Usually, episodes of Black start with the some corporates execs doing something sketchy, or else with something from forensic account Jared Black's off-the-job life. Almost every episode, that short sequence is followed up, after the credits, with Black arriving on the scene of what may be a serious corporate crime.
Last night's episode of Black opened with an extended sequence in which the FDIC takes over a failing bank instead, and it was pretty AWESOME. A lot like a spy movie, actually, with secret meeting, covert operations, and then like 300 federally-employed special agent accountants swarming the bank on a special signal Friday night to lock everything down and get records cleaned up and transferred over before the bank reopens on Monday.
What's particularly cool about the sequence is that I did some looking around, and it's accurate! Stories from 60 Minutes and NPR describe the same sorts of things that happen in the show. Who knew that accountants, of all people, would be so spectacularly sneaky?
Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not all that surprised...
America's real Secret Service--the FDIC.
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