Rubicon Wayward Sons S01E12 (AMC)

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There is so much about this show that is really interesting. First of all, the main characters all work in a think tank. I find that an interesting line of work. They are basically paid to think about certain problems. It all looks collegiate, but there is more than meets the eye, as the protagonist discovers.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

I like where this is going, but the intrigue is slowly building. We’re already at episode 6 and this show probably has got another 4 or so before it ends. It’s too bad, because this is one of the best shows on TV. You definitely need to watch everything that you see, otherwise it’s hard to miss the connections. We learned that Bloom is connected to Roy, who’s also ex-CIA. He now works for Atlas MacDowell, the company on who’s board Tom Rohmer served as. When Bradley committed suicide, his spot on Atlas MacDowell’s board of directors was filled by Tom. Ingram is helping Will out. He tells him about the bugs and surveillance.

In this episode, we learn what Purcell is up to. We also learn that he’s working with Bloom and co. This means that Spangler’s little group is behind the attack. The attack is brilliant because it will create havoc in the energy system for months ahead. Purcell explodes a tanker near Houston, where all of America’s oil comes through. It’s an aneurysm in the energy infrastructure.

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Someone is saying “Allah is Great” in Arabic, then there’s a prayer “bless me…”. That’s all that I can tell with my limited knowledge of Arabic. It’s Joseph Purcell and he’s in the US. He’s watching cartoons while praying with his prayer beads. It’s unclear if he’s laughing at the cartoons or making fun of them.

Will has been sleeping in a chair with a baseball bat. He finds a streak of blood on his wall. He inspects his face to see his injuries. They aren’t so bad.

Spangler is talking with his buddies, including Wheeler. He says that Bloom has gone missing. One of them has reservations. Spangler says that they cannot stop it. Travers has exposed them.

Travers goes to see Katherine. She answers the door with a kitchen knife. She tells him about the note that Tom left her. Every anniversary, they spent it watching the same movie. Ingram calls Travers. He says that he needs to get in. Ingram says that he will take care of Katherine.

Ingram sends Maggie to his garage. Half of Washington is at API. Kateb, Joseph Purcell, is in the USA. He’s an Al-Qaeda operative. Travers and Test are sent with the FBI to Harbour Beach. Grant and Will get their FBI babysitters. They arrive in a gym. They are going to set up a command center. They are interviewing his family members. They haven’t heard from him in 5 years.

Purcell is driving somewhere. He eats fast food and then has trouble digesting it or something like that. I don’t really like seeing Kateb all that much. Purcell is writing letters. It looks like he’s got some explosive or gear with him.

Ingram is driving Maggie around. He is trying to brief Maggie on what to do. She goes to see Katherine.

Miles is arguing with the FBI guys. They don’t know how to analyze the data. Spangler is looking for Ingram. Spangler clears up the issue Miles is having with the FBI.

Ingram and Maggie bring Katherine to a safe house of some sort. Ingram says that Tom killed himself to protect her. Maggie is going to stay here. Ingram says that they shouldn’t open the door for anyone but him.

Miles tells Will that they have updated travel plans for Tanaz. She was in NYC and DC in September ’09. He calls Maggie. He wants her to pick something up. Will talks with Katherine. He wants to see the tape of that movie.

Spangler gets a photo of Ingram with Maggie and Katherine from Atlas. He’s shaking. It’s all falling apart. Ingram knocks on his door. Spangler is making doomsday predictions. He’s considering getting rid of Ingram as well.

Maggie goes to see Andy. She’s here to pick some files. She finds his research in the bathroom.

Will leaves for API. He leaves Grant at Harbour Beach.

Katherine is about to leave the safehouse. She goes to their storage place to find the tape of the movie. It’s a DVD of Meet Me In St-Louis.

Maggie arrives at API with the files. Ingram is livid. He tells Maggie to stay here. Will picks up the papers. Will tells the FBI to leave his conference room. He wants Miles to stay. He says that they are working together. Tanaz and Bloom are working together. It’s all connected. It’s connected to Houston’s oil. Kateb is going to blow up a tanker in Houston. That will cripple the US for months. Maggie bursts into the room. It’s too late. Kateb has blown up his bomb. This was what David’s white paper on Houston was about.

Purcell is loading up a boat. It’s already filled with explosives. He’s listening to Wayward Son by Kansas. I don’t think that the explosives are nuclear.

It’s an aneurysm in the energy system. It’s brilliant.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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