A pair of hostage negotiators try to resist their budding attraction to each other.
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 Matt Flannery (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Emily Lehman (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Cheryl Carrera (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Frank Rogers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Lia Mathers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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 Duff Gonzalez (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
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There's no crisis situation they can't handle... unless it involves each other. Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman are the top-ranked negotiators in the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU). They're trained to talk their way through volatile situations. They're experts at knowing what makes other people tick. They're also sleeping together... a secret that they agreed to keep to themselves, until Matt revealed it to the entire world during a tense hostage standoff. The public revelation causes friction between Matt, who doesn't take much seriously and relies on gut instinct, and Emily, an academic who analyzes every move. Their relationship also gets them into major trouble with their boss, Cheryl Carrera, head of the Los Angeles CNU, and raises eyebrows among their CNU colleagues, including intelligence officer Lia Mathers. While Matt and Emily should be split up for being romantically involved, they're too valuable as a team. Together, they're among the best in their field; Cheryl knows ... Written by Anonymous

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After meeting during the production of this show Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt began dating. After a three year relationship they were married on November 2nd, 2009. See more »

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Emily Lehman: Trying to negotiate with him there will be like trying to diffuse a bomb with a Gremlin sitting on my shoulder pulling my hair.
Matt Flannery: Why is the Gremlin pulling your hair?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Family Gay (2009) See more »

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Amazing, but not given any chance by FOX
12 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Standoff could definitely shine if it was given a chance. It has just enough action to satisfy you but not too much and the writers make the character plots interesting but not overpowering. It is too bad that FOX refuses to give great show a chance. THis is an amazing show but of course FOX doesn't give chances to any shows except the popular ones. The only complaint I have on this show is that it doesn't show enough of Matt and Emily's relationship. It is very witty and has a few funny lines that keep it real. This is an awesome show that deserves a chance. This show is about two hostage negotiators who have a secret relationship and can't show it in the office. When Matt admits the relationship over the radio to a hostage taker (ht)the whole office knows and his FBI job is in trouble as well as his partners. Matt and Emily obviously care about each other and have trouble hiding it. They have to deal with dating and saving hostages from kidnappers, upset teens, bank robbers and saving themselves from some Mexican Drug traffickers. (only in one episode). It is an amazing show that is not given the time of day. Literally FOX puts it in the Friday 9/8 c death time slot. So of course no new viewers are going to find it. It is also being threatened by rumors that it has been canceled which is ruining and lessening it's veiwership. It has not been canceled by FOX .


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