Season 1 Episode 2

Snatch and Grab

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Snatch and Grab
McNulty and his staff must act quickly to keep a terrorist ally from slipping away. Meanwhile, someone from JT's past figures into his misson of sending his old unit into harm's way when a high-risk mission requires the best of the special-ops teams.

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  • This is a great episode.

    JT gets to work with his old buddies in the special forces. they deal with the ever growing terrorist problem infecting the whole world over. it's the job of JT and his pentagon colleagues to deal with the terrorist problem. half of the show takes place inside the pentagon, while half of it takes place in the field. it's a nice way of presenting this sort of situation on screen. they do it in a way that's really entertaining. the action sequence was done really well, it works so well with this show. the storyline itself was not a problem, it's fast paced and went somewhere.moreless
  • Jingoistic garbage.

    Jingoistic garbage.

    I know lets have a go at the Arabs and French, everyone will enjoy that. Well sorry if this how we view rest of the world then we're in a worse state than I thought.

    When Colonel McNulty sees the French Ambassador despite being late night he greats him with "Bonjour" and then says "Comme estas" or something which was clear Spanish.

    Lets hope they cancel this series and re-instate many of the great series canceled by ignorant TV Chiefsmoreless
  • Great follow-up to the pilot.

    This was an excellent follow-up to the pilot episode.

    It gave a feel for the show that added to the idea of how the show will progress. Namely this show won’t just be what happens in the Pentagon, but also what happens in the field after a decision is made.

    They also gave some level of what the consequences of those decisions have on the families and loved ones of the soldiers or agents involved in the operations they plan. This was especially poignant during this episode as the team TJ sent in to Uzbekistan were his friends. He personally knew Bobby’s wife and had to let her know they would be delayed.

    Not only did this episode have more action than the Pilot but it also showed some of the human side of serving the country. This show is definitely showing signs of greatness.

  • Good but a completely different show...

    I really enjoyed this episode but the writers totally reworked the show from the pilot plus the political line of the episode was way too rah rah and xenophobic for my taste.

    In the pilot, the main character, J.T. was married with a baby. His wife was played by Sarah Clarke of "24" fame, a really good choice.

    I guess that the writers decided that a single J.T. would be sexier. They cast an unknown younger actress as his live-in CIA girlfriend and Kelly Rutherford as a big cheese Pentagon lawyer who rattles his cage.

    Sarah Clarke being gone was disappointing. Not only was it nice to see a known face, but since she's about the same age as Benjamin Bratt she provided a mature, complex foil for the J.T. character. I can't say that I care much about the little honey they've cast now. I suppose guys will think that she's a hottie. Whatever. My fear is that now, the show's women will be just about T&A.

    The pivot point of this show was a "snatch and grab" of a suspected terrorist. Kidnapping and rendition of a foreign national suspect (an unconvicted one at that) is considered an illegal action under international law. But this episode really glosses over that.

    The episode is set in Uzbekistan - the set designers did a good job of creating an authentic Uzbek atmosphere - melons and all. The geopolitic stuff, however, is off. Uzbekistan is one of the US's biggest allies in Central Asia, the Uzbek government is relentless in its pursuit of Islamists and short on human rights. They've been known to boil prisoners to death. So, the idea that they are harboring nests of Al-Qaeda terrorists just didn't ring true.

    Plus, once again it brings out tired stereotypes - lots of shots of suspected terrorists praying in the Muslim way, crowded souqs filled with exotic and potentially hostile populations, US special forces wearing tribal gear. And the highpoint - grabbing the suspect while he is at prayer. Gratuitous scene of Dennis Hopper's colonel telling off/humiliating/strong arming a French attache. Great! The kind of episode that makes Arab and Muslim American groups protest. And people wonder why the rest of the world hates us.

    But then this is a Bruckheimer vehicle, with heavy Pentagon/military consultation so I shouldn't expect anything else.

    Other little problems: A pic of the terror suspect with Bin Laden looked like a five year old had produced it (obvious cut and paste), JT mispronounced quite a few foreign words this episode (script consultant needed), plus he said that the Special Forces team should have translators there that spoke Arab Egyptian since the suspect is Egyptian. Hello, no such language - if anything it would be Egyptian Arabic. The writers tried to explain why J.T. doesn't "look Polish" but ended up just having him spout some defensive crap. Cock up.

    The cheery, all's well that ends well family welcome home BBQ ending was unrealistic. In real life, J.T.'s friend and his wife would be headed straight for divorce court.

    All of that said, in terms of suspense, production values, interesting storyline and banter this episode wins.moreless
Tegan Summer

Tegan Summer

Lieutenant Ganzais

Guest Star

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Captain Banks

Guest Star

Brittany Ishibashi

Brittany Ishibashi

Ashley Nakahino

Guest Star

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Steven Algazi

Recurring Role

John Lafayette

John Lafayette


Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • goofCol. McNulty said that he was chasing Tariq for 3 years but in the pilot and the episode The Forgotten he said that he came back on active duty two years ago.

    • We learn in this episode that JT and Sonny have a past, we don't exactly know yet on what level, but JT tells McNulty that he doesn't know her "in a biblical way".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • JT: Listen. Before we go in, I want you to understand a few facts.
      Sonny: What's to understand? You went completely around me on this.
      JT: I'm not talking about that, talking about you and me.
      Sonny: OK, speak, Major.
      JT: Night of October 2nd, 2001 was one of greatest nights of my life.
      Sonny: Remember the date, I'm impressed.
      JT: You wanna know how I remember? Because forty eight hours later, my entire unit was involved in dismantling 40,000 Talibans.
      Sonny: You think by telling me this, by putting on some eleventh hour charm, you're gonna win support for this mission?
      JT: Look, ma'am. I'm not trying to win a damn thing. I just wanna make sure that your decision making isn't influenced by personal feelings that may or may not be true. You do what you gotta do.

    • Sonny: So, do you have a name, or should I call you "hey you"?
      JT: Major James Tisnewski. Nice to meet you.
      Sonny: Tisnewski? Funny you don't look Polish.
      JT: Don't you think? 'Cause I'm pretty sure my old man said he escaped from Poland when he was six, came here, met my mom, had me. You want more?
      Sonny: No. Not at the moment. But if I do, I'll just look it up. OK?
      JT: OK.

    • Pierce: Sir, we have another situation in our hands. This just in from the State. Apparently a French environmental protest ship is playing chicken with one of our nuclear aircraft carriers.
      McNaulty: I thought that sucker was at the bottom of the Atlantic.
      Pierce: Well, her ugly twin sister is back, I guess.

    • McNulty: There is this kid, he's just out of college, he is the NSA liaison, I think is name is Frank.
      Pierce: It's Greg, sir.
      McNulty: Greg, right.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Song featured: "Fine Line" by Paul McCartney

    • The Italian authorities did issue arrest warrants for 13 people they claim are agents "linked to the CIA".

    • The Fulton recovery system that was used in this episode is an actual tactic used by Special Forces mainly for equipment but has been used in the past for human extraction. Though since the death of a SEAL during a training exercise at Coronado it is mainly used for non-living pickups.