Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 05, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The pilot introduces Matt and Emily, a man and a woman who deal with their personal relationship while focusing on their jobs as hostage negotiators. In this episode, the CNU deals with two separate crises: one regarding an estranged father about to lose custody of his sons and another revolving a young man who takes control of a coffee shop.moreless

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  • I think it was promising star..

    So, when I decided to watch some new series, I picked up some pilots and so far, this one sounds really promising. It starts already in action, what was really clever way and the way we learn about the chars turning that standoff - it was great. I liked that fast and moving style. But then we have that kind of drama and on that level, those chars look weird. I do not know if it was bad acting or something else.. but somehow it felt weaker and somehow fake.

    But most of the time, this was really exciting episode.. Anyway, I am definetly going to watch a next episode.moreless
  • good pilot...

    The problem with pilots is that it has to introduce all of the characters and the main premise of the show. I have never liked pilots very much because they're all relatively slow and the story is always lacking because the characters need time for introductions. Anyways, this show dove strait into a situation, which was an actor that was losing a custody battle. I didn't think it was very interesting; however, I did like how the main guy character handled it. That's a great way to learn about his character in a short time span. Anyways, the other case was a kid that wanted to tell his mom a message. I also didn't think this story was very interesting. I thought it was sad how the mother just said she didn't want children. Overall, pretty good introductory episode with great character development, but not a great story.moreless
  • Blockbuster Begining

    What a start to what I now consider a must watch show, I make sure i am home from work in time to watch it every week and have to tape it if I am not around to see it. The sexual tension between Matt and Emily was brilliantly set up in this episode and sets the tone for the rest of the season. The storyline was griping from the first instant the audience was thrown into the action. Romance combined with intriguing storylines so far this show has the foundation to become a classic and has far exceeded my expectations of yet another average American cop show. I eagerly await the next episodes!moreless
  • awesome show! i weill definatly continue to watch!

    definatly not what i expected! i didn not really think this would be a good show, when i first heard about it, so i didn not start watching it on TV, then one night when i was bored i decided to watch the show on the internet, and found it was awesome! It has the romance, and suspense i look for in a show, and there is not too much of eitheri will definatly continue to watch as this amazing show develops! I hope the network continues with this show, as i have heard rumors that it might be cancelled??moreless
  • Great beginning, interesting chemistry, bit unoriginal case.

    This first episode of Standoff was very mixed. Firstly, I loved the way they started it. Secondly, I love the chemistry between Matt and Emily. But, the whole hijacking was sooo unrealistic. It was so...[unoriginal] hard to describe. Why always the arab people? Why always Osama? Why always AL Queda? Plus this episode aired 1 week before 9/11 anniversary..

    well, that's dull. The ending twist was great, though. Corrupted human relationships can be more dangerous than you think...

    Promising beginning, afterall. The main concept is brilliant, it's really only up to the writers now - the actors are perfect. If the writers can make up interesting situations,(more interesting than an arab terrorist hijacking a random store) then this show could be the sleeper hit of the season.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The ringtone on the cell phone that rings while Trent is holding the coffee shop hostage plays the theme from M*A*S*H, appropriately (for this situation, anyway) titled "Suicide is Painless."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Emily: Trent, are you going to commit suicide?
      Trent Cunningham: (sarcastically) No. I just strapped a bomb to my chest because I had nothing else to wear.

    • (To Emily after she's made a deal with the HT to trade herself for his hostages.)
      Matt: You're putting yourself at risk. You're acting like me.

    • (Emily has just gotten off the phone with the HT.)
      Emily: He called me a bitch and an infidel.
      Matt: The sweet sound of progress!

    • Matt: (holding up collage of the HT and his mother) Do you have any idea why he'd send this to you?
      Judith Cunningham: No.
      Matt: Well, I think I do. I think he's trying to send you a message.
      Carl Cunningham: What message?
      Matt: Loosely translated, 'Mom, this is your fault.'

    • Frank: So this kid's gonna blow up "Coffee Nation" because he's pissed at Dad?
      Emily: People have done worse.
      Matt: It's probably up there though…

    • Emily: (to her class) At the heart of every crisis lies a broken relationship. Defining the nature of that shattered bond could be the key to a successful negotiation, even if the relationship in question is impossible to repair.

    • Frank: What are you, in love with her? (Matt is silent)

    • Emily: I just want to know what you're thinking right now.
      Matt: No, you don't.
      Emily: Yeah, I do.
      Matt: I'm wondering if the last time we had sex is gonna be the last time we had sex.

    • Matt: I'm a person. Like everybody, I got problems, I got secrets that could hurt me... I'm sleeping with my partner, for one... We've been doing it for three months now... But that's out over the radio now. Everybody knows. My boss, Cheryl, she's gonna be asking me for my resignation tomorrow, even if she doesn't -- the guys that I work with? Hell, they're not gonna let me live this down.

    • Matt (to Cheryl about Emily): I can't win when she gets all smart like that.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Show Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Policejní vyjednavači" (Police negotiators)

    • This is not the first time Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston have worked in the same TV series. Although they didn't have a scene together, and probably did not meet on the set, they both featured in the episode of Sex and the City's, "Hop, Skip, and a Week." It was the last episode of Ron Livingston's character, Jack Berger, and Rosemarie DeWitt had a small part as a legal aid in Miranda's office, named Fern.

    • Michael Cudlitz's character was originally named Frank Perry. The name was changed to Frank Rogers after the series was picked up by the network.

    • The song at the end of the episode as they stare at each other is "Yesterday/Tomorrow" from the album Volcano & Heart by The Coral Sea.

      Other songs were "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, "Suicide Is Painless" theme from M*A*S*H, and "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield.

    • Tom Wopat was credited as a special guest star in this episode (he played Rick Keesler).

    • The original name of the series was Primary, which FOX changed to Standoff just prior to the 2006 upfront presentation.