This episode may have marked Michael’s first official mission back on the Company payroll, but the story belonged to Madeline, and Emmy-winner Sharon Gless made the most of her chance to shine. Gless showcased her range as she made Maddie tough yet vulnerable, determined but unsure, as she bulled her way into Michael’s case of the week – and lived to regret it.
Michael’s (Jeffrey Donovan) first CIA mission is babysitting British scientist Carson Huxley (Daniel Gerroll), an eccentric with a roving eye. Of course Jesse (Coby Bell) picked that moment to ask Michael to help with a moonlighting job: Helping a woman rescue her cousin from human traffickers. Sam (Bruce Campbell), Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Jesse capture Takeda (Brian Tee), but he is badly injured, so Sam convinces Michael to let Maddie play nurse. She bonds with the prisoner, who takes her into her confidence when Michael mistreats her. Eventually, Maddie tricks Takeda into leading Michael and crew to the place where the slaves are stashed. Michael enlisted Fi to charm Huxley, but instead she played barracuda and scared him into running back to his wife.
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