Beck, impassive, sort of gives a casual shrug and says, "We might have missed this entirely if it wasn't for your info." Hawkins snorts and sits down. "There was no informant, was there?" Beck says, coming in for the kill. Oh, SHIT! Hawkins looks up, his face betraying zero emotion, "Sorry, excuse me?" Beck goes on that he did some research of his own and his field commanders reported that there was a nasty road gang in the I-80 area but the operation had been smashed up weeks ago and the area has been quiet ever since. "So what are you saying?" Hawkins smiles. To me, his smile is nervous, and if Hawkins is nervous, I'M nervous! Beck stares him down and tells him to think twice before he says another word. "Ever since you waltzed into my office, you know everything I know. Every question I had, you had an answer." Isn't that called "being FBI"? "And then today," Beck goes on, "The tip from your CI, the fire, the hard drive -- you think I'm an idiot?" Hawkins just sort of rolls his eyes. "It was too easy," Beck says, leveling his face dangerously with Hawkins', "Give me one reason why I shouldn't kick in the door to your house right now." I don't know if it's good, but here's a reason: BECAUSE HAWKINS WILL KILL YOU. They have a stare-off. Hawkins doesn't blink. He just says calmly -- CALMLY! The man is so cool, he makes cucumbers look like blithering basket cases! -- "What else did you find on that hard drive?" Again! The offensive defense! "You know what's there," Beck says, not blinking either. "No, I don't," Hawkins says simply, "I think you found something that you don't want to believe, though." Beck doesn't blink, but he certainly seems to retreat a bit. "Is that what this is, huh?" Hawkins persists, digging at the sore spot he always knew to exist. "This is a test, Major?" Hawkins asks. They have another stare-off before Beck backs up completely and breaks the gaze. He spins the computer around to show Hawkins the freeze-framed shot of Valente. Hawkins just says, "What am I looking at?" Beck explains grimly, "That's Thomas Valente on the right." Hawkins arranges his face to have a look of concern as he dramatically gets up and bend over the computer for a closer look. "As in the Department of Homeland Security?" he asks. Yes, and also as in the guy you heard Beck order up a conference with last week. Don't overplay your dumbness, Hawkins. "He lied to me," Beck suggests sternly, still watching Hawkins' reactions, "Sarah Mason did work for the government. She worked for him." Hawkins continues to look at the computer. Beck turns away and looks out his window. Hawkins glances up at Beck's back, knowing he's still in control.
Episode Report CardKeckler: A | 766 USERS: B-
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