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  • Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman are top-ranked crisis negotiators in the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit who are trained to talk their way through volatile situations. They make an outstanding team professionally, but their relationship is a bit more precarious off the job. The series advances the fundamental idea that in life and in love "Everything is a negotiation." Standoff stars Ron Livingston as Matt Flannery, Rosemarie DeWitt as Emily Lehman, Michael Cudlitz as Frank Rogers, Gina Torres as Cheryl Carrera, Raquel Alessi as Lia Mathers, and Jose Pablo Cantillo as Duff Gonzalez. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Executive producers are Craig Silverstein and Tim Story.moreless

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  • S 1 : Ep 18


    Aired 7/20/07

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    Aired 7/6/07

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    Lie to Me

    Aired 6/29/07

  • S 1 : Ep 14

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    Aired 6/22/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ron Livingston

    Matt Flannery

  • Michael Cudlitz

    Frank Rogers

  • Gina Torres

    Cheryl Carrera

  • Rosemarie DeWitt

    Emily Lehman

  • Jose Pablo Cantillo

    Duff Gonzalez

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  • Quotes (139)

    • Emily: Trent, are you going to commit suicide? Trent Cunningham: (sarcastically) No. I just strapped a bomb to my chest because I had nothing else to wear.

    • (To Emily after she's made a deal with the HT to trade herself for his hostages.) Matt: You're putting yourself at risk. You're acting like me.

    • (Emily has just gotten off the phone with the HT.) Emily: He called me a bitch and an infidel. Matt: The sweet sound of progress!

    • Matt: (holding up collage of the HT and his mother) Do you have any idea why he'd send this to you? Judith Cunningham: No. Matt: Well, I think I do. I think he's trying to send you a message. Carl Cunningham: What message? Matt: Loosely translated, 'Mom, this is your fault.'

    • Frank: So this kid's gonna blow up "Coffee Nation" because he's pissed at Dad? Emily: People have done worse. Matt: It's probably up there though…

    • Emily: (to her class) At the heart of every crisis lies a broken relationship. Defining the nature of that shattered bond could be the key to a successful negotiation, even if the relationship in question is impossible to repair.

    • Frank: What are you, in love with her? (Matt is silent)

    • Emily: I just want to know what you're thinking right now. Matt: No, you don't. Emily: Yeah, I do. Matt: I'm wondering if the last time we had sex is gonna be the last time we had sex.

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    Notes (37)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic – "Policejní vyjednavači" (Police negotiators)

    • This is not the first time Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston have worked in the same TV series. Although they didn't have a scene together, and probably did not meet on the set, they both featured in the episode of Sex and the City's, "Hop, Skip, and a Week." It was the last episode of Ron Livingston's character, Jack Berger, and Rosemarie DeWitt had a small part as a legal aid in Miranda's office, named Fern.

    • Michael Cudlitz's character was originally named Frank Perry. The name was changed to Frank Rogers after the series was picked up by the network.

    • The song at the end of the episode as they stare at each other is "Yesterday/Tomorrow" from the album Volcano & Heart by The Coral Sea. Other songs were "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, "Suicide Is Painless" theme from M*A*S*H, and "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield.

    • Tom Wopat was credited as a special guest star in this episode (he played Rick Keesler).

    • The original name of the series was Primary, which FOX changed to Standoff just prior to the 2006 upfront presentation.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic – "Krize v oblacích" (Crisis in clouds)

    • This was the first episode that used the opening credits sequence and the show's theme song. The main Standoff logo was also different. Initially, the logo showed Matt's silhouette bending down with Emily leaning on him. The new one shows the two standing straighter and back to back, and is much sleeker.

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    Trivia (23)

    • The ringtone on the cell phone that rings while Trent is holding the coffee shop hostage plays the theme from M*A*S*H, appropriately (for this situation, anyway) titled "Suicide is Painless."

    • When Emily received an activation call in the office, she mentioned to Matt, "We just got called in on a 7500." In the terms of aviation emergency transponder codes, "7500" means "Unlawful Interference" aka Hijack.

    • Cheryl's coffee mug reads "The FBI always get their man."

    • Early in the crisis, the HRT team leader explains that air traffic control towers at airports are responsible for takeoffs and landings and airspace within 10 miles of the airport, not TRACON. However, after John is taken into custody, the other TRACON air traffic controllers start directing which runways for planes to land on. They should have been directing aircraft to the destination airports and the airport ATC would have directed which runways to use.

    • The air traffic simulation software is about five years out of date. TWA was bought by American Airlines in 2001 and has not existed since. This was confirmed by one of the air traffic controllers in the episode.

    • GOOF: At the end of Emily's second conversation with Gabby/Kari, while Sam is stealing a new car, she does the big reveal showing she knows Kari's real name. The thing is, only the last name is a reveal, she's called her Kari from the beginning of their conversation: Gabby/Kari: What took you so long? Emily: We're not on your clock, Kari.

    • When Matt and Emily are in the hotel room, the curtains are open. When Matt throws Emily onto the bed, we can see the glass. It might be a light shining in the window or the moon, but the curtains are still definitely open because the light would be shining in the glass.

    • Matt's car is a 2006 blue Ford Mustang GT with a license plate that reads 5PPJ221.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Tropic Gulf Pilot: If they don't clear us to land in the next 15, I'm going to set us down on the damn 405 freeway! In a short internet movie, 405: The Movie, a pilot makes an emergency landing on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles.

    • Matt: Now I know how Lindsay Lohan feels. Emily: You're not that drunk. Lindsay Lohan is an actress who has been in rehab several times for alcoholism.

    • Avery Steele: (to Emily) Those are my fans you're talking about, Clarice. Steele is referring to fictional FBI agent Clarice Starling who also studied Behavioral Sciences. Clarice is from the novels Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, by Thomas Harris. In Silence of the Lambs she was assigned to interview Doctor Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist, cannibal and sociopath. While many others had tried and failed to interview him, she formed a connection with him and was able to gain valuable information about a high-profile case. Like Emily, Clarice is also very strong, independent, and skilled at her job (despite the fact that she is working in a male-driven profession).

    • Cheryl: …Dead dogs? Boiled bunnies? This is a reference to the 1987 Adrian Lyne film, Fatal Attraction, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. In one of her campaigns of terror, Close's character kills a pet bunny and boils it on the stove.

    • Michael French: Jack into? What'd you think this is, The Matrix? The Matrix is a movie released in 1999, and is the first of three films about a skilled computer hacker living in world which turns out to be an elaborate computer simulation.

    • Family Guy Family Guy is another Fox program. It was canceled in 2002, but was revived in the summer of 2005. Most likely it was referenced because Standoff itself was in danger of being canceled due to low viewership, but was given a reprieve.

    • Matt: I'm kinda fond of my paycheck and I don't wanna lose it over Starsky and Hutch. "Starsky And Hutch" refers to characters from the television series Starsky and Hutch, which centered on two mismatched Californian police officers who had the tendency to break the rules or use unorthodox methods to catch criminals.

    • Felix Aguila: Can you hear me now? This is a reference to the cellular phone company Verizon Wireless and its recent ad campaign: "Can you hear me now? Good."

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  • Fan Reviews (72)
  • So I'm watching this show,having a great time; finding drama, comedy, romance and action packed into a 45 minute episode. I go to look for season two but... oh, wait... it's been cancelled.?!

    By titan4lizife, Jul 28, 2011

  • Show that did ok.. but ok is not good enough..

    By Parricida, Jan 31, 2009

  • good show...

    By Fwirrel, Sep 20, 2008

  • WHY?!?

    By Flight815Down, Aug 07, 2008


    By bellaitalian85, Feb 27, 2008