Jeers to The Unit for letting nepotism run rampant. Recurring guest star Rebecca Pidgeon, the range-free wife of cocreator David Mamet (who casts her in almost everything he does), turned up again as a British government liaison who blackmailed Dennis Haysbert's Jonas into spying on a possibly traitorous friend. Cocreator Shawn Ryan has also cast his spouse, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, on The Unit as well as his other drama, The Shield. At least Phil Hendrie came by his occasional role the old-fashioned way: The talk-radio chameleon ably plays the general manager of a military radio station. Finally, somebody advances based on merit alone! Read and react to Bruce's opinions on NBC's Clash of the Choirs, the Dexter finale and more! Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
In The Unit episode "Bait," which airs Nov. 28, Jonas is bound and thrown into a room with a bag over his head, and his captors are about to draw his last blood. He proves himself to be Houdini, however, by persuading them that he's more valuable to them alive than dead. Houdini, master of illusion and escape we never know who's the rabbit and who's the fox. Jonas manipulates his captors to have them videotape him with their terms of release. As he reads their demands, he secretly signals to his comrades back home. He pulls more than one rascally rabbit out of his hat in order to escape, only to be captured and returned, bound and tortured. Meanwhile, Washington suits aren't interested in negotiations, so Colonel Ryan has to perform his own sleight of hand before our Houdini runs out of rabbits.On the home front, Colonel Ryan's wife, Charlotte, who was shot at the end of last season's finale, is now hooked on pain meds. Driving under the influence, she wrecks another w...