Season 1 Episode 3

The Element of Surprise

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2008 on CTV

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  • The well trained team has to change tacks when their latest assignment doesn't go as planned.

    This week the SRU team is called in to serve a warrant to a criminal with a colourful record that includes drug dealing and murder. They were counting on precision and speed as well as the element of surprise in order to pull off the arrest without incident, even practicing their entry and formations ahead of time to make sure that things go smoothly. Luckily for the viewers, it doesn't.
    A kid who happens to be a former junkie was just one of the flies in their ointment. He was a former addict and dealer who was now clean and just wanted another chance with his family. There were lingering issues with money that was stolen in the bad old days and he was desperate to repay his family, even willing to get a loan from someone he shouldn't be associating with any longer. It became a wrong place at the wrong time kind of situation for him.
    An undercover narcotics officer was the other problem they had to contend with. The strategy they had constructed depended on the subject (the perp) being alone when they burst in. With the situation altered, they had to come up with an alternate plan on the fly. Once again there was a lot of tension built up with a civilian and a cop in the crosshairs and a bad guy who wasn't above shooting his way out. There was also some character development with the newbie Sam. We're told a bit more about his past and once again he shows off his impatience not to mention his hotheadedness.
    It was a pretty good episode I have to say, and there was a bit of heart tugging at the end, but for me it wasn't as emotional as last week's epi.
    Can't wait for the next episode.