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Hostages 1.09 Review: Tying up loose ends

Hostages is tying up loose ends.

In this week's episode, two people who are very closely connected to the assassination plot met their Maker (although one of them was said not to be religious). Elsewhere, uhm well... what happened elsewhere? The deaths of these two characters were the main focus of the hour, with some minor plots here and there. And then there was, of course, the big twisty reveal at the end.

Going act by act:

Act I
Last week's cliffhanger is easily dealt with (maybe a bit too easy?) by having a doctor interupt Ellen and Duncan's conversation. Duncan orders Ellen to get back home where Morgan is whining because of her dead boyfriend. Meanwhile, Kramer and Sandrine hook up and Brian's interview with Hoffman ends with nothing for the latter. But Hoffman finds a lead that suggests someone falsified the Maryland hospital's records, possibly compromising Quentin.

Act II
Duncan gives Ellen the poison to kill the president, but Ellen gets a part from the poison to have it analyzed. Duncan meets with Logan and Logan says they need to get rid of Hoffman. However, since he doesn't want any more killing to happen, Duncan tries to talk Hoffman out of the case (especially after finding out he has a wife). When he fails, he and Logan set up an accident for Hoffman that is related to gang violence. Kramer, after learning from Duncan that Hoffman needs to be taken out, enlists Sandrine's help for some job for Duncan. Archer talks to Sandrine about Kramer and asks Jake about what happened the other night.

With Hoffman on the right scene, everything is set in motion for his death. Quentin calls Blair (who is sleeping with Vanessa) to tell him the problem is being taken care of. But just when the gang members are about to kill Hoffman, a truck driver blocks their view. When the truck drives away, Hoffman has rushed to the hospital after learning his wife may have been involved in an accident. It turns out that Kramer (the truck driver) and Sandrine (the caller) have prevented Hoffman's accident to befall him.

Act IV
The lab analyzed the poison as being a bone marrow preservative. The presidents meets with Blair and Quentin and informs about the exit of OTI, just as Quentin gets the word that Hoffman isn't dead yet. Afterwards, Ellen takes some blood from the president to have it analyzed. While she is unable to take the blood itself, she does take something with her to have it analyzed. Meanwhile, Archer is suspicious of Kramer and Sandrine and tells them not to do anything stupid like killing a limo driver. Quentin meets with Hoffman, and is ready to tell him quite a story.

Act V
Quentin tells Hoffman that the president will be assassinated. He will them him the full story, but he wants immunity and 5 million dollars in cash. Archer asks Sandrine about Kramer (again!) and warns that the story of the limo driver will come back to them. I can see a CW-ish love triangle between Archer, Kramer and Sandrine, so I am curious to see how that will continue. At a ceremony, Quentin suffers a heart attack caused by something in his wine after Vanessa tells him that they will succeed in killing the president (comparing it to the Promised Land from the Bible). Elsewhere, Logan kills Hoffman and makes it look like a robbery (how cliché!). Ellen receives the results from the president's blood and discovers that the president and Nina share the same, very rare blood type. She confronts Duncan, and he tells her that his wife is the president's daughter. However, the president doesn't know she is alive and if he would, he would kill her!

Burning questions:
-Did Duncan really order Kramer and Sandrine to prevent Hoffman's murder? Or did Kramer set up the plan on his own?
-What are the odds of the president's Chief of Staff and a Secret Service agent dying at almost the exact same time? Somebody most get suspicious, right?
-How did Nina end up at Burton? And does he and Kramer know that Nina isn't their relative?
-Why would the president kill his own daughter? Only to prevent a scandal from ruining his career?
-Has the police stopped investigating the limo driver's murder? Or is Kramer still a suspect in the murder?

What did you think of this episode? Be sure to check out the trailer for next week's episode below!

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