FBI Recap & Review: “Little Egypt”
Tuesday night, the second season of FBI premiered on CBS with “Little Egypt”. The episode takes a deeper dive into the Muslim terrorist stereotype and OA’s connection to it. Now that season one’s over, I have a strong feeling that we’ll learn more about OA as season one was more focused on Maggie’s backstory. And just in case it wasn’t clear, spoilers ahead.
I’ll admit, I hate this phrase but to be fair, this episode literally started with a bang. Well technically, it starts with a nice couple talking inside the restaurant but the bang comes a few minutes in. A bomb goes off in a beloved Egyptian restaurant, Samra, leaving one dead and five injured. Which really hit home for OA. Apparently, he went there for his fifth birthday. The case initially drives them to a young white man named Justin Murphy, but it turns out to be much more complicated than that.
Apparently, someone paid him to drop the backpack (with the bomb) at the restaurant. Maggie and OA chase the lead to discover the culprit: a Muslim man named Michael Moosa. Turns out he just wanted to turn the police’s attention to white supremacist attacks as he was previously a victim. Some white men beat him up and put him in a coma and he claimed the police weren’t doing enough to help him. He also meant for the bomb to go off at 1 AM when no one would be there. Justin apparently read the message wrong and though the message said 1 PM. The good thing is that he never meant to kill anyone. The bad thing is that regardless, he did, and now must face the consequences.
There’s More to the Story
Although it seems like the story’s over, it turns out there’s more to it. The waiter at Samra’s is actually an undercover FBI agent, Joseph Nassar. He’s supposedly trying to stop another like-incident but OA realizes that Agent Nassar is pushing two Muslim teenagers a little too far. To clear things up a little more, Agent Nassar is pretending to be another Muslim terrorist and is trying to get these two boys, Karim and Rhami, to join him. But they’re also considering joining someone else with a similar goal.
The problem is that this other guy happens to be on FBI’s most-wanted list. The boys end up joining the actual terrorist but they only discover this because OA goes to Karim’s apartment to try to warn him. But by the time he gets there, Karim (and Rhami) are already gone. They’re then lead to Central Park where there’s a little league occurring so they evacuate everyone as fast as possible. Lastly, Maggie defuses the bomb in typical TV drama fashion: at the last minute.
I personally loved the episode. I think it was bold for the writers to dive into this issue because it’s so pertinent in today’s atmosphere. OA’s connection to it all gave it that emotional element that I think can be missing in other shows that have tried to do something similar. I was also excited to see that Kristen’s now officially an agent with a new partner. As for the new guy, Stuart, I kept changing my mind about whether I liked him or not but in the end, I think it ended up in his favor. As for the new boss, Isobel Castille, she’s much sterner than Dana was as she isn’t sympathetic to OA’s emotional connection to the case. But it also makes sense that Dana is more comforting to her agents because her background involves a lot of psychological diagnosing. Other than that, I have no doubt in my mind that FBI will continue to talk about the important issues and to do so in a way that’s impactful. What did you think of FBI’s season two premiere? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @mzsnguyenthai.
FBI airs Tuesday nights at 8/9c on CBS.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @mzsnguyenthai and @mzsamnguyenthai. Also, click here to read her personal blog.
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