Warning: Recap Contains Spoilers
We start to learn more about the conspiracy against Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe), which traces all the way back to Russia. A CIA Agent named Hugh Meachum (Tom Sizemore) appears to be running things and the fact that Jack Payne (Eddie McClintock) missed his chance to kill Swagger is proving inconvenient for everyone. In prison, “protective custody” proves to be anything but for Swagger.
“Bob Lee Swagger doesn’t miss.”
Swagger is surprised to learn that the U.S. president is fine -- it was the Ukranian president who was killed. Julie Swagger (Shantel VanSanten) cites this supposed miss as evidence her husband couldn’t have taken the shot, noting his unfailing accuracy, but agents are already confiscating all of Swagger’s research and camping out with Julie at her sister’s.
Right to Remain Silent
Swagger keeps his mouth shut once he’s in custody in the hospital. He asks for his attorney, Sam Vincent (David Andrews), an old friend of his father’s. Knowing they’re being listened to, Swagger writes just two words for Sam to look into: Isaac Johnson. Johnson (Omar Epps) and Swagger ran 53 missions together, including one in which Swagger saved his commanding officer’s life, but Swagger knows that he’s now a loose end for whoever set him up -- as is his family.
An Unlikely Ally
Swagger is moved to protective custody in federal prison, where being caged just makes him an easier target. Payne uses a dirty guard to rig a carbon monoxide leak, forcing Swagger to be moved into general population, where the guards conveniently leave him alone with the wolves. A group of inmates come after him, but are called off by a powerful Russian inmate named Alexander Rosovich, who shows his appreciation for Swagger supposedly killing the Ukranian president by offering him protection and the use of a satellite phone.
Memphis Connects the Dots
After a chewing-out by her boss, Special Agent John Renlow, for “missing” an email Swagger supposedly sent demanding the Medal of Honor, Agent Nadine Memphis (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) starts to think things are hinky. She visits Julie to confirm her growing skepticism of Swagger’s guilt. Julie suggests if an old friend visited Swagger, he would have left a way to get in touch. Memphis thinks there’s a connection between the fact her source wanted to get her intel on a situation in the Ukraine and the assassination of the Ukrainian president. Memphis shares some of her concern with Johnson, who doesn’t see her as a threat -- yet.
Who Is Hugh?
CIA Agent Hugh Meachum appears to be running the conspiracy on behalf of the Russians. Swagger calls Johnson and offers to confess to protect his family, but that’s not good enough for Meachum, who wants Swagger dead to get the Russians off his back. Meachum clearly has reach, not just into prison, but into the evidence lock-up to snatch the business card Johnson left at Swagger’s – a loose end, tied.
Say It With Flowers
In prison, a crooked guard lets a giant convict into Swagger’s cell, offering to split the bounty on Swagger with him. But Swagger takes out the inmate and then the guard, proving he’s not just deadly at a distance. Swagger takes the guard’s uniform and (ew) his thumb to get past biometric security, and hitches a ride out in a prison laundry van. Swagger goes to his late spotter Donnie’s mother’s house. She knows how her son felt about Swagger and is happy to help. She gives him cash, a motorcycle, and Donnie’s field gear -- and then a head start when Johnson tracks him down via credit card payment for annual flower delivery in Donnie’s honor. Swagger finally calls Julie, knowing the feds are listening. His plan? Swagger promises, “I’m going to do what I do best: I’m going to hunt.”