Turducken Gets Ugly

Tuesday, November 25 by

Henry discovers that Edward is willing to sell national security secrets to find the truth about how his parents died, and the Edward/Henry feud continues as Henry tries to use this new treacherous secret against the other side of his identity.

Episode 6: High Crimes and Turducken

Full Episode Online: NBC’s Official Site

What Happens in Morocco stays in Morocco
Henry wakes up to find himself somewhere in the middle of a busy street in Morocco with no clue as to how he arrived there.  He snappily whips out his cell to see Edward’s message, which tells him to hand a package in his pocket to a contact at exactly 3:00 PM.  Henry tries to carry out the mission, but the man he’s handing it to gets shot down, and off he clumsily flees, until the “authorities” apprehend him – merely Raymond in disguise.

Mommy daddy issues
Back in normalcy-ville, earlier, before the Morocco scene, Edward leaves Henry’s loving wife at the house as he goes to meet an old bearded guy who will tell him the name of the man who murdered his parents.  The two exchange heated words about betraying the country, which Edward refuses to do, and then off the old guy goes, to leave Edward with the results. We flash on the scene of when Edward first saw the accident when he was a teenager – the report was that they had died in a senseless car accident, but the old guy’s notes inform him that a man, Dimitri Bogatev, was the one who killed his parents, and is still alive despite having been reported as dead. Back at the agency Janus informs Edward that they need to safeguard the Falcon, a huge national security secret, but Edward is prepared to sell the Falcon to his informant to find out more about his parents.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished

Posing as men delivering a plasma screen TV, Edward and Raymond infiltrate the house hiding a vault protecting the secret they seek, disabling the cameras.  As Edward watches over the whole thing, Raymond heads off toward the vault.  A couple of bogeys show up in the wire, though, and Edward plants a bomb before he runs off up to head Raymond off at the pass so he can break into the vault before him.  Raymond decides to break down the door to join Edward, who has just enough time to snatch up the prize before vacating the scene.  Raymond shows up to the vault and discovers the missing Falcon, and the two escape with Edward shrugging as the confused TV installer and Raymond posing as a government agent testing the security of the place.  We jump to the present-time as some soccer-playing kids run in front of Raymond’s line of fire, providing Henry with a means to escape.

Henry, Henry, quite contrary
Henry is just as confused as everyone else back at the agency, who can’t figure out who’s stolen the Falcon, which we learn is associated (broadly) with missile defense.  Henry yells at his secretary as he’s tortured over Edward’s duplicity and apparent treacherous motives – the man he was going to sell the Falcon too was apparently a Russian KGB agent.  Back at the house, Henry realizes Tom/Raymond has been invited over for Thanksgiving dinner.  He huddles into his office and speaks an angry video message to Edward: “You will only succeed over my dead body.” Tom and his wife bond over drinks and Henry’s wife’s arrogant dad in the other room, and Tony interrupts the beginning of Henry/Angie foreplay with a call about how they’re close to the identity of the man nearly caught with the Falcon – but Edward pops up in the middle of the conversation and demands to know whether or not the man will be able to be identified.

This is awkward
Edward goes back to talk to Norah Skinner, and surprise surprise, the two get horny and start to make out, and just as some actual love-making begins, innocent little Edward comes out, discovering he’s in a place he’s never before (in a sense).  A little freaking out goes on. Dr. Skinner, on the other hand, seems surprisingly comfortable with double personality sex.  “It’s not a perfect relationship,” she defends herself.  Dr. Skinner explains to Henry why Edward is holding on to the Falcon – because of his parents.  When he arrives back home, Angie’s father informs him that he discovered he had Jewish heritage, and it makes him feel like he belongs.  Henry struggles with what this means in relation to his own double personality.  He video sends a message to Edward, and admits the connection that he shares with Edward’s parents, but how he still refuses to give Edward the Falcon.  Edward, however, snuck some video cameras into the house and plays back the tape to discover that Henry hid the Falcon in the desk (smart, Henry).  Henry points out that the Falcon should be the least of his worries – Tony discovering the man behind the mask is much more worrisome.

Falcon awesome

Edward brings the Falcon back to the old man and the old man hands him what he will need to find his parents’ killers – another flashback happens, back to when Edward was a teenager and talking with his dad while they worked over an engine – he encourages him to do what’s right, but to always protect the ones he loves.  Back in the present, Henry rudely replaces Edward and finds himself in the park where Edward has been meeting the old man.  Confused and disoriented, he runs back to his house to find an ecstatic Tom thanking him and Angie for helping him to reconnect to his wife – until he learns that the night of passion they had shared over turkey the previous evening didn’t solve everything.  In his office, Henry rifles through his desk and discovers the missing Falcon, deciding immediately that he’s going to confess to the agency what Edward has been doing.  He finds out as he walks in, though, that all the threat has bee neutralized on the situation, and they need not worry about the Falcon any longer. Oh, and the picture that Tony had been developing?  It’s been replaced with a painting.  Convenient, huh? He discovers a video message from Edward (which somehow hadn’t been there before he decided to turn himself in) explaining exactly what he did with the Falcon, and how he was not a traitor after all.  Over Thanksgiving dinner, we find out everyone’s thankful for stuff.  How cute.

Review
Of course the show needed to have filmed a Thanksgiving episode that ended with everyone sharing how thankful they were with each other, but the final effect is just downright nauseating.  It’s business as usual here at “My Own Worst Enemy” – and even worse, actually, because it seems more and more like the writers are using the Edward/Henry conflict merely as an excuse to generate conflict – moreso in this episode than in any other, Edward pops up at exactly the right moment for a plot developmentg to happen, and Henry too – they never pop up at times that would be inconvenient to the plot moving forward; they’re always at just the right time.  The show likes to pretend it’s chaotic and weird, but the changes between Henry and Edward are actually very predictable when you think about it.  The show keeps o introducing these potentially fascinating psychological concepts, such as the fact that Edward is sleeping with Dr. Skinner, creating a moral crisis forf Henry, and then never exploiting them. Why create a show with such potentially fascinating outcomes and then refuse to explore them? It doesn’t really matter, though, because the show was cancelled anyway, but it will be interesting to see what end My Own Worst Enemy chugs itself to.
 

-Thomas Anderson
aka MBRD – check out his blog here.

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