallow, as you’d think it’d be the other way around, with Megan not wanting Sly to know how dangerous the operation was, rather than Walter, given that it could have potentially denied them what little time they had left together. She had to have known that Walter would have accepted whatever the outcome was without question, being the more pragmatic of the two, while Sly would have been heartbroken, which made him being the one she chose to confide in actually the riskier of choices, IMHO.

That said, it was what it was, and what it did was give Sly a chance to show just how much Megan meant to him, what with his quite literally forgoing the one thing that even came close to giving him as much happiness as Megan herself, in order to stay by her side throughout her traumatic ordeal. However, why Sly still didn’t tell Walter after the fact, once the operation was a seemingly unqualified success was just as dubious to me, so I’m not sure what the thinking on that was, either. For a show about such smart people, the plotting can occasionally be kind of dumb sometimes.

Thankfully, despite all of this, the case itself was a lot of fun, no more so when the gang, in order to sneak on the premises where the nuke was being held until the auction, had to don “Super Fun Guy”-themed costumes. Yes, even that was a stretch when you thought about it- wouldn’t they want to assume something a bit more low-key in order not to stand out?- but it was still undeniably amusing to see the entire team, sans Sly, decked out in superhero-style outfits, doing a slow walk onto the scene in full regalia.

I don’t know about you, but I won’t soon forget seeing Cabe looking like AC/DC’s Angus Young’s heretofore unseen dorky brother, in full schoolboy uniform! How they didn’t make a joke to that end is beyond me- way to drop the ball there, “Scorpion” writers. That said, they did get off some funny lines here and there, including “With great responsibility comes great wedgie” and “I don’t want to die in this outfit,” both from Toby, who was on fire with the one-liners this episode. (Runner-up goes to the guy who the team captured, who, upon seeing them in the aforementioned outfits, dead-panned: “I can’t believe I got caught by you people.” LOL.)

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Indeed, despite the all-too-familiar set-up of the gang going somewhere foreign, and just when it seemed like they would get out without a hitch, getting thrown into a huge mess, I rarely stopped smiling throughout the episode. I mean, they literally just did this same kind of plot earlier in the season, in “Cuba Libre” and we’re only on the fifth episode, for God’s sake. Be that as it may, it was still a lot of fun, but I can only let this sort of thing go so many times, so fair warning, writers, you might want to watch going to this well one too many times than you already have.

If anything, I would have been far more surprised if the mission really had gone off without a hitch, you know? Granted, it wouldn’t have made for that much drama, and we wouldn’t have gotten certain things, like the superhero outfit situation if they hadn’t done so, but did they have to use the exact same set-up as just a few episodes back? If it’s possible to really enjoy something while being equally frustrated by it, then this episode certainly fit that bill all around. I had a lot of fun while it was on, but it left an awfully bad aftertaste, you know?

I’m not sure what more I can say about it at this point, so I’ll leave well enough alone for now, but know this, “Scorpion”- you’re going to need to step it up from here on out, if you want to keep earning my good will in earnest. I don’t mind a certain adherence to formula- this is CBS, home of the infinite number of crime procedurals, after all- but that doesn’t mean you get a free pass to use the exact same set-ups over and over again, you feel me? It’s time to change it up a bit, people.

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That said, there were definitely some good moments throughout the episode, including Toby stepping up to a bad guy and knocking him out and later refusing to fold to Happy just when the perfect opportunity presented itself, which had to have been tough; Ray and Sly’s wide-eyed journey on Happy’s motorcycle and the hilarious moment when he rushed into the headquarters of the National Association of Theater Owners instead of NATO by mistake because of a mix-up on Ray’s end; Walter and Paige’s sweet moment at the end of the episode where she commended him on his continuing abilities to humanize himself and him on her looking good in her superhero costume, which she did; and Toby and Cabe’s bonding moments (“Cabe, are we becoming friends?” “Now you ruined it.” LMAO).

Still, this should have been an easy home run, and yet the show ended up shooting itself in the foot with the overall execution of the plot, which is highly disappointing. You can do better, “Scorpion.” Hell, you have done better on more than a few occasions, so why they would fail to stick the landing on something seemingly so easy to is beyond me. It just goes to show: sometimes even the smartest people do the dumbest things.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Scorpion”? Were you, too, disappointed by the dubious plotting? Have you come to expect more of the show, or are you not surprised they went back to the well this early on? What could the show do to rectify its situation, in your opinion? Is there anything they can do, given the limited framework they have to work with? Did you at least enjoy the general plotline, in terms of the “Super Fun Guy” stuff? Did you have a favorite moment or line besides the ones I mentioned? Let me know down below, and I’ll see you next week!