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Standoff is an hour long drama that splits its focus between the hostage negotiations performed by The FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, and the romance blossoming between two of the main characters. Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman try to remain professional, but sometimes romance rears its ugly head. The two negotiators have been sleeping together, and it definitely has an effect on their work. While Matt is usually very good at talking down a criminal, he is not so good at talking about his feelings. Romance remains a mystery to Emily, as well, and the pair find themselves negotiating with each other as often as they negotiate with hostage-takers.

Noticing the tension between Matt and Emily, their boss considers putting the two on different task forces. She doesn't, however, because Matt and Emily are far too valuable as a team. Can they focus on their job while they focus on one another?

FOX
1 Season, 18 Episodes
September 5, 2006
Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
7.7/10
Cast: Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Gina Torres, Michael Cudlitz
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  • The CNU resolves a hostage situation when a corporate executive takes 16 hostages in the company's boardroom. A second crisis involves a domestic situation that results in Matt and Emily questioning a decision they had made during the standoff.

  • Series finale: Having broken up as a couple, Matt and Emily decide they want to break up as a team as well. So Cheryl sends Matt out without Emily to defuse a crisis involving a distraught filmmaker, who makes racy videos, and his equally distraught wife, who runs the business. But one hostage situation soon becomes two, and Cheryl must call in reinforcements.

  • A hostage crisis at a juvenile-detention center is sparked by a sensitive, intelligent teen who demands that the facility remain open. But his plans to keep the inmates from being transferred to a more crowded facility are thwarted by a thuggish teen. Meanwhile, Matt and Emily must fill out partner-evaluation forms. One question asks whether there's any situation the two can't resolve, and Matt answers no, but he does so before this situation unfolds.

  • Cheryl becomes personally involved in the case after the key witness in a federal money-laundering case and his wife are kidnapped and held hostage.

  • When a young boy is abducted from the Santa Monica Pier, Emily is thrown into the middle of the crisis. The situation becomes volatile when her personal life is brought into the public eye and she must confront her demons in order to save the child.

  • When a fanatic polygamous cult leader abducts one of his daughters, who had tried to escape, Matt and Emily track them and discover a plot for revenge that could lead to the deaths of many other people.

  • The tables are turned on Matt and Emily when a Mexican drug lord escapes during negotiations with Emily. The pair and two DEA agents soon catch the fugitive in an abandoned tavern in Mexico---then are surrounded by his cohorts while out of communication range with headquarters.

  • Just moments after she was fired, a worker at a credit union's headquarters takes a call at her desk---from an armed man in a branch office who wants to speak to her boss. But he has just left the office, and a hostage situation ensues. Meanwhile, Emily and Matt are at odds because she left his apartment early in the morning without waking him.

  • In a revenge-of-the-nerds case, Matt and Emily must negotiate with three armed teen geeks who have taken two athletes and a pretty girl hostage and are taunting them---live on a Web site they have set up via real-time video. And when CNU blocks the site, they threaten to kill the cool kids. For Emily, the case is personal: She had been bullied herself as a teen. Matt, on the other hand, had been a bully.

  • After a surrogate mother scams a desperate husband out $50,000 for her newborn baby, the distraught man takes matters into his own hands. He shoots the social worker who arranged the illegal adoption and then flees, taking the newborn child and the babysitter hostage. The resulting high-speed chase ends at the scam artists home, where, in an attempt to defend his actions, the man calls shock-jock radio personality Avery Steeles show and his plight goes live on the air throughout Los Angeles. Matt and Emily must enlist Steeles help to negotiate the crisis over the airwaves, but this power to the people jock is anything but cooperative.

  • When a mysterious sniper kills a string of random people, CNU is determined to find the snipers hideout. But when they catch a suspect and announce their success, a police captain is shot and they learn that the man in custody is actually copycat. With the real sniper on the loose, negotiations arent enough and Matt and Emily must work with Frank and Duff to catch the killer before he hurts one of them.

  • When a girl's health takes a turn for the worse, a young boy takes hostages in a hospital to force a surgeon to operate on his terminally ill sister. But the renowned doctor is on vacation, and the remaining surgeons refuse to perform such a complicated procedure without his help. With lives on the line, Matt and Emily must appeal to the doctor's past and the young boy's future in order to save the hostages and prevent the boy from doing something he will regret.

  • When a serial bank robber hits a string of banks along the California coast, Matt and Emily are determined to catch the thief. But when a confrontation at the next target bank goes awry and Emily becomes a hostage, Matt has trouble putting his personal feelings aside. The chase is on and after realizing that the suspects are a couple in love, Matt uses his knowledge of mixing business with pleasure to catch the robbers before Frank and the team take them out.

  • When Air Traffic Control error is blamed for a plane crash killing 180 people, the controller at fault hijacks the control tower in defense of his innocence. The stakes are high as dozens of planes circle above, but when Matt and Emily learn that the hijacker's wife is having an affair, the negotiators realize that the pressures at work aren't the only issues the hijacker is coping with. The situation hits a little too close to home as Matt and Emily get a glimpse of what could happen when personal lives get in the way of careers, and Emily pushes a hesitant Matt to go public with their relationship.

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