An Episode of Flashpoint

Flashpoint is a Canadian show that was broadcasted on CTV up until its final 5th season, an ending that came too soon for fans, but one that the writers thought was necessary in order to ensure that the show ended on a good note.

Flashpoint follows a Team One of the SRU (Strategic Response Unit – the show’s version of ETF or SWAT) in Toronto. The core team is made up of Greg Parker (the team’s Sergeant and crisis negotiator) , Ed Lane (the team leader and primary sniper), Michaelangelo “Spike” Scarlatti (bomb and technical expert), Sam Braddock (former soldier), and Jules Callaghan (usually the only woman on the team – intelligence gatherer and sniper).

 

 

Season 5 Episode 12 – Keep the Peace (part 1)

 

The first part to the two part finale opens with the wedding of Sam and Jules,

“Juliana Callaghan. I vow to be true, always. To give you all of myself, no secrets. Until death parts us, and even after. Cause I’ve been yours since the first day I saw you and made a fool of myself. Cause I knew, right away I knew that it was you or no one. Even though you didn’t know it yet and I had to be patient.” He then adds to the guests, “I was right, I’m just saying.”

 

“Samuel Braddock. I vow to always be yours.” She takes a moment to compose herself then continues through tears, “I try to… think of words… but there’s so many. There’s so many words. So I vow, to you, this.” Then she kisses him.

Jules then addresses the crowd and says that since they’re all there, and they would have told them earlier but they didn’t want to jinx anything, and they are three months along.

There is celebration before it dramatically cuts to a man sitting at a desk building a bomb.

On the street, Ed’s son, Clark, and Greg’s son, Dean, are walking down the street with Clark’s girlfriend talking about prom before they separate and Clark drives off on his own.

Donna Sabine, who used to be a member of Team One but is now on a different SRU team, is a guest at the wedding dressed in her uniform as she didn’t have time to change.

A bomb is found at the 911 Call Centre, and SRU go there to check it out.

Elsewhere, a line of kids are walking down the street before going into the building that holds their day care when one of the little boys drops his blanket.

A day care worker and the boy go back outside to get the blanket, and while they are in front of the building, a bomb in the building goes off, blasting out the windows and knocking people outside to the ground. Back at the 911 Call Centre where the SRU are investigating a different bomb, calls start flooding in.

Greg, speaking to the team upon learning about the bomb that just exploded, says “Team we’re looking at another bomb, it just went off downtown. Mass casualties in a busy building, no way this was accidental. We are looking at terror.”

A news broadcast shows a smoke filled street. Leaving Spike to defuse the bomb, the rest of the team besides Greg head to where the bomb just went off. Greg tries to get Nina, one of the 911 operators to get everyone to leave the building as the bomb could still go off, but she refuses, saying that was yes, the bomb could go off, people definitely need their help, adding that it’s not just their lives on the line.

Spike discovers that the bomb has anti-handling measures which will greatly complicate its defusing.

Cutting to Jules in her SUV driving, she’s talking to her dad on the phone making sure that they checked in OK, telling him that she’ll see him at the hotel after work.

Next is Ed in his SUV talking to his wife, Sophie, telling her he’s OK and that he’s sure Clark is too and that he’s probably just somewhere noisy where he can’t hear his phone, and asks that she call him as soon as she hears anything.

Spike, who’d been using a robot until this point to look at the bomb to make sure he’d be safe to work on it manually, discovers that there’s only 24 minutes left on the timer. He then proceeds to try and disable it by hand. There’s a mercery switch on the bomb that needs a certain chemical introduced to it in order for it to be disabled, and Spike, realizing where he might find it (sounds like ass-o-tone), runs outside the building and asks if anybody has any nail polish remover, which someone does have. Spike then pours the nail polish over the mercury switch and adds ice to lower the temperature. Once the mercury has frozen over Spike is able to cut the power supply and defuse the bomb.

The rest of the team are now assuming that both bombs were made by the same individual and not a group, and are trying to think of possible next targets.

The wreckage outside of the building that held the exploding bomb is finally shown. There is ash, falling paper, fallen debris, smoke, and injured or dead bodies everywhere.

Ed instructs the team to assess the injured and dead, only allow thirty seconds per person. He tells them to try and find survivors.

There are four levels of priority used, represented by coloured tags to be put on bodies, green is for minor injuries, yellow is for urgent, red is for immediate, and black is for dead.

The next scene is silent save for the instrumental music in the background, displaying the site of the bomb again. There are people running, paramedics doing what they can, people screaming and crying,paper falling, and people walking in a daze or in shock, before cutting to a hectic 911 Call Centre.

Jules and Leah, a newer member of Team One than the rest, assist a woman covered in grey ash and blood who is sitting upright with her legs out in front of her in shock. Jules then runs to the day care worker who earlier went outside with the little boy to find his blanket, just as the bomb exploded. The woman, barely conscious, points to the little boy, lying a few feet away. There is paper over him and his hand is just barely grazing the blanket he’d gone outside to find. Jules runs over to him, turns him over, and realizes that he has died. She starts to cry, and has a really hard time comprehending how that could have happened to a child. She is pregnant, after all. You can very clearly see how hard it is for her to see. She then proceeds to place the blanket over the boy gently, before putting a black deceased tag over it. She whispers, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry honey” to him. Just as she’s trying to compose herself, Leah, who’d been helping the day care worker, yells to Jules that there’s a day care in the building and that there’s more kids.

The team runs into the building and tries to find a way through the collapsed hallways in order to get to the trapped children. The hallway leading to the day care is full of debris, and Jules, while listening to the people trapped with a device that captures sound, hears that there is a kid that’s pined down in the room. Still emotional from the last kid she saw dead, she’s not willing to let that happen to any more. Jules, who is with Ed and Sam (her husband) at this point, says that she’s small and can crawl through the hole. Ed disagrees saying that the structure has been compromised, and Sam tries to talk her out of it. Jules argues with him before bursting out that “There are CHILDREN in there! And we are running out of time. Sam right now are you my teammate, or are you my husband?” Sam, who is trying to separate his personal life from his professional and not be overprotective while on the job, allows her to go.

Clark, Ed’s son, who later drove off away from Dean and his girlfriend, is shown driving into a place where a man is leaving, face covered by a baseball cap, carrying a metal box-like container. Dean and his girlfriend, still walking, notice the news playing on a TV in a shop window and see what has happened, just as another bomb explodes a ways off behind them.

The bomb exploded at City Hall this time. Back at the 911 Call Centre, a call comes in from a man claiming responsibility. Greg goes on the line, and is told that there are a lot more bombs, the next one set to go off in a half hour. When Greg demands to know who the man is, he answers, “You’re talking to the one running the show” before hanging up.

Jules makes it through to the kids but not before a sharp pole sticking out in the debris badly digs into her leg.

Dean calls Greg to see if he’s OK, and Greg finds out through him that Clark went somewhere to get a permit for the prom. Before the connection fails, Greg warns his son to not go into subways or public buildings and to go straight to the station.

A day care worker is frantic and panicking to Jules about the boy that’s trapped, and Jules tries to calm her down saying she’s held it together for the kids up until that point, and she needs to keep on doing that.

Jules, while inspecting the boy, has a moment of thinking that he might be dead and she starts to become emotional, repeating “Buddy? Can you talk to me?” The boy opens his eyes and Jules says hi to him, smiling and letting out a sigh of relief.

Jules asks the boy if he wants to see how strong she is, and she pulls out a jack to crank the debris off of him, all the while trying not to put any sort of pressure on her injured leg. Jules is able to pull the boy out from under the debris, and discovers that he can in fact still move his legs. Jules, the day care worker, and the other children crawl back out through the debris into where Sam and Ed are waiting.

In replacement of the mayor who was injured in the blast at City Hall, Greg speaks to the city on the news.

“You’re probably aware that the city is facing an emergency situation. Two explosions right in the heart of our city. I want you to know that we’ve got a lot of good folks on the case, responders from the city and surrounding regions are all working together to keep you safe and to keep everything under control. Now you’re gonna hear a lot of speculation and maybe some rumours, cause that’s just what happens in a situation like this, and some of it may be alarming. But I wanna tell you that the best way to stay safe is to stay calm, and to look out after each other. Highways, roads, cellphones, 911, please use these as sparingly as you can, because if these systems are overloaded, they will shut down. Today is the kind of day that we’ll all look back at years from now and remember exactly where we were and what we did. We have a chance to make choices here that we will be proud of. Today is the day that we did not let fear break us down and turn us against each other. This was the day that we took care of each other. The day that we said ‘no’ to terror. Together. I want us all to think about how we want to remember this day. It’s up to us. I want to thank you for your attention, and for your courage.”

Throughout his speech, what is shown on screen is people on the streets, running and helping each other. At the end of it, you see the team carrying and helping the children out of the building. After Greg finishes, he asks Spike if it was cheesy, and Spike replies that no it was not.

Outside of the building a paramedic tells Jules she has to stay off her leg. She asks how the pain is, and Jules replies, “Pain is pain.”

Ed, talking on the phone with Greg, learns that Clark was downtown with Dean before they split up, and no one knows where Clark is. Ed starts to panic.

Two rows of dead bodies is shown.

Donna, an ex-Team One member and a guest at Sam and Jules’ wedding, tells Ed that she’s going to City Hall to start helping with the victims there and that she’ll let him know if she finds anything out about Clark.

The boy with the blanket is shown being taken to be placed alongside the other bodies, as Jules watches.

The bomber releases a 47 minute long video of him explaining why what he did needed to be done. Spike is able to find out the number of the smart phone used to upload the video, as the bomber messed up, and the team heads off the the address listed for the owner of the phone.

Spike reminds Greg that if the bomber sticks to the plan he told them, there’s only 11 minutes until the next bomb blows.

The bomber, Anson Holt, isn’t at his house. They find out he’s a psychologist who was let go by the university he worked at 5 years ago because a reason that nobody was willing to put on record. By watching the video he made Jules figures out that he has 10 targets, the first 3 having been the 911 centre, the federal building (building that had the day care in it), and City Hall. They just need to figure out what the other 7 are.

Ed finally gets a call from Clark, and discovers that Clark can’t move as he’s trapped and injured. Ed’s voice cracks when he asks Clark if he’s at City Hall, as Clark is having a hard time breathing and sounds like he’s in pain. “Clark are you at City Hall” (no answer) “Are you in City Hall?” He continues, his voice cracking more, holding back tears. Clark grunts out a Yes, he’s in the garage. Ed keeps repeating to Clark to stay with him. Ed leaves the house in a hurry, telling Clark on the phone, “I’m coming to get you just stay with me.”

Sam finds books hidden in the bomber’s bookshelf such as one entitled “Embracing Sadism”.

Jules believes that his biggest target is Education, so they come to the conclusion that it is his old workplace, the university.

Ed, trying to get through traffic, asks Clark where he feels pain. When Clark responds his side and that his legs are killing him, Ed says that that’s good because it means his spine’s OK. He tells Clark to slow his breathing right down to get his heart rate down.

“Now I taught you sniper breathing, right Clark? Clark? CLARK? I know it’s hard for you to speak. Clark I know you can hear me, you are such a strong kid and I’m so proud of you. Now I need you to stay strong. I’m on my way. I love you buddy. I love you.” Ed tries to hold himself together as Clark has stopped responding.

Donna, who is now at City Hall trying to find Clark, is told that she needs to leave to look at the lab the bomber used to work. She says she can’t leave since it’s Ed’s kid, and Ed tells her thank you but he’s got it. “Priority of life.” He then tells Donna to stay safe.

Ed calls his wife.

“Soph we know where he is, but listen to me. Sophie he’s hurt, he’s in one of the buildings. Look I know you’re scared, and I’m scared too, but he’s tough. Soph he’s tough. I’m gonna get him out of there Soph you gotta believe me, I’m gonna bring him home.” They both cry during the call. Ed gets another call from EMS saying they tracked Clark’s phone to the 2nd floor of the parking garage, and he just found the car. “I’m sorry Ed but uh, it’s crushed under concrete. It’s not looking good.”

Donna and her team arrive at the lab where they see a man sitting in a chair in front of a desk. She has a positive idea, and when they storm in there and turn him around, the see he’s got a bomb strapped to him.

Greg discovers that Holt (the bomber) was fired because of a series of psychologically abusive experiments he performed on student volunteers. Greg confirms that he was a sadist.

Greg arrives at City Hall and runs to find Clark.

Donna is trying to find a way to defuse the bomb, but Holt isn’t talking. Jules and Greg don’t think it makes any sense, his behaviour doesn’t fit his profile. If he was going to blow himself up, why didn’t he do it already. Donna screams at him to tell her where the detonator is, and Holt, obviously struggling with something, glances over her shoulder. When she turns around she sees that he was looking at a video camera. They’re being watched. Donna and the other member of her team in there with her start to try and run away, Holt screams “NOO!” knowing he is about to die, and the bomb is detonated. Team One hears the explosion and not knowing if Greg was killed or not, start yelling for him over their ear pieces. He turns out to be fine, and he tells them that Donna was right in front of the bomb when it went off. “Holt wasn’t the bomber he was the bait, Eddy. She’s gone, Eddy. She was right in front of him.”  Greg and the team are in shock and mourning, and Greg adds quieter, grief-stricken and angry, “You son of a bitch. You son of a bitch.” (Referring to the bomber)

The episode ends with Ed torn apart, screaming a silent scream, angry, hurt, and still trying to move debris away from Clark is trapped.

 

 

Here’s are some good videos that a found on Youtube that people made representing the two part finale.

|  Just to clarify for you – neither Sam nor Greg die. (Sam is the one who was running from the bomb in both of those videos, and Greg is the one who is shot with blood coming out of his mouth) The videos just make it seem like they do. |

 

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