After last week, it's good to see this show getting back to its roots: fistfights in cramped settings on unusual forms of transportation. We've had a fight in an air duct on a bullet train and a fight in the baggage compartment in an upside-down 707. To that respectable roster we now add a fight on a picturesque gondola that's the only way to reach a remote monastery.
Said monastery is the site of Chance's latest mission, which is to save an ex-thief from his murderous ex-partners. But in order to do that, he has to find the long-lost meeting notes from the First Council of Nicaea. This turns out to be surprisingly easy without taking up any real screen time, so I don't know why I bothered looking up the correct spelling of "Nicaea". The point is that after finding the MacGuffin, Chance has to pummel some goons while Winston disarms a bomb. Both of these things happen.
The theme of the episode is redemption, since apparently turning your old buddies in to the cops makes the ex-thief a Good Guy, regardless of how many people got killed in his previous line of work. There's also a hint about Chance's past, which is tantalizing if that's the sort of thing you're interested in.
Oh! And Guerrero finally kills someone. He shoots the guy in the back, which is awesome.
We start out with a nice, clear expositional voiceover by Winston. So I can tell you straight up that the client is John Gray, who used to be the inside man for a team of ruthless thieves led by Sam Fisher. Gray would case the joint and then Fisher and his crew would roar in, kill everyone, and steal whatever they were there to get. However, Gray has had a change of heart since he met a woman named Emily. So at this one job, he called the cops, who jumped out and engaged in a shootout with the bad guys. Then the bad guys promptly escaped from a maximum security, er, bus. So the point is that they're coming after Gray. Emily has come to The Firm (as I have decided to call it) to ask for help. Oh, and it's "Case #0386". That about covers the voiceover section.
Emily explains the situation to Winston in a meeting room I don't think we've ever seen. He's skeptical, but she insists that John's a good man. And he's hiding in a remote monastery in Quebec for some reason. Suddenly, Winston is explaining the plan to Chance, who is even more skeptical than Winston was. Chance thinks Winston doesn't usually like this sort of job, although I don't know what makes this job any different from all the other ones. Winston explains that he likes trying to protect someone who's trying to put the past behind him. Cue significant look. Chi McBride does good significant looks.
Let's go on location! The monastery is accessible only by cable car. Winston waits at the base of the mountain in a surveillance van as Chance (dudded up like a monk) walks up the front steps. The Abbott greets him as "Brother Mitchell".
Winston's voiceover continues as Chance strolls into the church and starts bothering a monk at prayer. Winston is worried about Chance's ability to pretend to be a monk, which seems to be borne out by the way Chance won't shut up while this guy is trying to pray. But in the next shot, Chance has gathered everyone into the church, and they all look dubiously at him. John's not there, apparently. Winston searches up some sermons, but Chance wings it. His theme is that of a lost soul seeking redemption. Psalm 34:4-6. Winston is impressed with Chance's unknown depths. I'm impressed by the way none of the monks noticed Chance talking on his invisible headset while they were all staring right at him.
Fisher drives through the woods just outside the Vancouver studio. Er, I mean, "the woods of Quebec". He's stopped by a cop, who eyeballs them and is then shot dead. Fisher has the men hide the body and steal his uniform and car. Next time you think about embarking on the glamorous life of a criminal, consider the guy whose job it is to strip the dead cop and then put on his clothes.