Zoo season 3, episode 7 review: Why did it have to be snakes?

Zoo CBSAfter seeing the preview released by CBS for this week’s episode of Zoo we have been dancing with excitement at the fact that Mitch’s father Max is going to be stopping by. He was a major insight into Mitch’s youth as he revealed that Allison was once Mitch’s girlfriend and that Max not only stole her from Mitch, but then married her (talk about your weird family reunion!). We also saw Max tried to play his flirting game with another love interest of Mitch’s, our very own Jamie, but she wasn’t having any of it. While we are on the topic of Mitch, last week it was revealed that he is Mr. Duncan and at some point during the last ten years, Abigail was using him to perform some pretty shady things for the Shepherds… things that Jamie is not going to be happy with. Do we think she will forgive him? Absolutely. This is someone she loves after all and he was clearly under mind control since Mitch wouldn’t be doing these things of his own free will. For now though, let’s dive into this week’s episode and see where the chips land.

The quest for Issac…

Finding Isaac is still high on the teams long list of things to do and Abe has figured out a plan. So where are all the children? Abigail’s got them at a facility in New York and after using them as test subjects to benefit her hybrids she ditches them just as our team shows up to save all the children. We’ve been waiting for weeks to see this!

Who is the father of Clementine’s baby?

While the team was saving the children, Abigail snuck on the plane and got into a pretty serious fight with Clementine. Our immediate worry was all about the baby! Once Abigail gets the upper hand, she steals back her hybrid baby and leaves Clementine. when the team returns, Abe wants to run tests to make sure that Clementine and the baby are okay, but learns that the baby needs a blood transfusion or it won’t survive. The only person that is a match for the baby… the father.

This is where we get to learn more about the father of Clementine’s baby. He is a man named Sam who she cared about dearly. She tells them that they worked together and we’re together all the time, but when she got a lead on the Shepherd’s she snuck out in the middle of the night, didn’t leave a note and didn’t look back. Now she’s facing not only telling him that they’re having a baby, but that their baby can’t survive without his blood and explain why she left him that way. It’s a lot to digest, When Jackson finally finds Sam he tries to explain the situation to him, however it seems that this man doesn’t know what Jackson’s talking about. Instead Abigail is there claiming that Jackson has something that she needs. We have two possible theories and we don’t like the idea of either of them. Either Clementine lied and tipped off Abigail, or Abigail ported into the bioware in Mitch’s head and he was part of a set up without knowing.

Bye Bye Logan…

When Logan gets an offer from an IADG agent named Garrison his immediate response is to tell him to go take a long walk off a short pier, but once Garrison gives him the location of the hybrid that the team needs he starts listening. He decides to take the job and we’re guessing that we’re not going to see as much of Logan as we normally do. He’ll probably still be around in some sort of capacity because he will likely be continuing to feed new hybrid location information to Jamie. It’s also pretty clear that Logan wants to take this job because he’s not interested in watching Jamie and Mitch’s relationship develop – and we don’t blame him one bit.

With the children found and Logan gone on his new super secret mission, the group finally has a win and are ready to head off to Peru to find the new hybrid, but before they go Jamie wanted to check if the facial-recognition software revealed who Mr. Duncan is. Instead of telling Jamie the truth (which would have been the best way to go about it) he decided to lie and tell her that there was an error with the software. We’re hoping that Mitch just wants to find out exactly what he’s done before going to Jamie with what he knows, because keeping things from her is not something that Mitch typically does.

Why did it have to be snakes?

Once the team is on foot in Peru they encounter Mitch’s father (Max) who is there hunting his white whale: A 60 foot invisible snake. In true Max fashion it takes no time for him to start diving into Mitch’s love life asking if him and Jamie are now a couple and after Mitch’s past with his father and Allison it’s not surprising that he doesn’t really want to share anything with him. We knew that once they found the 60 foot snake this scene was going to be super intense, incredibly fun and really crazy, but we did not expect to watch Jamie not only get eaten by an invisible snake but then cut her way out of the snake’s body! We haven’t made it any secret here at CarterMatt that we think Jamie is a total badass, but this scene with the snake just proved our point.

With Jamie being as smart as she is, when Max reveals to her that a gene sequence she’s looking at has Mitch’s scientific signature in it she realizes that he is Mr. Duncan. We were so happy to see her call him out on it right away and didn’t drag this out over the next few episodes (which many other shows would have done). We didn’t want to see this lie continue on knowing how badly it was going to end up hurting their relationship in the long-term. Since this is a secret that he’s kept for maybe a day it should be okay. After confronting him, she lets him know that it’s not his fault and that it’s the bio-drive in his head that’s controlling him. She reassures him that they’re going to find a way to get through this, but when she hugs him he uses tranquilizer dart to knock her out and we’re not sure if this is Mitch doing this as a way to protect her or if the bio-drive has been accessed by Abigail and she’s controlling him once again.

There was a lot of great stuff in tonight’s episode and a lot of stuff that on any other show would be a little unbelievable (like a 60 foot snake or that weird glowing egg that Max had at the end of the episode), but this is Zoo, so we take everything as we see it. That includes watching Jackson take the submersion tank out of a crime scene after getting permission from the FBI to take evidence. On a normal show we would be Twitter ranting about that all night, but in this world in anything can happen and it does. That’s one of the many things that makes Zoo such a fun summer show. Episode grade: B+

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