Flashpoint

Thursday, 9 April 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Ed Lane’s at the tail end of a long and brutal shift. He’s hours away from some much needed time off to be with his family and shake off the stress of the past year. But Petar Tomasic has other plans for him. Son of the man Ed shot at First York Plaza, and a war-trained sniper in his own right, Petar is now bent on revenge. Beginning with a cunning plan to run Team One ragged with fake calls, Petar finally lures them to a downtown public square, where he waits with a sniper rifle, and one goal – to kill the man who “murdered” his father. Now the Team must hunt down the deadliest gunman they’ve ever faced, and Ed must cope with the knowledge that this is all happening because of a lethal shot he had to take. Challenged to the extremes of their training, Team One forces Petar into a final showdown. But as they save a city, they pay a price of their own…

Thursday, 2 April 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Emma’s having a hard time keeping it together. For eight years, she and her husband Blake have tried every conception technique, from holistic to high-tech – putting their marriage on edge, and draining their life savings dry. They finally got pregnant – but a few weeks ago, Emma miscarried, and she’s growing more and more despondent every day.

When Emma discovers a suspicious text message on Blake’s cell phone, her world shatters. Is Blake having an affair? SRU responds to a panicked 911 call. But what appears at first to be a violent domestic dispute turns out to be a volatile barricade situation, involving a potentially delusional wife, and a terrified “other woman.”

Things get even more troubling for both Emma and the SRU, when the hostage reveals that she’s pregnant – the worst thing she could say to Emma, and a tactical nightmare for our team. A pregnant hostage means they can’t use any of their usual less-lethal techniques.


 

Thursday, 26 March 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

It’s been a record day for hot calls and Team One is looking forward to the end of a backbreaking shift. But as they’re loading their trucks the radio crackles yet again. There’s another critical incident – at SRU headquarters.

Daniel Rangford’s (Ron Lea, Saw IV, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) an ex-SRU Team Leader, recently retired. He was one of the best and brought Ed into the ranks of elite cops, teaching him everything he knows. Now, with the accumulated stress of a high-risk career behind him – and nothing but time, regrets and memories on his hands – he’s unraveling.

Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and tortured by his role in the death of an innocent nearly twenty years ago, Daniel has come to the station demanding to see the incident file that haunts him. As Daniel sets the stage for a suicide ritual, Team One is forced to negotiate with one of their own – an insider who knows all the tricks in the book. And as Ed begins to understand what’s brought his old friend to the edge of a cliff, he recognizes he may be headed for the same place.


 

Thursday, 19 March 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

The SRU is handling a routine VIP protection shift at a fancy downtown hotel. Assigned to the VIP’s suite, Ed and the VIP get along like gangbusters. Ed is quickly charmed by the easy-going philanthropist (Colm Feore; 24, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and his beloved wife (Wendy Crewson; Away From Her, ReGenesis), in town to give away $5 million at a massive international conference.

The protection routine goes awry, when a bomb goes off in the hotel kitchen. The SRU soon realizes the explosion was a distraction tactic, when they discover the VIP’s wife has gone missing. Kidnapping turns to horror, when the SRU finds the wife alive, but with a remote-controlled collar bomb locked around her neck.

She’s a living ransom note. Her husband must go in front of the keynote dinner and confess his past sins to the world – or else she will be detonated in front of him.


 

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Penny West was nine years old and on a backyard camp-out with her dad – popcorn, sleeping bags, and a telescope to explore outer space. When her dad went inside to replenish their supply of grape juice, Penny simply vanished. Now, eight years later, another little girl, Lilly Everett, has gone missing.

Crime-watcher tips lead SRU to the suburbs, where they strategize about how to extract Lilly from a booby-trapped house. But they’re surprised to discover the abductor and Lilly are not alone. They’re confronted also by a 17 year-old girl: a girl that SRU soon determines to be the long-presumed-dead Penny West. She has a gun, and a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.

She has suffered years of abuse and isolation – brainwashed to fear the outside world, to fear police, to believe that death is better than surrender. Yet somehow, her protective instincts have kicked in to protect the newest kidnapping victim, turning her against her abductor for the first time ever.

Team One must weigh every tactical and psychological strategy, as they reach out to uncover the wide-eyed, gentle child Penny once was. Can they convince Penny to save herself? And if not – can they use her to save Lilly?

Thursday, 5 March 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Having served twelve years in prison for the murder of his teenage sweetheart, when he was fifteen – a murder he didn’t commit – Michael Jameson (Mpho Koaho, Saw III, Doomstown) is finally free on parole. Though Michael knows he’s innocent, no one else does, and Katie’s murder continues to haunt him. When his lawyer gives him the news that the prosecutor in his case held evidence back from the permanent file, Michael realizes that he may never clear his name.

Desperate to confront the prosecutor, but unable to get past security at the courthouse, Michael grabs a policeman’s gun and ends up taking a young woman hostage.

In the same building for a deposition, an unarmed Ed tries to defuse the situation and ends up as a hostage himself. Now it’s up to Team One to rescue one of their own while they negotiate with a man who seemingly has nothing left to lose. Meanwhile, Parker grapples with staying professional, while his best friend is in danger.

Thursday, 26 February 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Rolland (Tyler Hynes, Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story )and Simon Strachan (Landon Liboiron, Don’t Cry Now, Mayerthorpe) are two brothers with a terrible secret – their powerful lawyer father has been beating them for years, to “toughen” them up and make them worthy of the Strachan family name. Simon, the younger boy, has taken it to heart, becoming a star student and family peacemaker. But elder son Rolland’s become a troubled, violent youth who just spent a year in military school. Now he’s come home to save Simon and run away together – but when their father tries to stop them, Rolland snaps and fires the family gun at his tormentor, then races off into the Rosedale Valley ravine.

Team One races to the scene, and sets off on a major outdoor manhunt with choppers, K9’s and high tech tracking equipment. And Simon insists on helping them track his brother through the woods of their childhood – but when push comes to shove, and the Team is preparing to go lethal, can brother really turn on brother?

Thursday, 19 February 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Tasha Redford (Sarah Gadon, The Border, The Eleventh Hour) – an awkward 16-year old, with a chronically alcoholic mother – has always been a perfect target for bullies. But lately, the neighborhood torment has become increasingly violent. When a dangerous gang inflicts a vicious and humiliating “uglying-up” on Tasha at her after-school job at a mall, she finally explodes. Grabbing one of the girls’ guns, she blindly pulls the trigger in self-defense – hitting one of the gang-members.

SRU arrives, but Tasha and her tormentors have scattered, blending into the crowd and using the resources of the mall to hide. Parker uses the P.A. system to calm panicky shoppers, as the SRU tracks Tasha – but before they can grab her, the gang starts shooting. They lose Tasha in the chaos: she’s hiding, and she’s suicidal, certain the rest of her life will be spent behind bars. Finally, in a sweep of the mall, Jules tracks Tasha to an outdoor advertising tower. She’s perched precariously on a rail eight stories above the street. Can Jules get Tasha to trust her before she lets go? Will Jules’s strength be enough to keep this tormented girl alive?

Thursday, 12 February 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

When the infamous Monday Morning Robber’s takedown of a major bank goes south, the SRU must use every tactical trick in the book to save the hostages, before he makes good on his threat to kill them all. But Parker’s brilliant negotiating and police work reveals a real shocker – the robber is a copycat.

In fact it’s George Orston (Nicholas Campbell, Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Englishman’s Boy), former head of security at the bank. By the time Parker makes this connection, George is holed up with one last hostage: the woman who fired him the first place. Now it’s a race against the clock: Parker must uncover the real reason for the robbery, before disgruntled employee George takes his revenge on Ruth.

The final reveal breaks Parker’s heart: George is stealing money to keep his sick wife in a care home. And when he finally realizes his plan is doomed, George takes the only step left to him: he plans to force the SRU to kill him, so his wife can collect on his life insurance policy. The Team is left to struggle with the truth. Sometimes you can connect, you can do everything right… and it still feels like it all went wrong.

Thursday, 5 February 2009, 10:00PM on ITV3

Rebecca Kessfield (Chandra West, John from Cincinnati, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry), speeds across town, praying under her breath. She can’t take it anymore, her little sister Sadie (Meredith Henderson, Shania: A Life in Eight Albums, Jumper) can’t take it anymore.

Bursting into a little house in the Beaches, she finds Sadie on the bathroom floor, kidney-punched, throwing up blood, a newborn baby crying in the bedroom. Problem is: Sadie’s abusive husband is a cop. He knows where to hit her so it doesn’t show, and he knows how to find her if she tries to leave. Enraged, Rebecca takes Pete’s (Kenneth Mitchell, Jericho, Odyssey 5) gun from a drawer, and heads to Pete’s local cop bar. This is going to stop. And it’s going to stop tonight.

When Rebecca takes Pete to his sailboat on the waterfront – the place he married her sister, the perfect place for a troubled cop to “commit suicide” – she has no idea that Ed, Jules, and the SRU are one step ahead of her, pulling out all the stops in a desperate effort to protect one of their own. But the sympathies of the SRU are going to come into conflict, when they discover their “brother in arms” is a vicious abuser of women.

 

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