The Unit

Season 2 Episode 23

Paradise Lost

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 08, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Unit faces its greatest threat when they are investigated by the Government for their actions. Each man must make his own difficult choices, which puts the entire team in jeopardy.

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  • This was an incredible episode and one of the strongest of the season. The second season finale for The Unit sees the recurring story line from this season take the front seat and turn everything upside down.moreless

    The second season finale for The Unit sees the recurring story line from this season take the front seat and turn everything upside down. A formal investigation by the government is now being done on the team and the whole base is shutdown and put under guard. Colonel Tom Ryan puts on a show and chews out the team as they return to base laying out the situation for them. Now the team is on the defensive and must cover their tracks and figure out a way to protect their lives and family.

    Despite all missions (well most of them) coming down through official channels, there is no record of such orders as the unit doesn't official exist. Realizing the danger this poses to everyone involved, the commander of the unit has secretly been keeping a log of all mission orders in such an event as this. With this news revealed to the team, they break into the Colonel Ryan's office to retrieve the info that could save them but discover that it's missing and probably in the Ryan's hands for his protection. With Ryan and the unit not allowed to communicate with each other or face conspiracy charges, they're all on their own.

    The team secretly meets a couple times to go over their options. As we've seen, they have a protection plan in place to relocate any member of the unit and family should it come to that. Each member must decide if they will run or fight. They say their goodbyes just in case.

    On the home front, this is taking an ever bigger toll on the Bob, Jonas, Mack, and Tom's family. Molly tries to stay cool and in control as always but Kim is frightened and wants Bob to take the exit that's been presented to them by the CIA. We've seen in the past the CIA's efforts to recruit Bob to be a spy. Where his true loyalties lie become clouded now that his family is in danger as well. Tiffy and Mack's troubled relationship reaches the breaking point when Mack finds divorce papers Tiffy has been hiding probably since her relationship with Colonel Ryan. Charlotte wants Tom to protect his career and only help his men through official channels which would essentially be selling them out.

    This was an incredible episode and one of the strongest of the season. We've seen how good the unit is at their job. We've also seen the horrible position they are in with the government as they're fully expendable and non-existent as far as the government is concerned should the crap hit the fan. Now that someone has an axe to grind with them, they must protect their lives when everything they've done has been to keep their country and family safe. We've seen them in tight places like this overseas before, but now the ante has been upped as they no longer have a place to call home and must defend themselves against the people they served. How this all resolves and what will be left after it's all over will surely change the direction of this show for the new season. The Unit has never let us down with hacked together resolutions like other shows often do.moreless
  • Season Finale is in the books. Betty Blew is missing, DirtDiver and Hammerhead are in the brig, SnakeDoc is on the run and CoolBreeze is playing a dangerous game.

    WOW!!!!!! This episode was great. Where is Grey? Hiding? Captured? Does the Colonel ice himself? Where did Tiffy go? Is Bob a traitor? Who knows to most of these ?'s but I think Bob is playing the C.I.A Remember Jonas telling him Think of it as The Unit having someone in the Agency a couple of episodes back. Plus the last thing you see Bob say before he meets the guys at the end of the episode is "I cannot betray my friends." I think he finds Jonas and or Grey and they get to the bottom of this. I hope it is not all just because the one CIA guy is just pissed cuz Jonas sold his van. haha jus jk. At least they gave them another season. I would of been heated if that was the last episode. By the way How does the C.I.A even trust Bob?moreless
  • great episode

    The unit comes home to Fort Griffith after a mission and they find themselves in a middle of a government investigation. Their security clearances are revoked and they are no longer allowed inside the premises of their HQ. People from the government visit the wifes of the unit and gives them threats. It's an exciting episode, it's the finale and we get to see our heroes in trouble. It's a perfect way to end a season, the cliffhanger works well for the show. The suspense is built up for the anticipation of season 3. I really enjoyed this episode. I can't wait for season 3.moreless
  • In the season finale, the Unit is still investigated for committing criminal actions. The CIA is looking for a fall guy and so loyalties will be tested.

    For a season finale it was decent. A continuation of what's been going on in the last few episodes.

    The unit is investigated for disobeying protocol, maybe stealing hundreds of thousands, and a big mishap that happened in one of their missions.

    Seeing the team break up was something I was looking forward to see how people would react. Mac and Tiffy already had problems of their own because of the the infidelity issues on both of their sides. Kim was getting agitated for the whole thing. It was only a few episodes prior to this where Colonel Ryan thought she was a spy.

    Jonas the other try to keep straight faces but it's obvious things won't be wrapped up simply. Bob initially rejecting the CIA's offer seems to take it in the end. His first assignment is to track down the AWOL Jonas.

    Each person is going through one frypan to the other. I hope they continue with the same intensity and don't wrap up a situation like this cheap and easy like "The Shield".

    So far I haven't been disappointed in any episodes.moreless
  • The Unit is falling apart. Both personal & professional lives are taking a turn for the worst.

    One of the reasons I look forward to watching this show every week is the covert operations these guys pull off. Some of the personal stuff is good, but I'm disappointed they are going in a direction that's tearing them apart. I LOVE to see the Snake Dr. in action and I'm extremely disappointed that this is just becoming another soap opera type of show. It's not very realistic to believe for one second that any of these guys would turn on each other. I'm not buying it. If that truly happens, I won't watch this show ever again.moreless
Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

Agent Kern

Guest Star

Don McManus

Don McManus


Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

General Heath

Guest Star

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Ron Cheals

Recurring Role

Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon

Charlotte Canning Ryan

Recurring Role

Alyssa Shafer

Alyssa Shafer

Serena Brown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kim: You've been in the Unit two years. You gonna let yourself be punished for something the Unit did before you signed on?
      Bob: No. It happened a month ago, it happened five years ago—you signed onto the Unit, you're the Unit. You picked it up, you carry it.

    • Jonas: All right, boys. If this is goodbye, it's been a hell of a ride...and I thank you.

    • Jonas: And if you ever speak to my wife again, buy a bugle and find a guy who can play "Taps."

    • Jonas: When the torturer comes, the last thing in the world you want to be is innocent because you got nothing to confess. And no, baby, anything they accuse us of, beyond what we had to do and what we were charged to do, we did not do.

    • Colonel Tom Ryan: Sergeant Major, this entire organization is on stand down pending an Article 32 investigation from criminal action and war crimes of members of this command.
      Mack: Sir that's-
      Colonel Tom Ryan: Thank you Sergeant. And it seems your team, Sergeant Major, is essential to every aspect of those activities.
      Jonas: Colonel, I'm sure there's an explan…….
      Colonel Tom Ryan: In fact, at the present time, your men are the sole subjects of these potential criminal charges, therefore, pending further notification you will hold yourselves ready for interview by investigators from the CID and I warn you now if you speak about this matter among yourselves, under law, such action is considered conspiracy and under military law conspiracy against command constitutes mutiny. And, men, know you well, that I will not hesitate to bring those charges against you myself. This team, you five men, by your actions, may have destroyed a unit thirty years in the making. Now you will walk away and you will leave this compound and you will walk away in five different directions and you will have no further communication with each other…You are dismissed.

    • Sergeant Strickland: You men, drop your bags and take two steps back; this is a restricted area.
      Jonas: Who the hell are you and what do you think you're doing?
      Sergeant Strickland: I said drop the bags and take two steps back. I'm not going to say it again.
      Mack: Does your mamma know you're out?
      Charles: You should take your hands off your weapons unless you're willing to use it.
      Jonas: Alright, everybody stop. Everyone, take your hands away from your weapons. Sergeant Strickland, I am Sergeant Major Blane. This is my compound. You want to tell me what this is all about?
      Sergeant Strickland: My orders state-
      Colonel Tom Ryan: Sergeant Strickland, you may return to your patrol.
      Sergeant Strickland: Yes sir, let's go.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title: Paradise Lost
      An epic 17th Century religious poem by John Milton describing the fall of man. Molly pulls this book out to decipher Jonas' message.