Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

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Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
Genre Crime drama
Created by Dave Alan Johnson
Gary R. Johnson
Starring Deanne Bray
Yannick Bisson
Rick Peters
Enuka Okuma
Marc Gomes
Ted Atherton
Tara Samuel
Opening theme "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 56 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 44–48 minutes
Production company(s) Pebblehut Productions
Paxson Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel PAX
Original run October 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]

  • Ted Garrett (Eugene Clark) – The team's supervisor, beginning with the season one episode "The Signing" through the midpoint of season three (16 episodes)
  • Charlie Adams (Jack Jessop) – Friend of Sue's, who owns a garage and filling station (9 episodes)
  • Howie Fines (Jonathan Wilson) – Sue's first informant, a talkative sanguine, whose eager attitude often annoys the agents (8 episodes)
  • Randy Pitts (Ed Sahely) – The bespectacled, nasal, and cynical finance manager who often clashes with Myles and occasionally the entire office (6 episodes)
  • Troy Meyers (Troy Kotsur) – Reformed criminal who works for Charlie, played by Deanne Bray's husband (5 episodes)
  • Stan Eldridge (Charles W. Gray) – The team's first supervisor (in the pilot and 4 more episodes)
  • Amanda Duffman (Sammi Bourgeois) – A deaf girl who befriends Sue (4 episodes)

Cameos[edit]

  • Sue Thomas (the "real" one) appears in the episode "Billy The Kid". Thomas, a consultant of the show, plays a deaf actress named Deanne (the first name of Bray). She meets Sue Thomas (Bray) in the hospital and has a quick chat with her. She also plays the role in the final episode.
  • Chantal Craig, who is married to Bisson (who plays Jack Hudson), appears in the episodes "The Signing", "Missing" and "The Hunter" as Lt./Det. Diana Grove.

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 Alibi in the United Kingdom. Reruns also air regularly on CTV and VisionTV in Canada.

On September 9, 2012, INSP began airing the series. On October 1, 2012, BYUtv added the series to their broadcast schedule.

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 Name Ep # Release date
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 1 11 November 10, 2009
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 2 11 May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 3 11 May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 4 11 May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Volume 5 12 May 18, 2010
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: The Complete Series 56 May 18, 2010
Episode Ep # Release date Title information
Pilot 1 Oct. 13, 2002
Bombs Away 2 Oct. 20, 2002 “We’re off!” or “Look out!”
Assassins 3 Oct. 27, 2002
A Snitch in Time 4 Nov. 3, 2002 pun on "a stitch in time saves nine" – fixing a mistake before it gets out of hand
The Signing 5 Nov. 10, 2002 pun on movie “The Shining” – a different form of communication
A Blast from the Past 6 Nov. 24, 2002 someone who returns after a long absence
Silent Night 7 Dec. 15, 2002 a popular Christmas carol
Greed 8 Jan. 12, 2003 one of the 7 deadly sins
Diplomatic Immunity 9 Jan. 19, 2003 diplomats are given safe passage in another country and not susceptible to its laws
Dirty Bomb 10 Feb. 2, 2003 a bomb leaving radioactive contamination
The Heist 11 Feb. 9, 2003 robbery, holdup
The Leak 12 Feb. 16, 2003 giving out secret information
Missing 13 Mar. 16, 2003
Prodigal Father 14 Apr. 6, 2003 parody on the Bible story “the Prodigal Son”
He Said She Said 15 Apr. 27, 2003 conflicting reports with no proof of who is telling the truth
The Hunter 16 May 4, 2003
The Fugitive 17 May 11, 2003 TV series (and movie) about a man falsely accused of his wife's murder
Billy the Kid 18 May 18, 2003 outlaw and gunman in the West
Girl Who Signed Wolf 19 Oct. 5, 2003 pun on the fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”
Sniper 20 Oct. 12, 2003 one who shoots at people from a concealed place
Homeland Security 21 Nov. 2, 2003 efforts to protect the country against internal and external threats
Cold Case 22 Nov. 9, 2003 a case so old that it is unlikely to ever be solved
The Newlywed Game: Part 1 23 Nov. 16, 2003 a game show to see how well spouses know each other
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Part 2 24 Nov. 23, 2003
Bad Hair Day 25 Jan. 11, 2004 a day when everything seems to go wrong, beginning with the hair
Political Agenda 26 Jan. 18, 2004 politics interfering with day-to-day affairs
The Gambler 27 Feb. 8, 2004
Into Thin Air 28 Feb. 15, 2004 part of the phrase "vanishing into thin air"
To Grandmother’s House We Go 29 Feb. 22, 2004 part of the song “Over the River and Through the Woods”
The Lawyer 30 Apr. 4, 2004
The Holocaust Survivor 31 Apr. 11, 2004
The Mentor 32 Apr. 18, 2004 a teacher
Rocket Man 33 Apr. 25, 2004 movie and songs
Elvis is in the Building 34 May 2, 2004 announcing a self-important person, typically a singer
Hit and Run 35 May 9, 2004 attacking someone and running away
Concrete Evidence 36 May 16, 2004 a sure-fire conviction
The Kiss 37 May 23, 2004
Adventures in Babysitting 38 Oct. 3, 2004 a 1987 film
The Body Shop 39 Oct. 10, 2004 a garage where vehicles are repaired
Skin Deep 40 Oct. 17, 2004 from the phrase "beauty is only skin deep"
The New Mafia 41 Oct. 31, 2004
The Actor: Part 1 42 Nov. 7, 2004
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Part 2 43 Nov. 14, 2004
Simon Says 44 Nov. 21, 2004 the children's game where everyone does what the leader says
Did She or Didn't She? 45 Nov. 28, 2004
Fraternity 46 Jan. 30, 2005 a social "brotherhood" group, usually in college
Secret Agent Man: Part 1 47 Feb 13, 2005
Spy Games: Part 2 48 Feb. 20, 2005
Boy Meets World 49 Mar. 6, 2005 a comedy TV show
False Profit 50 Mar. 13, 2005 a pun on “false prophet”
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 51 Apr. 3, 2005 a game show based on answering questions for money
The Bounty Hunter 52 Apr. 17, 2005 someone who catches criminals and turns them in for reward money
Troy Story 53 May 1, 2005 a pun on the movie “Toy Story”
Mind Games 54 May 8, 2005 games that exercise the intellect, or psychological manipulation
Bad Girls 55 May 15, 2005 movie, TV show, songs, etc.
Endings and Beginnings 56 May 22, 2005

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