- "You all had ideas on the plan, it came together, now you need to be a team. We better get our heads on right or we’re not coming out of that building alive."
- —Cabe Gallo
"Going South" is the seventeenth episode of the first season of Scorpion. It aired February 23rd, 2015.
A tech billionaire hires the team to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Meanwhile, feelings are hurt when Walter gives an interview and fails to acknowledge the other members of the team.
The episode begins with a look into Sylvester’s relationship with Megan. Her condition is worsening and she’s concerned that Sylvester hasn’t yet told Walter about their relationship. The rest of the team is pissed off at Walter for doing what they see as an “infomercial” in a local news spot about the team without consulting any of them, and especially without making sure the information about them was correct. Toby, in particular, is angry with Walter for his narcissistic behavior. Walter only sees the greater good for the team.
The team is hired by “billionaire tech mogul” Richard Elia to rescue his kidnapped daughter in Mexico. In the midst of briefing him, Walter explains that they will likely kill his daughter, Zoe within a week, and Paige interrupts to reassure Elia that that isn’t for sure. There’s a nice little non-verbal communication between the two and Walter agrees with Paige. He’s starting to rely on her people skills more and more.
Walter is clearly determined to impress Elia and get a large fee from him. Toby is convinced that Walter is in it for the glory, but it seems more likely he’s still focused on the big pay off as a means to helping Megan. However, when Toby objects to Walter’s plan being too dangerous – going into drug cartel territory – it becomes clear that Walter is not running a democracy. He tells Toby that his plans work and if Toby doesn’t want to participate that’s Toby’s choice.
Walter’s plan, of course, goes to hell pretty quickly after their Mexican escort abandons them and they lost the money. Paige has to keep them on task when they want to fight about credit over finding Zoe. I loved that Toby and Sylvester both knew about the wood duck. Walter continues not to rely on his team – he dismisses Happy’s plan to hit the streets and talk to the locals. Walter also wants to dismiss using Paco, but Toby has a plan.
Toby continuously criticizes Walter’s grandstanding. He also points out that the news story damages any ability they have at anonymity. The kidnappers will know that they are mercenaries for instance. Cabe finally has enough of their bickering and tells them off. Toby points out that Happy identifies with him because of her “Oliver-Twist-upbringing.” She is clearly disappointed when he bolts. But in the end, she’s right about him, and he saves her life by risking his own. I loved Happy insisting on stopping when they see Paco in the road and telling Cabe to give him his watch. Cabe protests it’s a $5000 watch from the Paraguay ambassador, but as soon as Happy says that Paco saved her life, he immediately hands it over.
Walter that tells the team to give Elia and Zoe a moment in private. He then tells the team, “Along the same lines of reconciliation, I wanted to apologize for the whole interview thing. I should have made sure you were all included. I just wasn’t thinking.” Everyone agrees they should always look out for each other and they all apologize. Paige tells Walter, “That was evolved of you,” but she then presses him to reach out to Sylvester. Sylvester actually stands up to Walter, which is a good indication of how much he cares for Megan. He asks Walter why he isn’t good enough for his sister. Walter is worried that Sylvester won’t be able to process the fallout from Megan’s death, but Sylvester insists that she calms him and makes him feel good about himself. Sylvester says she’s worth the risk. And Walter admits he’s glad she’s found such a good guy
The final scene between Sylvester and Megan is very sweet as he tell her he’ll support her. While Sylvester is supporting Megan emotionally, Walter is doing it financially – or trying to by working on the rocket. Elia shows up and offers Walter a job at his think tank. Walter thinks about it, but tells him he’s happy where he is as the camera pans on the team dancing.
- Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien
- Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen
- Robert Patrick as Cabe Gallo
- Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis
- Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn
- Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd