Saturday, October 3, 2009

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 2: Never Let You Down

It’s a new day for the SRU, and there’s a new member on the team. Can the team solve a different crisis while still grieving over the loss of one of their own? Find out below – and for those of you wondering about the latest addition to the cast, we have briefly profiled her at the end of our summary! Click the jump below to read!

We begin in medias res with the following “cold open”! We see a young woman running through the woods, and Ed speeding in his SUV looking for a red Nebraska. Spike has a locator device, which picks up the car, which speeds up behind the woman. The driver catches up to her… and REWIND! 3 hours earlier… We are taken to an independent donut shop known as the “Dip and Sip”. Some hands pick up some pretty fancy pastries, which the young woman whipped up without her boss’s knowledge. She serves a man in a red shirt, and another woman in the shop. She is Zoe Granger, and she aspires to go to school and open up her own restaurant some day. Amongst the chatter with another waitress and the customers, another man walks in. He is Jeff, Zoe’s ex-boyfriend, and he wants to meet her, but she isn’t interested and refuses (even after he shows her a necklace)! He grabs her face and elbow hard. The other waitress threatens to call the police, and he lets her go, says they are not done, and leaves. A customer comes to her aid, but Zoe walks away and stops the other waitress from dialing the police. After, she pours another coffee for the male customer, Dale, but he says it is alright, pays her, and leaves. He seems like a warm man…

Meanwhile at the SRU, a memorial plaque has been put up in the men’s locker room, in memory of Lewis. Outside of Jules’ locker room, her sign is changed from Jules to Women. She looks at the sign, and turns away quickly, in sadness.

Zoe walks home, bit thinks she is being followed. She runs inside her apartment building, and rushes inside her apartment. She is relieved that it was only her neighbour following her, and goes to her washroom to wash out a stain in her shirt. She hears a knock at her door, and looks out the peephole. She opens it, looking a little sad. We are taken to the neighbour’s apartment just as Zoe begins screaming, and the neighbour calls the police. We hear a gunshot, and the neighbour’s dog begins barking.

Back at the SRU, Greg tries to pull the somber team together and plans for a day of light work and patrol. He introduces the newest member of the SRU, Leah Kearns. She bravely stands up and addresses the team, and empathizes with the group saying that she served with a firefighting unit that also lost one of theirs. She offers to lend an ear if they want to talk about it, but Jules cuts her off and says “We’re good”. The alarm goes off, and Jules says to Greg “Time and a place”. They arrive at Zoe’s apartment building, and catch up on the situation from the officers on site. Ed and Greg begin organizing the team. Ed moves into the building with Wordy and Spike, Jules tries to dig up some info on the people involved, and Leah works with Sam. Ed knocks down the door, makes his way to the washroom and pulls away the shower curtain, only to realize that they are gone. ROLL OPENING!

Jules starts to type out the log, but Greg switches things around and puts Spike in the truck, and sends Jules and Leah to go interview Zoe’s neighbor. They have a hard time as they have to talk over a barking dog. The neighbour can’t quite identify the car, so Jules and Leah take her back to the truck, but leave the dog in the apartment. Jules puts out her palm to shush the dog, and he whines (excellent acting by the dog). Ed, Wordy, and Sam search Zoe’s apartment for clues, and Sam finds a bullet casing that matches a box of bullets in her room. The gun was hers?! In the truck, Spike is dealing with a neighbour who is absolutely clueless about cars. As Jules and Leah also help look in her apartment, Leah is a little confused with no photos of her family to go on. Jules tells her that maybe she is isolated or estranged, and Leah responds saying this explains why she is with a badass boyfriend. Jules says she is perceptive, and Leah says she has been there. This is intriguing. I hope we get to hear more of Leah’s interesting past. Leah finds a pay stub, and Jules starts to warm to her. Ed thinks that the handgun was kept by her in self-defense. Spike has determined the car, and Greg gives an order to put out an APB. Jules calls the donut shop to find out some more information about Jeff. Zoe always went back to him because of his loving words. But he would always hurt her. The SRU tracks down Jeff’s address and heads to his place. They break in, pin him down, but they don’t find Zoe. Jeff really doesn’t know, and he suggests they go after Dale. He hangs out at the donut shop 24/7 and Jeff remembers being confronted by Dale, who told him not to lay a finger on her and that she deserved better. Jules calls the donut shop again, but the other waitress doesn’t suspect anything. Spike works his magic and finds Dale’s address in a database. The SRU heads there, only to find that his ex-wife, Judith, is the only person there. Wordy and Ed look around the house, and find a little girl’s room, and Jules and Leah find a picture of her. Jules thinks Zoe bears a resemblance to the little girl, and Greg asks Judith about their daughter. She says she thinks they are here because they think he murdered her. And we are taken to a commercial break!

Somewhere in the woods, Dale parks his car, and takes Zoe out of his trunk. He pulls her towards a trailer. Greg asks Judith if she recognizes a picture of Zoe, and she says no. She tells them that Dale is living as a recluse in a trailer just west of the city, and that Zoe looks just like their daughter. In the trailer, Dale has a red dress with butterflies waiting for Zoe to wear. The dress, Dale’s shirt, and the car, are all eerily very close shades of red. As Dale describes to Zoe how he was watching her, she gets freaked out, especially because he is calling her his daughter’s name, Wendy. While chopping onions, he tears up and Zoe uses this opportunity to escape. He runs after her. The SRU heads towards the woods, and Dale chases her in his car. We are now where the episode began, he has caught up with her and is chasing her on foot. Commercials!

The SRU arrives at the trailer and searches inside. Sam finds a lot of pictures of Zoe in his closet, and Ed puts together the team’s search strategy in the woods. Greg is still with Judith and tries to put some more pieces of Wendy’s disappearance together. She told him that Dale was so mentally disturbed that she put him in rehab, but it didn’t help. Dale has managed to get Zoe back in his car, and he has become delusional thinking that Zoe really is Wendy, and that they are meant to be together.

Spike has some sort of locator device with a mini-satellite dish to listen for the car. He hears a car approaching, and though he cannot tell the make or color of it, he can definitely hear that it is an old car! Wordy thinks that they are heading back to the trailer, and they run to it. They spot the car, only for Dale to reverse and change his route, and the chase continues! Greg gets more details about Dale’s rehab stay from Judith. She thinks Dale killed Wendy. Greg makes a phone call. Ed is in an SUV with Leah, and they approach Dale’s car at the same time as Spike and Wordy, but they have taken off on foot, again. They start to search, ten feet apart. Greg talks to a detective about Wendy’s disappearance, and that Judith thinks Dale is responsible. However, the detective doesn’t agree. Spike hears Zoe’s screaming on his device, and guides the SRU towards them. Dale and Zoe are backed up right against the edge of a cliff. Commercials!

The SRU confront Dale and Zoe and they are now just millimeters away from the cliff’s edge! Greg talks to Judith and says that the only reason she is blaming Dale is because it is an answer (and it isn’t the right one). He counsels her about how she can help him when they return. The team updates Greg with the status of Dale and Zoe. Greg assigns Jules the role of negotiator, Ed as the sniper, and Sam and Leah start getting set up so they can be tethered to the cliff. Jules tries to get them away from the edge, but Dale won’t listen, and he is holding Zoe back. Zoe manages to break away and moves forward away from the cliff, but Dale pins her on the ground and refuses to let go. Dale steps backwards off the cliff, and Leah and Sam grab him. But he is holding onto Zoe’s leg, and she is barely hanging on the edge of the cliff. Jules is grabbing her as best that she can, and delivers a very moving speech to him. I can’t do this any justice, so I’m just going to type this out:

“Is this what you call keeping someone safe, Dale? Listen to me. I am sorry that Wendy has disappeared from your life. I cannot even imagine what you have been through. But I do know what it is like to lose somebody who had absolutely no business dying…and to have not had a chance to say goodbye; and be disgusted with people for just walking down the street like the world’s the same place. That if you had just done something different… they still might be here. So you can keep on struggling and get both of yourselves killed, and that will be your fault. Or you can let go and let yourselves live. What would Wendy want you to do?”

Jules remains strong behind her tears, but Dale breaks down completely and lets go. Both are pulled to safety. “Now the Struggle Has a Name” by the Tragically Hip, starts to play as the SRU look and check in with each other. Judith sits next to Dale, and the two of them are just sad.

Back at SRU HQ, Leah hands the SRU bracelets to help them carry the memory of Lewis with them. They are black, with a gold plate that reads “L. YOUNG BADGE 1902”. The camera zooms onto Lewis’s plaque, which reads “Constable Lewis Young” “Who gave his life to keep the peace” along with his picture and the SRU logo.

Next week’s episode: the SRU is dealing with a massive hostage situation at a prison, which requires them to give up one of their own. And it looks like it might be Ed?! This doesn’t look like it is Coming to You Live, which was the next episode slated to air. EDIT: The next episode is called Just a Man

At this time, you’re probably wondering who the new member of the SRU is? Her name is Leah Kearns, and she is played by the Canadian actress, Olunike Adeliyi! She has not only had roles on the small screen, but has appeared on the silver screen, and on stage as not only an actress, but also a dancer! Visit her IMDB page for more information. For those of you wondering about our logo, we will keep Mark Taylor in it, but once an image of Olunike Adeliyi is released (in uniform), we’ll see if there is some way to add her in!


  1. I am a retired Police Officer and now an elected Constable and I think it is GREAT to see a show divoted to this Honorable Office. Thanks so very much the show is AWSOME......

  2. I have never before heard of a car called a Nebraska.

  3. What is up with the term "Nebraska" car or red nebraska? Is there such a model of car in Canada?

  4. Loved the show, but what is a red Nebraska???

  5. I suspect the auto maker wouldn't pay for product placement, so the show writers just made up a fictitious name.