'FBI: International' Episode 12 Review: Frankfurt, fugitives and estranged family
Episode 11 of 'FBI: International' hinted at the existence of a side of Forrester that was hidden from his team and viewers alike. Midway through the episode, we see Forrester receive an image on his phone, a childhood photograph of his, and he finds out that his device is being tapped while looking into the origin of the mail. However, he doesn't remove the tracing bug from his phone. Titled 'Chew Toy,' the episode ended with his mother resurfacing in his life.
The hidden side of Forrester and the reason behind it is explored further in the twelfth episode of 'FBI: International.' Resuming from the bar in Transnistria, Episode 12, titled 'One Point One Million Followers,' sheds light on Forrester's strained relationship with Angela Cassidy, his mother. Cassidy, accused of selling classified information to Russia, hasn't seen Forrester in the last 15 years, and that has made him harbor negative feelings over the fact that he was abandoned. Cassidy asks Forrester for a favor, adding that he'll find out the truth about her activities and the cause for her absence. She doesn't say anything more to him, reiterating that the truth lies in the favor before she leaves.
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On the work front, the Fly Team is flown down to Frankfurt after Michael Vestal, a fugitive from American law is suspected of murdering a German citizen. Vestal, already suspected of murdering his business partner in America, fled to Germany before he could be produced at court. Aware of the FBI investigating his case, Vestal incites his social media followers,1.1 million of them to be precise, by spreading misinformation about the authorities while claiming to be innocent. Throughout the episode, Vestal makes it increasingly difficult for Forrester and the team to arrest him, with his followers aiding him to get away anytime the Fly Team gets closer to him. Whether they're able to bring him to justice and how they manage to overcome the obstacles, and whether or not Cassidy gets to clear her name, form the rest of the episode.
'One Point One Million Followers' is a balanced mix of everything that 'FBI: International' is known for, making it a thoroughly engaging watch. Speaking of watches, Episode 12 of 'FBI: International' doesn't make you look at one thanks to its engrossing screenplay and splendid execution. The ending leaves space for the Cassidy-Forrester angle to be developed, but sadly we'll have to wait to find out if Jamie and Scott get back together.
'FBI: International' airs Tuesdays at 9 pm ET on CBS.