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Season 2 Episode 15

Breaking Point

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Mar 28, 1998 on NBC
8.2
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A desperate father kidnaps Sam's roommate Angel in a last ditch effort to save his son from the electric chair.

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  • Are you kidding me?

    3.0
    Some guy takes Angel hostage, demands Sam free his son from jail - cause you know that always works. In an episode that fails in its first 2 minutes, there's not much that can be done.



    Season Two started badly. It stumbled badly for the first third of the season. This episode is a perfect example of how those episodes went wrong - too much melodrama and a premise that simply pushes credulity beyond the breaking point.



    Breaking Point is a mess - it tries to convince the rest of us that Angel is really in peril, that a dedicated public servant will go over the edge and start kidnapping people. I wanted to like this episode - I really did. The episode's one innovation is a new variation on the "hard headed local cop" is transforming that person into a politically ambitious DA who refuses to help the team.



    A series of interviews with Sam and Bailey and a variety of suspects are well written and acted but not enough to elevate the episode above average; the final showdown with Porter and the team with lots of lights and sirens and helicopters and guns pointed at one another and a dramatic lat minute rescue is a melodramatic conclusion to an overwrought episode.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Angel Brown

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Det. Nathan Brubaker

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Maureen Muldoon

Maureen Muldoon

Robin Muldoon

Guest Star

Scott Ripley

Scott Ripley

Ron Stemler

Guest Star

Tim Reinhard

Tim Reinhard

Man In Truck

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    • Sam: Not exactly a happy ending, huh?
      Bailey: At least Angel's safe.
      Sam: You know, when I was ten, my mother died. My father... he didn't really know what to do with me. So he... he hired this house keeper, right? Poor woman, I... I gave her such a hard time. So I guess it was after the third one he... just gave up and let me stay with Angel and her mother and... they really gave me my childhood, you know. She's my family.

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