|Season 4, Episode 12|
|Air date||August 26, 2010|
Guilty As Charged is the twelfth and mid-season finale episode of the fourth season and the fifty-sixth episode overall.
- Bad Guys: Vaughn, John Barrett
As Michael prepares for his meeting with John Barrett, he also agrees to help a sleazy defense attorney whose daughter has been kidnapped, while Fi and Madelyn try to convince Jesse not to kill Michael for burning him.
The Native American practice of counting coup involves touching enemies in the battle field. The goal isn't to inflict damage, but to establish your superiority as a warrior. Infiltrating someone's security can serve a similar purpose. It's a not so subtle way of saying 'hi i'm not here to hurt you but i could hurt you really badly if i choose to'.
One simple but effective trick for identifying a tail is known in the spy trade as running errands. You drive to different locations and stop, going about ordinary business in areas with open parking lots while your team follows, keeping track of the cars at each stop. It doesn't matter how good your tail is. At a certain point, they're going to pop up more than once.
Defending a base is about allocating resources. Figuring out the most likely avenues of attack and placing all your manpower there. Which means less likely avenues of attack won't be as well defended. It worked for Hannibal when he went over the Alps to Italy and Lawrence of Arabia when he crossed the Nafud Desert to Aqaba. It's a technique that depends on surprise. Which means the only way it can go wrong is if the bad guys somehow know you're coming.
Contracting requirements mean specs for most government vehicles are easily available. If you want to build a prison transport van for example, you can get most of what you need from public websites. Add the paint scheme and logos of your own municipal government and your in business.
Fire engines and ambulances use traffic control devices to let traffic flow their way. They're fairly simple to use; strobing at a particular frequency that can be picked up by the traffic light. It's very illegal to use if you're a private citizen, but remarkably useful if you want to turn a red light green or with a little rewiring, a green light red.
Spies and magicians use many of the same techniques. They both know people trust their eyes more then they should, if someone thinks they know what they're looking at, they don't look too closely. A group can help sell the illusion, some flashily dressed assistants can draw the audience's eye where you want it to go. Plus a well placed explosive doesn't hurt much.
Whether it's with imprisoned spies, captured soldiers, or kidnapping victims, a hostage exchange is a delicate business. Tempers run hot and people are worried about being tricked or ripped off. If you happen to be tricking someone, you have all the more reason to be careful.
Any plan to grab a person has to strike a balance between resources and secrecy. The more resources you bring: people, weapons, vehicles, the easier the extraction will be. At the same time the more resources you have in the field, the higher your risk of exposure. You can only bring as much manpower and equipment as you can conceal. If the circumstances don't allow for much cover, the extraction can get very risky and very, very lonely.
Shooting through a friendly to hit a target is a tricky thing to pull off. There are only a few places in the human body that can take a gunshot without severing a major artery or destroying a vital organ.
There's a cold math to blood loss: the more you lose, the weaker you get and when you're on a clock like that; it pays to act, no matter how desperate your plan might be.
- Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen
- Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe
- Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne
- Coby Bell as Jesse Porter
- Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen
- Michael Rooker as Dale Lawson
- Danny Pino as Adam Scott
- Tommy Groth as Rudy
- Owen Harn as Vic
- Kellie Kessling as Becky
- This episode is the mid-season finale of the fourth season.
|Episodes | Season 4|
|Friends and Enemies • Fast Friends • Made Man • Breach of Faith • Neighborhood Watch • Entry Point • Past & Future Tense • Where There's Smoke • Center of the Storm • Hard Time • Blind Spot • Guilty As Charged • Eyes Open • Hot Property • Brotherly Love • Dead or Alive • Out of the Fire • Last Stand|