FBI Season 4 Episode 18 Recap – In the 18th episode of Season 4, titled “Fear Nothing,” Jubal’s FBI team was on the lookout for sarin gas that had been obtained in a deadly meet-up by Hakeen Abbas, a terrorist with a grudge against the US government.
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FBI Season 4 Episode 18 ‘Fear Nothing’ Recap
In CBS‘ FBI season 4 episode 18, time running out and no time to wait for suitable hazmat gear, Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan (played by Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki) split off for a room-by-room search of the complex, tip-toeing over claymore booby traps along the way. Maggie eventually tracked down Abbas in a laboratory, where she attempted to persuade him to hand over his weapons.
After Maggie put a bullet between his eyes, Abbas tried to go out guns blazing, knocking over a container of sarin gas. Maggie dove towards the canister, but as soon as it struck the ground, it dispersed. Worse, the automatic closing/sealing of the door behind her was triggered by safety regulations.
OA arrived on the scene in a hurry, but neither a metal chair nor a barrage of gunfire could break the door’s glass. As Maggie began to pass out from the toxin, OA hurried to find some type of face protection (thank you, construction crew down the hall!) before ramming a hole in the glass with a fire extinguisher, causing the door to reopen and allowing him to take his partner to fresh air.
Maggie had received “severe” exposure to the chemical weapon, and physicians had only given her a “reasonable chance for a full recovery,” according to a worried OA later at the hospital. “I can’t do this without you, I don’t want to do this without you,” OA said quietly as he grasped his partner’s hand at an unconscious Maggie’s bedside. And, as if hearing OA’s appeal, Maggie nodded ever so slightly, to to OA’s satisfaction.
What Happened to Maggie in FBI Season 4 Episode 18?
Maggie’s hospitalisation and impending recovery pave the way for her actress to take maternity leave for the remaining four episodes of Season 4. Still, showrunner Rick Eid has stated that Peregrym will return for any potential Season 5.
“The reality is that [Maggie’s recovery] is going to be a long road,” Eid told TVLine. “She’ll probably be the same ol’ Maggie when she comes back, whenever that is, but she did go through something quite horrific.” There may be emotional as well as physical damage, which could alter how she sees the world and how she conducts cases.”
Maggie was written off the canvas by way of an undercover assignment when Peregrym was expecting her first kid two years ago; Peregrym then returned for the Season 3 premiere. The FBI’s creative team chose something a little more theatrical this time.
“We had a variety of other ideas floating around among the writers,” Eid explains, “and it just so happened that we were like, ‘Hmm, there’s this sarin gas notion out there…,’ and that could be an interesting, organic approach for Maggie to take some time off.” We needed a plot point that would send her away for a long, and this seemed like a good fit.”
FBI Season 4 Episode 18 Ending Explained
Maggie’s defiance of death, all while a harrowed OA stood by helplessly, set the stage for the crimefighting partners to gain a fresh appreciation for their friendship.
“Trying to reenforce how important they are to each other, and how much they care for each other,” Eid says of the interactions between them at breakfast that day, through the laboratory glass, and as OA stood at Maggie’s hospital bedside. “I was genuinely looking forward to those scenes, and they both delivered.”
And, lest you think FBI’s high-octane arsenal has run dry with four episodes left in the season, Eid assures you that there will be more of the same to come.
This is a tease for the season finale, which will show on Tuesday, May 24.
Stream FBI Season 4 Episode 18 on CBS.