An interesting piece of trivia here, Jeffrey Donovan was a recurring guest star on Michael T. Weiss' series The Pretender. Donovan played Weiss' brother.
Michael: (voice-over) Criminals often keep safehouses to fall back to in case things go wrong. They know that once they get there, they can relax and let their guard down a little, which makes it a perfect place to send the cops after them.
Michael: (voice-over) In any kind of sabotage operation, the most important thing is keeping your enemy thinking you're on his side. That means selling your story by any means necessary. While it may be painful and unpleasant, nothing sells loyalty like shedding a little blood for the cause.
Michael: (voice-over) There's a cold math to hostage-taking. Once someone dies, things get worse quickly. Because the penalty for killing one hostage is pretty much the same as the penalty for killing all of them. The key is keeping that first person alive... even if you have to bruise a few ribs to do it.
Michael: (voice-over) There's nothing quite like the feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you begin to suspect your intelligence on an operation may have been wrong. Once you're in, though, there's not much you can do but keep your eyes open and figure out just how bad the situation is.
Michael: (voice-over) Businesses often use independent contractors on jobs to contain costs and limit liability. Criminals do the same thing for similar reasons. Someone who just joined the team won't expect an equal cut of whatever you're stealing, and if they don't know your plans, they can't go to the cops.
Michael: (voice-over) In any search-and-capture operation, you have to balance speed against planning. Once you locate your target, you have a hard choice to make. Take too much time planning, and your target gets away. Take too little time planning, and you get yourself killed.
The Season 5 DVDs contain an extended version of this episode which include two additional scenes dealing with Sam and Fiona's mission. In one scene, Sam, Fiona and Dixon watch police take computer equipment off of Dixon's boat. A second scene shows Sam apologizing to Dixon for tasing him, but says he's done it because he's a good guy and needed him to help.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: November 16, 2011 on Super Channel 1
United Kingdom: September 17, 2012 on FX/FX HD