Special Ops Force

Double-Edged Sword

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 5/9/98
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  • Episode Description
  • The federal authorities capture a former high ranking KGB operative named Kondrashin as he enters America and put him in a maximum security prison until he can be put on trial for espionage. Trout tells Matt that if he is sentenced to stay in prison the Russians will retaliate upon American spies in Russia. Trout wants the team to break him out, but it's a mission that could see them all being tried for treason and spending the next 25 years to life behind bars themselves if they are caught by the ambitious FBI Agent who arrested Kondrashin in the first place.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melinda Clarke

    Margo Vincent; former Case Officer CIA, Intelligence, Cryptography, Languages

  • David Selby

    Xavier Trout; Classified

  • Mark Sheppard

    Christopher 'C.J.' Yates (1); former SAS, Demolitions, Electronic Surveillance

  • Tim Abell

    Benny Ray Riddle; former SSgt USMC, Sniper, Armorer

  • Brad Johnson

    Maj Matthew Quentin Shepherd; former US Army Special Forces, Counter Terrorism, Special Recon, Unconventional Warfare

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Kondrashin: I am a simple businessman, a capitalist, like you. Margo: You're nothing like us! Kondrashin: Not true, not true. We all have our pasts, no? The fact is, I earn twice the money I ever made pulling out fingernails of American agents. Though selling soybeans is not as much fun! (he laughs, but no one else joins in)

    • Matt: (when Kondrashin freezes at the sight of rats in the air vent) Don't worry, they won't bite. It's called 'professional courtesy.'

    • CJ: So, women have got these, what, time delay fuses, you know? Guy'll kick the hell out a screen door, and that's it, you know what I mean? A woman will stew about it for months, years, and then one day... ka-blooie! Benny Ray: Yup, as in, 'Honey, what's this knife doing stuck in my back?'

    Allusions (3)

    • Chance: Please return your table trays to their upright position, while I play X-Wing versus Tie fighters!
      This is a reference to the Star Wars franchise of movies, in which the heroic rebels engaged in dogfights in X-Wing fighters against Imperial Tie fighters.

    • Benny Ray: Benny Ray has left the building.
      This is a reference to the pop culture phrase, "Elvis has left the building." Oftentimes fans at Elvis' concerts would refuse to leave the building, hoping for an encore, so an announcer would tell them that there would no longer be any point in remaining in the concert hall.

    • Margo: Well, the good news is, it's not The Rock. Margo is referring to the former high security prison Alcatraz. No one ever escaped from the prison, which held such high profile prisoners as Al Capone, Franklin Stroud (aka the Birdman of Alcatraz), James "Whitey" Bulger and Alvin Karpis.

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