FBI: MOST WANTED Post-Mortem: Dylan McDermott on Remy's 'Heartfelt' Team Moment, Romancing the Judge, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

FBI: MOST WANTED Post-Mortem: Dylan McDermott on Remy’s ‘Heartfelt’ Team Moment, Romancing the Judge, and More

May 24, 2022 by  


“A Man Without a Country” – The team chases an oligarch who goes on a terror spree in New York City in a desperate attempt to escape his impossible situation, on the third season finale of the CBS Original series FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, May 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
Pictured (L-R): Wendy Moniz as Judge April Brooks and Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott.
Photo: Mark Schafer/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Tuesday, May 24 season finale of FBI: MOST WANTED.]

As the Fugitive Task Force tried to track down an oligarch on the Tuesday, May 24 episode of FBI: MOST WANTED, he turned the table on them by reaching out and making it clear he knew who they were—and who they cared about. Quickly, Remy (Dylan McDermott) and the team rounded up their family and put them in a safe house until Sarkov (Rudolf Martin) could be taken down.

Ultimately, Sarkov got betrayed by his own government, and the FTF was able to bring their family out of hiding. But before they do, Remy made it a point to tell the families how important and heroic Kristin (Alexa Davalos) and Hana (Keisha Castle-Hughes) are.

Remy ended the hour embracing a bit of lightness himself, going out again with his new love, Judge April (Wendy Moniz).

Here, McDermott breaks down the hour, as well as his hopes for what’s to come…

Looking at the beautiful moment in the finale when Remy talked to his team’s family—what did that mean for you both as a performer and in-character?
It was me, Dylan, and me, Remy, speaking to the team, saying how much I appreciate them, and how great they are—because they’re great. They’re wonderful. It’s a wonderful group of people. And so I think it was easy, to answer your question, because it was really heartfelt. So I didn’t have to draw on anything because I just feel like Alexa and Keisha are wonderful people, and it was easy for me to single them out and tell everybody how wonderful they are.

We’ve gotten to see a bit of Remy’s complicated family dynamic in your first few episodes. What conversations have you had with showrunner David Hudgins about where that might be going, especially now that the show has been renewed for two seasons?
Yeah. It is complicated. I think that Remy left for a while, maybe because he was working, certainly, but at the same time, I don’t know what he can deal with emotionally. So I think he’s back for reparation. I think he’s back to fix himself—the loss of his brother looms large, in everything he does, in every case he has, and I think that it’s really a big part of the family dynamic. And what his mother said to him, “I wish it were you, rather than your brother,” I think it’s something that he’s been running from for a long time. He tries to push it down, but it keeps popping back up.

So it’s something that he’s tried to fix, if it can be fixed. He’s trying to have relationships, because he’s been such a lone wolf for so long now. I think that will be ongoing, his relationship with his mom and his sister and himself and his brother; even though his brother’s dead, I think he’s still very much in relation to him. And I think that’s what drives him to to be an agent and catch these bad guys, because he couldn’t do it for his brother. So, somehow, he’s going to make up for it.

Remy’s mother wishing he died rather than his brother—and expressing it out loud—feels like a wound that would be nearly impossible to entirely recover from. How much healing can be done? Does he actually think there can be resolution or is it something he thinks he’ll have to live with for the rest of his life?
I think he doesn’t know; I think he’s trying. I think it’s difficult, obviously, because when anybody says that to you, it is difficult, but when it’s your mother, I think it’s ten times more difficult. It’s something that just kind of sits inside of him and makes him feel bad about himself. There’s a part of him that wishes that his brother could still be here and that he could be gone, because that’s the way his mother feels. So I’m sure that’s always something, psychologically, that’s eating at him. And it’s unfortunate, but it’s also what drives him to kind of have this reparation with his brother and his family.

At the same time, he’s proving himself somewhere. And I think that’s a great thing for a character to play, because it’s ongoing. There’s no simple answer to your question. I just think that it’s just ongoing.

On a lighter note, we have seen, thanks in part to prodding from his ex-wife, Remy has started dating again, specifically with Judge April. What are your hopes for that relationship?
You know, what I’m most excited about playing a character like this, is that a lot of times, a guy like that would shut down. He wouldn’t put himself out there. And here’s a man who has been through so much, but at the same time, there’s an innocence about him. There’s a playfulness and a willingness to open his heart. And some of that did come from his ex-wife saying, “Find your own Bryan.”—I think that there’s something that sparked inside of him when she said that, that he wants love in his life. He really does. He wants to feel again. He wants to be in love again. And I think that’s really cool, because a guy like this has seen so much, has been through so much, and like I said, could easily just be cynical. And he’s not. And that’s a great thing to play.

And you’re working opposite Moniz, who also just did an arc on LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME…
This is my third show with Wendy! She was on BIG SHOTS, as well. And she’s wonderful. There’s something about Wendy that is so unique, and you believe her. And there’s something formidable about her, and she’s smart, and she’s beautiful. So she has all these different dynamics going on that obviously Remy is attracted to. But he likes that she’s so smart, because he needs someone to sort of put him in his place. And I think that the Judge, as he calls her, affectionately, is that person.

Looking ahead, you’ve been a part of franchise crossovers within the Dick Wolf world. Now, playing Remy, is there an FBI crossover you want to do? Or are you hoping to pop ovr to the NBC shows, especially given you haven’t had the chance to interact with Camryn Manheim in your new roles…?
[Laughs.] That’s true! You know, in the Dick Wolf universe, anything is possible. Whatever they ask of me. But I would like to do a crossover of all the FBIs, certainly, to begin with, because I think that fans love that. Traveling from one show to the next with the same case. I think that that’s something that’s really fun. And everybody loves that; you just keep the TV on for three hours and watch all the FBIs. I think that’s something that I would like to see in the future.

Another possible milestone next season: Have you met Roxy Sternberg yet? Barnes obviously took her leave before Remy joined the team, but did you guys cross paths behind the scenes yet? Or will be that something that happens next season?
Yeah, I’ll be meeting her for the very first time! And like I met the cast and crew on my very first day when Remy met everyone, I would like to do the same with Roxy—where the first time we will meet will be on camera. I think that’s really fun, and interesting, to see the dynamics play out like that. I just enjoy that, the same way we did on episode 17.

Is there anything else you’re hoping to do next season?
I’m just happy to be able to get to play this guy. This was something that I got to create with Dick and David Hudgins from the ground up, this character. And there’s something that’s such a natural fit for me to be able to use my humor and to come into a show that was existing and have it all work out, have the two-year pick up. So I just feel enormously grateful that I get to play this guy at this time in my life. So I just looked forward to more, honestly.

FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesdays, 10/9c, CBS


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