Things started off more than intense as Dana Mosier made her appearance on FBI Season 1 Episode 2. It seems Dana chose a great time to show up as the team deals with the terrorist group, ISIS.
OA: The name of the site is Dark Jihad.
OA: Caroline was not working with amateurs, she was working with ISIS.
Caroline had to have known the stuff she was spraying on the salad was lethal, right? Even if she didn't, her intelligence level shows through at the fact that she did it just because someone she met over the internet told her to.
Dana Mosier has entered the scene, and she is proving herself as more than just an Agent in Charge, she's also clearly a badass. I can't wait to see what she's capable of because she walked into that room like a powerhouse.
Dana proved her worth when it came time for the team to pretend to be Tara online. Luring a terrorist into a trap isn't anything close to easy, but Dana handled herself and the situation with grace, poise, and expertise.
But OA showed some skills during the online conversation as well. He was willing to take risks in the conversation and didn't hesitate to push for a meeting place to catch the guy.
When it was revealed that Tara sent Greenburg a picture of herself, I was groaning in frustration along with Maggie's eye roll and OA's exasperated sigh. Not only did she lie to them, but she made their already difficult case that much harder.
Tara's father was just about unbearable from start to finish. First, he refuses to believe what his daughter did, and then he's yelling at Maggie and OA that it's their job to protect her. Yeah, I think they get that.
I don't even understand why the guy was allowed in the surveillance van. Just because she was a minor? I don't think that is a reason to allow him to be in a position to hinder the agents when they're trying to make decisions.
ISIS was the main enemy of the episode, and Maggie and OA weren't taking things lightly. Maggie started off fast and vicious because she didn't see the point in wasting time. I'm going to have to agree with her on that one.
Maggie: I remember being a teenager. You know, I understand wanting to do something because a boy is giving you attention or you want to belong. I cannot understand why those girls would be attracted to ISIS.
OA: Sure, but you probably had good grades and friends and made the track team and had a good relationship with your father.
Maggie: I understand vulnerability. You don't have to mansplain the female teenage brain to me.
OA: Okay, fair enough. My point is, when I was undercover, I saw my faith weaponized all the time.
While I certainly don't agree with Tara's decision to take off for the Middle East to become an ISIS bride, I do get where she's coming from about how hard it is to be a teenage girl in high school. That's some rough stuff.
But running away isn't the answer, and running away to join a group of terrorists isn't the answer. I'm asking myself how anyone could think that was a situation that would work out well for them.
I love that OA is Muslim because it gives an insight into his partnership with Maggie and another perspective for them to work cases from. He doesn't hesitate to bring that perspective in at any time, and it's wonderful.
Not only does OA bring in his religious viewpoint, but his ability to speak Arabic is such an amazing asset. One that I'm excited to be able to see in action on multiple occasions.
His past also brought some knowledge to the table on the big bad he and Maggie were chasing. OA had already seen the damage the guy had done elsewhere, and it got him even more motivated to stop him.
Maggie should always lead the pep talks with civilians because her words were pure magic. Not only was she encouraging to Tara but she knew exactly what to say to get Tara angry enough to feel motivated and do what needed to be done. To be brave.
Burham: You're familiar with my work?
OA: I saw it with my own eyes.
Burham: Sometimes, one has to make mistakes on the path to glory.
OA: Your path isn't to glory.
Burham: I've been cleansing the world. Doing Allah's work.
OA: Guys like you shouldn't get to say Allah's name. But you can't help yourself. You got nowhere to go. What's all this for, huh? You've been hiding behind women all day, isn't it time to give up and take credit for all you've done?
The situation went from bad to worse when Greenburg gets word of Kayali getting arrested and changes the entire site. But I took that to mean he erased it. I definitely didn't see a pieced together video threatening the FBI to be what appeared.
Maggie and OA rushing around the park yelling for people not to eat the food were adrenaline inducing. So many people had already eaten the food, and even though they tried not to, there was pure panic everywhere.
Between their smarts and determination, Maggie and OA were able to get their man and it was so satisfying to watch. I love anytime when the good guys of a show catch the bad guys.
Something about the ending of this case just felt different. OA let his passion on being an FBI agent shine through, and at every moment he was thinking about all of his options.
Maggie: It was a good shot.
OA: I know.
OA knew that Barham couldn't walk off that ferry or just be arrested. He needed to be stopped for good and the only way to do that was to take his life. He doesn't feel a moment of remorse over it, and that made it all the more satisfying.
Add to that the fact that Tara would be tried as an adult and in a situation that didn't seem to have any possible solutions that weren't awful, and the ending proved there was another way. A way that was completely unexpected.
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Sarah Cudlipp was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in October 2018.