Over There

Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 2005 on FX
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Episode Summary

The squad is ordered to evict the residents of an orphanage. Sergio is conflicted over his attraction to Anna. Meanwhile, Terry looks into why Bo has stopped receiving his military pay.

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  • Episode deals with alot of issues.

    This one of those moral dilemma episodes. The unit is sent to evict an orphanage that is situated in a location that the military requires. The home front also has the moral dilemma of if and when does the military spouse cheat. One other aspect of this show deals with is the current problem of experienced combat veterans and their re enlistment. The lengths the military goes to keep their better trained solider to going to the private sector. In a way you feel happy and sad for SGT Scream. Sad he is re enlisting because its not what he wanted but happy because I think his job is suited for him.moreless
  • Did someone hi-jack the show?

    This episode suprised me. It really feels like someone hi-jacked the show. I first noticed with the dialogue. Things were implied, and then the characters had to spell, like the writers were afraid we wouldn't understand.

    Somthing along the lines of:

    "I'll re-up for 6 years, you can keep the 50,000."

    "So you're going all in?"

    "A man has to do that everyonce in a while."

    I mean come on? What is this? Poker Noir? But the thing that was truly terrible was the huge over use of the wide angle lense. It;s like the DP got a new lense and wanted to play with it all day. It wasnt' even consistant in use...but man was it over used.

    I hope this was just a lull, and not a sign of what the show has become.moreless
  • Sgt Scream is getting out the service. Or is he?

    There is an orphanage that is supposed to be getting evicted. The French lady who runs the place doesn't want to move.

    Enter Scream and company. The brilliance of this episode is how downplayed the whole thing is. Scream tries to be as reasonable about the situation as possible. It highlights the fact that in irrational situations, the reasonable solution is rarely one that works. The defense against moving the orphanage is it will make all the orphans hate Americans forever. While this is a reality, the government still pushes for their removal. It takes the death of a little boy for Scream to realize what he is up against. He sacrifices his opportunity to go home in order to save the orphanage. Well written, well acted, and meaningful are the best descriptors here.moreless
  • With Sgt. Scream, they took a two-dimensional character and gave him that critical third dimension, turning him into the most intriguing character of all.

    This was my favorite episode so far. I think Erik Palladino did an amazing job depicting Sgt. Scream\'s hardened exterior that masks a very vulnerable person inside. When the French woman touched his cheek and he nearly flinched, I wanted to weep for him. Too, I\'m glad that she figured out his sacrifice. She might not have fully understood that this man gave up six years of his life, but it would have killed me had she not known at all that he was directly reponsible for saving the orphanage.

    My only complaint for this show is that the focus on the folks on the homefront takes time away from what is happening in Iraq. They have yet to offer me anything compelling enough to care about stateside that I would just as soon they forget about Bo and Dim\'s wife and Sergio\'s near-dalliance and all of that other junk. I just get frustrated when they break away from the main action.moreless
  • Very, very good character development between \"Scream\"/Sergio and Anna. Extremely well played out with each of their strong characters.

    This show was beautifully done with the characters of Sgt. \"Scream\"/Sergio and Anna, the French woman in charge of the orphans. Very, very good character development between the two. Extremely well played out. Whomever wrote the script for Anna did a very good job and the actress played it out so well. Perhaps many can relate to not having time for a personal life in many ways and so many could understand both characters; situations, dedications, the loyalty to a good cause with each character.

    Those two have chemistry together. This scenario/Anna was perfect for Sergio\'s character.

    Please perodically have those two interact in a positive and yet continually magnetic way, if possible, in future episodes.

    Also, great job with Smoke and the chess game. A nice touch.

    Everyone who is a regular and who has done \"bit\" parts on that show really does a great job. The writers are so good at what they do. The directing is outstanding. I enjoy the way the whole show is always played out; script, camera shots, movement, periodic different film coloring, angles, characters, subject matter, frankness, etc... There is a great deal about this show that caused me to become appreciative of it and I watch very little television, other then news broadcasts.

    Showing Sergio near the end of the show holding on to the chess piece and squeezing it tightly....One could FEEL what was going on with him and that particular situation. The actor who plays \"Scream\" did such a great job. (All are really good actors with their characters) but \"Scream\'s\" character is probably one of my faves. I can relate to so much of his character. I also know many can relate to other characters, for their own reasons. This show speaks to many.

    Unexpected love affairs can and do happen during times of war or conflict, as people are people and we are dealing with human beings and reality, not robots.

    I appreciate watching a show and entirely forgetting it is a show due to being so \"into it\", which doesn\'t happen often. That\'s what happens when I watch \"Over There\". It is a profound show with much feeling and so well done in every single aspect.


Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Chris "Sgt. Scream" Silas

Josh Henderson

Josh Henderson

Bo Ryder

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Avery "Angel" King

Lombardo Boyar

Lombardo Boyar

Sergio Del Rio

Luke MacFarlane

Luke MacFarlane

Frank "Dim" Dumphy

Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

Tariq Nassiri

Serena Scott Thomas

Serena Scott Thomas

Sophie/Orphanage Director

Guest Star

Robert Reinis

Robert Reinis

Sgt. Stevens

Guest Star

Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue

Major Doten

Guest Star

Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Scream is leaving the orphanage at the end, he puts his headset on , in the next shot it's not there, and then in the next shot when he puts his helmet on it's back.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (1)


    • When Scream explains to Sophie that moving the orphanage is a "collaboration" between the community leaders and the Army, he says that by being French that's something she might understand in allusion to the fact that French citizens who aided the Nazis, specifically through the Vichy regime, were called "collaborateurs." This was the origination of the term collaboration being used in this manner.