The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3 Recap “Bury the Lede”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3 “Bury the Lede.” When a hostage’s life is threatened, Elena calls upon a popular news anchor, known as America’s most trusted man, to negotiate her release. Here’s what you missed!

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Previously on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 2, a kidnapping orchestrated by Elena puts Val to the test as her past resurfaces and becomes a part of the bigger play. The FBI Task Force contends with an unexpected turn of events in one of the banks.

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Warning… Spoilers below!

On The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3, the storyline had taken place in three different locations. In flashbacks, we got to see Owen meeting Elena and Sergey for the first time in Rosario Argentina in 2016. In current times, we saw Owen and Sergey scheming in jail and Val and Elena battle over a hostage in one of the banks.

At the beginning of the episode, news channel ENN reports on the seven banks still under siege in New York City. Lead news anchor Tyler Erickson notes that he and America are getting fed up waiting for answers about whose responsible.

Owen met Sergey and Elena in Argentina on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Owen met Sergey and Elena in Argentina on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Meanwhile, Anthony informs Val that he hasn’t found much linking her husband Owen to Sergey and Elena, but that the photo they took together looks to be from his mission to Argentina in 2016. During that mission, Owen was shot.

In a flashback to 2016, Elena and Sergey meet Owen for the first time under his alias Peter Shepard after he hunts them down. Elena can tell Owen doesn’t carry a gun by the way he moves and she and Sergey negotiate with him over a fake weapons deal.

As another man walks into the restaurant, Owen asks Elana if she’s always looking over her shoulder. She informs him that two men have entered who have identical tattoo’s behind their ears and are definitely carrying weapons. Elena tells Sergey she doesn’t believe in coincidences, right as the two men start shooting at their table.

Owen, Sergey, and Elena manage to survive, but Owen is shot and hurt badly. As he passes out, he begs Elena not to leave him there and let him die. Eventually, he wakes up in a safe place with Sergey and Elena, and the bullets have been removed from his body.

When he comes to, Owen discovers that Sergey and Elena knew he was an FBI Agent all along. They tell him they want a partnership with him, but Owen declines and tells them that if they don’t let him go his wife will come looking, and they don’t want that.

Val speaks to Elena on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Val speaks to Elena on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Back at Fort Worth, Val returns to questioning Elena. She reveals that she knows when Owen met Elena and her husband, but claims that Owen would never have truly worked with them because he wasn’t a dirty agent. Elena tells her that Owen never turned dirty, he just changed his mind about his employers.

Before Val can interrogate her further, Elena begins another story, this one about two friends torn apart by violence. As she tells it, a gunman in bank 5 takes a female hostage aside and locks her in an airtight bank vault. If she isn’t released, the hostage will suffocate in four hours.

Doak wants to gas the bank on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Doak wants to gas the bank on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Val’s boss, Agent Doak, wants to gas the bank and put everyone to sleep so that the FBI can take control, and doesn’t think they have enough time to wait for Elena’s demands. Momentarily, the ENN news broadcast is interrupted, and a prerecorded message from Elena plays onscreen.

Elena demands that news anchor Tyler Erickson come to the bank, and only then will she set the hostage free. She claims that by the end of the day, everyone will thank her and understand that despite her methods she isn’t the bad guy in this scenario.

Outside bank five, Val asks Tyler Erickson why Elena would want him to come to the bank and is unimpressed by his assumption that it’s because he’s the “most trusted man in America.” Once inside, Tyler is ambushed with a question from one of the gunmen. If he doesn’t answer, the hostage will die.

On camera inside the bank, the gunman asks Tyler to tell them about the swan, but Tyler claims to have no idea what they’re talking about. Outside, Agent Doak prepares to gas the bank although he hasn’t gotten permission yet, and orders the air ducts in the bank to be opened.

Val isn’t convinced by Tyler’s story, and notices across the street from the bank a small storage unit facility is smoking. The name of the storage unit just happens to be French for swan. When she and Anthony track down the fire, they find the body of a young woman, Ming Lee, in a freezer in the storage unit.

After finding no clues at Ming Lee’s mother’s house, Val is running out of time to find a connection between her and Tyler Erickson before Detective Doak gases the bank, or the hostage dies. Inside the bank, gunmen collect the cash from the drawers and move furniture around. Then, they begin to blindfold other hostages.

Once again interrupting the ENN broadcast, Elena invites the crowds in the streets to come to bank five and see what Tyler Erickson has done. At Fort Worth, the Director of the FBI warns Elena that if anyone is killed at the bank, he will kill one of her men. Elena responds by warning him that if any of her people are killed in his gas attack, she will retribute in kind.

Elena reminds the Director that this is a story about two friends, as he gives Agent Doak permission to gas the bank. Before Doak can do so, the power is shorted on the whole block, and when the FBI storm the bank, they find the gunmen have escaped through the air ducts that Doak so kindly opened back up for them.

Agents rush to rescue the hostage in the vault, a young woman named Arushi. As Val, Doak, and Anthony try to chase down the hostages, cash rains from the windows of the bank and they find all the gunmen’s masks on a pile in the street.

As everyone is evacuated, Val questions Tyler about Ming Lee. He denies knowing her, and gets defensive, making Val even more suspicious. Remembering that there are no coincidences, Val questions the hostage Arushi, who came all the way to this bank because a manager called her about identity theft.

It turns out that Arushi was friends with Ming Lee, and they lived in the same building before Ming disappeared. Arushi isn’t surprised to hear that Ming was murdered, as she was working on a huge story, and tells Val that before she disappeared she texted Arushi four numbers, 1164.

Val finds safety deposit box number 1164 in bank five, and inside are documents detailing Ming Lee’s investigation into Tyler Erickson. Erickson was involved with a Ukrainian crime family called the Belock’s, who Elena and Sergey warned Owen about in Argentina in 2016.

When Val realizes she already has Tyler’s DNA from a comb he used before going on camera, she goes in for the kill and accuses him of killing Ming and covering it up so that the story wouldn’t come out. Tyler folds quickly and confesses that he called the Belocks to cover up Mings murder after he killed her.

On a final ENN broadcast, Elena points out to the American people that she always keeps her promises, as Tyler is walked out in handcuffs in front of a crowd of the press. At Fort Worth, Elena divulges to Val that the Belocks are a complicated issue, but that Owen got his bullet in Argentina from them.

When Elena tries to convince Val they’re on the same side, Val reminds her that eventually, Elena will slip now that Val is learning her patterns. Elena agrees she will eventually, but not now. At home, Val reminisces about Owen coming home from Argentina and spots the four-leaf clover he gave her the last time she visited him in prison.

On the bookshelf next to the clover, is a book with an identical four-leaf clover sticker on its spine. Val opens up the book and finds a flash drive we have to assume Owen has left for her.

Meanwhile, in prison, Sergey mentions to Owen that a man he used to know has become an inmate, a problem because he’s supposed to be dead. Owen is worried, but Sergey reassures him everything will be fine.

Sergey is getting spotted by a familiar face on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Sergey is getting spotted by a familiar face on The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3

Later, on the basketball court, the man (Horek) recognizes Sergey and tries to approach him. Sergey claims to be a man named Collins, and Horek suddenly remembers that the man in front of him couldn’t be Sergey because he knows Sergey is dead. He hurriedly walks away.

Owen asks Sergey about Horek and tells him that their timeline can’t get messed up because Sergey has been recognized. Unfazed, Sergey tells Owen he’ll take care of it like he always does…

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Air Date: March 7, 2022

The Endgame Cast

  • Morena Baccarin as Elena Federova
  • Ryan Michelle Bathé as Val Turner
  • Costa Ronin as Sergey Vodianov
  • Noah Bean as Patrick Doak
  • Kamal Angelo Bolden as Owen Turner
  • Jordan Johnson-Hinds as FBI Agent Anthony Flowers

Catch a new episode each week on NBC, check out listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because The Endgame Season 1 Episode 4, Owen helps Val understand the truth about her first encounter with Elena! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

The Endgame Season 1 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
1 10 Happily Ever After May 2, 2022
1 9 Beauty and the Beast April 25, 2022
1 8 All That Glitters April 18, 2022
1 7 “Sleepover” April 11, 2022
1 6 Judge, Jury and Executioner March 28, 2022
1 5 Gold Rush March 21, 2022
1 4 #1 With a Bullet March 14, 2022
1 3 Bury the Lede March 7, 2022
1 2 “Fairytale Wedding” February 28, 2022
1 1 “Pilot” The Endgame Season 1 Premiere February 21, 2022

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One comment on “The Endgame Season 1 Episode 3 Recap “Bury the Lede”

  1. Kenneth Frey says:

    In a closing scene from episode 3, they show a shot of the freedom Tower at night, but there is a building almost as tall right next to it. Was that computer generated? I know there’s supposed to be a rebuilt world trade center too, but I don’t think it’s been built yet.

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