Season 1 Episode 5

Life Support

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 2006 on FOX
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Life Support
A young boy takes hostages in a hospital because the doctor is needs to operate on his terminally ill sister is on vacation and the other surgeons refuse to perform the procedure without him. Matt and Emily are called to save the hostages and help the boy.moreless

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  • Little not believable..

    I do not say that you wish everything to be believable and real like to like it, but this episode I do not know - it felt lame and it felt nothing special. Maybe it was the writing that made most of the char to lose their nerve in the middle of the episode and that emotion was forwarded to the viewers or just the absurdness of this case - but who knows, maybe people do think that with gun they can make people heal terminal patients.

    But to be on bright side, the story did was moving what is a brother ready to do for his sister..moreless
  • great episode...

    The team is called in to diffuse a situation when a young man took some nurses and doctors hostage and demanded to see a doctor that could help his sister. How the episode was laid out allowed the watcher to feel sad and sympathize with the criminal. I loved seeing Matt's backstory in this episode. It's interesting to learn more about characters and he has a sad past. I also loved seeing his different personality in the hospital. I also loved the part in the episode where Emily went to the surgeon's house and convinced him to come. He was an interesting character; I want him as a main character! Anyways, great story and amazing characters.moreless
  • Wow!!! What an episode

    I love this episode, because we got to see Matt emotions, it was good to watch. Matt was acting weird from the beginning and only at the end we get to see why.

    Matt emotion was too involved and that it nearly cost the team to take MJ down easily, his boss told him “Let MJ trust you”. I guess Matt didn’t want his team mate to know his past, but he was left with no choice. Matt told MJ what had happen to sort of tell MJ is may happen to MJ sister, and wow I love the last scene!!! MJ was arrested but Matt allowed him to go say goodbye to his sister, and Matt was waiting outside and Emily was there too.moreless
  • Matt\'s backstory made this episode much better.

    (mild spoilers)

    Oh, wow. I love the way Matt reacts to the events in this episode - the tension between him and the team, the aggression he has towards MJ, the flashbacks - wow! But, my favourite scene has to be the last one. \"Disappearing World\" by David Gray captured the mood of the scene so perfectly! One thing I love and admire so much about this show is the way they don\'t need to use words. Emily sitting next to Matt in the hospital and placing her hand on his knee was enough. Those two can say more with a look than most people could say in a novel (with illustrations).

    And I have to say how powerful it is when they show Matt as a child sitting alone outside the hospital room and then Matt as an adult with Emily by his side, comforting him. I\'ve loved every episode of this show and it always leaves me counting down the days until the next episode!

    I say: Keep it up!

    ~ Trickimoreless
  • After it's hiatus the Standoff crew are back...

    It's been a few weeks since the last episode of Standoff was aired due to the Baseball and i for one could not wait for it's return...... and going on reviews and ratings we were not disappointed.


    The story involved the usual Standoff between the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman and a young boy who has brought his terminally ill sister to hospital seeking a specialised doctor to perform surgery, when the doctor is not available and in fact on vacation the young lad pulls a gun and a hostage scenario evolves.

    Matt ( Ron Livingston ) is left to talk to the boy whilst Emily ( Rosemarie DeWitt ) goes searching for the doctor, each have there own problems persuading the boy and doctor to co-operate but eventually all goes as expected.

    In this episode we learn something of Matt’s past life as a boy, we find that as the story develops he becomes very angry at the situation he’s in and at the boy he’s trying to negotiate, this is a no-no for a negotiator, as the story unfolds Matt has a sigma with hospitals and we also learn that as a very young boy he had to witness his mother who was a policewomen involved in a car accident die on a hospital bed after days of being on a respirator, because he still felt remorse this came out in the negotiations.

    Personal notes…..

    It’s good to see some character development starting to show in this series, sometimes a TV show can turn stale if we don’t get some insight to a characters background or childhood, let’s hope we get a little background on Emily or Cheryl.

    If Standoff develops as Bones ( another favourite of mine ) has done then I can see a second series in the pipeline.moreless

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