The Unit

Season 3 Episode 1

Pandemonium, Part 1

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jonas is still in hiding, Mack and Hector are still imprisoned, Charles is on the run, Bob is in Mexico, working for the CIA and Colonel Ryan is again called to answer question before a Congressional hearing.

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  • 301

    While a lot of shows do a good job with two part episodes, especially on CBS, I think that The Unit did it better than anyone. This was never really a ratings winner, but the show always brought the quality and this was as much of an adrenaline rush as you could expect from the show. The first half was definitely superior to the second half, I think it got a little bit too political and over the top, but for the most part things still worked. And I am glad the dad from The Brothers Garcia blew up, that was cool.moreless
  • I was actually disappointed...

    I am fairly new to the series, having only recently gotten my hands on the 2 seasons to view... and while I was fairly certain no episode would dip under the low mark of some of the less potent episodes, this was aired. As a closely knitted team, there would be no reason for the strife and the mistrust that comes out in this episode, and for the guy that in the two previous seasons have been shown as being a newbie that cant be fully trusted. The plot line as to what might be so devastating as to break up the team that answers only to the President is yet to be fully revealed, and while I do understand the power struggle plot line, it feels silly compared to what they have already done in the past.

    I am hoping to truly be shocked and awed in the conclusion of this cliffhanger, cause I refuse to believe the writers would make a slow, yawning start of a season premier as they (so far) have succeeded in doing.

    Score is given as 8.5 simply cause the show is awesome, slow moving episode or not.moreless
  • I hope this isn't where the show is going.

    I started watching the unit because it was notionally based on the exploits of a real life military unit that responded to nearly impossible situations around the world. I enjoyed the episodic nature that had the men of the unit responding to a given conflict for roughly half the show, with some background on the home front during the other half. This episode, along with last season's finale, launches the series onto a poorly crafted, open ended, conspiracy theory track. It's as if the writers are trying to transition from a military action series to some sort of detective show. There are more than enough detective shows.moreless
  • excellent

    Jonas is hiding in latin america while Bob is sent by the CIA to hunt him down. Col. Ryan is facing the congressional committee to answer for the alleged crimes committed by the unit. Bob gets close to Jonas, but he gets compromised. The fragmented team deal with their new lives not knowing what exactly got them in that position. It's an exciting episode, I can't wait for the next episode. The writers started this new season with a really exciting story. The plot is a thriller, the cat and mouse game is so riveting. I can't wait to see how the story concludes next week.moreless
  • The season three opener picks up right where the finale ended. Jonas is off in hiding in Panama and Bob is apparently working with the CIA to locate him.

    The season three opener picks up right where the finale ended. Jonas is off in hiding in Panama and Bob is apparently working with the CIA to locate him. Mack and Hector are still being held prisoner as a CIA agent tries to coerce them into admitting their guilt. Colonel Ryan is at a hearing being questioned about the missions of the unit and insists on their innocence and says he can produce a copy of the mission orders. As he leaves the trial, a key witness set to testify against Jonas is killed by a car bomb right outside the courthouse. In Panama Jonas finds out about this on the news and contacts Doyle for information. One of Doyle's contact is murdered as he's in the middle of relaying a message and Doyle tells Jonah he's been compromised. It appears the CIA and however else is behind this conspiracy have grown tired of waiting and are trying to end this mess immediately.

    With hitmen out after Jonas and his allies things don't look so good for the unit. Jonas pays a visit to one last contact that maybe connected to all of this. Finally looking to be on track to getting leverage to save him and the unit he sets off to uncover just what exactly the unit is being used as scapegoats for.

    An interesting twist to the show comes when a major secret is revealed about Charlotte. It really goes to explain her sudden appearance and relationship with Tom. She once against tries to convince Tom to save himself but he still won't sellout the unit.

    The wives story line are often a mixed bag for me. However, in cases like this were their story is tied directly in to the unit's, it's a very welcomed to the show. Tiffy goes to see Mack despite their last encounter but it doesn't go well. Mack and Tiffy's relationship still appears to be ruined possibly for good even though Molly insists Mack is just doing it to protect Tiffy. With Mack feeling completely betrayed by both his wife and country, this really could be the end of his marriage. Molly has been pretending to be Hector's Aunt to pass along information and doing everything she can to keep everyone from falling apart. Kim decides to flee to her parents as it is still unknown to Molly and Tiffy that she talked Bob into working for the CIA.

    The first part of the season premiere ends of Jonas, Bob, and Charles discovering the dark secret that the CIA is trying to protect. Hector also appears to have given up hope in the light of new info and says he'll confess to everything if he's taken to DC. While it's clear the unit will get back together, things will never be the same after the event of this story arc. This shift in the show is further implied by the drastically new opening credits which I really like. I don't think I've ever been this eager to see the next episode of The Unit.

Tia Texada

Tia Texada

Mariana Ribera

Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

General Heath

Guest Star

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Congressman Bruce Gelber

Guest Star

Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon

Charlotte Canning Ryan

Recurring Role

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