What is the art of rationality, and how do our preconceived beliefs sway our decision-making? These are just some of the questions the NBC drama The Irrational tackles and audiences just can’t get enough.
In its premiere episode, audiences were introduced to Professor Alec Mercer (Jesse L. Martin), a world-renowned leader in behavioral science who lends his expertise to an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, law enforcement, and corporations with his unique and unexpected approach to understanding human behavior. He lends his unique expertise on an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, law enforcement and corporations. His insight and unconventional approach to understanding human behavior lead him and the team on a series of intense, unexpected journeys to solve illogical puzzles and perplexing mysteries including his own past.
Years ago, Prof. Mercer was burned in a church bombing that killed 13 people and the bomber was never caught. Since the attack, Alec’s memory of the event has been unreliable, making it the one case he’s unable to solve. As seen in the exclusive clip above which features Jesse L. Martin and Travina Springer, the Alec is still trying to solve the case. One the day of the bombing, before he passed out, he smelt something floral. He’s trying to recreate the smell in hopes of it triggering his memory, by playing with fire.
In Episode 2’s “Dead Woman Walking,” Prof. Mercer is approached by old friend CJ, a prominent investigative journalist, who asks for his help after she’s poisoned with a rare and deadly nerve agent. With time running out, Mercer pieces together scant clues.
All-new episodes of NBC’s new drama The Irrational air Mondays at 10pm on NBC. Streaming next day on Peacock.