FLASHPOINT “You Think You Know Someone” Review

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In ‘You Think You Know Someone’ the tenth episode of FLASHPOINT‘s third season, Parker is kidnapped by two meth dealers. Their motive is love (I know, I know, meth dealers are like puppies) and vengeance. Their motive is preposterous. The Strategic Response Unit (SRU) is desperate to rescue their lost comrade before it is too late.

This was yet another episode of Flashpoint aired out of order. I cannot say this makes for pleasant serial viewing, though as Flashpoint is one of the most strictly procedural shows I have ever seen, airing episode out of order reveals few spoilers. It’s as if there are twenty two writers on the show and each person writes one episode, disregarding anything about any character previous writers have established.

Anyways, pardon my rant. Since his days as a homicide detective Parker has kept in touch with a girl whose junkie mother was shot in front of her. The girl, Hailey, survived drug problems of her own, as well as a meth dealing boyfriend, Kevin. But Kevin, infatuated with Hailey, wants her to know the truth of what happened the night of her mother’s murder. Hence the reason he and his partner in crime Tyler kidnap Parker who they mistakenly believe killed Hailey’s mother.

Do all drug addict’s children live in bedrooms as nice as Hailey’s? Tidied and full of teddy bears and posters of fairies. The junkie house the SRU raided later on, occupied by adults, gave no indication of such homeliness.

Well, it turns out Parker was an alcoholic; Hailey’s situation helped him sober up and he got his life back together. He feels indebted to Hailey, which is why he acted, over the years, as a sort of surrogate father and why he does not tell her who really shot her mother. This is left until the end, and it is a ‘major twist’ even though the flashbacks in the episode made it pretty obvious who the shooter was. When the shooter is revealed, the sheer level of melodrama exhibited made me wish the building would just blow up.

Of course it did not. Of course the kidnappers did not just put a bullet into Parker’s head; instead they had to set a bomb sparing plenty of time. Of course the SRU team stopped the building blowing up with exactly one minute to spare (which is quite a lot of time; usually we’re down to the last 10 seconds). Of course there is a cathartic catwalk accompanied by an emo whinging about life soundtrack in the last shots of the episode. Jules’ little speech to Parker was quite lovely, and for the first time in the entire episode made the gravity of what his loss would mean known; though, by this time he was saved.

It was one of the better episodes of Flashpoint, but there was still nothing to really get excited over. Sure, we learned Parker had a ‘past’ but we did not learn anything about him, nothing that made us reassess him and his character, nothing that changed out opinions about him. The only thing we learned is that he’s useless at escaping and negotiating for his own life which as the SRU’s crisis negotiator, is rather ironic. The episode’s title was ‘You Think You Know Someone’. Yes, it turns out, we do.

What did you think of the episode? Am I wrong? Was it really a phenomenal episode of television filled with tension, angst and ingenious twists? Do you wish the characters were given a little more screen time than the cases, their relationships more firmly established? Do you hate the false flashbacks as much as I do? Sound off in the comments below!