Season 1 Episode 5

Roles of Engagement

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jun 23, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A famous actor is admitted to the hospital after having suffered what looks like a psychotic outbreak during his appearance in a Live Talk Show. He confesses that he has faked it to prepare for a movie role, but Jack suspects that he suffers from a serious personality disorder.moreless

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  • Poor Liam

    It is just so sad what happened to Liam. Too bad that it lead him to that nervous breakdown. Fortunately he was able to take it out and he may not be cured, but at least he took the first step.

    Jack was right, he just needed an excuse to let go. As a celebrity, he must've been under a lot of pressure, with so many people not even caring about your person but your status, fame and money. Jack did a good job making Liam take it all out. And he saw him as a person, a human being. I guess it was up to him to heal.

    I like all the characters but I find Nora a little bit weak. She was fine and strong in the first 2 episodes but I find her weak for a manager. And Carl keeps trying to do anything to discredit Jack. The show is still strong and good. I can't wait for the next episode. No matter what other people say.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Half-way through the show, when Jack and nurse in blue enters the room with the star, nurse's hands change place when camera angle changes.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Andy: He's worse. He's talking about Liam like he's a totally different person.
      Jack: Dissociation. It comes and goes and he's not worse, he's evolving.
      Andy: What does that make you? Darwin?

    • (Jack and Liam are in the gym. Jack is working out while Liam isn't.)
      Jack: Not in the mood.
      Liam: I haven't had sex in two days.
      Jack: Is that unusual?
      Liam: Unprecedented. People think my life is so much better than theirs. That all they have to do is sleep with me and some of it rubs off.

    • Jack: See Hollywood's fine with drug addiction, it's almost a rite of passage. But mental illness on the other hand…
      Nora: You should be really proud of yourself. He came in here pretending to be crazy and you actually make him crazy.
      Jack: Proud, no. Vindicated.

    • Jack: How would you assess a patient exhibiting sexually provocative behavior, melodramatic expressions of emotion, easy suggestibility, a desperate need for excessive admiration, and a grandiose sense of self importance?
      Veronica: Oh you think he has a narcissistic personality disorder. So do a lot of creative types too.
      Carl: So! Discharge him and find him a therapist.

    • Nora: How could a staff of trained professionals…
      Carl: (interrupts) Since you are clearly not, I suggest you take your criticism…
      Jack: Come here look at this. (watching Liam's outburst video)
      Nora: I've seen it.
      Carl: Why not release a statement. We knew it was an act all along. We were simply helping Mr. McBride prepare for a difficult role about a serious mental illness in order to increase public awareness.
      Nora: Why not? Because we are not sailors on "The Good Ship Lollipop," we're living in the real world.

    • Carl: Classic symptomology-auditory hallucinations, desired illusions, disorganized speech and behavior. Classic.
      Veronica: If that's the case, he's chosen the wrong profession. If would think the emotional demands of an actor would exacerbate the problem over time.

    • (After watching Liam's outburst on television)
      Nora: This occurred approximately two hours ago.
      Jack: What's he been doing since then?
      Nora: Studio security grabbed him as he was about to drive his Ferrari right through the guard gate.

    • Jack:(saying to Liam) I'd like to see a psychiatric ward and treatment portrayed realistically for a change. You can't make this stuff up, you've got to live it. Otherwise it would become characature, laughable even.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Životní role (Life's Role)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: June 30, 2009 on FOX
      Norway: February 2, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 8, 2010 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: January 31, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD


    • Title: Roles Of Engagement
      The title is an allusion to Rules of engagement(ROE), the ones that, in military or police, determine when and where force should be used. The rules can be general and specific. They can change between cultures and can even be made public.