That was really good, actually. Very stylish, not too many dialogue mishaps, and even Joanna provided some entertainment. It could be that anything looks better next to the execrable Zero Hour, but that's faint praise: The show has always had its strengths, and this one really put them on shout in a beautiful way. Which is a nice thing to be able to say, especially given it was the most Sofia-light episode so far.
Done with the whole thing, Edward gives an early morning press conference about the entire Lyritrol cover-up, but balks hilariously when the press draws the inevitable conclusion that Robert murdered Vivian. Bereft and pissy, Julian eventually comes around on the subject matter -- and in the end, he's convinced himself to check out the facilities in Thailand for himself.
Joanna spends the whole episode running around getting kidnapped by the Russians and eventually slitting her attacker's throat... But not after A) failing a Bowers Pharm polygraph and B) misplacing a briefcase full of money that was intended to artificially inflate Bowers stock prices until Robert can find a way to discredit Edward and get the drug back on track. I'll say this, Robert Bowers does not go down easy. (Making him a rarity in that family, what-what.)
We learn some astonishing and interesting facts: Audrey Cruz had something to do with Ben Preswick getting that job at Bowers to begin with, which is fascinating and puts her closer to the whole mess, but she also seems to have real feelings for Julian, which swings it back the other way. Sofia's original arrangement with Wyatt was to bilk Robert just as long as it took for Wyatt to make parole, which makes sense at that time but seems here intended to foreshadow some uglier stuff coming up.
Oh, and the Motorcycle mystery is finally cracked: Haverstock recruited him initially to get Mia on his side, because he needs a transplant of some kind and she's his biological daughter. Senator and daughter get along great -- as usual, they're the most compelling part of the show, together or alone -- but a flintier side of the Senator comes out with Kyle and we see his motives are a bit more mercenary than that. Of course, he gets his final leverage when Robert uses this medical stuff to get the deadly golf club evidence back, presumably to take down Edward once and for all.
Even Will and Gabe get some great stuff in this episode. Will visits Robert, giving us our first full-on sight of Robert in Icy Killer mode, and then teases Sofia about the Wyatt thing, reminding her of that time he sexually harassed her in Harlem and laughing at both of them for being so shitty. But in the end, his heart is broken once again: Joanna was retrieved from the hospital and returned to the Bowers house by Julian, which is Will's one thing he can't abide. If only he knew the truth: That Robert has joined Sofia in believing Joanna to be super sketchy, which means she's heading back into the lion's den with no idea she's the enemy.
Next week: Edward continues to fight for his survival (possibly literally at this point), Julian deals with daddy issues while also figuring Audrey's stuff out and maybe hitting Thailand, Wyatt maybe gets out of jail, Mia probably figures out Motorcycle's agenda, and Robert flies Joanna's mother to New York for a little truth-telling. Either way, this frustrating and occasionally beautiful show only has two episodes left, so even if the show hasn't entirely found its groove -- which, in continuity from last week to this week it kind of feels like it is -- it'll still be exciting to watch.
Ben Preswick brought his girlfriend Vivian evidence that her family's company was covering up some serious drug-regulation fraud, which she then told her brother Edward about. He took this information to their father Robert, and she was murdered. A Senator with ties to the FDA -- and even closer ties to the family -- has evidence linking Edward to a decades-old rape/murder case, which he has used in various ways over the years to control the family. Specifically, he installed Sofia Bowers as Robert's wife and his child with Vivian as their daughter, officially. Middle brother Julian, the shepherd of this drug's development cycle, was unaware of any of this, and is now dating Audrey Cruz, a consultant for their rival drug firm. His childhood romance, Joanna, is undercover with the family and working at the company to solve Vivian's murder, while stumbling onto a separate plot between Sofia and the Senator to keep her onetime lover Wyatt behind bars, and a third one connecting Ben Preswick's death to the Russian Mob.
Will: "Okay, the guy that killed Ben Preswick is named Andrei Ivanov, late of the Russian military and now working with the Brighton Beach mafia."
Gabe: "Do you think that Robert Bowers would really have killed all these people, including his own daughter?"
Joanna: "Well, he's always been real cool with me, but who knows with rich people."
Will: "Who knows indeed."
EDWARD BOWERS PRESS CONFERENCE
Eddie remembers a very fun, cute time with his dad when he was just little, and then steels himself for what is about to go down. What Eddie Spaghetti has learned in the last few episodes/several hours is pretty wild, when you think about it: He got wind of the drug deaths, got punched by Julian for bringing that up, found out that his father is beholden to the Senator for evidence in the Yaeger murder, and possibly confirmed -- at least for himself -- that he was responsible for it, despite his lack of memory. He sent the wife and kids out of town, ostensibly because it was about to get hot, but really if you know Edward at all I guess it should have been obvious he was planning some kind of freakout.
Random Guy: "Are you sure about this? Probably everybody will get fired and/or killed."
Edward: "Some men just want to see the world burn, Jeeves."
Everybody on the whole TV show does that anthill-stomping deal of turning on their TV, or like when Gossip Girl would release a WTF bomb.