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Bread and Circuses 

Nathan James's crew searches for a precious item leading them to a strange place of opulence and violence where they cross paths with a most unexpected ally.


Bobby Roth


Hank Steinberg (created by), Steven Kane (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Dane ... Tom Chandler
Adam Baldwin ... Captain Mike Slattery
Bridget Regan ... Sasha Cooper
Charles Parnell ... CMC Jeter
Travis Van Winkle ... Lt. Danny Green
Marissa Neitling ... Lt. Kara Foster
Christina Elmore ... Lt. Alisha Granderson
Jocko Sims ... Lt. Carlton Burk
Bren Foster ... SCPO Wolf Taylor
Kevin Michael Martin ... Miller
Anthony Azizi ... Omar
Adam Irigoyen ... Ray
Jonathan Howard ... Fletcher
Jodie Turner-Smith ... Sgt. Azima Kandie
Jackson Rathbone ... Giorgio


Nathan James's crew searches for a precious item leading them to a strange place of opulence and violence where they cross paths with a most unexpected ally.

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27 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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The episode title, "Bread and Circuses", is a term used in politics to describe a leader who gains the support of the general public, not through means of good public service or policy but by either distracting them and/or serving only their base, immediate needs. For instance the group of people Chandler has infiltrated use handing out food (bread) in exchange for them fighting one another for entertainment (circuses) which in turn keeps them distracted from noticing the nefarious and illegal activities that they are up to. See more »


The Algerian helicopter has a U.S. registration number (beginning with "N") See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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A boring one
11 October 2017 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

The least inspired episode of season 4 so far, "Bread and Circuses" has a mini-coliseum fighting arena, some suspect acting and a plot that goes in circles to end... well, you know the shape of a circle.

Chandler continues his career as a boxer, with a side job as a spy. It makes no sense, but, well, OK, let's accept it. The Nathan James's crew searches for the seeds, but fails miserable in its job. Of course, the bad guys get the seeds and, well... they are going to sell them. Anyone can infer to whom are they planning to sell the seeds.

The episode is, to put it simply, boring. The fights are tiresome after three episodes of them, Chandler is not in so great a shape as to be invincible, and his arc makes no much sense (in particular, his boss's love for him). And the search of the seeds lacks energy and it is not gripping enough. It is just an excuse for ho-hum shootings, with little intensity or passion in the proceedings. Let's see how this continues, but without heart, bread and circuses will not be enough to keep the viewer's interest.

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