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Last week's premiere of CBS's action-drama Scorpion was so fast-paced that it didn't have time to breathe, thus depriving its supposedly advanced collective brain of oxygen. Thankfully, the follow-up episode calmed down on the l33t speak and took a bit more time between action beats and epiphanies. The result: a much more enjoyable hour of television that is moved closer to earning its self-described level of intelligence. The wisest movie Scorpion makes in its second showing is backing off on the braininess a little bit, and allowing each of the characters to show a little heart. Hit the jump for our Scorpion recap.
PilotScorpion : Season 1 Episode 1
Honestly, I laughed out loud at last week's preview for "Single Point of Failure," which featured the threat of a "biohacker," but the show actually made some sound (and scary) points about how accessible a lot of this tech can be. The basic premise of tonight's hour is that a disgruntled hacker/bioengineer has constructed a custom virus that targets the children of people who had wronged him in the past. Which people? Why, former employees of a pharmaceutical company that yanked a promising drug trial for folks suffering from SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) to focus instead on the more lucrative asthma market. This modern threat certainly rings with authenticity as the words anthrax and Ebola have become commonplace in recent months and years. But Scorpion goes a step further by folding in some emotional context for our protagonists as well as for the episode's victims.
Rather than focus exclusively on Walter, the rest of the team members get a bit of development in this episode. Sylvester undergoes a "trial by virus" as he's forced to exit through a bio lab after breaking into the pharma company's records room (relax pal, it's only BSL-2); Toby attempts to get past being dumped by his fiancee, and Happy, who was abandoned by her dad at the age of two, learns a valuable lesson that tools aren't always more reliable than flesh-and-blood friends or whatever. It's all a bit spoonfed, but at least everyone gets a taste. Paige and her gifted son Ralph continue to be the show's model for balancing genius with grounded common sense, but perhaps most interesting (relatively) is that Cabe reveals a softer side in this episode. Everybody has the feels!
Many fans have undoubtedly shipped to the new cutest lovebirds in television, Toby and Happy after watching the fifth episode of the first season of Scorpion. TV Fanatic shares in that in the last episode, although the two still argue and bicker about things, Toby still makes a happy smile. Many were happy to see a new romance budding in the show, as the Paige and Walter love team is getting a bit old.
Now, let's talk about the recently released promo clip for its sixth episode of the season. Next episode's title will be 'True Colors'. HWHills reports that NCIS: Los Angeles star, Hetty crosses over making things look even more fun and interesting. In the next episode, Team Scorpion is forced to follow the rules and pass the mandated psychological exam.
Next episode of Scorpion was written by Elizabeth Beall and directed by Dwight Little. Don't forget to catch it this coming 27th of October 2014. So what do you think? Is the world ready for Tony-Happy mash-up? How dramatic will the next episode be?
While he isn't able to talk about many of those scenarios run over the decades, O'Brien does tease that a choice few of them will eventually filter into the show itself. "We have a 25-year head start for the stories of 'Scorpion.' By the time we get to season two and three, the stuff that happened because of season one will actually fuel season three. So it'll become a self-sustainable show. Until the final episode, when Scorpion gets his own show."
All in all I enjoyed this episode. It was a big step up from previous episodes, and it was entertaining enough to overlook some of the small details. Join us for the season finale next Monday at 9/8c!
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In 2005, McPhee was persuaded by eventual husband Nick Cokas and her parents to try out for the television series competition American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco and sang "God Bless the Child", originally performed by Billie Holiday and was selected to be a participant in the fifth season, which aired in 2006. After the first round of Hollywood week, she sang "I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick which earned favorable comments from the judges. During the second round, she performed in a group, singing "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by the Four Tops, forgetting the words, but the judges decided to advance the entire group. During the third round, she sang "My Funny Valentine" a cappella and advanced to the top 40. She was angered when fellow group member Crystal Stark did not make the top 24. McPhee's run on American Idol led to the use of the term "McPheever". The inclusion of producer David Foster and singer Andrea Bocelli as guest mentors for Top 6 Week turned out to be a fortuitous introduction for McPhee, as she has worked on various music projects with both men post-Idol. In May 2006, McPhee visited her alma mater, Notre Dame High School for her hometown celebration. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited the school and proclaimed the day Katharine McPhee Day. She finished as the runner up to Taylor Hicks.
In early 2007, McPhee guest-starred in the web series, lonelygirl15 as an unnamed character in the episode "Truth Or Dare". McPhee made a cameo appearance as herself on the ABC show Ugly Betty in the episode "I'm Coming Out". The episode was broadcast February 1, 2007. During the 2007 Christmas holiday season, McPhee released a Christmas single "O Come All Ye Faithful".
McPhee signed a two-year endorsement deal with Neutrogena to become the new spokesperson for their anti-acne skin-care product line. In March 2008, she filmed her first commercial, which began airing on television in May 2008 and on Neutrogena's skinid.com website. McPhee appeared on Idol judge Randy Jackson's album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, which was released on March 11, 2008. McPhee recorded a duet of "Real Love" with fellow American Idol 5 contestant Elliott Yamin. On March 12, 2008, McPhee returned to the American Idol stage during the Top 12 results night of the seventh season of the competition. She performed the Beatles song "Something", with producer David Foster, on piano. After the performance, Foster indicated that he and McPhee were collaborating on her second studio album (though it ended up he was not part of the finished product). McPhee took part in the David Foster tribute concert Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, which was filmed by PBS, in May 2008. She soloed on "Somewhere" and performed a duet of "The Prayer" with Andrea Bocelli. A CD/DVD was released in November 2008. David Foster recorded "I Will Be There With You" for Japan Airlines (JAL), with McPhee on vocals. Starting in June 2008, it was used to promote the introduction of new aircraft to JAL's US flights.
McPhee guest starred on the CBS show CSI: NY in the episode "Prey" as a singer and stalker victim who murdered her stalker. The episode was broadcast April 8, 2009. In September 2009, McPhee took part in the United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars" concert that was a tribute to singer/songwriter Lionel Richie. McPhee sang You Are. The concert was broadcast in syndication and on BET the weekend of January 2324, 2010. A 2-disc DVD of the concert was available for a time through a donation to the United Negro College Fund. McPhee joined actresses Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly and Emily Deschanel in a video slumber party made available in October 2009 and featured on FunnyorDie.com and other Internet platforms in a comedic take to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up To Cancer. A Christmas single "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was released November 17, 2009.
McPhee appeared on the Jan 19, 2010 episode of the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser (its ninth season) in the show's Pound for Pound Challenge segment (an initiative to challenge viewers to get healthy while helping to fight hunger in their own communities). McPhee was shown volunteering at a Los Angeles food bank and meeting with children at a Boys and Girls Club and talking about the importance of helping to fight hunger in America. On February 1, 2010, McPhee joined over 75 other musicians, including fellow American Idol alumni Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks and American Idol judge Randy Jackson, for a remake of "We Are the World", retitled "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", which marked the 25th anniversary of the iconic song and for which proceeds will go to Haitian earthquake relief.
During the week of February 8, 2010, in the pre-taped Hollywood Week portion of Season 9 of American Idol, contestant Didi Benami was shown singing "Terrified", a song on the Unbroken album and written by Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. As a result of the exposure on Idol, digital downloads of the song (the album version featuring Jason Reeves) rose nearly 10,000% from the week before, selling about 20,000 copies for the week, for a total of 22,000 sold at that point. On February 22, 2010, McPhee appeared in the production of 110 Stories, directed by Mark Freiburger at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She co-starred alongside Ed Asner, Diane Venora, Gail O'Grady, John Hawkes, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and many others. The play was a benefit to help the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake. Proceeds went to the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. On March 9, 2010, McPhee performed "Surrender" at the White House, in front of President Obama and the First Lady as part of International Women's Day. McPhee guest starred on the NBC comedy Community in the episode "Basic Genealogy" as Chevy Chase's character's ex-stepdaughter and potential love interest for Joel McHale's character. The episode was broadcast March 11, 2010. 041b061a72