Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

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Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
GenreCrime drama
Created byDave Alan Johnson
Gary R. Johnson
StarringDeanne Bray
Yannick Bisson
Rick Peters
Enuka Okuma
Marc Gomes
Ted Atherton
Tara Samuel
Opening theme"Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes56 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 44-48 minutes
Production company(s)Pebblehut Productions
Paxson Entertainment
DistributorIntegrity Media
Broadcast
Original channelPAX
Original runOctober 13, 2002 (2002-10-13) – May 22, 2005
 
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Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
GenreCrime drama
Created byDave Alan Johnson
Gary R. Johnson
StarringDeanne Bray
Yannick Bisson
Rick Peters
Enuka Okuma
Marc Gomes
Ted Atherton
Tara Samuel
Opening theme"Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes56 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 44-48 minutes
Production company(s)Pebblehut Productions
Paxson Entertainment
DistributorIntegrity Media
Broadcast
Original channelPAX
Original runOctober 13, 2002 (2002-10-13) – May 22, 2005

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is an American television series that premiered in 2002 on the PAX Network. The show ended in May 2005 due to PAX's decision to halt the production of original programming. It was one of the two highest rated shows on the network.[1][2]

Premise[edit]

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is loosely based on the real life experience of Sue Thomas, a deaf woman whose ability to read lips landed her a job with an elite surveillance team at the FBI.

Production[edit]

The series was created by Dave Alan Johnson and Gary R. Johnson for Pebblehut Productions. They also created Doc starring Billy Ray Cyrus for PAX. Yuri Yakubiw was the cinematographer and Bill Layton was the art director. Though set in Washington D.C., except for some exterior scenery shots, all the episodes were shot in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and more than half of the cast and production crew were Canadian.

The series was once known as Lip Service. The show's theme song is "Who I Am", which is sung by Jessica Andrews and was written by Brett James and Troy Verges.

Cancellation[edit]

The abrupt ending to the show was due to PAX's decision to no longer produce original programming, rather than poor ratings. The last episode of the series ended with a title slate saying, "The End... for now."

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Sue Thomas[edit]

Sue Thomas[3] (played by Deanne Bray) is a young deaf woman who is able to communicate in both English and American Sign Language. She applies, and is accepted, for a position with the FBI in Washington, D.C. She leaves her home in Ohio and drives to Washington, picking up her first hearing dog, Levi, en route.

Thomas' parents are concerned that she will not be able to cope with life so far from everything she has known, despite the fact that they have strongly encouraged her in living in both a hearing and deaf environment. Her mother fought for her daughter to have every opportunity to live life to the fullest, which has made Sue a very independent young woman. She speaks, signs, reads lips, plays the piano and ice skates. Sue has a college degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.[4]

Thomas arrives at her job only to find she has been assigned to "Special Projects", with the mundane task of analyzing fingerprints. However, she has no intention of wasting her life examining fingerprints and marches into the personnel office to tell them exactly what she thinks. Having done this, she finds the man she has been telling off is not personnel, but a Special Agent, Jack Hudson. Impressed, Hudson meets her at lunch, where he tests her skills by having her lip-read Myles who is seated some distance away outside. After which, Thomas is taken on as part of Hudson's "team", and she becomes a Special Investigative Analyst.

Jack Hudson[edit]

Jack Hudson (played by Yannick Bisson) is the unit leader, and as such generally takes the lead in the team's cases. A lawyer from Wisconsin, he approaches his job as a Federal Agent with a burning drive. His experience as a sniper is revealed in the episode, "The Sniper". He is strongly attracted to Sue (who reciprocates) but unable to act due to their working relationship: he is her Training Agent and line manager. Everyone in the office can sense the extreme chemistry between the two, but Jack and Sue refuse to go against the Bureau's policy. In the last episode, during which Sue decides to leave, it becomes possible for them to get together. The two do have a firm, if complicated, friendship. His closest friends are Special Agents Manning and Gans.

Bobby Manning[edit]

Bobby Manning (played by Rick Peters) is a charming Australian. He provides a much-needed sense of humor and is best mates with Jack. They are similar ages and share a love of sports and the single life. Bobby is also a recovering gambling addict, and still attends Gamblers' Anonymous. However, only Jack knows about this, as it could effectively mean the end of Bobby's career with the FBI. In season three, Bobby split from his girlfriend of two seasons, journalist Darcy D'Angelo (Polly Shannon), when the latter accepted an offer of a high profile job in Los Angeles. Shortly after this, he and Tara discover a mutual attraction.They eventually kiss in the episide "Troy Story". Bobby is highly protective of the women he works with. When he was a child, his father left his mother, but she has since remarried. Bobby is close to both his mother and stepfather, who still live someplace in Australia. He is the only one in the office other than Myles who knows very few signs.

Dimitrius Gans[edit]

Dimitrius (played by Marc Gomes) is the father figure in the office, and the senior agent in terms of age and experience. He is the only married member of the team, and has two children: Tanya and Davy. In season two his wife, Donna, suffered a miscarriage of what would have been their third child. "D" often assumes the role of acting supervisor when the unit's normal supervisor is called out of the office.

Myles Leland III[edit]

Myles (played by Ted Atherton) is a Harvard-educated Bostonian with all the charm of a backbencher. He has a high opinion of both himself and his skills, and considers himself a cut above the rest of the team. He suffers a serious lack of a sense of humour, and is often the butt of the office jokes and other practical jokes. From the start he mistrusts Sue's place on the team and actively tries to have her removed. This backfires and Sue ends up saving Myles' place on the team. Over time Myles' relationship with Sue improved significantly, and the character becomes more relaxed in the office after his near-death experience. He once dated Lucy, but when she found out he was cheating on her, she dumped him. Their working relationship is polite, but frosty. Myles has a difficult relationship with his parents and only recently started forging a proper relationship with his sister, Anne.

Lucy Dotson[edit]

Lucy (played by Enuka Okuma) is Sue's roommate and best friend. She is the team rotor, the unit's office manager and "base coordinator." Lucy is a student of ASL. She is close to her mother, although her father died some years ago. She is also close to her paternal grandmother. Lucy also dated Myles briefly, which ended badly.

Tara Williams[edit]

Tara (played by Tara Samuel) is the unit's computer expert, adept at tracking perpetrators via bank records, computer hard drives, GPS tracking and other cyber-sources. Tara is a fully trained and armed Special Agent. However she can give the impression of being shy, dizzy, and a ditz when immersed in her world of computers. She is best friends with Lucy and Sue and they often go out together. She has dated Stanley Abbott, a steganographer who works for the National Security Agency. In a two-episode series, "The Actor" and "Planes, Trains, And Automobiles", Tara is interested in a movie star named Adam Kinsey. However, when Stanley shows up to help break a code and work with Tara, her relationship with Adam ends. In season three, she and Bobby Manning discover a mutual attraction.

Levi[edit]

Levi is Sue's hearing dog, a Golden Retriever. He is protective of Sue and loving to everyone. Several episodes find Levi in difficult and dramatic situations, such as getting lost in the city of D.C. or getting shot while trying to protect Sue. He is very clever and playful. The entire team adores him, which often leads to him being used to assist in minor pranks around the office. He is also a source of comfort during distressed or somber scenes in many episodes, usually placing his head on the suffering party's knee and whining empathetically.

Recurring[edit]

Cameos[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

The television series premiered in the United States in 2002 on PAX and Canada in 2003 on CTV. The show ended in May 2005 due to PAX's decision to no longer produce original programming. It was one of the two highest rated shows on PAX.[1][2]

In September 2009, Gospel Music Channel began running the show, airing Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. In October 2009, American Life Network began running the show, airing it Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. EST. But due to ALN's rebranding to Youtoo TV, the show was dropped. In 2010, it began airing on the Alibi network in the United Kingdom. Reruns also air regularly on CTV and VisionTV in Canada. In the United Kingdom, it airs on Alibi.

On September 9, 2012, INSP began airing the series.

DVD releases[edit]

Integrity Direct has begun releasing Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. Volume 1, featuring the first 11 episodes from season one was released on November 10, 2009.[5] Volumes 2–5, which feature the remaining season one episodes as well as all episodes from seasons two and three were released on May 18, 2010.[6][7] In addition, a complete series box set featuring all 56 episodes of the series was also released on May 18, 2010.

NOTE: Official DVDs of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye featuring all the episodes are available at www.suethomasdvd.com.[6]

DVD NameEp #Release date
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 111November 10, 2009
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 211May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 311May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 411May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 512May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: The Complete Series56May 18, 2010
EpisodeEp #Release dateTitle information
Pilot1Oct. 13, 2002
Bombs Away2Oct. 20, 2002“We’re off!” or “Look out!”
Assassins3Oct. 27, 2002
A Snitch in Time4Nov. 3, 2002pun on "a stitch in time saves nine" – fixing a mistake before it gets out of hand
The Signing5Nov. 10, 2002pun on movie “The Shining” – a different form of communication
A Blast from the Past6Nov. 24, 2002someone who returns after a long absence
Silent Night7Dec. 15, 2002a popular Christmas carol
Greed8Jan. 12, 2003one of the 7 deadly sins
Diplomatic Immunity9Jan. 19, 2003diplomats are given safe passage in another country and not susceptible to its laws
Dirty Bomb10Feb. 2, 2003a bomb leaving radioactive contamination
The Heist11Feb. 9, 2003robbery, holdup
The Leak12Feb. 16, 2003giving out secret information
Missing13Mar. 16, 2003
Prodigal Father14Apr. 6, 2003parody on the Bible story “the Prodigal Son”
He Said She Said15Apr. 27, 2003conflicting reports with no proof of who is telling the truth
The Hunter16May 4, 2003
The Fugitive17May 11, 2003TV series (and movie) about a man falsely accused of his wife's murder
Billy the Kid18May 18, 2003outlaw and gunman in the West
Girl Who Signed Wolf19Oct. 5, 2003pun on the fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”
Sniper20Oct. 12, 2003one who shoots at people from a concealed place
Homeland Security21Nov. 2, 2003efforts to protect the country against internal and external threats
Cold Case22Nov. 9, 2003a case so old that it is unlikely to ever be solved
The Newlywed Game: Part 123Nov. 16, 2003a game show to see how well spouses know each other
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Part 224Nov. 23, 2003
Bad Hair Day25Jan. 11, 2004a day when everything seems to go wrong, beginning with the hair
Political Agenda26Jan. 18, 2004politics interfering with day-to-day affairs
The Gambler27Feb. 8, 2004
Into Thin Air28Feb. 15, 2004part of the phrase "vanishing into thin air"
To Grandmother’s House We Go29Feb. 22, 2004part of the song “Over the River and Through the Woods”
The Lawyer30Apr. 4, 2004
The Holocaust Survivor31Apr. 11, 2004
The Mentor32Apr. 18, 2004a teacher
Rocket Man33Apr. 25, 2004movie and songs
Elvis is in the Building34May 2, 2004announcing a self-important person, typically a singer
Hit and Run35May 9, 2004attacking someone and running away
Concrete Evidence36May 16, 2004a sure-fire conviction
The Kiss37May 23, 2004
Adventures in Babysitting38Oct. 3, 2004a 1987 film
The Body Shop39Oct. 10, 2004a garage where vehicles are repaired
Skin Deep40Oct. 17, 2004from the phrase "beauty is only skin deep"
The New Mafia41Oct. 31, 2004
The Actor: Part 142Nov. 7, 2004
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Part 243Nov. 14, 2004
Simon Says44Nov. 21, 2004the children's game where everyone does what the leader says
Did She or Didn't She?45Nov. 28, 2004
Fraternity46Jan. 30, 2005a social "brotherhood" group, usually in college
Secret Agent Man: Part 147Feb 13, 2005
Spy Games: Part 248Feb. 20, 2005
Boy Meets World49Mar. 6, 2005a comedy TV show
False Profit50Mar. 13, 2005a pun on “false prophet”
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire51Apr. 3, 2005a game show based on answering questions for money
The Bounty Hunter52Apr. 17, 2005someone who catches criminals and turns them in for reward money
Troy Story53May 1, 2005a pun on the movie “Toy Story”
Mind Games54May 8, 2005games that exercise the intellect, or psychological manipulation
Bad Girls55May 15, 2005movie, TV show, songs, etc.
Endings and Beginnings56May 22, 2005

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