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"Crisis" marks NBC's final midseason premiere and one of the first truly engrossing episodes of new network programming seen in months. Plot twists, real tension and surprising emotions make this one of the best pilots of the year -- let's just hope that a semi-buried arrival doesn't kill the "Crisis" before its full potential can be reached.

When the tuition just isn't worth it

The show begins with the Ballard School. It's one of those ultra-high-end, D.C. academies that most of us only ever hear vague rumors of, the kind of place where Presidents and diplomats send their kids for education and around -the-clock protection.

Why so much protection? Let's just say that "Crisis" makes that all too clear.

A group of particularly important kids are going on a field trip to do community service in New York. The group includes class-president Amber, Us President's-son Kyle, smart and fat boy Anton, »

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