Scorpion (TV series)
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|Developed by||Nick Santora|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–43 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||September 22, 2014 –|
Scorpion (stylized as </SCORPION>) is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each other to solve complex global problems and save lives. Scorpion airs in the United States on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on September 22, 2014, as part of the 2014–15 television season, and concluded on April 20, 2015. On October 27, 2014, CBS placed a full season episode order for the first season. On January 12, 2015, the show was renewed for a second season, which is expected to premiere on September 21, 2015.
Walter O'Brien and his team of genius outcasts are recruited by federal agent Cabe Gallo of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to form Scorpion, said to be the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats around the globe. The team includes O'Brien, one of the most intelligent people in the world with an IQ of 197, and his friends Sylvester Dodd, a "human calculator" dealing in statistics; Happy Quinn, a "mechanical prodigy"; and Toby Curtis, a "world-class shrink" (a Harvard-trained behaviorist). Paige Dineen is a former waitress whose intuitive interaction with people translates the real world to the team, and they, in exchange, translate her young mentally gifted son, Ralph, to her.
Cast and characters
- Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien, a genius with a 197 IQ who in the pilot is struggling to keep his small company Scorpion afloat. He is the leader of Team Scorpion. Agent Gallo was the person who brought him from Dublin, Ireland to America after O'Brien hacked into NASA computers to get a set of blueprints for his wall. While they worked together for several years, O'Brien split with Gallo around age 16 when 2,000 civilians were killed after the U.S. bombed Iraq using software O'Brien provided for what he had originally thought would be used for humanitarian purposes.
- Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen, a single mother of a nine-year-old boy. She is a struggling waitress when she meets O'Brien and his team in the pilot episode. She works to help the team interact with normal people and learns from O'Brien that her son is not challenged but really a genius. She also seems to have feelings for O'Brien but has trouble dealing with them due to Walter's not believing that love and emotion are real.
- Robert Patrick as Agent Cabe Gallo, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was the one who brought Walter over from Ireland and then worked with him for several years. They had a falling out when Walter was 16 over civilian casualties during an attack on Iraq using a computer program that Walter had created for humanitarian purposes. In the pilot, Gallo recruits Walter and his team to help the government fix a serious air traffic control problem and then asks them to become a liaison team to tackle difficult missions that arise that the main government organizations do not have the manpower or technological prowess to handle, like stolen nuclear weapons and similar issues.
- Eddie Kaye Thomas as Tobias M. "Toby" Curtis, MD, a genius behavioral psychiatrist who can easily read people. He has a gambling problem that gets him into trouble. He is shown to have feelings for Happy, which he is unsure if she reciprocates or not.
- Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, a genius mechanical engineer who can fix anything. She is the sole female genius of the group. She has feelings for Toby but is afraid to act on them because he is one of her best friends. Happy was put in foster care as a baby by her father because her mother died in childbirth and he couldn't cope. As a result, Happy is very hostile. In Season 1, she tracked down her father and reunited with him.
- Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, a genius mathematician and statistician who also is a highly sensitive person and struggles with OCD and anxiety. Sylvester is a grandmaster at chess. He has a fear of germs and airplanes. It is implied he has feelings for Megan, Walter's sister, who has multiple sclerosis. In the episode "Going South", it is revealed that Sylvester and Megan have indeed started dating.
- Riley B. Smith as Ralph, Paige's son. In the pilot, he is nine years old and appears to be a troubled, mostly silent child. Paige learns from Walter that he is actually a genius. At the end of the pilot, he talks to Walter, and Paige comments that Ralph previously has only talked to her.
- Camille Guaty as Megan O'Brien, Walter's sister who suffers from multiple sclerosis, a condition that Walter seeks to "fix" in order to repay the favor of her always being there throughout his childhood
- Brendan Hines as Drew, Ralph's father who is a struggling minor league baseball player
- Daniel Zolghadri as Young Walter
- David Fabrizio as Merrick, Director of Homeland Security
- Andy Buckley as Richard Elia, billionaire tech mogul who wants Walter to work for his company
Notable guest appearances
- Ernie Hudson as Brooks, the head air traffic controller at LAX ("Pilot")
- Corbin Bernsen as the owner of a casino ("Shorthanded")
- Joshua Leonard as Mark Collins, a genius radio hacker and former Scorpion member ("Plutonium is Forever")
- Mykelti Williamson as General Ned Walker, who is in charge of security at a nuclear power plant ("Plutonium Is Forever")
- Linda Hunt as Hetty Lange (the Operations Manager of the NCIS Office of Special Projects), in a crossover appearance, who collaborates with the team on the art forgery case ("True Colors")
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr. Cassandra Davis, a psychologist who was assigned to give the team a psych evaluation after the art forgery case ("True Colors")
- Raphael Sbarge as Paulson, curator at the Westside Museum of Art ("True Colors")
- Keith David as the Warden of Hamilton Federal Penitentiary ("Father's Day")
- Scott Mescudi as Peyton Temple, a musical prodigy ("Risky Business")
- Clifford "Method Man" Smith as hip-hop producer, Lucky the King ("Risky Business")
- Lochlyn Munro as Detective Jim Archer, works for the LAPD in the Robbery Homicide division ("Risky Business")
- Jessica Tuck as Rebecca Burns, a lawyer for the Barnwright Group and Cabe Gallo's ex-wife ("Rogue Element")
- Jake McLaughlin as Lt. James Corbett, U.S. Navy SEAL ("Talismans")
- Karolina Wydra as Interpol Agent Simone Taylor who once worked with Cabe on an international task force ("Revenge")
- Spencer Garrett as Agent Wilson Eckherd, works for the Department of Justice ("Kill Screen")
- Mackenzie Astin as Leonard Carlton, a CIA analyst and coder ("Charades")
- David James Elliott as a former U.S. Secret Service agent who, because of memory losses, has been institutionalized ("Forget Me Nots")
- Rick Ravanello as Marcus Bronson, U.S. Dept of Agriculture Forest Service helicopter pilot ("Young Hearts Spark Fire")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"Pilot"||Justin Lin||Teleplay by: Nick Santora||September 22, 2014||101||13.83|
|Special Agent Cabe Gallo hires former child prodigy Walter O'Brien to lead a team of his brilliant friends. They are assigned their first mission by the government to help land airplanes at LAX when the air to ground communication system is shut down by a bug in the new traffic control software. They instantly connect with a waitress named Paige, the mother of a genius child.|
|2||"Single Point of Failure"||Bobby Roth||David Foster||September 29, 2014||103||13.36|
|Team Scorpion is called upon by the governor when his daughter is a victim of biohacking and has only 24 hours to live. The mission hits a raw nerve with Walter, who receives a letter regarding his sister Megan's worsening multiple sclerosis. Toby reaches out to his ex-fiancée, Happy isn't so happy about people letting her down in her past, and Cabe is reminded of the loss of his own daughter while working this case.|
|3||"A Cyclone"||Gary Fleder||Nick Santora & Nicholas Wootton||October 6, 2014||102||12.05|
|After failing a military training exercise ordered by Director Merrick, the team is determined to prove their worth. When Internet infrastructure is threatened by random bomb strikes around the city, they set up their own operation to find the bomber. Cabe takes them off the mission for violating orders, while Paige tries to find her place on the team.|
|4||"Shorthanded"||Dwight H. Little||Elizabeth Beall||October 13, 2014||105||11.51|
|Wanting publicity on their last case, Scorpion takes on a private contract in spite of Cabe's objections. They travel to Las Vegas to help a casino that is losing money on their high-roller blackjack tables. Walter sees a heist about to happen, but he is accused of masterminding the robbery and is sent to jail. However, his team is able to crack the case and exonerate him, with Cabe's help.|
|5||"Plutonium Is Forever"||Jeff T. Thomas||Paul Grellong||October 20, 2014||104||10.75|
|A nuclear reactor at a Los Angeles power plant with an out-of-date system nears a cataclysmic meltdown. Walter must enlist the help of genius Mark Collins, a former troubled team member who brought him "down the rabbit hole", what he calls a dissociative state of intelligent thought years ago that almost jeopardized Scorpion.|
|6||"True Colors"||Jeff Hunt||Rob Pearlstein||October 27, 2014||106||10.39|
|After taking a security job at an art museum, Scorpion is accused of destroying a priceless piece of art which they think is a forgery. They must pass a mandated psych evaluation or be disbanded from all Homeland assignments. But Gallo has a connection, Hetty Lange, head of NCIS: L.A. who helps them track down the real painting. Paige tasks Walter with an experiment to gain emotional quotient so his team can get more work, and also asks them for help when Ralph doesn't have anyone to go with to his school's Halloween party.|
|7||"Father's Day"||Milan Cheylov||Nick Santora||November 3, 2014||107||10.34|
|When Ralph's absentee father Drew calls the Scorpion office to talk to Paige, it triggers the familial memories of everyone. The team tries to protect Ralph by running a background check on Drew, who is a struggling minor league baseball player. Meanwhile, the team is tasked with finding out how three convicts, including a high IQ hacktivist, escaped from a high-tech prison and as to what their plan really is.|
|8||"Risky Business"||Matt Earl Beesley||Nicholas Wootton||November 10, 2014||108||10.08|
|A musical prodigy, who created a controversial algorithm that generates the perfect hit pop song, helps Scorpion investigate the murder of his friend who was a music industry blogger. Meanwhile, Drew takes Ralph out to a baseball game and later visits the team's garage to seek Walter's advice to help him connect with his son. Also, Walter needs a distraction and takes on a new hobby—street racing supercars around town at night.|
|9||"Rogue Element"||Jerry Levine||Paul Grellong & Kim Rome||November 17, 2014||110||10.17|
|Scorpion tries to help Cabe after he is alerted by a distress code sent by his ex-wife Rebecca, who fears she is being targeted for stumbling upon a money trail linked to the assassination of a prominent congressman and special elections to be held thereafter. Meanwhile, Drew thanks Walter for the kinetic pitching diagnostic analysis improving his fastball speed; however, this lands him a tryout with a Double-A baseball team in Portland, Maine and doesn't know what to do with Ralph.|
|10||"Talismans"||Sam Hill||Alex Katsnelson||November 24, 2014||109||9.42|
|When an F-120 Hawkwing carrying a classified cloaking radar device goes down over Bosnia, Scorpion must help a dis-approving Navy SEALs team locate the jet, recover the stealth technology and find the pilot's remains. Also, on a request from the pilot's wife, they have to retrieve his special necklace. Meanwhile, after a drunken run-in with the police in an attempt at temporary freedom from her MS and the hospital, Megan meets the team, who are taken aback that Walter would even bring his sister to the garage in the first place.|
|11||"Revenge"||Mel Damski||Elizabeth Beall & David Foster||December 8, 2014||111||10.00|
|During an investigation on an international brutal gang of thieves called "The Ghosts", who broke into a complex system safe from a warehouse, Sylvester ends up seriously injured after accidentally triggering an explosive device that was left behind. Not only does the team have to keep their composure as their friend is in critical condition in the hospital, they must work with Interpol and remain focused on finding the culprits. Meanwhile, Drew grows closer to Ralph and also wants to get close with Paige again.|
|12||"Dominoes"||Omar Madha||Rob Pearlstein & Nick Santora||December 15, 2014||112||10.07|
|On Christmas Eve, Scorpion must race against time in order to save a young boy who gets trapped in a 14-foot deep sinkhole in a cave at Zuma Beach, where the rising tide threatens his life. Walter pulls some favors to get Megan into a study with a new MS drug, but she doesn't want to be a guinea pig. Meanwhile, since Drew has to miss the holiday with Ralph for a baseball try-out in Portland, Paige tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the team by decorating, giving them gifts and hosting a holiday dinner at the garage.|
|13||"Kill Screen"||Jace Alexander||Nicholas Wootton & Paul Grellong||January 5, 2015||113||12.32|
|Scorpion must help Ralph when he is brought in for questioning by the DOJ after he unlocks a secret level in a dark website video game that unintentionally revealed the location of a CIA safe house in Culiacán, Mexico, resulting in the murders of two agents. Meanwhile, Walter enters an aerospace contest by studying jet propulsion on a dismantled CL-460 rocket engine he purchased to win $15 million for Megan's MS.|
|14||"Charades"||Christine Moore||Rob Pearlstein||January 18, 2015||115||12.29|
|When the CIA's Internal Affairs Division intercepts an encrypted message that was sent by someone in their L.A. office, Scorpion must uncover the mole who leaked classified information and snuck out chemicals for pesticides to an aid worker he loves in Yemen, thinking it was for a humanitarian cause. The team is confronted with stopping a seductive agent trying to produce nerve gas with the stolen chemicals. Meanwhile, Paige confronts her feelings for Walter and helps him prepare for the case by giving him a lesson in flirting.|
|15||"Forget Me Nots"||Jann Turner||Alex Katsnelson & Nick Santora||January 19, 2015||114||12.08|
|When an attempted hack tries to launch a weapon of mass destruction at a nuclear missile silo in Keflavik, Iceland, the team must help an institutionalized former POTUS Secret Service agent to remember events from 16 years previously in order to prevent a nuclear attack on an American ally. Meanwhile, Paige is torn between staying in L.A. or moving 3,000 miles away after Drew finds a gifted school for Ralph in Portland, Maine, causing Walter to get in the middle of her decision.|
|16||"Love Boat"||Sam Hill||Elizabeth Beall & Kim Rome||February 9, 2015||116||11.86|
|As Valentine's Day approaches, Scorpion must search for stolen experimental shoulder-launch rockets that are being transported aboard a luxury cruise ship, and identify the arms dealer who is transporting them and targeting the one percenters aboard. Meanwhile, Happy and Toby help Ralph impress his first crush and Sylvester makes a valentine for Megan. Also, Walter plans to take Paige out on a so-called "business dinner" at a top L.A. restaurant, but has second thoughts after the mission.|
|17||"Going South"||David Grossman||Nick Santora & Nicholas Wootton||February 23, 2015||117||10.69|
|Billionaire tech mogul, Richard Elia hires Scorpion to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel while on a journalism assignment. Meanwhile, wanting media coverage for the team, Walter gives an interview to a local news station, but the story has misinformation and he also fails to acknowledge the other members, hurting their feelings in the process. Later, Sylvester tries to find the right time to tell Walter that he's dating Megan and resorts to blurting it out during their case.|
|18||"Once Bitten, Twice Die"||Guy Ferland||David J. North||March 9, 2015||118||10.59|
|When a century-long border conflict between Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia reignites, Scorpion is called in by Homeland to help facilitate secret peace talks to prevent this developing crisis escalating into World War III. Meanwhile, wanting to better herself and set a good example for Ralph, Paige re-enrols in college and starts going to night classes so she can finish her Liberal Arts degree. Merrick threatens Cabe with disclosing details of a past case to Walter. Also, Happy and Toby's friendship takes a brief hiatus.|
|19||"Young Hearts Spark Fire"||Mel Damski||Paul Grellong, Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin||March 23, 2015||119||9.70|
|After Scorpion's helicopter crashes while on a mission to save lost hikers from a church group, the crash ignites a massive wildfire that quickly closes in on them due to the Santa Ana winds. Meanwhile, Sylvester tries to help the injured pilot who is unable to make it to safer ground through the rapidly spreading brushfire. Also, Toby tries to mathematically prove his "Walter likes Paige" theory by concocting an elaborate diagram.|
|20||"Crossroads"||Kevin Hooks||David Foster & Rob Pearlstein||March 30, 2015||120||9.38|
|When Scorpion helps the U.S. Marshals in the protection of a key witness set to testify against a vicious Nicaraguan crime syndicate called the DL, they end up taking her on the run across the two counties, with the gang's leader hot on their trail. Meanwhile, a nervous Toby takes an Alprazolam and accidentally falls asleep, missing his dinner date with Happy who doesn't accept his apology. Later, he talks Walter into taking a risk by telling Paige he has feelings for her.|
|21||"Cliffhanger"||Sam Hill||Nick Santora & Nicholas Wootton||April 13, 2015||121||9.53|
|After a hacker takes control over a neurotoxicity lab outside L.A., he uses the ventilation system to spread sarin gas throughout the facility that could kill 23 scientists trapped inside. And worse, he wants revenge for the Baghdad bombings in 1997, causing Cabe to tell Walter his long-buried secret about the covered-up mission. Ralph, wanting to prove he's a part of Scorpion, puts his life on the line to help them. Also, Richard Elia stops by to give Walter a gift for his propulsion rocket, and loans him a Ferrari Testarossa to test its engine. Eventually, Walter kicks Cabe off Scorpion and fight with Paige as she contemplates moving her and Ralph to Portland with Drew, Walter's late night joyride to clear his head in Elia's Ferrari does not go according to plan when he crashes into a guardrail.|
|22||"Postcards from the Edge"||Milan Cheylov||Nick Santora & Nicholas Wootton||April 20, 2015||122||10.71|
|The rest of the team is uncertain about their future without them and is not used to being leaderless. However, they are all forced to come together for their most important mission ever, which is to save Walter's life as his car gingerly balances on the edge of a cliff. In the end, Paige stays on with Scorpion, who is her real family. After Walter is put on morphine, Paige kisses him and expresses her feelings by saying she cares about him. Unfortunately, he does not hear Paige's feelings because he is in a deep medicated sleep.|
Scorpion has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a rating of 60%, based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The site's consensus reads, "Typical procedural plot lines and boring characters using a distracting amount of geek-speak make Scorpion a forgettable show without sting." On Metacritic, the show has a score of 48 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The show premiered on September 22, 2014, earning a 3.2 rating in the 18–49 demo and 13.83 million total viewers. This improved CBS' Monday 9 p.m. time slot from the previous season by 66% in total viewers and 22% in the 18–49 demo. It was also Monday's top new series in viewers and key demos.
|Season 1 (2014–15)|
|1||"Pilot"||September 22, 2014||3.2/9||13.83||1.8||5.32||5.0||19.22|
|2||"Single Point of Failure"||September 29, 2014||3.1/8||13.36||1.5||4.56||4.6||17.94|
|3||"A Cyclone"||October 6, 2014||2.6/7||12.05||1.3||4.49||3.9||16.54|
|4||"Shorthanded"||October 13, 2014||2.4/6||11.51||1.2||4.18||3.6||15.69|
|5||"Plutonium Is Forever"||October 20, 2014||2.4/6||10.75||1.4||4.24||3.8||14.99|
|6||"True Colors"||October 27, 2014||2.3/6||10.39||1.3||4.25||3.6||14.64|
|7||"Father's Day"||November 3, 2014||2.2/6||10.34||1.3||4.85||3.5||15.20|
|8||"Risky Business"||November 10, 2014||2.0/6||10.08||1.3||4.64||3.3||14.72|
|9||"Rogue Element"||November 17, 2014||2.0/5||10.17||1.3||4.22||3.3||14.39|
|10||"Talismans"||November 24, 2014||2.0/5||9.42||1.1||4.00||3.1||13.42|
|11||"Revenge"||December 8, 2014||2.1/6||10.00||1.4||4.47||3.5||14.47|
|12||"Dominoes"||December 15, 2014||2.0/6||10.07||1.3||4.08||3.3||14.15|
|13||"Kill Screen"||January 5, 2015||2.4/7||12.32||1.4||4.35||3.8||16.67|
|14||"Charades"||January 18, 2015||3.2/10||12.29||1.0||3.10||4.2||15.39|
|15||"Forget Me Nots"||January 19, 2015||2.3/6||12.08||1.2||4.14||3.5||16.22|
|16||"Love Boat"||February 9, 2015||2.3/6||11.86||1.2||4.09||3.5||15.95|
|17||"Going South"||February 23, 2015||2.1/6||10.69||1.3||4.49||3.4||15.18|
|18||"Once Bitten, Twice Die"||March 9, 2015||2.0/6||10.59||1.3||4.06||3.3||14.65|
|19||"Young Hearts Spark Fire"||March 23, 2015||2.1/6||9.70||1.1||4.25||3.2||13.96|
|20||"Crossroads"||March 30, 2015||2.0/6||9.38||1.0||3.90||3.0||13.28|
|21||"Cliffhanger"||April 13, 2015||1.9/6||9.53||1.2||4.46||3.1||13.99|
|22||"Postcards from the Edge"||April 20, 2015||2.2/6||10.71||1.1||3.87||3.3||14.58|
Scorpion was picked up in the UK by ITV2 for broadcast starting on October 23, 2014. The series premiered in fall on RTÉ2 in Ireland. Australian network TEN began airing the show on September 28. In New Zealand, Prime began airing the show on October 10. The show airs in Canada on City simultaneous to CBS.
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