Night Seven. 6:00 PM. Mission Briefing. My boyfriend, DI Rosenbum, is giving Hutak the instructions for Operation M.E.S.S. (Military Extraction of Secret Serum). The scenario is that the squad has been fatally poisoned, and they have to infiltrate an enemy town to locate the antidote. They need to enter the town through a maze of sewers and find "City Hall," where the serum will be. Then, they will get further instructions to help them locate some tablets, which they will also need. All of the squad members need to consume the "antidote" within an hour for the mission to be successful.
The recruits are driven in trucks to the drop-off location. In the truck, Hutak yells that she "can't afford for Pupo and Haar to slow [them] down." Her solution is to post them in one location and tell them not to move. I don't know if Thomson is there, or in the hospital, or what. They all have camouflage makeup on, and it's dark, so it's hard to tell who is who. As the recruits arrive, some on-screen text informs us that the reward for success is a beach party, and that Hutak will get amnesty. The punishment for failure is "extreme physical training" and no amnesty for Hutak. The squad finds the sewer entrance and Pupo and Haar settle in. Meyer and Jackson take off, looking for the entrance to City Hall. I would be so claustrophobic in those sewer pipes, which is reason #832 why I could not be on this show. They're so small that the recruits have to crouch while walking. The squad finds the City Hall exit with just less than fifty minutes remaining. Hutak pulls out the map and everyone talks at once, trying to figure out what the next move should be. In an interview, Hutak says that it's tough getting the men to listen to her, so she approaches it like they are "all working together," and not like she's "the boss running the show." While I admire her approach, I think in a mission like this you need more of a central leader. Take suggestions, sure, but her approach is going to lead to a lot of standing around talking and there's no time for that.