There was plenty going down in this weekâ€™s The Listenerâ€”including a revelation that Tobyâ€™s extra-aural abilities might be a family affairâ€”but I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d be doing the episode any justice if I started with anything other than the amazing undercover outfits the IIB team pulled off on such short notice. After Devâ€™s wig and stilted lawyer-speak and Michelleâ€™s turn as a car jackerâ€™s winking goth girlfriend, I really wanted Tobyâ€™s stint in the big house to stretch on long enough for the whole team to stop by. Maybe Becker in baggy pants and a sleeveless top, or a matching lawyer outfit for Alex?
Understandably, Toby was less keen on that idea after Vince and McManus decided to get proactive about blocking up a leak that was going to foil Bormanâ€™s desperate final attempt at freedomâ€”even if he showed off some impressive fighting skills while deflecting the attack. I was expecting a few more moments with The Incredible Hulk‘sÂ Grant Nickalls as Borman, especially after the buildup about him in the beginning, but I guess since he wasnâ€™t actually the mastermind of the coup, Nicole taking centre stage during the interrogations made more sense.
And I did really enjoy watching Michelle and Becker work together on a case againâ€”in part because while she and Toby are a well-oiled savant team, thereâ€™s an extra sense of accomplishment between Becker and Michelle when they suss out a secret on their own, or pull off a sting the old-fashioned way. This season, despite taking on another revamp, has done a great job of giving Toby and everyone else plenty to doâ€”building up to what I hope is going to be a satisfying finale for all the characters.
Because what was really hanging over “An Innocent Man”Â was the sudden news that this was the second-last episode of The Listener, ever. So even as the case of the week added tension and some undercover twists, a part of me was looking for the first signs of closure that next weekâ€™s finale should bring. Namely that Alex was back and she and Dev still havenâ€™t made any progress with their not-so-secret crushes on each otherâ€™s brains (and, presumably, faces).
Or more importantly, the resolution over Tobyâ€™s history with The Institute and the mysterious whereabouts of a mother heâ€™s not all that interested in finding. I know itâ€™s all coming to a head next Monday, but I was left wishing Tiaâ€™s mysterious tip would have led to something more. Instead, it seems like Maya might have the same abilities as Toby but is leading a far less risky lifestyleâ€”or at least one thatâ€™s seen her successfully stay one step ahead of ominous cable vans in the years since she and Toby split up.
And thatâ€™s putting a lot of pressure on the finale for fans like myself who were expecting The Instituteâ€™s resolution to play a much bigger role in the showâ€™s conclusion. Itâ€™s looking like Tobyâ€™s going to have his hands full with internal problems at the IIB along with whatever revelations Tia and Oz bringâ€”and how exactly heâ€™ll handle the news that both his girlfriend and his best friend went behind his back on this after he told them not to is just one more mystery to add to next week’sÂ pile.
The ListenerÂ finale airs next Monday at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.