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S02E02: Tertia Optio
Prime Video  ·  50 minutes  ·  Original Broadcast: October 31, 2019

Directed by: Phil Abraham  |  Written by: Vince Calandra, Daria Polatin

Official synopsis: Jack is granted permission from Senator Chapin to stay in Venezuela. President Reyes denies involvement in the events that are keeping Jack in country. Meanwhile, Jack and Harry team up to follow a lead that could create dissension within the ranks.

Please note that recaps feature spoilers on the individual episode.
This recap was written by Daniel Hart for Ready Steady Cut, October 31, 2019

Season 2 is already signaling that it’s an entirely different ballgame for Jack. At the start of Episode 2, “Tertia Optio”, a wounded, shaken Jack Ryan reaches the U.S Embassy. He tells Jim and Mike November (Michael Kelly) that he is not leaving Venezuela until he knows the person that killed Moreno. An injured Filiberto Ramos also turns up at the embassy begging for asylum for him and his mother after his family was killed in the previous chapter. Filiberto claims he knows who the senator is. I would just like to note the fact that Michael Kelly shows up in almost every TV show that heavily involves the government – his agent has stuck to his USP and ran with it for years. Jack, Jim and Mike interview Filiberto in Episode 2, “Tertia Optio”, and learn that he was paid off to change the traffic access for the convoy Jack Ryan and Moreno were attacked in. Jack is furious, calling him a coward. Jack is fuelled with rage. Filiberto is tasked with drawing the person who paid him off.

Jack immediately goes covert, his emotions getting the best of him. He ends up on a shipping containment trying to find information, but a member of staff sniffs him out as suspicious. Luckily, Lena helps him out of a tight spot. Lena calls herself Lee now and is formerly KSK. Lee is looking for a businessman and provides Jack with an offer – she will help Jack with Reyes if Jack helps her find her businessman. Lee gives Jack a recording. The recording is Miguel Ubarri talking about Gloria Bonalde with his wife and how she is likely to win the next election. Jim and Mike find out Jack his getting his intel from a foreign agent, and question his motives. Their next plan is to use Ubirra against Reyes by leaking the recording. Jack and co. trap a man named Mateo Bastos, Head of Security for President Reyes – they play the recording and then let him go. At the midway point, Lee visits Jack at his room again, and I did wonder for a brief second if she was looking for round two. Jack removes all sexual tension between them both and reveals that he knows who she is. Lee reveals she is looking for a man named Max Schenkel.

Jack Ryan Season 2, Episode 2 “Tertia Optio” moves to the next day. Jack and Jim are requested to go to a meeting with President Reyes, who claims he has brought the men to justice who killed Senator Moreno. Jack has lost all sense of diplomacy at this point, whispering to Reyes, “I know you killed him”. Jack also squeezes Mateo Bastos’ left arm which gives him shooting pains. Jack has figured out that the dog bit him. It was Mateo Bastos who attacked Filiberto. With the President celebrating his daughter’s birthday, there is an assassination attempt on Jack. The man tries drowning him, choking him and throwing a plastic bag over Jack’s head but our lead character is resourceful and manages to stab the unknown man in the eye. Jim overhears the attempt and ends up chasing the man, but fails. Jim reacts irrationally to Jack when he asks if he is okay. Jack is completely unaware of Jim’s health problems, and I am sure it will become a problem later in the season. Jack Ryan Season 2, Episode 2 “Tertia Optio” ends with a disgruntled, angry Jack showing the drawing by Filiberto to Lee. Jack demands the truth off her and asks if it is Max Schenkel. Lee gives him a story about how she went to boarding school with Max, and later in life, Max failed in an operation and fled. Jack is furious that Lee knew that Max was a murderer. After pointing a gun at her for a few minutes, he states he has no reason to trust her and walks off.

Guest Cast: Noomi Rapace (Harriet Baumann), Jordi Mollà (Nicolás Reyes), Francisco Denis (Miguel Ubarri), Cristina Umaña (Gloria Bonalde), John Hoogenakker (Matice), Jovan Adepo (Marcus Bishop), Michael Kelly (Mike November), Susan Misner (Lisa Calabrese), David Norona (José Marzan), Michael O’Neill (Senator Mitchell Chapin), Arnold Vosloo (Jost Van Der Byl), Tom Wlaschiha (Max Schenkel), Gustavo Angarita Jr. (Filiberto Ramos), Donna Biscoe (Yvonne Bishop), Eduar Salas (Mateo Bastos), Marcela Vanegas (Cassandra Ubarri), Camilo Amores (F.A.L. Soldier #2), Doug Capadona (U.S. Marine #2), Carlos Chacon (F.A.L. Soldier #1), John S. Davies (Ken), Aaron Joshua (U.S. Marine #1), Czarina Mireles (Sketch Artist), Barrett Martin (Chapin Aide #1), Diana Parra (Decorator), Sara Pinzón (Esmeralda ‘Esme’ Reyes), Camila Prieto (Party DJ), Coraima Torres (Claudia Reyes)