Flashpoint

Season 2 Episode 1

Business As Usual

3
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 27, 2009 on CTV
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Episode Summary

A CEO is taken hostage after a mortgage scheme goes bad and the team is called in to resolve the situation. While Jules is injured, the team is recruiting to replace her, though Jules will be able to return when she recovers. A new team member named Donna is chosen.moreless

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  • New girl

    6.5
    And immediately, I think most people would love Donna or like her even better than Jules.
  • I wish this happened, just once, in real life (spoiler)

    9.5
    This episode came out over a year before I'm writing this, yet it's topic is still as relevant as ever. It's been relevant for many years going back even to the Enron debacle when many retirement nest eggs and pension investments were ruined.



    This is sadly an element of our society whose behavior can only be described as evil; heartless individuals who care about nothing and no one but themselves. Contrary to Michael Douglas' famous statement way back in the 1980's, greed is NOT good.



    While the CEO's apology will not bring Stan's wife back, it does matter. It matters a lot and if his apology is truly heartfelt, he could use some or all of his $20+ million bonus to set up a fund to help the people harmed by his decisions.



    It is true that each of us is accountable for our actions and must bear some responsibility for buying into 'too good to be true' investments but as Ed says, it's just not right what these people do.



    I think shows that shine a light on the evils of our society and force us to look at things we would rather not are to be applauded and maybe even considered for an Emmy.moreless
  • Incredible episode.

    8.5
    The thrill ride that is Flashpoint is finally back on Friday nights. I have been meticulous with my breakdown of how the second year drama has not lived up to its nearly epic first season, but this hour showed that the program can be as powerful and ardent as ever.



    In a Law and Order "ripped from the headlines" like plot we had three men who had been pushed to the limit threatening the CEO of the company who destroyed their lives. This was a story we all can relate to in some way, and also furthered Flashpoint's attempt to cloud the difference between hero and villain in today's society.



    There are very few true "action" shows on TV that are not simply mindless violence. Flashpoint is more than a cop show, it truly is a smart spine-chiller.moreless
  • Very Believable....

    8.5
    This script was great. It was riped right out of the headlines. It was just so true to form with today's environment and economic situation for so many families. You really felt their frustrations, helplessness and most importantly their desperation. I loved that the team was essentially working two different scenes and the strategy that went along with finding the resolution. I loved watching Ed reach out to Brian. You felt he really related and finally reached him to help with the solution to their problem. You felt the desperation of Parker trying to reach Stan. I loved Ed's gesture at the end with the coffee. We also are introduced to the hopefully temporary replacement for Jules, which doesn't seem to sit well with Sam.moreless
  • The plot is well-based and -grounded in reality. It does, however, feel very ambivalent and uneven in comparison to other episodes.

    7.5
    The plot is well-based and -grounded in something which could easily be reality (if it hasn't been already) with people just losing it when they lose their homes to foreclosures. Not hard to imagine that anyone could ignite under the right (wrong) circumstances and do what you think is your best option to find an explanation for what has happened.

    In part it holds up to its regular quality, but the way the show is filmed is set up and cut feels uneven to me. The human factor is showed clearly on part of the SRU-members being sympathetic with people just losing it when they've been pushed too hard. This element of humanity rather than the action loaded police shows you usually get, is exactly why I watch Flashpoint. Yet, I am left with this feeling of unevenness that I can't pinpoint closer than that.moreless
Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Sgt. Gregory Parker

Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Ed Lane

David Paetkau

David Paetkau

Sam Braddock

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Lewis Young

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Julianna 'Jules' Callaghan

Sergio Di Zio

Sergio Di Zio

Mike 'Spike' Scarlatti

Greg Spottiswood

Greg Spottiswood

Lorne Wilkes

Guest Star

Hugh Thompson

Hugh Thompson

Brian Bauman

Guest Star

Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Stan Matthews

Guest Star

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton

Kira Marlowe

Recurring Role

Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

Donna Sabine

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (During tryouts at the weapons range for the open SRU spot)
      Ed Lane: Donna Sabine, you looking for a change of scenery or what?
      Donna Sabine: Change of wardrobe. Trying to get into the cool pants a long time.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: January 27, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: August 8, 2011 on Barrandov

    • This episode is actually Episode 1 of Season 2. Which when you think about it, makes sense because of its title "Business as Usual" and the introduction of the character Donna played by Jessica Steen who is Jules' replacement while she is recovering from being shot in the previous episode. The previous episode "Between Heartbeats" is originally meant to be the season finale which also makes sense as Episode 1 "Scorpio" is about how the subject's father is killed when taking a woman hostage and with Jules being shot, her life in danger, makes a good end of season cliff-hanger.

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