Hostages

Season 1 Episode 8

The Good Reason

15
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 11, 2013 on CBS
8.2
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Alice takes advantage of Duncan's situation and confronts his wife. Creasy has an important meeting.

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  • The Good Reason

    6.0
    At least there was some drama in this episode, but not the kind fans had been hoping for. Again, the show continues to question logic and test the patience of fans as these characters develop.
  • Vanessa Steps Forward

    9.5
    There was a ton going on within "The Good Reason". We see Vanessa stepping forward as a key player if not the person who may have started this admittedly now convoluted mess. Of course she had to have a team of conspirators and the show is slowly revealing more as to those in the web. The show's weakest area is that the complications are certainly enough to create leaks, and outright cracks, that should have exposed the plot. Of course, the writers have to dance around these with fixes that aren't always plausible. A dedicated viewer simply has to accept this and move on, just as the writers are guiding things. That said, this was an intense episode with compelling drama as everyone is being cornered into a desperate need to get through it. It starts with Brian's attempt on Duncan's life and Ellen being just in time to save Duncan per her old attorney's dark admission that if Duncan goes down everyone involved will be killed in order to have a complete elimination of any loose ends. Ellen knows this is running so deep the only way to possibly save her family is to not kill Duncan, but somehow turn him. She targets the only leverage she can imagine and that is his wife who is extremely sick and is quite possibly being used by others to control Duncan. This is quite interesting and actually could have some merit going forward. As of now, however, it ends in a standoff between Duncan and Ellen to which the aftermath is left open.



    Brian and Jake are being used for an alibi for the murder that Kramer is a suspect. Speaking of that murder, it seems like another needless complication in a sea of too many already. But, it was written in and must be contended with. This is a solution that while shaky is quick, possibly pulling the legs out from under the cops going too far? It was OK in that regard. What is much more interesting is that The Secret Service has now pulled in Brian unbeknownst to Kramer, and thus Duncan. This is huge and could go in several weighty directions as to how the rest of the season proceeds. Again, it's left hanging and it insinuates a possible sea change with the weight of it on Brian who, surely, doesn't really know who he can trust.



    Hostages leaped forward with this fine episode. This show has the crux of a great conspiracy and an a cast to match. While the writing has had bursts of both lameness and greatness, things are starting to line up for the last half of it's run having startling reveals as well as action driven by everyone's desperate circumstance demanding resolve. The potential is presently quite good.



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Toni Collette

Toni Collette

Dr. Ellen Sanders

Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott

FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Brian Sanders

Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Archer Petit

Quinn Shephard

Quinn Shephard

Morgan Sanders

Mateus Ward

Mateus Ward

Jake Sanders

Jeremy Bobb

Jeremy Bobb

Quentin Creasy

Recurring Role

Larry Pine

Larry Pine

Burton Delaney

Recurring Role

Paul Calderon

Paul Calderon

Agent Stan Hoffman

Recurring Role

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