Own Worst Enemy ‘The Night Train to Moscow’

Tuesday, November 18 by

Edward and Henry’s complex interactions with his wife deepen as Henry must figure out why Angie lied to him about going to the dentist, and why she’s seeing a random man that Henry doesn’t know.  They also transport a political candidate to an election in Kazakhstan so that democratic elections can be held.

Rub a dub dub
Edward sure has the hard life of a spy, waking up next to beautiful naked women, among them his sexy therapist (not to be confused with sex therapist), on a regular basis.  This episode begins with Edward and said therapist lounging around in the bathroom before Edward has to rush off home.  A transformation occurs, and Henry shows up while Edward is stuck in traffic at a construction site.  He calls his wife, and sees her not more than a couple of blocks away, talking on the phone and claiming she’s at the dentist.  He gets back to the house, and the puzzle is further complicated as he finds a photo in her purse’s overturned contents, a photo of his wife and a man he doesn’t know. Cue the ominous intro music.

Family Matters
Henry gets more and more confused as his wife starts acting more and more suspicious.  His family life just isn’t the same as it used to be, so he confronts his therapist with this knowledge, who doesn’t answer his question one way or the other.  We get a little bit more backstory in some sweet scene with his daughter, about how Henry used to date Angie’s roommate before she died in a car accident.  He then hears an excerpt of a private conversation that Angie is having, so he decides to follow her to where she meets up with a mysterious man.

Your mission, whether you choose to accept it or not
Meanwhile, the agency risks running into Borat when their new mission is to protect a Kazakh political candidate from a trigger-happy terrorist.  They arrive in Kazakhstan and save the wife of the man they were supposed to protect, who informs them that she is actually a KGB agent.  Of course, she can’t say this kind of shit without consequences, so she’s tossed into the interrogation room where she has to convince them that she’s innocent.  Edward isn’t buying it, and Raymond suggests letting her fly back to Russia so they can follow her later.  Poof, Henry shows up, wondering what the hell is going on.

Away on business
Called on a random business meeting, Henry wanders into an empty apartment and discovers dozens of rings, each with the saying, “Henry loves Angie.”  Naturally, this makes him question whether or not Angie is really his wife, and after leaving a message for his other self, that other self returns and rushes back to the KGB woman to interrogate her, going rogue and embarking on a dangerous mission to Russia, in the middle of which Henry shows up, right as guns are being fired at their skulls.   He’s saved, of course, and Henry calls Raymond for advice.  He basically tells Henry to sit tight, and later on that evening he gets a call from Angie wondering where in the world he is, with the confession to make that she saw an old boyfriend who gave her a necklace, which assuages Henry’s fears about Angie leading a double life as a secret agent, before he sees a note that seems to say otherwise.  He confronts Raymond and informs him of this knowledge before recording another little video to Edward.

Not exactly silent night
The trio arrives in Russia and Henry and the KGB agent share a moment atop a tall building in the middle of a snowfall before they head off to an official function where they must persuade a man with power to give them access to some secret tunnels leading to the volatile political candidate.  After going the unobtrusive route by knocking the guy out, they manage to sneak into the tunnels and find the man they’re looking for.  One daring escape later, the wife shot protecting Edward the political candidate, we learn that the election went off without a hitch, and democracy was saved once again.  Of course, what would democracy be without a little sexy time?  Edward confronts the therapist about her friendship with Henry and is about to seal the deal when Henry pops up.  Dr. Skinner decides to help Henry and informs him that Angie is not actually a secret agent  – but her roommate in college was.  See, apparently the roommate was a plant by the agency was the woman Henry was actually supposed to fall in love with.  However, due to an accidental car crash, the roommate died, and Henry ended up falling in love with Angie.  We also learn that Edward’s sexual antics with Angie were none than just some strange kind of infidelity – they had helped to rejuvenate the distant relationship developing between the two.  Henry promises to spend more time with his wife.

Review
It became official last week that “My Own Worst Enemy” was cancelled – once the thirteen episode run tuckers out, we’ll be free of the deadly threat of Christian Slater’s eyebrows.  Until then, let’s sit back and tuck in and enjoy the ludicrous turns this show can sometimes take – unfortunately, this episode is sadly lacking most of the ridiculous turns that have made this show at least reliably entertaining.  The core story of the mission to rescue the political leader is nothing aside from the usual rescue mission clichés that we’ve seen a dozen times before, but some of the stuff with Edward and Henry can be pretty interesting – especially the relief that the show avoided going the obvious route by making Angie an agent.  She works much better as a concerned and oblivious wife, and like the layer to last week’s episode in the form of the son, it’s a corny kind of awkward way to add some heart to the show.  I wish I’d seen some continuation of the son storyline – in this episode everything is just hunky-dory between the two, which makes the show seem like an action spy version of “Full House” – where any problem that arose in an episode MUST be solved before the end – except for the central storyline of Henry and Edward, the show doesn’t bother to stick with the family– predictable but still disappointing.  And, besides, if you’re still watching by this point, you may as well hang around to the finale.
 

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