The Unit (2006–2009)
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The team goes under cover at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon seeking evidence of the sale of nuclear materials by Russia to Iran. Tiffy is observed meeting someone at a hotel.


David Mamet


Eric L. Haney (book), David Mamet (creator) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Haysbert ... Jonas Blane
Regina Taylor ... Molly Blane
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Tom Ryan
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Kim Brown
Max Martini ... Mack Gerhardt
Abby Brammell ... Tiffy Gerhardt
Michael Irby ... Charles Grey (credit only)
Demore Barnes ... Hector Williams (credit only)
Scott Foley ... Bob Brown
Alexa Fischer ... Sophie
Marshall Manesh ... Bijan
Navid Negahban ... Faheed
Sarah Lafleur ... Mrs. Johnson
Colm Meaney ... Charge D'Affaires
Christina Gianaris ... Mandy


The team goes under cover at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon seeking evidence of the sale of nuclear materials by Russia to Iran. Tiffy is observed meeting someone at a hotel.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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English | Persian | Russian

Release Date:

11 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The house (exterior) used as the Iranian Embassy is also used in the HBO series Entourage (2004) as Vincent Chase's house. See more »


Colm Meaney plays the charge d'affaires of the US embassy in Beirut. When lecturing Blane, he says that "diplomacy is different to kicking in the door." Meaney has fallen back on the British English variant; an American would have said "diplomacy is different from kicking in the door." See more »


[last lines]
Tiffy Gerhardt: C'mon in out of the cold, Colonel.
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Fired Up
Written by Robert Duncan
This is used as the theme in seasons 1 and 2.
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Nobody's Perfect, But Aren't These People Supposed To Have Character?
17 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The team is in Beruit, Lebanon, trying to find out if the Russians are selling technology to the Iranians which would enable the latter to make nuclear bombs. Jonas, Mack and Bob are working with an Arabic woman is supposed to help plant a listening device so that the Americans will be privy to private speech, telling them what's what regarding this possible technology problem.

The second story involves the problem of wives or any other family members accidentally divulging any information about the Unit because over 100 guys have died in the last year thanks to careless remarks. Colonel Ryan reads the riot act and tells all the women that if one more incident of this - anything more than "have a good day is said to anyone outside this room," he will take the program and start from scratch somewhere else.

Meanwhile, back in Beirut, Brown is told a change of plans has him now outside of the building because he's a risk. His passport shows he's made five trips to Israel, Jonas is told, and the other side must know this....and so he probably is Jewish and he could damage this mission just by having the Iranians know this.

Two bad things about this episode: 1 - I guessed correctly what was really going on, so it couldn't have been too clever; 2 - Three of the seven leading characters in this TV show are shown - particularly in this episode - to be brutal liars (the Colonel, Tiffy and Molly) and/or people without morals, even though they all speak a big game.

I was misled early on watching this series that these are people of extremely high character, but apparently Hollywood writers (David Mamet, in this case) wouldn't know real "character" if it hit them in the face. Sad to see, and it takes away from credibility of these brave men and women.

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