The Unit

Season 1 Episode 4

True Believers

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 28, 2006 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Unit is sent to Los Angeles to protect Mexico's drug minister who has been threatened with assassination and soon his wife and sons are kidnapped. At the base, a former Unit wife makes a return appearance in the hopes of luring the Unit members away. Tiffy is upset when Ryan orders Mack to take time off.moreless

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  • Horrible, what's going on in this show anyway?

    I'm sorry, but this was absolutely horrible. Not only nothing happened(at all), whatever was in it was so damn dull, I had to watch the episode in 3 fragments. The opening was (somewhat) promising, but come on..

    This whole wifes-fighting-at-home thingy is just way too over the top. Horrible actors and dialouges, I can't even believe Shawn Ryan co wrote this one! "The" Shawn Ryan who does Shield did this? Oh please.

    There are only 2 things that prevented me from giving this a lower score.

    1. Dennis Haysbert. Although his performance is far from his performance in 24(no wonder... you can't act a bad character well)

    2. The conflict with the blonde chick, I don't even know her name, but it doesn't matter. I thought it was pretty dramatic.

    Overall, this episode was disastrous, the previous ones were much better, this left me completetly uninterested.moreless
  • "THE UNIT" fights yet another battle, right at home...

    The storyline revolves around a mexican anti-drug agency offical, who's visiting the US to forge an anti-drug alliance (dah!), during his visit, his family is kidnapped by a cartel hit group. Jonas and his boy must find the family before they're killed. Mack on the other end, has to go hunt down, the brain behind the whole kidnapping ordeal.

    Jonas and his guys interrogate one of the hitmen who surive a car chase he and Brown, give them after they do a "drive by" to the official's posse, they politely ask him to talk since his active enrolement in the mexican army makes him a foreign combatant on US soil, therefore he could be joining some folk in Cuba, and not precisely in sunny Habana. The perp tells him where they are holding the family. Mack meanwhile is "hunting" pigeons, while he recons the area where the notorious hitman known as "The Moongoose",is masterminding the whole kidnap operation, he fakes an accident and is captured by The Moongoose, once at his hideout Mack retakes control of the situation, and takes Moongoose into custody.

    Jonas and his team make their way to where the bad guys are holding the family, by raming into the building with a truck, family is saved and all is well.

    Finally what really shocked me (in the best way) from this episode: when the media learn of the kidnapping they post themselves outside the mexican official's hotel. Jonas has a reporter who scooped the story brought up to him. In stead of flaunting his military tough guy status on the lady reporter, he offers in exchange for her silence his own business card should she ever needed help. This scene shocked me on how diferent Jonas's aproach to the press is compared to other military series like E-Ring (RIP), where the guys swinged their guns at everyone in the name of national security and stars and stripes.The mexican official sees Jonas's handling of the situation and tells him "even though my card may not be as powerfull as your, I'd still like you to have it" real gentlemen abound this series...moreless
  • good episode base on real events for our arm forces

    this episode is like all otheras, we are drag to truth the episode and we see difrerent stories lines evolving in one episode. the actor are great, but other still fatige to comply with the quality of series like this. I hope the writers and directos step up a knoch since they have good material to work onn
  • Not good but also not bad

    The saving grace of this episode in which I have loved

    All the episodes so far is that the great acting

    Led by the underrated but hoping to become a star Dennis Haysbert saves this from becoming a soap opera like show

    Unit goes to LA in order to prevent a drug cartel as Mac may have to take some time off

    In which he hopes that ain't true at all.
  • The good fight at work. Trouble brewing at home.

    This was a a good episode, even if everyone good was not good all the time.

    The actress who plays Tiffy is really nice-lookin and does a good job with her role, even if the character she plays does not have the best character when she plays.

    Her husband, the stoic superman really outdid himself this episode. The guy had a good way of approaching the bad guys. I do not recall seeing that trick used before in a TV show.

    The commander of the unit made some gruff comments about breaking the law. However, when the cards came down he actually played it very straight.

    The wives pursue an admirable goal but go behind their husbands backs to do it.

    The episode was a good blend of the mundane domestic pressures that lead to crises, and professional demands to deal with crises at work.

    The action in this episode came in brief - but intense - bursts. All, in all, it was a great episode.

    Things went down on the home front that portend trouble in future episodes.moreless
Michele Greene

Michele Greene

Cynthia Burdett

Guest Star

Gary Perez

Gary Perez

Alberto Salazar

Guest Star

Robert Catrini

Robert Catrini

DEA Chief Johnson

Guest Star

Kavita Patil

Kavita Patil


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bob Brown: Any idea if the neighborhood is under the influence of these people?
      Jonas Blane: Unknown. That's why Grey's got his soccer shoes on.
      Charles Grey: Game on!

    • Alberto Salazar: Sergeant! (handing Jonas a business card) It may not be as valuable as yours but I would like for you to have my card.

    • Jonas: (Gives business card to reporter with number on the back) No matter how blessed our lives, how charmed our existence, things still inevitably, irrevocably go wrong. Your mother swindled out of her savings. Your estranged husband runs off with your kids. Your best friend goes on vacation in a foreign land and disappears. Eventually, bad things find us all. You ever hear of the "Get out of Jail Free Card"? This is a "Get out of Hell" card. At some point in your life, God forbid you have nowhere else to turn, call that number. That is why you are going to postpone your job.

    • Bob: All due respect, Sarge, I gotta start at square one every day with you guys to prove myself, up and down.
      Jonas: There's some truth in that, and the fact that you know it is impressive.
      Bob: You coming on to me, Top?

    • (While chasing the would-be Mexican assassins in cars through the streets and alleys)
      Jonas: Close the gap!
      Bob: Si Senor.
      Jonas: Good driving.
      Bob: Been licensed for a week.

    • Bob: He was supposed to get $25,000. Instead he got a couple bullets. Life's funny that way.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jonas: Ever hear of the "Get out of Jail Free" card?

      The "Get out of Jail Free" card is a piece in the the Parker Brothers Monopoly game. First appearing in 1935, Monopoly is the best selling board game in the world. According to the rules, the card may be kept until needed or sold and provides a once only, direct, free pass out of jail.

    • Salazar is the name of Mexico's drug minister.

      A possible reference to the show 24 (which Dennis Haysbert starred in).
      In Season 3 the show 24 Salazar is the name of a drug lord.

      Another possible reference to 24 is when Jonas played by Dennis Haysbert asked a reporter in postponing a story. In season 2 of 24 it also had a reporter being asked to postpone a story. He was asked by President David Palmer also played by Haysbert.