A pair of hostage negotiators try to resist their budding attraction to each other.
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Series cast summary:
...  Matt Flannery 18 episodes, 2006-2007
...  Emily Lehman 18 episodes, 2006-2007
...  Cheryl Carrera 18 episodes, 2006-2007
...  Frank Rogers 18 episodes, 2006-2007
...  Lia Mathers 18 episodes, 2006-2007
...  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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The vast majority of the cases shown would not be handled by the FBI. Since they involve state-level crimes local law enforcement such as the LAPD would handle them. The LAPD was an early adopter of the SWAT program. A notable exception was in Standoff: Partners in Crime when bank robbery was involved, as the FBI investigates bank robbery. 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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Ron Livingston Rocks!
2 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Working for a TV station, I was lucky enough to get to see the first episode of this show. It's a smart and funny show that I hope continues in this direction. It's two lead actors, Ron Livingston and Rosemarie Dewitt, play their roles as crisis negotiators very well. I only hope that the writing continues to be as strong in progressive episodes as it was in the pilot.

Being a big fan of "harder edge" shows like 24, The Shield, & The Sopranos, I was surprised to find I really enjoyed this show. I've been a big fan of Ron Livingston's since he had a side role in Swingers back in '96, and while I haven't seen much featuring Rosemarie Dewitt, I thought she provided a perfect foil for Ron Livingston's dry wit.

Overall, I'd rate the show an 8 out of 10, only because I've only seen the first episode so far. I hope they continue to build on the relationship between the two lead characters and keep the level of writing high.


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