Standoff

Season 1 Episode 13

Backfire

1
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jun 15, 2007 on FOX
9.0
out of 10
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Emily is left alone to negotiate a hostage crisis on a commuter train while Matt deals with a schizophrenic patient who has taken his therapist and her husband hostage.

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  • Two cases

    7.5
    Matt and Emily have to work separately as two crises happen in same time.



    One of them is bank robbers taking train and then melting into the passengers. That one was really good and enjoyable. The way Emily had to play with them.. and she on the train when the ban robbers had blend in.. and finding them.. it was just stupid what they did.



    But then the most time is given to Matt's case, who is almost like a loyal custom. This is not the first time he has to deal with him. I did like the twist that the doctor played with the hostage taker.. making him to react how he did.. but other than this, quite lame.moreless
  • good episode

    8.5
    Emily has to negotiate with a group that took a commuter train full of people hostage while Matt has to talk a crazy person down. It was interesting seeing both of the negotiators separate. I thought Matt's case was interesting and unique while Emily's case wasn't. The story of men taking a bunch of people hostage in a sort of transportation device has been done many times before. Anyways, I liked Matt's case. It was interesting seeing the woman manipulate the gunman and Matt trying to diffuse the whole situation. Overall, one interesting and one not so interesting case and solid character development.moreless
  • Amazing episode

    9.4
    For a while the show had stopped playing and i was getting worried thinking that it wasn't coming back, but then they came back with this episode, which was an excellent episode by the way, it made it worth the wait.



    I thought the whole therapist hostage taking thing was pretty cool. My favorite part of the episode was when Emily said that she would give the first bank robber who confessed a reduced sentence and then one said, what if we give up the other one, and the 2nd one was like stupid kid, she was blufing.. i thought it was pretty funny.



    Can't wait for the next episode!

    :Dmoreless
  • Two hostage situations, Two deaths, and Two FBI negotiators.

    9.2
    This week we are dealt with two hostage scenarios, the first one involving the bank robbers hijacking a commuter train was over before it had really began, the main story revolved around Matt talking down a repeater in Neal Polniaczek, a schizophrenic patient who ends up taking his therapist and her husband hostage, when the talk down go’s wrong Neal shoots and kills the therapist’s husband, Matt has dealt with Neal so many times that he knows Neal is not capable of the shooting and it becomes clear the suggestion of killing the therapist’s husband was implanted by the therapist herself , she tries to get Neal to kill himself again by mental suggestion but Matt and Emily are on to her, therefore the hostage becomes the hostage taker.



    Another great episode, it was nice to see Scott Lawrence in the show as I loved his character in Jag, no Frank this week but the preview for next weeks episode looks one of the best so far.moreless

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Matt: (About Neal Polniaczek) You used your patient as a loaded gun and you waited for me to pull the trigger. You knew about the talk down ritual, you knew about the code and the riddle and the countdown, it was all sitting here waiting to be used. You didn't even have to work that hard.
      Dr Meredith Goldman: That's crazy.
      Matt: Yeah, well you're a crazy bitch.

    • (At the subway station)
      Emily: I wonder if you can jump off of those trains while they're moving.
      Cheryl: You can. You would die.

    • Jeff Toms: (About Neal Polniaczek) You negotiate with this guy inside of his delusion?
      Matt: Well if it ain't broke, you know what I'm saying?

    • Emily: (About the bank robbers) It's hot and sunny and they're wearing ski suits. I vote for crazy.
      Matt: It's a look.

    • Emily: You notice how many hostages we had at the last stop?
      Duff: Yeah, 25... dropped to 24.
      Emily: Notice how many we got now?
      Duff: 26.

    • Emily: Unless you wanna make a deal. Okay, the first bank robber to turn himself in wins a reduced sentence. … Okay, I am a federal agent making a promise in front of a bunch of witnesses. … Okay, and I'm giving you a deadline. Offer's only good for 30 seconds… 29, 28, 27, 26–
      Bank Robber #1: What if we give the other guy up? (Duff and Emily turn with guns drawn)
      Duff: Hands on your head!
      Bank Robber #2: Dumb son-of-a-bitch. She was bluffing!

    • Matt: Uh, I gotta get back to this other thing after that. (hands a business card to Jeff Toms) Have dispatch route the call through this number at FBI.
      SWAT Commander Mike Torrez: Other thing?
      Matt: Yeah. It's a busy day.

  • NOTES (1)

    • FOX broadcast the wrong end credits for this episode in its initial airing, which should have been associated with episode #114, "Road Trip."

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