Michael Westen: [narration] When you're being hunted, paranoia is inevitable. if you don't know what to do with it, it turns into cold, directionless fear. With the right training, it turns into hyper-awareness of your surroundings. Not always pleasant, but a lot more useful.
Michael Westen: [narration] Securing a room isn't about walls. A determined captive can kick through plasterboard, but he can't bite through steel bars, or pry out screws with his fingers. Though it might be fun to watch him try...
[Sam questions an imprisoned enforcer in a medical scam]
Michael Westen: [narration] There's a saying in interrogation: "Violence perceived is violence achieved." You don't want someone screaming, you want him asking questions - asking, "What is he doing with that knife?"
Sam Axe: [cuts his own thumb] Oh, wow!
Michael Westen: [narration] Asking, "If he'll do that to himself, what will he do to me?"
[Sam Axe drips blood from his thumb onto the man's face as he squirms in terror]
Michael Westen: [narration] Mostly you want him asking, "How do I make this stop?"
Michael Westen: [narration] Nearly getting killed shakes you up, no matter how much experience you have. Brushes with death are like snowflakes. Each one is unique, and icy cold.
Michael Westen: [narration] The "Who talks first?" interrogation technique originally involved taking two blindfolded prisoners up in a helicopter and tossing one out to get the other to talk.
[Sam shoots holes in the windows in front of two blindfolded men tied to chairs]
Michael Westen: [narration] When a helicopter's not available, any tall building will do.
Fiona Glenanne: [playing with plastic army men with wide-eyed boy] Hmm, my guy has an M2 Browning 50 caliber. It's a belt-fed weapon, so it's big and hard to hide, but it's got good range though. So I think he would shoot from up here.
Fiona Glenanne: Let me see your guy. Okay, your guy has a Mark 2 Pineapple Fragmentation grenade. Short range. So he needs a really, really good hiding place.
[looking all around]
Fiona Glenanne: In the flower pot. Let's see if we can get you some more tactical support.
[dumps rest of toys on floor]
Michael Westen: [narration] When you're a spy, you learn to live with the idea of people wanting you dead - an old enemy, a dissatisfied employer, a disgruntled asset. Work long enough, and the line to kill you gets pretty long. Still, getting blown up isn't really something you get used to.
[Sam finds Michael unconscious on the ground after he's narrowly avoided a bomb planted on his front door]
Sam Axe: Mike? Mike! Mike!
Michael Westen: [weakly] What - ?
Sam Axe: [stops Michael from moving] Don't try it. Don't try that. You just took a pretty bad fall.
Sam Axe: [looking up at the landing and blown-out entrance to Michael's loft] Uh, make that a *very* bad fall.
[Sam helps Michael get to his feet outside his loft, and they look at the dented roof of Michael's car, which broke Michael's fall]
Sam Axe: I think your car saved your life, Mike.
Michael Westen: Not the first time.
[On the run from Carla's goons, Michael stops Sam as he observes a man about to cross the street]
Michael Westen: [narration] Distinguishing between different kinds of suspicious behavior is crucial for an operative.
Sam Axe: Surveillance?
Michael Westen: Not surveillance, Sam.
[Michael runs to the man, and pulls him out of the path of an oncoming truck]
Michael Westen: [narrating] Someone doing surveillance, for example, looks different than someone who's trying to commit suicide.