My comments from the Orwell board...
I only have one question: WHERE THE %$#@ WAS THIS ORWELL in the first four episodes? As if it took them this long to realize how to use her. Sweet merciful...
Anyway, I liked the episode. I only have a few complaints, and they're mostly minor things.
First, I didn't like the freak out by Orwell. The first thing I thought was, Drama Queen! I understand what to do with Fleming/Chess isn't a black and white issue, but I think that scene could've been written a little better. The freak-out and exchange made me cringe.
(I can forgive them for not showing us Orwell stealing the files because 1) It wasn't necessary, and 2) We got to see her do other stuff.)
Second, the flashbacks were completely useless, especially the ones at the start of the episode. We already knew what happened, so what was the point? Did we really need to see Trip beg Vince to finish Monopoly?
(Another minor thing: Anyone else dislike Dice's dialogue in the boilerroom?)
Those complaints out of the way, finally we got a useful Orwell. We saw her doing some investigative work, saw her tapping into security cameras. I thought that was cool. I laughed at her zapping the guy. Twice. Poor guy. And she got some revenge! Dice slapped her with a gun, so she repaid the favour by punching her, and hand-cuffing her in the stairwell.
This is the Orwell I've been waiting to see. It's nice that the writers finally work up! I'd like to see this Orwell for the rest of the season.
And Max was great, as usual. "Why do you always bother me when I'm drinking?!"
And we got to see a bit more of Peter. Looks like it is a split personality thing.