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Standoff Episode: "Peer Group"

Season 1, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: In a revenge-of-the-nerds case, Matt and Emily must negotiate with three armed teen geeks who have taken two athletes and a pretty girl hostage and are taunting them---live on a Web site they have set up via real-time video. And when CNU blocks the site, they threaten to kill the cool kids. For Emily, the case is personal: She had been bullied herself as a teen. Matt, on the other hand, had been a bully.
Original Air Date: Nov 28, 2006
Guest Cast Dan Sachoff: Robert French Sean Marquette: Michael French Paul Schulze: Dale Steckler Josh Zuckerman: Cary Steckler Ash Christian: Billy Freymuth Noel Fisher: Owen Johnson Connie Jackson: Lisa King Drew Tyler Bell: Chuck Langdon Mark Edward Smith: Ron King Shawn H. Smith: Andre King Scout Taylor-Compton: Tina Bolt Annie LaRussa: Rachael Steckler Michael Patrick McGill: Scott Freymuth
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Season 1, Episode 9
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Length: 43:41
Aired: 11/28/2006
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November 28, 2006: Kids Today Season 1, Episode 9

Yes! I think this is the episode that Standoff fans have been waiting for. It was compelling from start to finish, hands down. I think that maybe what made it so intriguing was that it hit close to home. Of course, this situation isn't something that most viewers have experienced personally (at least I hope not), but the pains of adolescence and school violence have become a very real possibility for kids today. Coincidentally, I was just having a conversation this afternoon about whether I would consider searching my child's room when I have kids. While I know it's a very serious invasion of privacy and breach of trust, it's a tricky call to make when your child's life could literally be at stake. I'm sure this was what Cary's father was thinking as well when he decided to go to the FBI. How scary it must have been for him to find all those drawings and rants in his son's room. His surprise over Cary's plans, however, was not unique. I thought the interviews with the different sets of parents were a very effective way to show how little they truly knew about their children. But it was a well-done scene, because there wasn't one moment where I thought they were bad parents. (Well maybe Tina's mom was a bit questionable.) They just didn't think to delve into their kids' lives beyond what they saw on paper or heard at the dinner table. The episode did a great job of portraying the judgment calls parents and authority figures must make to determine what is a genuine threat. I mean, I'm sure most teenagers have some sort of revenge fantasy - though not necessarily in violent form - but is there any concrete way to decide who is really unstable enough to follow through? I don't know. Tough call. Owen definitely had enough motivation, the poor kid. Noel Fisher as Owen did an excellent job portraying both chillingly homicidal and devastatingly desperate. And who could blame him? When Matt and Duff went to his house, you knew something was awry. Meat-locker temperatures and bug spray? I've seen enough horror movies to know those components do not make for happy discoveries. Yikes. I was glad to learn that Owen played no role in his mother's death, yet it made his character all the more tragic. This is the first episode where I found myself wondering what would happen to the hostage takers after the situation had been diffused. I know the characters aren't real, but I'm still hoping something can be worked out for the other boys, and that poor Owen can get some help (and maybe a few hugs). And finally, I give the Matt-Emily developments an A+ this week! I finally saw a little tenderness from Matt when he was asking Emily about being picked on in high school. His "I want names!" defense of her was a very small gesture, but it was sweet. That seems more like real life to me, which makes it more satisfying. I'm excited about this show again! I'm interested to hear what you guys think. show less
Yes! I think this is the episode that Standoff fans have been waiting for. It was compelling from start to finish, hands down. I think that maybe what made it so intriguing was that it hit close to home. Of course, this situation isn’t something that most viewers have experienced personally (at least I hope not), but the pains of adolescence and school violence have become a very real possibility for kids today. Coincidentally, I was just having a conversation this afternoon about whether I would consider searching my child’s room when I have kids. While I know it’s a very serious invasion of privacy and breach of trust, it’s a tricky call to make when your child’s life could literally be at stake. I’m sure this was what Cary’s father was thinking as well when he decided to go to the FBI. How scary it must have been for him to find all those drawings and rants in his son’s room.His surprise over Cary’s plans, however, was not unique. I th... read more

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