Season 1 Episode 5

Who's George

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 07, 2008 on CTV
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Episode Summary

The SRU are called to a bank to deal with a hostage situation; Parker faces one of his toughest negotiations when the robber isn't who he thought.

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  • Great Flashpoint

    brings out the "Flashpoint" in Sam!
  • Ending is a bit unrealistic, but overall a good episode

    My sole complaint is about the life insurance payment to George. Most likely the policy would have a criminal acts exclusion in addition to suicide exclusion. But the show did not make it clear, how George's wife Mary was taken care of. Maybe the bank took care of her to lessen the bad publicity. Imagine how the bank could be portrayed as a ruthless corporation that drove one of its employees to suicide. Or the bank manager made sure to find a way take care of her. I wish the show explained better George's motive for suicide by cop, and made it more realistic . skip the unrealistic insurance payout). Otherwise, a good episode that focused more on Sarge and Sam. The fact that decisions are sometimes gray . to shoot versus wait), is a good point of the show.moreless
  • SRU responds to a hostage situation at a bank.

    This was another great episode of Flashpoint. Emotionally driven and powerful, this installment had a strong storyline that kept you on the edge of your seat until the closing credits. All the main actors played their roles perfectly, and George and the bank employee made you feel like you were witnessing an actual news broadcast of a hostage crisis instead of a scripted TV series. This was definitely one of the best episodes of the season for Flashpoint and a broadcast you should show someone to get them interested in the show. I liked the side storyline with Sam developing his negotiation tactics, and it's great to see that the show is building a strong foundation for a possibly lengthy run on TV.moreless
  • A better episode then previously.

    The storyline is one been told before, disgruntled ex employee seeks vengeance on ex employer, however this had a couple of twists to the episode.

    The ex employee named George was sacked from his job he loved as head of security to a bank due to cut backs enters his old work place and takes the whole bank staff hostage, after a bit of too and fro he's left with the new back manager, the women who fired him.

    Naturally the SRU team are called in thinking the bank robber is a ruthless killer who's struck several times, however they learn who the hostage taker is and why he's doing it.

    The end was emotional for all.

    The episode was well written and a lot better than we have had, hopefully the series can build up steam with exciting well written episodes.moreless
  • good episode...

    The team is called in to a bank robbery in which the robber took some of the bank employees hostage. In the end, the robber had himself shot by the cops so his wife could get the money she needed to stay in a nursing home. It seems this show likes happy endings - but I liked it. Anyways, there was a lot of Sam development in this episode and we seen his arrogant side as well and his caring side. I'm liking the character more. I didn't think it was that big of a deal trying to figure out who the robber was; he was just a disgruntled employee. Overall, just an ok story with some good character development.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Parker, Lane and Braddock are approaching the scene's staging area, the magazine in Lane's MP5 is inserted backwards. MP5 magazines are keyed and thus almost impossible to insert backwards and get it to stay that way.

    • Goof: The bolt on Braddock's Remington 700 rifle is up instead of down, leaving the bolt unlocked. In this condition, the rifle will not fire. Even if the viewer assumes that he locks the bolt before he fires, this is still extremely poor form, and Braddock should know better considering his training.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sam: I'm not giving you cocaine, jackass!
      Ed (Pretends to shoot his 'hostages'): "Bang! Bang!"
      Spike: Jackass? Did he say jackass?

    • Greg: MO matches the Monday Morning Bandit. You heard of him?
      Sam: Like five jobs this year already, that guy?
      Greg: Six. We got ourselves a big fish. Guy's a pro; he knows managers are trained not to pull the alarm but just hand over the cash.
      Sam: Looks like someone didn't get that memo.

    • Ed: It's tough not being the best at something, huh?
      Sam: I'm tryin'.
      Ed: It's not something you can get out of a textbook; you gotta learn how to -
      Sam: I know, I know. I gotta connect. Sarge says it every time.
      Ed: Then how come you don't hear it?

    • Greg: (to Ed) OK, you figure out how to get into the impossible building and I'll go talk to the killer with nothing to lose.

    • Greg: (to Sam) You need to listen. Look, you can kick ass like nobody's business and you look great in the cool pants, but as long as you're out there and you're trying to talk to someone, you've got to be able to listen.

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