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Flashpoint

Season 3 Episode 2

Severed Ties

3
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 06, 2010 on CTV
8.8
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A mom who lost her kids due to a drug addiction is now clean and wants to have her children back. After learning she can't have them back she goes to desperate measures to get her children back but doing so could put her life and the lives of her children in danger.moreless

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  • Extremely emotional

    10
    You do feel for the original mother turned over a new leaf but not able to see her real children again. And the Greg-Ed moments are some of the best male bonding on TV.
  • Powerful

    9.5
    I think this was one of the best episodes in the series. The storyline was very believable and I though the way Greg had to face his own life in dealing with Maggie is a great reflection of how life works. Life isn't compartmentalized; our careers, families, marriages, hobbies, faiths and so forth all impact each other. We are one person, not a collection of fragmented parts.



    Jules calling Greg on his lack of compassion at one point no doubt had an impact on him and likely helped him to be able to peacefully diffuse the conflict. It also reminded of Sam of one of the things he really loves about her, which was also nice to see.



    These are the kinds of episodes that take a while to digest because they make us think, and that is a good thing.moreless
  • Severed Ties

    8.0
    It has been too long since I have seen new episodes of Flashpoint, and it is great to have one of, if not the very best cop shows back. Tonight's edition of your weekly adrenaline rush featured a woman who was forced to give up her children to foster care and later adoption, trying to get them back. It was every bit as exciting as any episode, and the only flaw I can really find for it is a pretty lame ending with Gregory Parker's monologue not being up to par.



    I have to wonder if we will ever see Greg and his son together on the show, or if Flashpoint will be like Cheers, and rarely ever show us anything outside the SRU headquarters and where they go on cases.



    Still, this was an action-packed 40+ minutes. Definitely recommend this one.moreless
Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Sgt. Gregory Parker

Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Ed Lane

David Paetkau

David Paetkau

Sam Braddock

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Julianna 'Jules' Callaghan

Sergio Di Zio

Sergio Di Zio

Mike 'Spike' Scarlatti

Michael Cram

Michael Cram

Kevin 'Wordy' Wordsworth

Nicole Underhay

Nicole Underhay

Jenna Corday

Guest Star

David Patrick Green

David Patrick Green

Clarence Fogle

Guest Star

Jeanie Calleja

Jeanie Calleja

Mrs. Beaumont

Guest Star

Tattiiawna Jones

Tattiiawna Jones

Winnie Camden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • We learn that Greg's and Ed's sons do not confirm their fathers as friends on Facebook.

    • Goof: The science center was on lockdown after the second child was kidnapped, and the police and SRU were on the scene. Yet Maggie left the building, got into a car, and drove away unencumbered, with no explanation about how she could do that.

    • Goof: After the little girl Riley has the phone taken away from her, we flashback. However it does not say how many hours earlier we are watching.

    • Goof: This is similar to a goof in the Good Citizen episode. After Maggie takes the phone away from Riley, Winnie tells Parker she has an address, Civic Drugs at 1598 Victoria Street. We later see everyone exiting the drug store and directly over the door the address 1488 is clearly seen.

    • Goof: The events in this episode are more consistent with the American justice system than the Canadian justice system. For a mother of two young children with a drug addiction caused by an accident which severely injured her and her children and caused the death of her husband to be sentenced to 8 years for the armed robbery of a pharmacy because she needed her drugs would be considered very harsh within the Canadian justice system. Also, she has been clean for the past 4 of the 5 years since she has last seen her daughters. This makes her unlikely to re-offend, and not dangerous to her children. These mitigating circumstances make it unlikely that the courts would have severed her parental rights to allow the children to be legally adopted, and also very unlikely that she would not have known about it.

    • Goof: Becky Conroy's age is given as 5, however this is impossible given circumstances surrounding the situation. Maggie was in jail for 5 years, and had been out for 4 months before abducting the girls. Becky was 11 months old when she went to live with her adoptive parents. This puts Becky at almost 6 1/2 now.

    • Though it is technically episode 3.2, this episode is intended to be the Season 3 premiere. Episode 3.1, Unconditional Love, does not belong to any season and was intended as a sort of a mid-summer 'sneak peak' of what to expect in the coming season.

    • Goof: When Sgt. Parker gives the order to issue the Amber Alert, he says to notify all law enforcement and media within a 100 mile radius. The show is set in Canada, which uses the metric system, so the radius should have been given in kilometres, not miles.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Greg: Dean had an accident on his dirt bike
      Ed: Is he okay?
      Greg: Yeah. He broke his arm. But I had to find out through Facebook.
      Ed: Well, at least he sent you a message, right?
      Greg: Nah, he never confirmed me as a friend. He did friend my cousin, though, and that's how I found out - through her.
      Ed: f it makes you feel any better, Clark didn't confirm me as a friend, either.
      Greg: Yeah, but your son doesn't live 2,000 miles away.
      Ed: Planes go to Dallas, boss.
      Greg: [referring to his ex-wife] She won't let me through the front door, Eddie.
      Ed: So, you bring a ram.

    • (spotting the kidnapping suspect)
      Spike: There she is.
      Jules: Can you, ah..
      Spike: ..isolate her face? It's already done.
      Greg: Oh, getting a little cocky, aren't you, Michelangelo?
      Spike: Gunning for a raise, Boss.

    • Greg: I've hugged a hundred kids in the last 10 years and I still don't know what it feels like to hug my own boy.


      Ed: So why don't you go down there, take a ram and bust open a couple doors, huh?


      Greg: Yeah.


      Ed: Or maybe you get a lawyer. You're a good man, Greg Parker, and your son deserves to know that.

    • (discussing Sophie's pregnancy)
      Greg: How's it feel?
      Ed: Well, I'm getting used to the idea. So's Sophie.
      Greg: Clark's almost out of the house and now it's back to changing diapers and 3 AM feedings.
      Ed: And a husband who works all the time.
      Greg: It's a second chance - time to do things differently. I'd give my right arm for that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: November 11, 2010 on MAX
      Slovakia: February 23, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 31, 2011 on Barrandov

    • The song at the end of the episode is Save My Life by Johnny BLK (during the closing scenes).

      Greg hasn't seen his son in 10 years.

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