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Previously on Mi-5
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Written by: Rupert Walters
Directed by: Alrick Riley
Robert Morgan (Owen Teale), a British Army officer-turned-mercenary and known trafficker in illegal arms, has been under Mi-5 careful watch for quite some time. Their routine surveillance hasn't brought up anything dangerous so far, but when Morgan is arrested outside of a disused RAF base by the police tailing him, the government agency springs into action and brings him in for their own purposes. Under the newest laws, Mi-5 is allowed to hold him for seven days without charge, an indispensable amount of time now that their cover has been blown.
But what was Morgan doing outside the airbase? Harry (Peter Firth) brings up a map, explaining that it's of "all the old Soviet KGB weapons hides scattered across the country in the good old days of the Cold War." After examining the site, Malcolm (Hugh Simon) tells the crew that an item is missing: a laser target designator, which can be buried and automatically triggered to guide a missile to its target. Cross-referencing some material from E-section, Ruth (Nicola Walker) concludes that whoever hired Morgan has already done a trial run over London with this missing device, meaning that an attack is imminent. But when and where? The only solution is an enhanced interrogation of Morgan, and who better than the no-nonsense, willing-to-go-the-extra-mile Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones), himself a survivor of torture, to play bad cop to Danny's (David Oyelowo) good cop?
After initial questioning fails to turn up any worthy results, and knowing that Morgan will basically stall until the missile is launched, the team decides to exploit The Three Fs: Finance, Friends, Family. The investigative team finds a large deposit of £100,000 pounds that can be traced back to a private city bank, and they quickly trace it back to Anglo-West African Oil, a giant multinational conglomerate currently in a tense bidding war for an Ivory Coast pipeline that would allow countries to bypass the stranglehold of the Middle East, and their biggest competition for the bid is the British government. Attack London, win the bid.
While Fiona (Olga Sosnovska) is tasked with getting close to Juliet Taylor (Nila Aalia), Anglo-West's finance director, Adam and Danny get Morgan to give his signature, allowing them to drain his bank account of all its savings, transferring the money to a number of charities. Still, he won't budge, and after tricking him to drink a laced bottle of water, they leave him in the holding cell to suffer some painful, fast-acting illness.
Next step: Friends. Adam returns to the holding cell and threatens for Mi-5 to tamper with Morgan's military record so he's rendered unemployable, threatening the careers of his military friends. Morgan is unwilling to betray his friends, and Adam responds by making more threats toward Morgan's health, telling him he'll "make things so bad that everything that's happened to you in the last few hours will seem like a pleasant memory."
Outside the holding cell, Danny is becoming uncomfortable with the increasingly troubling interrogation techniques, adding to his recent disillusion with his job thanks to Zoe's trial and the assassination Mi-5 forced him to carry out. Still, country always comes first, and he is ready to proceed to the third F: Family. Without much digging, Ruth discovers that Morgan has a young daughter in need of a liver transplant. Reluctantly bringing this information to Harry and Adam, they all decide that one terrible option - taking Morgan's daughter off of a donor list - should only be a last resort measure.
Doing a slambang job with her mission, Fiona learns that finance director Taylor is cheating on her husband, and with some photographic evidence blackmails Taylor into looking into Anglo-West's hidden accounts. Within hours, Taylor returns with information: Morgan is being paid by a department called External Development, a piece of the company being used "to look into any opposition to our plans for strategic growth...mostly concerned with our rivals over the African pipeline contract - the Oil and Petroleum Company." Something major is planned, she adds, "something that will remove them as a player."
With this new information, Mi-5 is able to infer that the missile attack is meant to look like a terrorist attack when it's not, an attack on the Oil and Petroleum Company based out of London. With the figurative countdown clock set to expire soon, Mi-5 makes a big play. Taking Morgan out of his holding cell, they throw him in a boat, ride with him down the Thames, disembark along the shore, and hand him a set of binoculars, telling him to look directly across the river at the Oil and Petroleum Company, a.k.a. the missile's target. Lo and behold, Danny has brought Morgan's daughter to the spot and leaves her behind, telling her to wait for her father. With no options left, Morgan reveals both the location of the laser target designator and the team with the launcher. Morgan knows that he's a dead man, but at least his daughter is safe...for now. Anglo-West African Oil loses the bid and takes a huge hit in its share price, leading to the resignation of its managing director.
Hey! I Know That Actor!
Owen Teale, who played mercenary Robert Morgan, is a Tony Award-winning actor ("A Doll's House") and a mainstay on British television, including stints on "Stella," "Murphy's Law," "Ballykissangel," and "Waterfront Beat." American audiences would know him best from his performance as Alliser Thorne on the first season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."