Michael: (voice-over) When a spy finds a listening device, the last thing he does is turn it off. A bug can be a direct line into the mind of your enemy. It's delicate, but in the right hands, it's a weapon that can turn almost any situation in your favor.
Sam: Natalie?! You take that weapon, you're in a world of hurt! The Feds, the military...all hell's gonna rain down on you.
Natalie: I don't know, Sam. 20 million dollars will buy me a hell of an umbrella!
Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason most surprise attacks are just before dawn. Sleepers hit their deepest REM cycles just before sunrise, which makes it harder to come to full alertness. And anyone on watch is likely to be exhausted and at the end of a shift.
Fiona: (about Natalie) I still hate that we're going on this heist with her.
Michael: Fi, we can't always pick our teammates in the field.
Fiona: I am not a spy. I can't pretend someone doesn't make my skin crawl.
Michael: (voice-over) Intelligence work is all about relationships. Like a romance, working with a source is more about the heart than the head. Of course, romantic relationships usually end if there's a betrayal, whereas spy relationships often begin with one.
Michael: (voice-over) Any strategy based on creating fear in your target is a bit of a gamble. It's not just a matter of whether you succeed in making your target afraid. That's easy. What's a lot harder is ensuring that they don't fear something else even more.
Michael: (voice-over) Recruiting a source is a painful process. Threatening to ruin someone's life can put a lot of strain on a relationship and make it tough to work together. But sometimes a bad relationship is the best you can do.
Michael: (voice-over) Blackmail may be effective at times, but it's never fun. The problem is that works best on people that are basically good. If someone's made a mistake he regrets, it's easy to make him regret it even more.
Michael: (voice-over) It's hard to forgive someone after a betrayal, even if it was for a good cause. There's nothing more difficult to repair in the field than trust.
Michael: (voice-over) National intelligence agencies and local law enforcement work together more often than you might think. Most metropolitan police stations have an office called a fusion center where classified intel is collected in one place. It's a great resource if you need information fast. Unfortunately, it does involve breaking into a police station.
Original International Air Dates:
United Kingdom: November 23, 2011 on FX/FX HD
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