Team Scorpion at the RenFaire


My husband and son are fond of CBS’ show Scorpion on Monday nights, and I watch it with them.  November 13, 2017, Scorpion had an episode called “Faire is Foul,” which took place at a RenFaire.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a volunteer at Mid-South Renaissance Faire, so I was especially interested in this episode.  I enjoyed it very much, but I couldn’t help noticing a few plotholes.

Beware:  SPOILERS!









Necessary background information:  for humanitarian reasons, Agent Cade Gallo (played by Robert Patrick) was forced in a previous episode to choose between killing a prisoner and risking letting him escape.  The prisoner escaped.  Cade Gallo was arrested and suspended from duty as a federal agent.  Sylvester Dodd (played by Ari Stidham), a mathematician with an eidetic memory, took and passed the bar test so he could become Gallo’s lawyer.

Agent Gallo on horseback

Robert Patrick as Agent Cade Gallo {image via CBS}

The show opens with Gallo and Sylvester in court.  After the courtroom scene, all of Team Scorpion (except Ralph Dineen) go to the Los Angeles Renaissance Festival.  One problem:  RenFaires are usually only open on weekends and holidays, days when courthouses are normally closed.

Happy Quinn (played by Jadyn Wong) was dressed as an executioner and wore an axe on her back.  Contrary to safety procedures at every RenFaire I’ve ever been in, her weapon was not peace-bonded.

King Philip came riding through the faire on horseback.  He was unaccompanied.  At Mid-South Renaissance Faire, when Good Queen Bess goes walking through the faire, she is accompanied by at least two guards and two or more ladies-in-waiting and/or courtiers.  She never goes anywhere unescorted.

At the RenFaire, the bad guys sabotaged the transformer, because they needed to steal something from a nearby building.  In the show, this deprived the faire and the surrounding area of power.  Most RenFaires, several of the merchants will have portable generators.

The guard at a nearby warehouse was shot.  Team Scorpion had to save his life, and they did so, MacGyver-fashion.  A friend watching the show asked, “Where are the EMTs?”  Most Faires will have EMTs on standby, in addition to a first aid tent.

Scorpion RenFaire

Left to right, Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien, Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis, Robert Patrick as Cade Gallo, and Katherine McPhee as Paige Dineen.  {image via CBS}

The faire was evacuated of all but a handful of people: a few vendors and craftsmen, Sylvester’s gaming comrades (who performed as the Lords of the Sing), King Philip, and Team Scorpion.  There are generally several thousand people at a faire and dozens of volunteers, performers, and vendors.  I have trouble believing that there would have been so few people.  And where were the county sheriff’s deputies or local police, who usually assign a few men and women to Renaissance festivals just in case?

On the whole, I enjoyed the episode.  It was fun.  The good guys were heroic.  Sly gave a great speech to inspire the folks at the RenFaire, to which all present shouted “huzzah!”   There was some romance between Toby and Happy, and between Walter and Paige.  But when Beauty and the Beast was on TV, I worked for the Public Defender’s office as a legal procedures clerk, and I saw Catherine Chandler get courtroom procedure wrong on a regular basis.  As a RenFaire volunteer and author, I couldn’t help notice a few things off about “Faire is Foul.”

Scorpion team logo

Left to right, Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Dr. Toby Curtis, Katherine McPhee as Paige Dineen, Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien, Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, and Robert Patrick as Agent Cade Gallo. {image via CBS}

If you like Renaissance faires and festivals, buy my book, R is for Renaissance Faire.


If you like political satire written by some of the best science fiction and fantasy authors on two continents, More Alternative Truths, the sequel to Alternative Truths, was released one week ago today.  A portion of the royalties from both More Alternative Truths and Alternative Truths go to the American Civil Liberties Union for three years.  After three years, all royalties will go to the ACLU.

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All pictures of the cast of Scorpion are taken from or CBS’ own website.  No copyright infringement is intended.



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