The Company

Season 1 Episode 2

Hours 3 & 4

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 12, 2007 on TNT
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Hours 3 & 4
Budapest 1956 and Cuba 1960. While the Soviet Union barely masks its takeover of countries of interest, the CIA works behind the scenes to aid the resistance movements, and Jack is caught between politics and a just cause as Washington weighs whether to honor its promises.

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    Natascha McElhone

    Natascha McElhone

    Elizabet Nemeth

    Rory Cochrane

    Rory Cochrane

    Yevgeny Tsipin

    Chris O'Donnell

    Chris O'Donnell

    Jack McAuliffe

    Alfred Molina

    Alfred Molina

    Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti

    Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton

    James Jesus Angleton

    Alessandro Nivola

    Alessandro Nivola

    Leo Kritzky

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Leo: (of Jack resigning) We set out to change the world, remember? Listening to the Wis make his recruitment speech, we were sitting on the edge of our seats you and me.
        Jack: Am I still on the edge of my seat, Leo? Are you?
        Leo: You're a true believer, you can't help it.
        Jack: I'm not so sure.

      • Harvey: (listening to the Bay of Pigs) Grow a pair of balls, Bissell, go over Dulles' head. Go over the President's head if you have to!
        Dick Bissell: This isn't some recon flight you can just bury in a report, Harvey, it's the invasion of a damn country!

      • Roberto Escalona: Jack, we don't need America's help anymore! Castro will capture you; he'll tell the world we were led by American officers, he'll tell the world my men died for America, not for Cuba! …Go, Jack, go now.
        Jack: I'm sorry.
        Roberto Escalona: Don't take away our dignity. It's the last thing we've got.

      • Frank Wisner: (to Allen Dulles) Mr. Director, I wish to state for the record that everyone in this room – hell, everyone in Washington itself! – is culpable in the deaths of these freedom fighters. We will, all of us, have blood on our hands.
        Jim Angleton: We tried to warn you, Frank, but it was your methods that brought us to this place.
        Frank Wisner: You know, despite your personality, I have respect for you, James, but I hope you're wrong. I hope to God we never have to see the world through your cynical eyes.

      • Oskar: The Hungarian A.V.H. is completely autonomous.
        Harvey: Autonomous, my ass. The K.G.B. runs the A.V.H., like it runs every other intelligence service in Eastern Europe. You K.G.B. guys take a crap, the A.V.H. flushes the toilet.

      • Frank Wisner: Jim, if we are not here to protect the world from despots and dictators then shoot me now, because my life work is for nothin'.
        Jim Angleton: Well, Frank, subtlety and patience is far more lethal to the Communists than blunt force.

      • Arpad Zelk: Thucydides wrote that three things push men to war – honor, fear and self-interest. If we go to war, for Hungarians it will be a matter of honor and fear. We cling to the view that America will be motivated by self-interest. This is not a river of hatred, of revolt, this is a waterfall of emotion.

      • Jack: It's an honor to meet such a distinguished poet.
        Arpad Zelk: (chuckles) As I compose my poems in Hungarian, my distinction resembled that of a bird chirping at the top of his lungs in a soundproof cage.

      • Interrogator Szablako: (Jack has been knocked off his chair by a beating) Perhaps now you will tell us your rank.
        Jack: My rank… My rank… is go to hell!

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Manuel Piniero: …"Woe unto that man by whom the son of man is betrayed, it had been good for that man if he had not been born."

        This verse is found in the Bible, Matthew 26:24. The full verse reads:

        "The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born."

      • Woman: "They're dreadfully fond of beheading people here; the great wonder is that there's anyone left alive!"

        Another quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. This time from Chapter Eight, "The Queen's Croquet Ground," where any player can lose his head for the slightest infraction.