TEoD: Chapter 12: Recap Steakhouse
As you might remember, Levi Abrams got back in touch with Murphy after being shot and subsequently disappearing. So now Murphy is meeting Levi for the first time in months at the “Out West Steak House“…
Seriously, Phillips. SERIOUSLY???
Dude, you are not even trying anymore. If you ever did.
So Murphy meets Levi at the
Outback Steakhouse Out West Steak House, and despite the huge lawsuit that must no doubt be ripping the place apart, they sit down to a peaceful dinner of discussing terrorists and shootings.
Since Levi can’t remember anything about the encounter from the end of The Europa Conspiracy, Phillips gets a chance to recount the entire thing.
The only thing Levi really knows is that Murphy saved his life.
“You know what that means? According to Asian tradition, you now become my servant for the rest of your life.”
Asian tradition? SERIOUSLY, NOW?
I think Phillips is confusing “Asian tradition” with the Wookie life debt.
Anyway, the only new stuff we learn is that Murphy successfully crawled out of whatever with Levi, and found firefighters who in turn called an ambulance and got the two idiots to a hospital. There, Murphy was taken off and questioned by the Mossad, and by the time he got back to Levi, he was gone.
Which, to be perfectly fair, does absolve Murphy from failing to find and get in touch with Levi until now. Though, to be perfectly fair, the way Phillips wrote it did make it seem like Murphy had just blown him off.
So Levi was carted off to “a special hospital that very few people in Israel know about.” It was so special, in fact, that he couldn’t communicate with anyone while he was there. Sometimes I think Phillips forgets that Greg Dinallo told us that Levi had a wife and kid in Babylon Rising, because there is no mention of them here, nor mention from Murphy about getting in touch with them to find out about Levi and/or tell them what he knew. Anyway, we actually get some information on timeline stuff here: after Levi “recovered” in the “special hospital,” he was sent to a safe house in South America, “where I remained out of circulation for about sixty days until things quieted down.” And he is just now back.
So it’s been well over two months since the events in The Europa Conspiracy, which means it has been that long since Murphy has seen or spoken to Isis, the woman he professes to love. Nice guy.
And just as with Isis, Murphy can barely recount to Levi the events that Levi can’t remember before he gets to the important stuff: what Murphy wants.
And what Murphy wants is for Levi to check that fingerprint of Meth’s for him, since the FBI came up empty. Which, of course, he agrees to do, since the Mossad has “access to lots of fingerprints.” And because nobody can say “no” to Michael Murphy.
Especially when they owe him their Wookie life debt.