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The Unit

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The Unit enters the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training course and they are lead to believe that they will be guards. The group is soon shocked to discover that they are actually the POWs for an undetermined amount of time.

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  • Interesting parallel plot where the squad gets some brutal anti-interrogation training: Bob bears the brunt of the harsh tactics while wife Kim come in for some religious indoctrination from Molly et al.moreless

    The training camp story is well done, although stretching credibility to the limit. Meanwhile the wives storyline dribbles along unpromisingly: Kim resists only feebly Molly's latest sordid assimilation strategy centred around getting her to rediscover her religious faith. There I was thinking Kim was going to make the nosey cow understand that not everyone is a Christian or even religious, and that that's just fine 'cos it's the land of the free. But no! The episode ends with Kim having started praying again, while I throw the remote at the TV in frustration. Why can't the writers have the courage to have a character who simply doesn't believe in god? Or at least not to ram this stuff down our throats...moreless
  • intresting to know

    in this episode we see how in some part the us army prepares his men and women to be held captive or prisoner by a forien power. The methos we see here i will asume is only the tip od the isberg when it comes to torture and interrogation tactics. Here we see how they set up a comunication line with the use of sing and mimics. We se how the special forces use trhe weakens of the advesary to gain intel and over come their captives. Since this is a sensitive issue i dought that any personal that has been torture is wiling to unveiled the tactic used on themmoreless
  • The Unit udergoes S.E.R.E (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) training... WOW!!! killer episode

    The Unit goes to SERE training at first lights it all seems as they'll have the upper hand, being guards, however when they get off the truck, they're instructed to remove their clothing, and gear up in POW outfits. This however doesn't appeal to Grey who at first chance takes on of the real gurads! out numbered as they are the attempt is very short lived.

    To spike things up a little, a lady, presumably with some involvement in psi-ops or something of the kind joins the observation team, to help them make the POW's life a misery. Nevertheless Jonas and his crew are a pack, they organize themselves to survive no matter what. During the course of the episode one by one the members of The Unit (T.U. from now on), are set aside from the rest of the group in order to submit them to individual interogations in an attempt to break them, the instructors and the psi-ops lady employ various methods, like moking at Williams the death of his grandpa at the hands of some rednecks, asking why he would fight for a country like that, and just when it seems he's broken, he starts to speak, but only Col. Ryan and Sgt. Cheals (the man in the wheelchair) recognize he's actually telling them the plot of the war flick "The Dirty Dozen". Whgen it comes to Bob's turn, they mock him that the baby Kim is carrying is anyone but his, it might even be Jonas's, but Bob doesn't give in.

    Bob however is a big problem for the rest of T.U. he's got a cold and the SERE instructor are exploiting that in every way they can, still Bob won't break, not even as the instructor lead the rest of T.U. memebers to belive that Bob has actually broke and is leaking intel big time.

    Making use of their forced labour during the day, T.U. members manage to start collecting various item to use to escape, a battery, a piece of electrical wire, an AK-47 mag. None of this makes sense except when they are handed a bucket of water, and instead of drinking it Grey makes everyone rinse in it their sweaty unifroms.

    Bob has yet again been tried to break, but nothing, though the other U memebrs already are making plans on how to take him out to spot the info leak, when Bob is being taken back to his cell, he assaults the guard, koncks him out and takes his AK-47, then goes to find the others, he does so just as mack is unsuccesfully trying to plug the piece of wire into the wall socket, Bob comes along grabs the wire and plugs it in, looks at Mack and says "I'm a fighting man", the other now know he hasn't broken the trust (IOW sold out to the enemy). At last they escape when they use the salty water from the unifrom rinse together with the wire and the battery, to fashion themselves a weilding tool that they use to cut through the bars, they are however caught by surveillance doing this, once they're out with the water they short circuit the prision's electrical system.

    They find Jonas as he's being interrogated by Cheals, they get him out and make a run for it. Once outside the perimeter of the prision they stop, they've made it out. Eventually they're found tby the Sargent running the camp, who asks them what the hell they're doing outside, Jonas responds they've just executed the final phase of SERE, Escape.moreless
  • very telling episode of what some dr's will do to experiment on ppl.

    it is disconcerning that the troops that you rely on to keep your life safe are treated this way by own ppl but then again it shows how bad they will be treated if they are caught. it also i guess supposed to open the eyes of ppl that are thinking of joining the army. Showing them what they may have to go thru. as if the bombing and the death on the news isnt enough but i do have to say i really like this show alot and dont mean to put down the army i am an army brat just in my mind this tells me soo much ... that is all for this rant sorrymoreless
  • Very cool

    This episode was pretty good. The episode starts out with the unit going to guard the sere training yard. But as soon as they get off the bus it becomes harder than they could ever think. The team goes through hell testing their physical and menial strength. And to make things better one of the team members (Brown) is coming down with sickness that begins the team leader to his knees. It was a good episode with few scenes with the house wives, which was good. I say this is probably the best episode this season so far. It can only get better.moreless
Lisa Banes

Lisa Banes

Dr. Rhea Morrison

Guest Star

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Helene Rouse

Guest Star

Lionel Mark Smith

Lionel Mark Smith


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 (3)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (Talking to a guard he just knocked unconscious)
      Bob: Tell your mom I'll drop by around eight.

    • Sarge: (Taunting Bob during his interrogation) I've seen your file, soldier, you have no brothers. Your father had no brothers. Your mother had no brothers. Your wife has no brothers, but she's carrying a son. Who's the father? What color will your son be? Will they call the boy, "boy"? Little Charles? Little Hector? Jonas' son? Or yours, just to be kind?

    • Bob: (at a party at his house) Ahh, I've an announcement... mmm... it's a boy (rubbing Kim's belly)
      Molly: You guys drop a bomb on a Unit that never has boys.
      Bob: Yeah, why is that?
      Tiffy: Natural selection?
      Jonas: Well us men, have a different theory.
      Molly: Yes and it's not appropriate to be shared in here.
      Kim: Let me guess, it has something to do with the famed sexual prowess of the Special Forces soldiers.
      Jonas: You said it.

    • (Hector imitates Colonel Ryan's directions to survive SERE school)
      Hector: You will deprive them of sleep, you will make fun of their genitalia.
      Jonas: Oh, we can do that Sir.
      Hector: But you will not touch their genitalia.
      Jonas: You heard the man.

    • Tiffy: You're dating someone named "Puffy"?!
      Charles: (laughing) Not anymore, apparently.

    • Col. Ryan: Mr. Williams...
      Williams: Sir?
      Col. Ryan: You in the habit of imitating your betters?
      Williams: Only those, sir, I admire unreservedly.

    • Col. Ryan: (to Morrison about Brown) You don't kill that boy, or you do kill him and any of his mates lives, we better take a head count of our family members 'cause my men, motivated and angry, will not be deterred.

    • Dr. Morrison: Your men are extraordinary. Don't you want to know why?
      Col. Ryan: I don't give a rat's ass why.

    • Cheals: Do not mock the ways of the past they were born on the backs of the men and women who were there.

    • Col. Ryan: I'm pulling Brown.
      Dr. Morrison: Absolutely not. They break here, they're out. They break in Iraq, Afghanistan, they're traitors.

    • (seeing the team escaping)
      Dr. Morrison: You find this amusing colonel?
      Col. Ryan: Ma'am I find this nothing short of hilarious.

    • Dr. Morrison: (putting Brown to sleep) He won't remember.
      Cheals: He dies and they'll remember.

    • Col. Ryan: I finally figured you out lady. You're not here to train these men you're here to test some theory.
      Dr. Morrison: It's not a theory. The Algerians...
      Cheals: We do not follow in the footsteps of those who raise torture to an art form.
      Col. Ryan: They're not our teachers.

    • Sgt. Ron Cheals: Alpha Team, welcome to SERE. You have been captured. You are now prisoners of war.

    • Jonas: You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man!

    • Jonas: You swore on our friendship!
      Ron: I had to prove her wrong.
      Jonas: Yeah-all's fair.

    • Kim: (Seeing Bob in the hospital) What did you do to him?
      Col. Ryan: Too much.

    • Sarge: SERE ain't over; breakout's not on the approved list of activities.
      Jonas: And I thought SERE meant Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape?

    • Brown: I am an American fighting man.

    • Col. Ryan: Should these soldiers break in SERE what's in their Christmas stocking?
      Grey: Demotion, to civilian.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Glen Campbell
      (Mack is singing "Wichita Lineman" to keep what Jonas is saying from the speakers.)
      Dr. Rhea Morrison: Now, what do you want to do with Glen Campbell?

      Campbell is an American pop-country singer, known for a series of hits in the 1960s and '70s and for hosting a television variety show. "Wichita Lineman" reached number one on the country charts for two weeks in December 1968.

    • The Dirty Dozen
      Williams pretends to break while being interrogated by Sarge, but is actually telling the plot to the 1967 movie The Dirty Dozen.