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'Mi-5,' Episode Forty-Three Recap: 'Hostage Takers (Part 2)'

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Previously on Mi-5

Just as the U.K. enters into a nuclear power-for-oil deal with Saudi Arabia, six terrorists enter the country hoping to cause trouble. For more, read the full episode recap here.

This Week's Episode: "Hostage Takers (Part 2)"

Written by: Raymond Khoury
Directed by: Andy Hay

Trapped inside the Saudi Trade Centre, now being held by group of terrorists led by one Sharaf (Dhaffer L'Abidine), an undercover Ros (Hermione Norris) secretly escapes to a top floor and finds an office. Calling into headquarters, she helps confirm what the rest of the team already knew--that the suicide bombers Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones) and Zaf (Raza Jaffrey) were chasing after were nothing more than decoys, a way to distract Mi-5 as the real terrorists infiltrated the Trade Centre and took the ambassadors and Saudi princes hostage.

Ros may be without her communication device, hidden inside a cubic zirconia earring, but that turns out not to be the biggest hit against Mi-5, as they have a mole in their midst. Hiding in plain sight is Neil Sternin (Matt Day), an agent whose pregnant Israeli wife was killed by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv. Now hoping to exact revenge, he is in constant communication with Sharaf, now telling him over the phone that there is an Mi-5 agent somewhere inside the Trade Centre. Lo and behold, Ros has traveled into the basement and stumbles upon a smorgasbord of C4, set to explode a northeastern wall.

Back at headquarters, the team listens to the terrorists' broadcast to the "godless Saudi regime," declaring that unless their demands are met, they will execute a hostage every hour. But Adam wonders what their real game is, as if this was Al Qaeda as they initially assumed, why wouldn't they still go through with the suicide bombings? Why not wait for the nuclear reactors to get set up before attacking Saudi Arabia? It's almost too sophisticated.

"If we can't sell nuclear power to the Saudis," Adam says, thinking out loud, "I can't see how any other country can justify doing business with them either." This way, the U.K.-Saudi deal collapses, nobody gets oil, the Saudi's don't get plutonium, and it's a win-win situation. "If you're Israeli," Zaf adds.

With the terrorists hot on her heels, Ros is finally captured and brought down to the ground floor with the other hostages. Noticing her missing earring mic sitting comfortably on the carpet, she can do nothing but wait for some kind of distraction. But first, the terrorists come in and grab an ambassador. When the ambassador accuses them of being traitors to Islam, Sharaf leans in mutters, "How can I betray what I don't believe in?" and executes him. Perhaps Adam's theory is dead on.

As Harry (Peter Firth) assigns each team member a task, Jo (Miranda Raison) comes in with some bad news--Sally, one of their newest intelligence officers, has been found murdered. Was she the mole, killed by the terrorists after fulfilling her purpose? Tracking Sally's computer usage, Malcolm (Hugh Simon) notices something odd, that when the facial recognition crash happened earlier (set up remotely by Neil), all programs froze instead of just the one. As Malcolm and Jo futz around on Sally's computer, Neil stays at his desk and blocks them from tracing where the remote lock came from. But Jo grows suspicious, asks Malcolm to set the trace in motion again, then goes over to distract Neil. As the trace goes through correctly, Neil grabs a pen, bites off the butt end, and wanders away from the grid. Jo sniffs the pen. Cyanide.

With headquarters on lockdown, the team finds Neil in a security chamber, having locked himself in while the cyanide makes its way through his body. "You think this is what Rachel would want?" Adam says to Neil, demanding answers before he can take his last breath. "Absolutely," Neil responds. "Everything I did, I did for her." He nods off, taking his secrets to the grave.

At the Trade Centre, Ros has used a razor hidden in her shoe to cut off her bindings, then convinces minister Daniel Wise (Ian Bartholomew) to fake a seizure so as to distract the terrorists while she grabs her earring mic. Finally able to report back to headquarters, she tells them about the C4 when the terrorists overhear and slap her to the ground. Sharaf grabs the earring, declares that "she is next," then destroys the mic with the butt of his gun.

Harry, meanwhile, sets up an impromptu meeting with Uri (Constantine Gregory), an Israeli contact, letting him know that the jig is up and that Mi-5 knows that the terrorists are not Muslims as they are pretending to be. This has Mossad written all over it. Feigning ignorance, Uri asks what's so wrong with what they may or may not be doing, as denying Saudi Arabia nuclear power serves everybody's purpose. What's one collapsed kingdom if the kingdom is rotten?

But the bigger issue is what a PR disaster this would be should the truth be discovered, and so National Security Coordinator Juliet Shaw (Anna Chancellor) has sent an armed SAS team to take over the building and shoot all in its path. This way, the terrorists still lose and nobody will know what happened. But, as Ros may die in this process, Harry must come up with a way to work around this issue. Mossad never sends its officers into certain death, so there must be an escape plan--the northeast wall set to explode must be their way out of the building.

As Uri has made contact with Shafar, warning him that the SAS is on its way before the next hour, Shafar gathers his men and sends them to the basement to blow the wall. But a second SAS team, led by Adam, has already entered the building from the other side using underground tunnels. Since Uri never knew about this second wave of attack, neither do Shafar or his men. The underground SAS team come across five of the six terrorists and easily dispatch them as the other team impregnate the building from the windows, saving the hostages in the process. But as Ros points out, there were six men who held them hostage, and only five are spoken for. Adam races back down to the basement, where he finally catches up with Shafar. After an intense bout of hand-to-hand combat, Adam subdues Shafar and brings him to justice.

Meeting in a dark alley, Uri congratulates Harry on foiling his plan, even though there is not one bit of evidence linking the terrorists to Mossad. But Harry has a surprise for him--while the five terrorists are very much dead, Shafar is not, and it's only a matter of time before he starts singing like a canary.

Hey! I Know That Actor!

Dhaffer L'Abidine, who played the Mossad team's pointman , is a Tunisian actor best known for his appearances in "Rise of the Footsoldier" and "Sex and the City 2" as well as the television shows "Casualty," "Benidorm," and "New Tricks."


About the Author

Marcus Gorman is a pop culture writer and the author of the novel triceratops.
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