The Unit

CBS (ended 2009)
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  • The Unit conducts clandestine and covert operations for the US Government and the US Army around the globe. The Unit operates under the cover of the 303rd Logistical Studies Group. Carrying the operators through battle is the knowledge that while they are out in the field, their wives help maintain their lives back home. They protect their identities, ensuring that their secrets are kept safe from those who would use this knowledge against them. Loosely based upon Eric L. Haney's novel Inside Delta Force , the show is based upon the exploits of the US Army's 'Delta Force', otherwise known as The Unit.moreless

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  • S 4 : Ep 22

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    Aired 5/10/09

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    Aired 5/3/09

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    Chaos Theory

    Aired 4/26/09

  • S 4 : Ep 19


    Aired 4/12/09

  • S 4 : Ep 18

    Best Laid Plans

    Aired 3/29/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dennis Haysbert

    Jonas Blane

  • Scott Foley

    Bob Brown

  • Max Martini

    Mack Gerhardt

  • Michael Irby

    Charles Grey

  • Robert Patrick

    Colonel Tom Ryan

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  • Quotes (341)

    • (Colonel Ryan is shipping Mack out again) Colonel Ryan: Mack, Tiffy, sorry to be taking him away so soon... he just got back- Molly: No, you’re not Tom. (Jokingly) No one likes a liar.

    • Kim: Wait- Wait- Wait, what's the 303rd Logistical Studies Group? Molly: The 303rd Logistical Studies Unit is where your husband works, that's his cover. Other than that this unit has no name, other than that this unit doesn't exist, you will live that cover as if your husband's life depended on it, as belive me it does. Tiffy: Any one who knows another piece of information, is another person who could get our husbands killed. Molly: You will not tell your mother, your best friend, your priest what your husband does.

    • Molly: How were things at the office? Jonas: Same as usual. Molly: That's nice. Trash needs to be taken out.

    • Molly: (To Kim) You say you love him, now are you brave enough to act on it? Here you are a pretty little girl, fine daughter, a child on the way, husband in combat… You're frightened, you want him home. This is not your own special circumstance, you know what this is? It is the history of the world.

    • (Molly walks in on Kim on the phone with her sister)
      Kim: Bob is out on deployment. Where, you want to know where...? Just turn on your television... just turn it on...
      Molly: You hang up that phone... What would you do if a woman came into your home to harm your family? You hang up that phone.

    • Jonas: (To Bob) You have been training for this moment your entire life. The universe has been conspiring to put you right here, right now. Off you go, we are all waiting on you.

    • Jonas: Now Rangers, did you sign on to get out of the house or do you come with me to take the door down? (They all follow Jonas)

    • Jonas: These chuckleheads waiting for authorization are going to get a lot of people killed.. Now we are going to take down this plane.

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    Notes (148)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. The Emmy went to the show, E-Ring.

    • In every episode, there is a "hidden" or subtle reference to Eric Haney: In this episode Bob Brown is looking at photos on the wall of Ron and Ruthie's cabin — the first photo is of Eric Haney.

    • All the missions in the first season are based on actual missions that the writer was involved in.

    • The song at the end is Ooh Child by Beth Orton. The Five Stairsteps originally recorded this song.

    • The song playing at the end of the episode was Disappearing World by David Gray.

    • The subtle reference to Eric Haney in this episode: On the 'Unit Bar' tally board in the HQ lounge, the name ‘Haney’ has tick marks for six beers.

    • Ratings: This episode was seen by 13.75 million people, finishing 4th for the night and 2nd in it's time slot.

    • Michael Irby, Max Martini, Demore Barnes, Robert Patrick and Abby Brammell do not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (108)

    • Goof: They pack up the laser designator shortly after the missile/bomb is away. It should have be pointed at the target until impact, because the laser reflection is used to home in on the target.

    • Goof: The team leader said that the plane was an 727, but in fact the plane is an MD-80

    • During the laser spotter scene the pilot called 'missle away' over the radio despite the weapon being a bomb.

    • The Posse Comitatus Act, which is suspended in this episode, is a 1878 (Civil War Reconstruction) law forbidding the use of the Army as civilian law enforcement except by Constitution or Congress.

    • Goof: When Grey finds the downed satellite it's laying on a shrub field in the middle of a desert area. When objects make reentry from space, take for example a space shuttle, it's temperature is about 1200°F (649°C), so the moment the satellite hits the ground it's almost a fireball, yet none of the surrounding shrub caught fire. Second when an object makes reentry from space, the force it hits the ground with (considering it hasn't burned during reentry) is impressive, enough to leave a crater, and cause a blast when hitting the ground, yet again here the satellite laid peacefully on it's side, and was unharmed by the impact.

    • "Medan" is the third biggest city in Indonesia, but Medan as depicted in this episode looks more suitable for the 1970s.

    • Goof: When Bob is gone his car is sitting in his driveway, but when he returns at the end he drives home in his car.

    • Goof: The Spanish spoken by the supposedly Spanish characters in this episode is definitely NOT the dialect spoken in Valencia, or any other part of Spain for that matter. The actors were probably all Latin American.

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    Allusions (28)

    • The Unit's cover is the 303rd Logistical Studies Unit. This is a reference to the fictitious infantry unit in the film Wag the Dog. This film and this episode was written by David Mamet.

    • The whole idea of The Unit going in to secure a downed satellite, is so like a flashback to Demi Moore's G.I. Jane, when she and her fellow SEALs help another Spec Forces unit escape some bad guys trailing after them.

    • Going down to the end of the town, and back in time for tea This is in reference to a line from a poem by A.A. Milne, entitled "Disobedience" in the collection When We Were Very Young.

    • Jonas: Ever hear of the "Get out of Jail Free" card? The "Get out of Jail Free" card is a piece in the the Parker Brothers Monopoly game. First appearing in 1935, Monopoly is the best selling board game in the world. According to the rules, the card may be kept until needed or sold and provides a once only, direct, free pass out of jail.

    • Salazar is the name of Mexico's drug minister. A possible reference to the show 24 (which Dennis Haysbert starred in). In Season 3 the show 24 Salazar is the name of a drug lord. Another possible reference to 24 is when Jonas played by Dennis Haysbert asked a reporter in postponing a story. In season 2 of 24 it also had a reporter being asked to postpone a story. He was asked by President David Palmer also played by Haysbert.

    • Mack refers to the helicopter, HUEY, as the "DeSoto of the aerial world." Chrysler's DeSoto was a brand of cars made from 1929 to 1961 that was known for the quantity produced and the relatively low price tag.

    • Glen Campbell (Mack is singing "Wichita Lineman" to keep what Jonas is saying from the speakers.) Dr. Rhea Morrison: Now, what do you want to do with Glen Campbell? Campbell is an American pop-country singer, known for a series of hits in the 1960s and '70s and for hosting a television variety show. "Wichita Lineman" reached number one on the country charts for two weeks in December 1968.

    • The Dirty Dozen Williams pretends to break while being interrogated by Sarge, but is actually telling the plot to the 1967 movie The Dirty Dozen.

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  • Fan Reviews (231)
  • Highly enjoyable show, plenty of fun, action, drama, and the occasional laugh.

    By urbanriot, Sep 06, 2015


    By jskakussah, Jan 05, 2015

  • Such potential, ultimately squandered.

    By Catharsis, Sep 09, 2014

  • Why did CBS cancell this show

    By kennytoombs, Apr 11, 2014

  • The Unit

    By donnajocooper, Oct 12, 2013