The Unit

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 18, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The crew must fly to Afghanistan to assassinate a high ranking member of the Taliban. However, one of their team helicopters ends up going down in enemy territory, placing the entire crew in jeopardy. Back at the base, Molly confronts a friend and retired Unit veteran about his addiction to painkillers and Kim ends up getting a job at the local radio station.moreless

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  • Good and real episode of life in the war

    this episode has many story lines in one, but the most important lesson that we get is to see how the american soldier goes far far away to defend the ideals of democracy and fredoon, and how many of the soldiers die with us not knowing how much they left back home that they might not see ever again just for defending us and our kids
  • Not my favorite, but still a good episode.

    This is not a typical episode, which is why it's so great because the producers put a little variety in the show. This episode shows the multiple layers of military life both in active service and in retirement. There's no doubt that it was a sad in both sotry lines (with Cheals and the last phone call), but they both showed sides of military life not touched on by many others or even talked about in real life.moreless
  • Two Units head to Afghanistan on a doomed mission. Back at home, Molly must use her "iron fist in a velvet glove" to help and old friend, while Kim shows some steel and gets a new job working at a radio station.moreless

    Just as Jonas, Molly, Bob, Kim and a kid or two are heading out to eat pancakes, Jonas' phone rings and it's off to Afghanistan. Two Units head over to search out and destroy a Taliban official, but quickly run into mechanical trouble with one of the helicopters which dooms the mission and wipes out the alpha team.

    Jonas has one team member's life literally in his hands and he reaches into his wound to clamp his femoral artery. As the rescue chopper picks them up, after a few rounds with a bunch of rag-heads, the pilot is shot in the neck and they must scramble to get out before being shot down. Jonas' team makes it back safely, but the mission failure keeps Mack from taking his own Unit, just yet.

    Back on base, Molly must summon up all her quiet strength to convince a former Unit member to deal with his pain meds addiction so he can take an office job on post.

    Kim shows that she's more than just a sweet little Texas girl when she goes for an internship at a radio station only to walk away with a fulltime job.

    No sign of Col. or Tiffy, so we can only assume they've spent some extra time in the no-tell motel. ;Pmoreless
  • really loved this ep

    Good example of why this show is so good. Lots of tension, high drama and plenty of death!

    Dennis Haysbert is once more brilliant and totally believable as the unit leader. The wives are once more shown in a believable light.

    The main story in this ep is compulsive viewing, this ep brings the season back on form after a couple of slow eps.

    The shootouts are brilliantly filmed and the sense of loss accurately displayed.

    No robert patrick in this ep tho, i\\\'m really looking forward to seeing how his affair is panning out. Hope the writers manage to keep that arc going!moreless
  • Bravery, heroism, tragedy, adversity, initiative, triumph

    It was a good episode but now a great episode.

    It has become clear that the the series is trying to do is blend a soap opera with a military action show.

    While this is kind of a novel format, initially - it gets old. There is getting to be too much emotional jerking around as the viewer is wrenched from a battle scene, to a drug scene, to a job scene - and so on.

    It is also starting to seem like while in the field, the team does great - but back home, they are somewhat of a mess. It seems like this is due less to the character of the figures in the story than the goals of the series to be a military soap opera.

    On a mission, they can practically do anything. And even though things always go wrong, they somehow manage to adapt quickly enough to solve the problem in a few minutes.

    But back home, they have got some very serious issues going on. Those men who aren't in the field are being saddled with all kinds of flaws+problems by the writers. It seems kind of unfair to pick on them.

    One thing that really stood out in this show was the last shot in the last scene. It hits like a totally unexpected body blow. One of the most dramatic, tragic closes to a TV show episode ever. The writing and the direction were amazing there.

Gale Harold

Gale Harold

Radio Station Manager

Guest Star

Daisy Eagan

Daisy Eagan


Guest Star

Peter Breitmayer

Peter Breitmayer


Guest Star

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Sgt. Ron Cheals

Recurring Role

Alyssa Shafer

Alyssa Shafer

Serena Brown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The opening credits for this episode start with Audrey Marie Anderson. Haysbert, Taylor, and Patrick appear to have been deleted in the original and Summer repeat airings on CBS.

    • Part of the Ranger Creed states that a ranger "will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy" yet two men from Bravo team and the crew, who died in the explosion, were left when they evacuate Sgt. Wirth.

    • The lyrics to the song sung at the dedication ceremony are:
      In yonder valley there grows sweet union let us arise and drink our fill.
      The winter's passed and the spring appeareth
      The turtle dove is in our land.
      In yonder valley there grows sweet union let us arise and drink our fill.

    • The plaque at the new shooting range reads:
      Cheals Range
      In Honor of Segeant Major (Ret.) Ronald W. Cheals
      "Keep The High Ground"

    • Mack turns down the offer of heading up his own team and decides to remain with Jonas' team.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Kilo Six Alpha: Radio check, over.
      Jonas: You're coming in broken and stupid.

    • Jonas: I would appreciate it, if in front of our friends (gesturing to Bob and Kim) you will tell me why you doubt my word? I mean, am I known as a man of my word?
      Molly: Not when it comes to housework.

    • Jonas: Seeking glory was Napoleon's downfall.
      Sgt. Coots: And those claim not to, lie.

    • Bob: (putting the lucky charm away) Just trying to keep the missus happy.
      Jonas: Keep your team happy. Next time I see you packing crap instead of ammunition I'll strip you naked and start from stratch.

    • Jonas (to the medic-evac chopper): You will land in this valley or by God I will shoot you out of the sky myself.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Mack refers to the helicopter, HUEY, as the "DeSoto of the aerial world."

      Chrysler's DeSoto was a brand of cars made from 1929 to 1961 that was known for the quantity produced and the relatively low price tag.