Season 1 Episode 10

The Accidental Negotiator

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 2006 on FOX
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The Accidental Negotiator
The CNU is called in to deal with a crisis situation at the headquarters of a credit union after an armed man takes a recently fired worker hostage. Meanwhile, the relationship between Matt and Emily is strained after she leaves his apartment early in the morning without waking him.moreless

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  • Random people behind the phone.

    A armed robbery, hostage.. a call.. and a random, just fired, employee picks it up and bounds and now Matt and Emily have to deal with her as they demand her.. but she is a hard piece and sometimes it feels the negotiation is taking place behind the phone, on that room, to make that woman say and do what she has to - not that she seems to do that..

    Quite pointless episode.. It seemed to most concentrate on char interaction and making little crises between Emily and Matt.. and to have that woman around to make things harder. But not bad episode..moreless
  • good episode...

    I liked the idea of this episode, but it got annoying at times with several of the different story lines. The whole thing with Emily leaving the room early was annoying and I thought it was stupid. Is it really that big of a deal? Anyways, a lady has to negotiate because the criminals don't want to talk to cops. She's truthful, but in the end has to help get them killed to save the hostages. I hated her character until the very end - and it was hilarious when she said she hated their jobs...haha...Overall, ok episode with a good story, but annoying character moments.moreless
  • Bland.


    What started as a fresh, action packed, funny show has turned into a boring mess. Things started to get bad at around episode 8, Heroine. Ninth episode started as a hardcore revenge of the nerds to end on a completely different note. And then we get this.

    Nothing worked. Matt and Emily’s relationship is going nowhere. The black woman was annoying to say the least. The whole hostage situation was uninteresting as were the hostage takers. I had to laugh out loud when Angela was actually feeling sorry for the criminals. When she still felt the same after they killed one of her friends, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Are they $%&$#$ kidding me? The show used to be less serious and so much more entertaining. Now it’s just tedious. People in a room, waving guns while people in another room talk on the phone. Wasted potential. Hope they get back to form, soon.moreless
  • \"Baron, honey...\"

    Did anyone else hear Angela said the name \" Baron \" when she was talking to the HT. But she wasn\'t told his name until after the conversation. It is strange that I\'m sure I\'m right but if I\'m worng and she already found out his name before it then please tell me, It is around the 24th minute mark if you have recorded it. Well, that\'s about it for now but I will keep my eyes peeled for more of the mistakes - if I\'m right about this one - Have a great 2007 and Happy New Year everyone.moreless
  • Finally, a dead hostage!

    Wow, this episode had everything I was hoping for in this show. This episode had great acting (Ron, Rosemarie, and Kym couldn't be better), better interactions, few plot holes (at least to my knowledge), blood, violence, death, the good and bad of humanity, another original concept, proving how a seemingly simple yet dangerous job isn't all it seems, and the actors finally proved that they are the characters by showing how much they know the rules of real hostage negotiating and how uneasy it can be--and the death of the hostage proved how out-of-hand and dangerous it can be. This episode did a great job of wrapping a completely normal person right into the crisis that this show is supposed to provide, changes that character (for better and worse), and showed how hard and dangerous "talking to a person" can be (again, an excellent performance as Angela by Kym). If this show hopes to reach the suspense and shock value of classic TV thrillers like 24, it has to have all these things including the occassional death to add quite the punch!

    This series still has hope left.moreless

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    • Matt: (while Angela is on the phone with Baron Lent) Screw the handoff. This is not gonna work. We gotta control this... let's script her.
      Emily: And what about the HT? You expect him to play along or are you gonna script him too?

    • Matt: That's ridiculous.
      Emily: That's fair.
      Matt: That's not fair. "Fair" is we flip a coin.
      Emily: That's ridiculous.

    • Matt: What do you think?
      Emily: I think that is the closest we've come to losing one without actually losing one. This guy is for real.

    • Emily: Rule #1 - never concede to a subject's demands without getting something in return.
      Angela Worthington: He just said rule #1 was never hang up. And I didn't concede; I just said 'okay.' Like 'okay, we'll give you what you want and then call the police and see what happens.'

    • Emily: You know when you're crossing the border from Portugal to France? And it's new language, new terrain.
      Matt: You are aware that Portugal and France don't actually have a border?
      Emily: You know what I'm saying.
      Matt: Yeah, yeah, I get it. I'm France.
      Emily: Right.
      Matt: Well, I'm just wondering if I'm gonna get into Portugal tonight.
      Emily: Ahhh, we'll flip for it.

    • Lia: Emily, Tactical's sort of talking about you and Matt and how you say he's like a jackhammer.

    • Emily: (discussing their relationship) Girls talk, but guys talk.
      Matt: That doesn't even make sense.

    • Lia: Frank's hot to breach.
      Emily: (sarcastic) What else is new?

    • Angela Worthington: (to Matt and Emily) Your job sucks.

    • Matt: You're a hero.
      Angela: I wish I felt like one.

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