Season 1 Episode 8

Never Kissed a Girl

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 11, 2008 on CTV
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A man believes he hasn't committed a crime, but will it cost the life of an SRU member while clearing his name?

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  • Ok episdoe, and better than the last 2 episodes

    The last two episodes (shoppers, brother) almost resulted in me giving up on Flashpoint. This one is a bit better, but not like the first few episodes. The reference to Scorpio was good, as it was my favorite episode and the reason why I continue to give Flashpoint a chance. The fact that the department was sued was fairly realistic. Recall that Emil Matasareanu of the North Hollywood shootout, had a wrongful death suit against LAPD that ultimately was not retried after a mistrial. But what's unrealistic is that Ed was sued as an individual which doesn't make sense since plaintiffs go after big money and not individual officers, and Ed was performing his official duty. That little blunder aside, I thought the plot and acting were pretty believable.

    I can't agree with starlightbright on her comment about Flashpoint's depiction of women. We just had an episode (shoppers) where the female gangbangers were portrayed was fairly ruthless and capable of committing murder. And one of the main stars of the show is depicted as a highly capable female SRU member. It is unrealistic to expect a bailiff to have the same reaction as a SRU member who are trained and experienced in such situations.moreless
  • In my opinion, this episode was a major step back for realistic depictions of women in the criminal justice system.

    I'll start off by saying that I like this show. I like that it's Canadian, I like that it's actually filmed here, and I like the subject matter and its treatment. However, I have to say that this episode of the show has made me consider stop watching. Aside from some obvious legal mistakes (a note to the writers: get your criminal law right. we viewers are smarter than you seem to think), this episode has such a negative depiction of women that it seems to undo all the positive depictions of the female team members in previous episodes.

    Consider the three most memorable women shown (note that in this episode the female team members played such a minor role that they could not be included in this list). The first woman, the one with the most screen time, would be the security guard/bailiff that was taken hostage. Despite being in a position of power and respect in the courthouse, this women was portrayed as being simply weak and feminine. For example, right from the start she was shown talking on her cell about men, rather than doing her job, It can be interpreted that it was this weakness that actually got her taken hostage. For the rest of the episode, despite having a job that requires extensive training in procedure and self-defense, she seemed passive and helpless. Speaking of passive and helpless, one of the smaller roles of the episode was that of an elderly woman in one of the evacuated courtrooms. She had hidden under a bench because she was scared. Not only is she portrayed here as being defenseless and not that bright, but she was also shown as a hinderance, a woman that needed to be saved by the big manly man with the gun. Finally, I'd bring up the example of the victim in the charge of which the subject was convicted. Aside from, of course, being depicted as a helpless victim of a tragic crime, this young woman was depicted as a sort of angel, flawless in both life and death.

    This show has fallen into a very dangerous trap of stereotyping the female characters without provinding good context or background to justify these weak portrayals. I can only hope that they work to correct this in further episodes.moreless
  • good episode...

    Ed is being sued for the man he shot in the first episode this season, Scorpio. I love how they linked the episodes and something from a previous episode is coming up. Ed gets caught up with a young man that was convicted of a crime he did not convict. In the end, Ed saves the young man as well as himself and the other hostage. I liked the emotions in this episode. I also liked the guest character, Michael. I love character driven episodes and this was one of them. We didn't see a lot of the SRU members other than Ed and a bit of Greg. I liked seeing how everyone reacted to Ed being in danger. Overall, good story with great characterization.moreless
  • A man convicted of murder goes after the prosecutor.

    Flashpoint returned and delivered one of the best episodes of the season and one of the strongest episodes of television in months. From the classic performances by Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni to an unbelievable guesting role by Mpho Koaho CBS hit the ball out of the park with this installment.

    A gripplingly powerful and emotional story that featured action and mystery. The side plots of Ed being convicted of wrongful death to the lawyer cheating his way to a promotion led to an amazing hour of television. CTV has renewed Flashpoint for a second season and after this episode I cannot understand how it does not get renewed by CBS as well.

    With all the cookie cutter programs out there by the big four networks, Flashpoint takes a fresh spin on the police drama and takes you where no other program does. The final scene with Michael was like nothing I've seen on TV in a long time. This was a really special episode of TV that every single person should watch.moreless
  • Going from strengh to strengh.

    Ed has to attend a court appearance as he's being sued for his part in killing the Hostage taker in episode one, whilst there a man who feels wrongly accused of a murder takes a guards gun and a hostage trying to find the prosecutor who sent him to prison.

    Naturally Ed takes on the situation and becomes a hostage himself until help arrives from his buddy's at the SRU.

    The episode was a very powerful one and had more substance to it than previous ones, I am loving this show at the moment and even though it's only a short season let's hope season 2 can be penned to be much longer.moreless
Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Sgt. Gregory Parker

Michael Cram

Michael Cram

Kevin 'Wordy' Wordsworth

Sergio Di Zio

Sergio Di Zio

Mike 'Spike' Scarlatti

Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Ed Lane

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Julianna 'Jules' Callaghan

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall

Dr. Amanda Luria

Mpho Koaho

Mpho Koaho

Michael Jameson

Guest Star

Jeff Seymour

Jeff Seymour

Dan Cheznik

Guest Star

Matt Gordon

Matt Gordon

Frank McAndrew

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Greg: Eleven years in the joint and this guy still sounds like apple pie.

    • Michael: I never finished high school, never had a job, never kissed a girl. I don't know anything about anything, but I know what happened that day and I know I didn't kill Kate.

    • Greg: (about Ed being hostage at gunpoint) He's charming, good-looking - Ed's going to be fine.

    • Greg: Stairwell up the third floor; guy's got two hostages, one's a young woman.
      Jules: How do we know?
      Greg: Cause Ed's the second hostage. Guys, he doesn't have his gun on him.

    • Greg: (about Ed's court appearance) Just hold your nose and go down to the courthouse. They don't have a case.
      Ed: Are you kidding me? Guy walks in a building shoots a woman dead and holds another woman hostage, turns his gun on you. I do what I'm hired and trained to do - come on?
      Greg: I know. That's the truth of what happened; nobody doubts that.
      Ed: Somebody does!

    • Greg: Just one hole - how many shots?
      Ed: 20.
      Greg: Nice, that's why you're still my number one.
      Ed: That's why I'm always number one.

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