The Terminal List’s third episode allows Reece to cross another name off his list, and we all know how satisfying that can be.
This recap of the Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1, episode 3, “Consolidation,” contains spoilers.
The Terminal List season 1, episode 3 recap
Saul Agnon (Sean Gunn) is the new Vice President of Asset Management at Capstone Industries. He is also the man the deceased NCIS Detective Holder told Reece pays him money for information and covers things up. So, Reece saddles up. He grabs a trusty sniper rifle and a bag of goodies, including hatchets. Lots of them. He meets Katie later and tells her what he has found. Agnon is part of a company with 60 billion dollars in assets. However, Katie has other news. The medical records she stole show the CT scan shows Reece has a tumor in his brain.
That’s when Reece sees someone who looks like a hitman with a long beard and wrap-around glasses. They sneak out of the restaurant and head to his car. Reece sees the man in the car behind them, and it’s about to move. Reece accelerates, backing his SUV and smashing into the sedan. The commander, pretending to be a concerned citizen, with a gun drawn, says, “Sorry buddy, I didn’t see you there.” That’s when the guy fires a couple of shots, missing Reece but almost striking Katie, and he puts him down. He then goes through the car, searches the man’s pockets, and finds an empty wallet. (He does all this without gloves on, by the way). Reece then considers a folder, hears sirens and shows Katie the file. It is a professional hit package. “Do you still think I’m crazy?” he asks.
The Secretary of Defense also wants to redo the budget so the government can institute mandatory limits served in the military, so the country doesn’t wear down these soldiers to the nubs. Despite the budget being set, this could mean readiness numbers could be at an all-time low. No worries, however, because Ms. Hartley will find acceptable data to back up the numbers. She is later approached by her second in command, worried about what this will do to her legacy. She tells him leaving the country in a better place will be her legacy. The man then leaves and calls someone giving them a heads up. But who?
Agnon reports to Steve Horn, the head of Capstone, who just had his own make-shift SEAL training session. He seems like the armed forces group type. Especially when he tells Agnon to show more respect when talking about Commander Reece. A few minutes before, he let Horn know that the assassin is dead and Reece is still alive.
Reece hides in a motel after sending Katie on her way with the information on Capstone. He dreams of being with his wife and hundreds of starlings flying into the windows like the scene in the pilot episode. Reece wakes up to Ben knocking on his door and handing him a burrito. He reports that NCIS put out a BOLO for him. That’s when Reece lets him know about the reporter. He makes sure Reece understands that it’s his ass on the line. Reece tells him he has his back and can be out if he wants. Ben tells him to f**k off. He is in.
Reece infiltrates Agnon’s home on that golf course and wraps his head in a plastic bag. He passes out and wakes up tied to a chair in his bedroom with a roaring fire. Agnon confirms he is just the go-between for Steve Horn, the head of Capstone. He is a genius who made his money in tech. Reece asks him how he arranged an ambush of a Navy SEAL team in Syria. Agnon has no idea, but he is a billionaire and has connections everywhere. He doesn’t know the objective either, but he thinks it has to do with Project RD 4895. He tells Reece that the man who killed his family was, in fact, Sicarios from Mexico, who they can hire because of the company’s oil interest in that region. Reece then gives him a methadone cocktail and puts him to sleep.
Reece meets Ben later to tell him what he learned. His wife and daughter died because of some corporate project. Ben wonders why they brought his girls into it. Because of one simple reason: people would buy a story about a soldier who goes crazy and kills his family. An assassination of Reece would have drawn too much attention to Capstone’s real plan.
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