The daughter of a homeless man, David Schaeval, hires the team when he dies as result of a college experiment gone awry and she cannot get law enforcement to investigate. Hardison goes to Harvard (it ain't Holyoke, brother) and Eliot joins the killer college PTSD experiment. Hardison is rushed by the Dustmen, Order of the 206, secret society and feeder fraternity of alphabet spooks. Mr. Conrad is a top CIA agent who insulates students like Travis Zilgram, who is running the Psych. PTSD experiment for CIA. Do they cure or cause PTSD by combining sleep deprivation, loud music and cold air? Nate is 'game' to teach Prisoner's Dilemma (PD); but Travis is a know-it-all. Eliot turns the tables on his professional interrogator. Sophie and a member of Boston's finest demonstrate a working model of PD with Travis as Conrad watches with Nate.
Did You Know?
The "Sleep" or "PTSD" experiment being run on the homeless men in the episode is based on two famous pieces of psychological warfare/experimentation from the US's past: the Stanford Prisoner Experiment was run by Philip Zimbardo in 1971 and was funded by the Office of Naval Research. It arbitrarily split a group of students into prisoners and guards to observe the power dynamic of the group. Much like the Milgram experiment, the results were haunting. See more
When Parker arrives in Hardison's apartment, his CIA file is open on the floor. When she picks up the file, it's closed and she reopens it. See more
He's just a kid, Nate. How bad could it get?
How many grown men said that about you while you were raining digital fire down on their lives?
[laughs, then looks serious
Now I'm nervous.
References Dog Day Afternoon