Standoff Episodes

2006, TV Show

Standoff Episode: "Borderline"

Season 1, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The tables are turned on Matt and Emily when a Mexican drug lord (Lombardo Boyar) escapes during negotiations with Emily. The pair and two DEA agents soon catch the fugitive in an abandoned tavern in Mexico---then are surrounded by his cohorts while out of communication range with headquarters.
Original Air Date: Dec 12, 2006
Guest Cast Jorge-Luis Pallo: Kyle Fernandez Frank Merino: Lieutenant Rey Gallegos: Ramon Leal Marc Vann: Roger Lestak Bradford Tatum: Agent Griffin Lombardo Boyar: Felix Aguila
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Season 1, Episode 11
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Length: 41:00
Aired: 12/12/2006
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December 12, 2006: Borderline Season 1, Episode 11

Oh, Mexico. Whenever it makes an appearance on TV, it never lets me down. I was loving the Wild West imagery tonight: From the camera's pan up toward the blazing sun between scenes to the traditional shot of the shack framed in the foreground by Emily's hand at the ready beside her holster. I was half expecting a few tumbleweeds. Or maybe even some nice tavern-door swinging. But all jokes aside, the situation in which Matt and Emily found themselves tonight was pretty gritty. There was so much carnage, so much venom. I guess a change in location really did turn the tables, because everything seemed to be opposite from what it usually is. There was very little talking, reasoning or bargaining. There was a lot of shooting. Matt and Emily were not in control of the situation. The "bad guy," Felix, was just that: really, really bad. Downright villainous. Cheryl was not able to save the day. Overall, there were no warm and fuzzies coming from this episode at all. That said, I thought this was an excellent installment. It was really compelling to see a new side to these characters when all protocol and comfort zones were stripped away. I do have a few questions, though. I found myself wondering how Lestak couldn't offer Cheryl any tips about where to find the team if the D.E.A. officers that report to him knew about hideouts in Mexico off the top of their heads. Wouldn't there be some type of documentation? I'm not saying that this situation is impossible, but it just made me wonder. Also, I'm not totally sure I buy that Ramon would just let Matt and Emily go, even after he found out about Felix's betrayal. I mean, sure, I know he'd want some revenge, but the agents just killed several of his men (with many remarkable shots, I might add). Don't you think that might have made him a wee bit angry? Perhaps that's just how it works in a cartel. Lives are expendable. It's a scary thought. And finally, why didn't anyone gag Felix? He was driving me nuts! I was glad that Emily shot him. I have to give a little recognition to some great scenes with Gina Torres (who plays Cheryl) tonight. Normally, I love how pushy her character is; she is tough with everyone she meets, whether an opposing branch of the justice system or her own subordinates. She is about business and little else, yet never comes off as cold or unsympathetic. That's a tough role to play, and I think she does it well. But tonight she took it to a new level. When she was interrogating Jeanette and learned about Tucker's real paternity, she was especially brutal. She made a threat to jail Jeanette for being an accessory to the murder of federal agents and then said, "Who's gonna take care of little Tucker then?" Ouch! She wasn't playing to a mother's sympathies and asking her to think of her child's best interest. No, she seemed to almost take pleasure in the idea of seeing Tucker become an orphan and the subsequent pain it would cause Jeanette. Yes, it certainly seems pretty cold, but, man, what an effective way to get what she wants. I would love to see an episode with her in the field. Maybe even negotiating with a hostage. I bet verbally sparring with her could wear a hostage-taker down in about 15 minutes. She'd take no prisoners. Well, actually, that's exactly what she'd do. Scratch that. Looks like we've got a bit of a break coming up until new episodes air. Everyone have a safe and relaxing holiday and happy 2007! show less
Oh, Mexico. Whenever it makes an appearance on TV, it never lets me down. I was loving the Wild West imagery tonight: From the camera's pan up toward the blazing sun between scenes to the traditional shot of the shack framed in the foreground by Emily’s hand at the ready beside her holster. I was half expecting a few tumbleweeds. Or maybe even some nice tavern-door swinging. But all jokes aside, the situation in which Matt and Emily found themselves tonight was pretty gritty. There was so much carnage, so much venom. I guess a change in location really did turn the tables, because everything seemed to be opposite from what it usually is. There was very little talking, reasoning or bargaining. There was a lot of shooting. Matt and Emily were not in control of the situation. The “bad guy," Felix, was just that: really, really bad. Downright villainous. Cheryl was not able to save the day. Overall, there were no warm and fuzzies coming from this episode at all. That said,... read more

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Premiered: September 05, 2006, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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