FBI: S01.E20. “What Lies Beneath”

Screen Capture: Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan in the FBI Vincent Misiano directed episode "What Lies Beneath."

What are your thoughts pertaining to FBI? Will you know Dick Wolf is better known for the “Law & Order” and the “One Chicago” franchises? Like most of the “Law & Order” shows, the Wolf / Craig Turk co-created FBI is set in New York. The intensity of the drama has been escalating since day one. The narrative we see in this episode reflects the harsh grey realities of the real world. That is what makes Wolf’s productions captivating to many viewers. The strength of the writing is readily apparent. The episode, directed by Vincent Misiano, features a teleplay written by David Amann.

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Brief Episode Synopsis: “What Lies Beneath

When a high profile controversial senior Egyptian leader, Ahmed El-Masri (Nasser Faris), travels to New York from Toronto for a heart transplant, Special Agent Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan (Zeeko Zaki) struggles to reconcile his professional responsibilities with his personal feelings. When OA’s duty assignment is part of the leader’s security detail, the agent must resolve the issues he has with merging both sides of his life.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

The difficulty Zaki’s character faces in doing his job is something many people face every single day. Most people remain professional in the face of such adversity.

The reason Jubal Valentine (Jeremy Sisto) places OA on the security detail is clear. OA has “SWAT training and [he speaks] Arabic.” OA is therefore the best choice for this duty assignment. Reviewing alphabetised-lists would be a waste of his talents.

Special Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) finds in a hotel room an imprint of a note reading BC S SJ338Q74. SJ338Q74 is the license plate of the vehicle El-Masri is travelling in. The FBI team does not realise the significance of the information until it’s almost too late. Jubal correctly identifies BC S as “black Chevy suburban. An agent is shot in the leg. Consequently, the SUV transporting the senior Egyptian leader is diverted to Hope General Hospital.

The Strategy of a Professional Assassin

The involvement of a professional assassin is understandable. Zev Malin “is ruthless,” Jubal said. The assassin took on a gay persona so that he could become close to a Hope General Hospital nurse. “IS Zev that smart?” Dana Mosier (Sela Ward) asks Jubal. The assassin orchestrates the FBI’s response to him shooting the FBI agent perfectly. “He put [the FBI] where he wanted [them].”

The Tail End of the Episode

Maggie met with the man that received her late husband’s heart. The man is a prosecutor at the DA’s office. Unlike El-Masri’s transplant operation, the attorney’s body did not reject the new heart. Is this the “Closure” the FBI agent was looking for or will there be more to the story? Do we know the circumstances surrounding pertaining to the death of Maggie’s husband?

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Final Thought

This episode explores the not so black and write realities of preserving the greater good. Our personal perception of what may have occurred colours our views significantly. People do what they must because that is what they feel is correct at the time. “Weighing the welfare of many against the lives of a few,” OA said. “It’s not that simple.”