Each episode of The Night Manager so far has been building up to Roper showing off the deadly weaponry that makes him so much money, and tonight, we get that demonstration in all its fiery, err, “glory.”
We begin with the premise that something big is coming, and sure enough, Pine's time for sipping cocktails by a giant pool and enjoying the spoils of war without actually seeing the war for himself comes to an abrupt end. Roper takes himself, Pine and a few cohorts to the Turkish border with Syria – and just from that alone, you know something big is about to go down.
On the plane ride to their destination, Roper suggests to Pine that there’s a mole in their group. While others might flinch or ultimately confess their betrayal, Pine doesn’t and instead, he continues to exude his calm exterior façade that he’s put on for weeks. As they make their arrival, there’s a haunting honesty with which Roper tells him: “When a continent enters into chaos, that’s when opportunities open up.”
Meeting the men he plans to do business with, he puts on a fireworks show of sorts, a display of military might I’m pretty sure even the US would be proud of, that includes remote control war-planes that turn the ground, and village, a fair distance ahead of them into a burning, fiery inferno. “There’s nothing quite like napalm at night” Roper muses, the delight in the spectacle etched on his face for all to see.
When Jed arrives, Pine is suitably surprised, but later distracted by ‘uncovering’ a supposed arms transportation deal that’s to go down shortly, information he discreetly relays back to Burr and her team. Meanwhile, Roper wants to question Jed about the suspected mole in their group. He assaults her in a bid to the truth and she ‘confesses’ to save Pine. Her apologies soon win Roper over and the ease at which he seemingly shifts from bully back to boyfriend is alarming.
Corky still has his suspicions about Pine and catches up with him to warn him about messing with Roper. That doesn’t end well – for him, and Pine who has evidently had enough of the one man who truly stands in his way of completely winning over Roper, finds himself beaten to a bloody, and dead, pulp.
What transpires next is proof of Roper’s incredible smarts. Burr, with help from high level colleagues, arranges a raid on the convoy of what she and Pine believe to be arms – only, when said raid takes place, there’s not a single bullet to be found. Roper’s convoy never left the area, and the convoy that hit the road, was, for lack of a better term, a decoy. It also cements Roper’s belief that there’s a mole in their group – you can certainly feel the tension rising.
It gets worse. When Roper informs Pine they’re to head back to Cairo, to the Nefertiti hotel, he has to play it extremely cool. Arriving at the hotel, he can’t help looking over his shoulder as guests and staff pass him by – if he’s rumbled now, the whole plan goes to hell. Instead, as Samira’s ghost haunts him once more, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Pine, and we, are soon to find ourselves in the company of Freddie Hamid once again, and that in itself, could present Pine with his biggest challenge to date.
What did you think of the episode? Where do you see the finale going? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see you next week!