Human Target

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A district attorney, Allyson, needs Chance's help when mobsters come after her due to her family's dark past.

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  • I am so glad to see the return of imaginative FUN on TV! (Spoilers)

    This episode was on a par with the Pilot, which is good. Very good. It has a great story line which in and of itself is plausible, but the execution of the "flush" is perfectly comic book, tongue-in-cheek and no one right now does this as well as Human Target! Mark Valley is perfectly cast in this role. This is more evident to me with each passing episode as he falls into this character quite naturally. He knows this is pure, imaginative fun, and he doesn't try to make it anything else. As such, the EQ (entertainment quotient) is extremely high. Combine his character with equally and consistently well executed characters by Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, and this romp is bang on!

    Kristen Lehman fit into this particular romp as beautifully and seamlessly as Trisha Helfer did in the Pilot. This time she was an ADA with a past she'd rather not acknowledge, but which was on her case (pun intended) in spite of her...well, actually, because of her! And Chase came to the hilarious rescue. (Did anyone else notice how much Lehman looks like Valley's real-life wife, Anna Torv??)

    Dylan Neal was a treat to see (glad this baby is filmed in Canada...we get to see all our "hometown" favourites show up each episode!) and he does evil so well, though I admit I like him better as the good guy, a la "Mike Celluci" of Blood Ties...His character meets a rather ignominious end, and at the hands of "Vicki Nelson's" telescopic asp! Irony or what! :o}

    Right from the opening this was fun, was impossible, and as such, fully engaged my imagination and my devotion. Please let this be the beginning of the firmly rooted return of imaginative TV programming? Those of us with imaginations that like to get out and run wild once in a while, have waited long enough...moreless
  • My Pilot review was not the most embracing of this series, simply because there was nothing setting this show apart from something that has been screened many times on television.

    I did give it a break, I didn't cut off all ties...yet. Four episodes later and I was slightly intrigued. Don't get be wrong I still hold my view of it's unoriginality as a series, especially since there are many series struggling to maintain a decent season. The past three episodes after the pilot was 'iffy' for me, but this one actually had my attention.

    I admire the lawyer and ex-con relationship, the sexual come-ons (any excuse can be given to have someone take off their clothes). At one point I was getting fed-up of having the 'fix-it' guy always have some reason to gain screen time, but his role has its perks. His connections are also fascinating, it leaves you wondering the type of people he knows and the tricks he has up his sleeve.

    'Human Target' still carries this cliched way about it, that can cross a very fine line of telling a story that has already been told. I am interested in his past and will continue watching this one with a cautious view. The noodles on his shirt in the beginning shows how much time he has on his hands. They did pose a reasonable question "What makes him the best?". He didn''t answer with a straight response, so I am not truly convinced - yet. How much business could he have within a week. Does he have on-going investigations. I need some more insight into those themes.

    Lexa Reviews


    Three and a half Stars

    Grade C+

  • Great Episode!!

    This is a truly awesome show. I love the dynamics between all three main characters. Mark Valley plays his role very well, his fighting skills look genuine and he pull the mystery of his character all well. Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley work great together, their characters relationship add great comedy to the show. There are great fight sequences, great explosions, great drama, and great comedy to this show. I just hope that it is not cancelled before it really has a chance to shine. Lets just hope that Fox doesn't make the mistake of ending another great show.moreless
Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Det. Al Jenkins

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Whitey Doyle

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

Wes Gibson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the fight in the car, the car not only fails to slow down, but continues to accelerate. Despite the fact that nobody has their foot on the accelerator.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Whitey Doyle: You can't run from who you are. No matter how far or how fast you go... to the end of the earth and back again... the shadow of your past is always just one step behind. I tried to outrun it--changed my name, disappeared, thought I could leave everything behind. And here I am, right back in the mess--such is life.

    • Chance: Thing is, less than a week ago, you had guys with assault rifles shooting at you. They don't seem to be going away. In our business, we refer to that as a... serious problem.

    • Allyson: Are you going to take my case?
      Chance: Well, between Whitey Doyle and whoever it was that mounted the assault on that bridge, I think you're pretty much screwed. Of course we're going to take the case.

    • Allyson: This is your plan?
      Chance: Yeah.
      Allyson: To paint a bulls'-eye on my back and see who takes a shot at me?
      Chance: At us. Well, hopefully more me than you.
      Allyson: A lot of people survive your plans, do they?
      Chance: Oh, you'd be surprised.

    • Allyson: So, you are not a lawyer, correct?
      Chance: Not that I'm aware of.

    • Chance: You didn't mention that the meet took place on a bridge in your official report, did you?
      Allyson: No.
      Chance: Yeah, well, it seems to me like Inspector Gibson already knew. Did it seem that way to you? Wow, this is awkward. Wait a minute. You two were the gunmen on the bridge that were trying to kill Whitey Doyle and Allyson. Right? Okay, now this is awkward.

    • Allyson: I'm being protected by a guy who just strangled someone with a seat belt and then threw him from a moving car. And-and you're now in the process of stealing another car. So tell me--am I okay?
      Chance: You're fine.

    • Chance: Thanks for dropping everything to help us.
      Guerrero: You caught me at a good time. Just finished shampooing out the trunk of my car.

    • Allyson: In less than 48 hours, you got me talking about the one thing I haven't talked to anyone about in my entire life.
      Chance: Saw your underpants too.

    • Allyson: So far today, you hijacked a moving car, you nearly caused a catastrophic traffic accident, you picked a fight with a city full of angry, desperate cops. Something tells me you're just getting started.
      Chance: What's your point?

    • Winston: So I should get used to seeing you around here, shouldn't I?
      Guerrero: That's what I'd do.
      Winston: Marvelous.

    • Chance: Look at that. The decoy worked.
      Allyson: I won't know who to trust in there.
      Chance: Trust me.

    • Whitey Doyle: I'm everything you think I am--a crook, a thief, a thug. There's never been any accounting for any of it. And it occurred to me that, uh... until that happens, there's one thing I can never be.

    • Chance: So I guess you can stop running now
      Allyson: Yeah, I guess so. Will you?

    • Winston: There's something you ought to know about my associate. He doesn't like loose ends.
      Allyson: Can you explain something to me about your associate? He's not a lawyer, he's not a doctor, and he's certainly not a cop. What the hell is he?

    • Chance: You can't run from who you are. You can't run from me.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 8, 2010 on CTV (before the U.S. premiere)
      UK: May 5, 2010 on Syfy
      Australia: September 15, 2010 on GO!
      Sweden: September 16, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 25, 2010 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: July 10, 2012 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 30, 2013 on Dajto