Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Breaking News: Gemini 2010 Noms Announced!

Lots of Reasons for the Moon Chase Blog Network to Celebrate!

This morning, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards, and both of our blogs (Moon Chase and We Got The Solution) have stars that we follow nominated! Though this year, there are less stars from Sailor Moon nominated ( ☽:( ), once again Flashpoint is leading the pack with 15 nominations in 11 categories! Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and we will keep you updated with the winners come November. The lone nominee from Sailor Moon this year is Catherine Disher (Mimet) for her work on the Canadian drama The Border. There are too many nominated from Flashpoint to name in one sentence, but there is a special case where a Flashpoint star guested in another TV show, and is against two other guest stars from Flashpoint!

So here come the nominees! The productions that they are nominated for are in bold, but if you see a gold star next to their name(), it means they were also in Flashpoint or Sailor Moon).

Best Dramatic Series

Durham County
(Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. /Muse Entertainment Ent. Inc., Muse Entertainment Enterprise)
Adrienne Mitchell, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas
(Flashpoint Season 2, Pink Sky Inc., Avamar Ent)
Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos
Republic of Doyle
(Republic Season II Inc., Malachy Season 1, Inc.)
Allan Hawco, Rob Blackie, John Vatcher
Stargate Universe
(Stargate Universe I Inc.)
Brad Wright, Carl Binder, Robert Cooper, John Lenic, N. John Smith
The Tudors
(Peace Arch Entertainment, PA Tudors III Inc., TM Productions)
John Weber, Sheila Hockin, Morgan O'Sullivan

Best Achievement in Casting

Deirdre Bowen - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "All Souls"
John Buchan CSA, Jason Knight - The Summit
Stephanie Gorin - Guns
Andrea Kenyon, Wendy O'Brien, Marissa Richmond, Randi Wells - Durham County - "Little Lost Children"
Marissa Richmond - Flashpoint - "Perfect Storm"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Clé Bennett - The Line - "Episode 203", "Episode 206"
Sergio Di Zio - Flashpoint - "One Wrong Move", "The Good Citizen"
Genadijs Dolganovs - The Bridge - "Painted Ladies", "Chain of Fools"
Sebastian Pigott - Being Erica - "Yes We Can", "The Unkindest Cut"
Mark Taylor - Flashpoint - "Exit Wounds", "One Wrong Move"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Enrico Colantoni - Cra$h & Burn - "Lawyers, Guns & Money"
Christopher Heyerdahl - Sanctuary - "Haunted"
Michael Riley - Flashpoint - "Coming To You Live"
Hugh Thompson - Flashpoint - "Business As Usual"
Kristopher Turner - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "Family Practice"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Catherine Disher - The Border - "The Dead", "Dark Ride"
Eve Harlow - The Guard – "Boom", "Last Night"
Reagan Pasternak - Being Erica - "Shhh...Don't Tell", "Under My Thumb"
Jessica Steen - Flashpoint - "Clean Hands", "The Perfect Family"
Rachel Wilson - Republic of Doyle - "Return of the Grievous Angel", "Blood is Thicker Than Blood"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Ona Grauer - Flashpoint - "The Fortress"
Laurence Leboeuf - Flashpoint - "The Perfect Family"
Tatiana Maslany - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "All Souls"
Debra Lynne McCabe - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "All Souls"
Anastasia Phillips - Murdoch Mysteries - "Me, Myself, & Murdoch"

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

David Frazee - Flashpoint - "One Wrong Move"
Andy Mikita - Stargate Universe - "Air Part 1"
Adrienne Mitchell - Durham County - "Little Lost Children"
Jeremy Podeswa - The Tudors - "Episode 308"
Stephen Surjik - Flashpoint - "Aisle 13"

Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series

Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner - Flashpoint - "One Wrong Move"
Robert Carli - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "Isolation"
Robert Carli - Murdoch Mysteries - "Me, Myself, & Murdoch"
Joel Goldsmith - Stargate Universe - "Light"
James Jandrisch - The Guard - "At Sea"
Trevor Morris - The Tudors - "Episode 304"

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series

James Jeffrey - Murdoch Mysteries - "The Murdoch Identity"
Glen MacPherson - Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story
Jim Menard - Stargate Universe - "Light"
Stephen Reizes - Flashpoint - "Behind The Blue Line"
Michael Storey - Republic of Doyle - "The Fall of the Republic"

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series

Rick Martin - Stargate Universe - "Human"
Lara Mazur, C.C.E. - Flashpoint - "One Wrong Move"
Vesna Svilanović - Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures - "Unhappy Endings"
Arthur Tarnowski - The Phantom
Jeff Warren - Guns

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series

Philip Bedard, Larry Lalonde - Murdoch Mysteries - "Hangman"
Jeremy Boxen - Cra$h & Burn - "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Mark Haroun - Heartland - "The Haunting of Hanley Barn"
Alex Levine - The Border - "Missing In Action"
Ian Weir - Flashpoint - "The Fortress"

To check out the rest of the nominees, click here! Congratulations to everyone nominated from Flashpoint and Sailor Moon once again, and best of luck in November!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Episode Summary: Follow the Leader

When a young man caught up in a white supremacist group turns against them, he triggers a deadly retaliation with far-reaching and highly personal consequences. (description from CTV)

Full summary after the jump!

Two men are hiding in a secluded area of city hall, Jeff and Trent. Jeff says that Victor's orders are that the package has to go off.

Cut to the SRU team walking through the building discussing someone possibly targeting the open immigration areas.

Sam notices Trent. He calls out to him, but Trent raises his bag and screams that he has a bomb. People scatter, screaming.

Rewind to four hours earlier. Victor is giving a lecture to his followers, complaining about racial diversity, saying that he feels it is a bad thing and threatens the future of Caucasians. He says they are going to celebrate citizenship day by making a statement. The group cheers and splits apart.

Danny comes down the stairs after talking to Victor, looking nervous. He makes a couple phone calls, the first is a tip to 911, the second tells his girlfriend he loves her on a voice message.

Trent finds Danny and asks if he was talking to "her." Danny says he wants to tell Trent about the plan. Trent says it's need to know and that he will hear it from Victor when it's his turn. Danny insists. Trent asks if Danny wants Victor to know he has a phone in his pocket and leaves the area.

At SRU headquarters, Ed says that a man called in a tip about a series of attacks planned for the day. Greg says that the attacks are racially motivated and that the leader is Victor Ackland. Five years prior he was red flagged for handing out white supremacy literature on university campuses. It looks like he's gone independent now, but he's under the radar.

Ed notes that home base is an abandoned glass factory with 23 armed subjects. The goal is to get there in time to prevent them from putting their plan into play. They go over the basic details of their plan for subduing the subjects.

At the factory, the Danny tries to pull Trent aside again to speak with him privately. Trent gets annoyed and calls attention to himself, loudly asking Danny if he wants to share something with the group. Victor overhears from upstairs and walks to the railing, calling out to ask if there's something he should know about.

Outside, SRU is planning their entry. Spike loops the video on a surveillance camera.

Inside, Victor asks Danny if he has cold feet and remarks that they've seen less of him lately. Danny says he's been busy with his job, working weekends. Trent says Danny's girlfriend has him on a leash. Danny's cell phone vibrates. Victor asks what he's doing with a cell phone.

An alarm sounds. SRU accidentally triggered a trip wire.

Victor asks what's going on and a man says the system has been hacked. He notices that a camera feed was looped. He resets the connection and they can see SRU. Victor tells everyone to get to their stations.

Jules, Spike, and Sam toss tear gas into a large, open doorway. Three men come out and they take them into custody. Wordy and Ed approach another door quickly, hearing it about to open. Wordy quickly disarms a young man who exits and they take him into custody. Greg checks the area to see if there are any more suspects lurking around. He asks if they should make entry from this doorway. Ed says that team four is entering from the other side and they should stick to the script.

Greg, Wordy, and Ed walk down an alleyway. Greg is shot twice by suspects hiding in a window. They take cover, Wordy radioing that Greg's been hit and they're under fire. The gunfire continues as Wordy checks Greg's wounds: one in the arm, one in the vest. Greg says he's okay. Ed says they will get him out of here.

With Wordy's direction, Ed finds out where the shooter is located. He asks Sam over the radio for his status. Sam says he's almost there. Greg protests, saying they need to find the bombs. Ed says he hears him but isn't listening.

Jules approaches to help. Sam and Spike enter the building to find the shooter. Inside, we see Danny approach the shooter, Malcolm. He convinces him to hand over the gun. Danny drops the rifle out the window and Malcolm gets angry. They struggle. Sam and Spike find them and restrain them.

Wordy approaches the second shooter on a walkway. He orders him to drop his weapon and come down the ladder. The shooter complies and Wordy arrests him.

Back to Greg, Jules, and Ed. Greg says he's fine and wants to move on. Ed insists on a medic. Greg radios to Spike about the explosives.

Inside, Spike is trying to find the explosives. Danny talks to Sam and says he's the one who called 911 with the tip and is now looking for his little brother, Trent. Sam brings him down to talk to the team.

Outside, Ed takes Greg to see a medic. Greg says he'll wait his turn. Ed asks another officer for a status update. The officer says one subject is down, one injured, eleven more in custody. Ed says their team got seven, leaving at least three unaccounted for, including Victor. Ed radios Sam to get Danny down there so they can speak with him.

Greg asks Sidney if they have more info on Victor. He says the only thing he found is that Victor was in military training, from 1986-1990. He never made it into the field due to a Bad Conduct Discharge.

Spike finds a "war room" inside. It has maps with multicultural gathering spots listed as targets they planned to hit today. Ed says that there still may be attacks as there are three subjects unaccounted for. Spike continues investigating inside.

Outside, Sam sees Jules having a friendly chat with the medic helping Greg. He looks a little jealous.

Danny says his brother is not there. He says Victor and Jeff Watts (Victor's right hand) are also missing. He says they are likely together. Ed confirms that it was possible for them to escape the perimeter. They will have to extend their search.

Spike finds chemicals that can be used to make bombs. He says they made many small bombs that are portable and easy to hide but can cause heavy damage. He found plans for ten bombs so he can find out how they work. Unfortunately, three bombs are missing.

Greg radios Sidney telling him that three subjects are carrying explosives, and instructs him to contact all divisions stating that threat level is red.

Spike uploads a list of possible target locations. Ed tells Sidney that they need officers, checkpoints, dogs, and scanners at all locations. Sidney says that's a lot of ground to cover. Greg tells him to reach out to friends in Peel and Durham regions for help.

Spike says the bombs have a 100' damage radius. They are triggered to detonate simultaneously. They also have impact sensor warnings, so they will explode if dropped. Greg says that doesn't make sense, that extremists usually like to leave a bomb and walk away. Jules says that carnage must be part of his message.

Victor is in a car with Jeff and Trent. He says they are a family that chose each other. He also says Trent needs to tell him if he knows who tipped off the cops. Trent says he thinks it was Danny. Victor confirms, as he still has Danny's cell phone. Trent apologizes, but Victor says Danny's choices are not his fault.

Greg asks Danny if he can narrow the list of targets. Danny says he didn't know the targets, he was only the lookout. He says he was part of the group, but that it was all just talk before today. He explains that his family lost their house because his father was laid off from his job after a lot of immigrants were willing to work for less. His father blamed all their money problems on immigrants taking his job and eventually killed himself, leaving Danny and Trent alone. From then on, Danny vowed to take care of Trent, protect him, and fight back.

Victor tells Trent that he remembers Danny being very angry when they first met. He says he had hopes for him.

Danny says that Victor used to listen to him and that by knowing him, it felt like he and his brother were no longer alone. Victor had a job in security at the old factory, so he had the run of the place. He used to drill them on the weekends, teach them survival skills and the like for fun.

Cut back to Victor's car. Victor says he was wrong about Danny. Trent protests, blaming Danny's girlfriend.

A flashback reveals that Kelly, Danny's girlfriend, is of African descent. Danny had never expected to fall for her, but eventually she changed the way he thought about things. When Trent met her, he didn't take it very well that she wasn't white. Trent told Danny he was deserting him.

Victor finds a picture of Danny and Kelly on the cell phone and asks Trent if he met her. Trent says he hasn't.

When Sam asks Danny why he continued going to the group, Danny says it was the only way to continue seeing his brother. Fortunately, Trent never mentioned that Kelly wasn't white to Victor.

Victor's car reaches its destination. Victor says that the best thing that happened to him was when Danny brought Trent to him. He says he saved Trent's briefing for last and asks if he wants to know what's in the backpacks in the trunk. Trent confirms.

Spike radios that Trent and Jeff were seen entering Hancock Square, carrying backpacks. He says it's possible that they're headed to the department of citizenship and immigration as the target. Greg radios Sidney to note that Victor is likely acting alone.

At city hall, we see Jeff and Trent talking in a secluded area. Jeff says when they're done they'll meet at the Fox & Crown, have a beer, and watch it on the news. He reminds Trent of the orders.

SRU is at the scene, developing their plan and how they will disperse. They intend to focus on subjects with backpacks.

Danny notifies the team that he saw Jeff. Greg and Spike pursue. Spike subdues him with a sleeper hold and Greg grabs the backpack. Greg says everybody has to get out and Spike disarms the bomb when the area is clear.

Sam and Jules see Trent. Sam calls out to him and Trent yells that he has a bomb. Jules tries to calm the crowd, instructing them to move to the exits. Sam says he will try to talk Trent down because he can relate as a former soldier.

Jules asks Spike about their options. Spike says the only way is to use pliers and cutters as they can't get an EMP there in time. They need to talk down Trent before the deadline.

Sam tries to ask Trent to leave the bag, but Trent says he has to make sure the bomb goes off and that a soldier never leaves his post. Sam asks about his dad.

Elsewhere, at a hotel, Wordy and Ed find Victor, but he doesn't have the bomb. He says that Kelly has it. On the street, we see Kelly walking with a paper bag.

Greg tells Danny that Victor may have given the bomb to Kelly. Danny says Victor doesn't know her. Greg says Victor tracked her down at the hotel and reassures Danny that the team will find her and keep her safe. He says they need Danny here to help Trent.

Ed interrogates Victor, but he refuses to tell them where Kelly is heading with the disguised bomb.

Greg and Spike ask Danny about the significance of the day and time. They find out about a citizenship ceremony on Adelaide street. The team starts to head to the location, with Sidney sending additional units.

Back at city hall, Sam continues to try to talk down Trent. Greg asks Danny about what happened when Trent found his father deceased. Danny says that Trent was thirteen at the time, and that when Danny walked in their father was already hanging and Trent was screaming at their father in anger. Danny had to pull him off.

Greg and Sam discuss this, realizing that Trent feels like he's being abandoned again and that he must be clinging to Victor as he thinks that's the only family he has left. Greg says Trent needs to know he's not alone.

Ed and Wordy find Kelly and tell people to move away. They instruct her to stay very still. Ed approaches, saying they need the bag. She is confused.

At city hall, Sam continues negotiating. Trent screams for everyone to leave. Danny says he won't leave without him. Sam says that Danny has been there the whole time, even with Kelly in danger. Trent asks what happened to Kelly. Sam tells him that Victor gave her the bomb.

Ed takes the bag from Kelly, telling her it's a bomb. She says she thought it was a present from Danny because she received a text message from him.

Sam says that Victor left Trent to die but that Danny is there for him.

Ed disarms the bomb that Kelly had, with 30 seconds to spare.

With only a few seconds left, everyone falls back. Sam pleads for Trent to escape. He puts the bag down and runs. He is injured in the blast, but escapes in time.

Outside, Victor is ushered into a squad car. Kelly hugs Danny. Trent sees this and walks away.

At headquarters, Ed asks to see Greg's stitches, but Greg says he'll keep his shirt on. The team ask if he'll join them for drinks. He initially says no, but he changes his mind. They say he has to buy the first round because he was shot.

Jules's paramedic friend, Steve, catches up with her just before the team heads out. He reminds her that they were going to get together to catch up. Greg asks if he'd like to join, but Steve declines. He says he'll catch Jules another time.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Flashpoint DVD News

The website TVshowsonDVD.com has some good news to report for fans of Flashpoint looking to add the show to their DVD library. Details have been revealed for the releases of the Season 2 Vol. 2 box set, as well as a comprehensive Season 2 box for the upcoming holiday season. The Vol. 2 box set has the remaining 9 episodes from Season 2, and is designed as a bookend to the Season 2 Vol. 1 box that was released on March 23, 2010. For watchers who have decided to be more patient, the Complete Season 2 box set will contain all of the contents of the Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 boxes (including all of the various behind the scenes featurettes). For more information, including artwork for both box sets please check the link: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Flashpoint-Season-2/14263

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Episode Summary: Severed Ties

In this new episode, two young girls are kidnapped by a woman with a knife (played by Kelly Rowan). The team reveals an unexpected connection on the way to defusing the situation.

Full summary after the jump!

Winnie tells Greg that 911 received a call from a young girl named Riley Adler. When Greg is connected, he tells Riley that she is brave and asks where she is. She says they're in a drug store. Greg asks if she's okay, but the phone is taken away before she can respond.

Rewind. Greg receives a phone call about his son, Dean, who had an accident on his dirt bike and broke his arm. He found out about the accident on Facebook through his cousin. Dean never confirmed Greg as a "friend," but added Greg's cousin. When discussing it with Ed in the locker room, Ed says that his son didn't confirm him as a friend either. Greg says it's not the same, because Ed's son doesn't live far away. Ed counters that planes go to Dallas. Greg says his ex won't let him through the door. Ed jokes that he should bring a ram.

Cut to a children's playground. A man is taking photos of children at play. A mother disciplines her daughter, giving her a time out. She then chats with some other mothers in the playground. The photographer turns their attention to the girl sitting in time out.

Back at SRU headquarters, Greg notices a printout in Ed's locker and asks if it's an ultrasound. Ed confirms. Greg asks when he's due. Ed jokes that it's the lady who carries the baby. Greg jokes back with mock surprise, saying Ed's boys can still swim. Greg asks how it feels. Ed says he and Sophie are still getting used to it. Greg comments that Clark is almost out of the house, but now they'll be back to changing diapers and 3 a.m. feedings. Ed adds "and a husband who works all the time." Greg says that it's an opportunity to do things differently, that he wishes he had that chance.

Back to the park, a couple of mothers are talking. The little girl who was in time out has disappeared. Her mother starts freaking out because she can't find her.

At SRU headquarters, Winnie says that a five year old girl, Becky Corday, was kidnapped. She notes that an eyewitness mentioned seeing a strange man taking photos. The man is identified as Clarence Fogle, a recently released child molester who lives three blocks from the park. As the team leaves, Ed instructs Winnie to send his photo and address to their PDAs.

The SRU break into Clarence's home and start searching for him. Wordy spots him outside and alerts the team that he's running away. Ed, Sam, and Wordy chase him down. Sam knocks him to the ground and they arrest him. Ed asks if there is any sign of Becky at the house. Spike says she's not there. Winnie sends a picture of Becky to the team. Jules finds a pile of photos on a desk and starts looking through them. Spike asks if Becky is in one of the photos. Jules confirms after looking at her PDA. Greg tells Ed that they found pictures of Becky, that Fogle appears to have been watching her for a while.

Ed, Wordy, and Sam interrogate Clarence. They ask where Becky is. He finally admits that he saw her at the park but never touched her.

Greg, Spike, and Jules check through the photos on the memory card from Fogle's camera. The time stamp confirms that Fogle was at the park after Becky was kidnapped. Clarence asks to be uncuffed, but Ed asks Winnie to send officers to pick up Fogle to take him back to jail for violating his parole.

Jules mentions that Becky has been missing for over an hour. Greg tells Spike to issue an amber alert and send Becky's picture to media outlets and patrol officers within a 100 mile radius.

Jenna says she has lots of pictures of her daughter if the police need them. She mentions that Becky loves playing dress up and changes five times daily. Jules asks what she was wearing today. Jenna lists the clothing and starts crying that she shouldn't have turned her back. Greg comforts her, saying they'll do everything they can to get her back. Jules asks if Jenna knows anyone who might have taken Becky. Jenna doesn't. When asked about her husband, Jenna says he's a lawyer away on business in Montreal. Greg asks if he has any enemies. Jenna says it's possible and agrees to give his contact information to the police. Jules asks if Jenna might have enemies. Jenna says she's a stay at home mom, so she only knows other parents.

The team find a photo on Clarence's memory card of a woman taking Becky away.

Cut to the Ontario Science Centre. The kidnapper and Becky are watching a movie. The other members of the audience are a small class of elementary students with one teacher. As they leave, the kidnapper tries to coerce another girl, Riley, to go with her. When the teacher tries to pull her away, the kidnapper gets agitated. She pulls out a knife and tells the teacher not to come any closer.

The SRU arrive on the scene. Greg briefs the team on the situation. The team discusses their options and how to maintain a perimeter. All weapons must be less lethal because of children present. The team decides to start their search outside the theatre.

Jules and Greg speak with the teacher. She says that she doesn't think Riley knew the kidnapper, that Riley was terrified and didn't want to go. She also says that Riley didn't seem to know the other girl. The teacher didn't recognize the kidnapper.

Greg says they need both sets of parents available, to see if they can find out what the connection is between the girls.

Spike has found the kidnapper visible on cameras pointed at the main entrance. He is able to zoom in enough to clearly see her face. Greg tells him to make copies and see if the parents can make an I.D.

Riley's parents say that the kidnapper looks a lot like Riley's birth mother, Maggie Perrello, but that she's supposed to be in jail. Jenna notes that Becky was adopted too. Jules suspects that the kidnapper was going after her own children.

Greg and Jules ask for more details from the parents. The Adlers say that they got information about her so that they could answer questions from Riley when she's older, but that Riley doesn't know who Maggie is and must be very scared.

Spike pulls up Maggie's record. She was sentenced to eight years for armed robbery. The children were put into foster care because she was a single parent. Maggie got out of jail a few months ago, after serving five years and getting an early parole. Jules said she must want her kids back now that she's out. Greg asks Spike to try to track down Maggie's family and friends, anyone who could provide some insight.

Back at the Science Centre, SRU team members continue their search. Maggie and the girls walk through an exhibit of human bodies. Riley gets upset and Maggie reminds her that she's her mother. She promises to explain later.

A security guard spots Maggie and the girls leaving the exhibit hall and radios the team. They are heading towards the loading dock. Ed says the security guard should be instructed to stand down, the subject is armed and emotionally agitated. The team members are all in pursuit of Maggie.

Maggie hurries the girls along. The security guard tries to stop her, saying he can't let her leave with the kids and that she's scaring them. She pulls out her knife and stabs his leg before hurrying off with the girls. Spike relays the info to the team, noting that she's escalating and that the guard saw her exit the building. Maggie drives away with the girls in a car.

The team has some details about the car and will pass it along to other officers. Greg also says that airport security needs to be notified as a precaution.

Jules and Greg question Maggie's friend, Dana. She tells them that Maggie had wanted Dana to look after the girls while Maggie was in prison but that wasn't practical. There wasn't any family that could look after them either. Maggie's husband died in a car accident. Maggie, seven months pregnant with Becky, and Riley were also in the car. Riley was uninjured, but Maggie needed an emergency C-section as her pelvis was shattered. Maggie's life fell apart after the accident. She lost her husband and the house. She was also in a great deal of physical and emotional pain, to the point she couldn't function without pills. Dana confirms that Maggie robbed a pharmacy after a doctor wouldn't prescribe any more.

Spike notes that the getaway car was a rental and he found an address tied to the credit card used for the rental.

The SRU breaks in to Maggie's home, finding it set up very nicely to welcome the girls. It's clear that Maggie intended to bring them here. Greg notes that Becky and Riley are no longer Maggie's kids.

The team discovers that all of Maggie's clothes are gone, she clearly isn't coming back. They also find a home movie of Maggie with baby Riley. Jules says she seemed really happy. Ed says it's a shame what drugs can do to someone's life. Greg says that isn't an excuse for the choices she made. Jules is a bit surprised, saying she expected him to be more sympathetic. Greg is insulted. Although he was a drunk who lost custody of his kid, he does not run around with a knife trying to take him back by force.

Jules is a bit shaken and goes out to the van to ask Spike to get in touch with Maggie's parole officer. Sam asks if she's okay. She admits that she overstepped with Greg and struck a nerve. She says she should have kept her mouth shut. Sam says he likes that she speaks her mind. Spike gives her the contact information for the parole officer.

Maggie stops the car outside a house, saying it's the house they lived in when Riley was a baby. She asks if Riley remembers (she doesn't). Maggie points out the window for Riley's old room. She says she wants to show them something fun. They go to see a bird feeder in the yard. Maggie says that there was a family of robins that built a nest nearby and had two babies. Riley was worried they wouldn't have enough to eat, so she shared her cereal with them. Maggie and Riley put the feeder up and would sit nearby to watch the mother bird feed her babies.

The girls say they want to go home. Maggie tearfully says that she knows it's very confusing for them. She says that some people took the girls away from her but now that they're together they can be a family again. The girls protest.

Jules and Greg talk to the parole officer. He says that Maggie expected to get her kids back after getting out of prison. A few days ago he had to tell her the truth. The girls were legally adopted while she was in prison. The courts terminated Maggie's parental rights because of the length of her prison term. Maggie was very upset, saying that her girls are all she has and she wants them back.

Jules asks the parole officer for more details about how the courts could terminate the parental rights. He says that the courts decided that they didn't want the children to languish in foster care. Although Maggie had tried to keep in touch with the girls, social services didn't pass on any letters or cards because they assumed it was best to sever all ties.

Maggie tries to bond with Riley and gives her an old plushie dog. She says that one of the legs got cut when a streetcar ran over him but that Riley insisted on keeping him, that she loved him even though he wasn't perfect. Maggie says she kept the dog with her when she went away and that it reminded her of Riley. Riley remembers the nickname for the toy, "Cho" because she couldn't say Charlie. Suddenly Becky starts coughing. Riley and Maggie don't know what's wrong.

Maggie takes the girls into a pharmacy and pleads with a pharmacist to help Becky. The pharmacist asks questions and tries to think of something to help, after Maggie
threatens her with a knife and insists that something be done without calling 911.

Riley takes the opportunity to break away and call 911. She tells Greg that Maggie is trying to help Becky because she's very sick. Maggie finds Riley and hangs up the phone. Winnie passes the address on to the SRU.

The team arrives on the scene and starts developing a strategy. They get a camera inside and can see that there are two more hostages and that Becky is hooked up to something that may be oxygen. Greg introduces himself over a megaphone, saying he needs Maggie to pick up the phone when he calls.

She answers. Greg asks her to let Becky out so that an ambulance can take Becky to the hospital. Maggie refuses. Greg then asks if paramedics can enter the building to make sure Becky is okay. Becky takes a turn for the worse and Maggie agrees to let a paramedic in. The paramedic is followed by Greg and Ed.

Becky's parents call, saying that her only medical condition is an allergy to almonds, even trace amounts can make her throat close. Maggie notes that there were almonds in the muffins she gave the girls earlier. The paramedic gives her epinephrine to help. Greg says Becky needs to be taken to the hospital to ensure that she's okay.

Maggie objects, saying she doesn't want her kids to be taken away again. Greg argues with her, saying that the kids are no longer hers because of the choices she made. Maggie says she's a different person now. Greg says she's being selfish and not thinking about what's best for them. Ed calms him down.

Greg says he knows what it's like to lose children as he hasn't been allowed to see his son for ten years. He said the hardest part is to accept the fact that they're doing okay without you. Maggie says it isn't true, that Jenna made Becky cry and just left her sitting alone. Greg says that Jenna only wanted Becky to slow down and be safe. Maggie insists that he's wrong. Greg says that Maggie is convincing herself that she needs to save her children from being mistreated. Greg says her children are with families who love them.

Maggie says she misses them so much, that Greg has no idea what it's like to be so close to her kids and not be able to hold them. She says she wanted to start over. Greg says her understands that she wanted a second chance at being a good mother. He says this is a chance to do what's best for them, show how much she loves them, and let them go.

Riley asks Maggie if she's really her mother. Maggie puts the knife down on the ground. Maggie tells Riley to remember that she loves them so much. She hugs Riley and lets her walk over to Greg. Greg thanks her and walks Riley out, but Maggie sobs, grieving the loss of her children again.

Outside, Becky is wheeled on a stretcher over to an ambulance, Jenna at her side. Riley runs to her parents and drops the toy puppy. Maggie looks on, disappointed, and is ushered into a police car. Greg picks up the toy puppy and returns it to Riley who smiles.

Back at SRU headquarters in the locker room, Greg and Ed discuss the case. Greg says that the Adlers offered to send Maggie updates on Riley including letters and photos. Ed says that's nice of them. Greg also says that when Riley turns 18, the Adlers won't stand in the way if Riley wants to have a relationship with Maggie. Ed says this means Maggie gets a second chance and that it's possible for Greg to get a second chance too.

Greg says it's been ten years of his son growing up that he's missed, waiting for his ex to notice he's not the same person anymore. He says he's hugged a hundred kids in the last ten years but still doesn't know what it's like to hug his own son. Ed suggests Greg take action and do something to change things, maybe get a lawyer.

Sam and Jules have a quick chat as Jules heads out to go home. She thanks him for what he said earlier about speaking her mind. He says people should. Jules tells him to have fun watching his game and leaves. Sam looks like he wants to say more, but he just watches her leave.

The show ends with Ed looking at the sonogram in his locker.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Training Day Game on CTV.ca

Fans can play Training Day, a new Flashpoint video game on the CTV website. The game starts by allowing you to take a tour of the SRU facilities which is followed by a recruitment test. The test assesses your aptitude in the areas of memory, spatial awareness, reaction, and focus. Each exercise has a short set of instructions followed by a trial. Note that the recruitment test uses audio instructions, so you will need to set your speakers to a comfortable volume.

After passing the recruitment test, you can register an account with CTV or log in using Facebook Connect.

The Officer Records available in the Objectives menu include profiles of all the SRU team members. Weapons Training allows you to learn about the weapons used on the show through descriptive text and video demonstrations. Review all the weapons to pass.

In the first test for Sniper Training, you shoot 15 targets that randomly pop up in the field at a shooting range. Immediately following that, you must recall the icons displayed on the targets you shot. Next is the first round of selective targeting, where you must avoid shooting civilians. Again, this is followed by a quiz about the targets. Another round of selective targeting follows where you report suspicious targets.

In Tactical Training, you begin with a tactical review of various weapons and team members. When you're ready, you can start the tactical simulator. Choose the correct weapons and equipment for each team member and run the simulation to see the results.

In Negotiation Training, you begin by reviewing the stages of a successful negotiation and then proceed to a simulation to test what you've learned.

In Profile Training, you receive training on reading body language and interviewing skills. Again, a simulation tests what you've learned.

The first final test focuses on tactical and sniper training, the second on negotiation and profiling. The second test gives you the option to call in toll-free and use an access code. If you prefer not to call in, you can select the "don't call" option and take the test that way.

If you pass all the tests, you receive congratulations from Sam and Winnie. You also get promoted from Rookie to SRU Officer.

We definitely recommend trying out this game. It's challenging at times and gives some extra interactivity and background info for fans to enjoy.