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* Madeline's "interrogation" of the pilot in "The Hunter". Guy withstands all of Sam's experience and Fiona's threats, but facing a very angry mom who [[BewareTheNiceOnes never, ever raises her voice]] and offers him a cigarette? Madeline walks back with the information they need. Sam and Fi's dumbfounded looks when she walks calmly back into the kitchen (while they're still arguing over how to break the guy) would be epic enough, but her follow-up line just pushes it over into CrowningMomentOfAwesome:

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* Madeline's "interrogation" of the pilot in "The Hunter". Guy withstands all of Sam's experience and Fiona's threats, but facing a very angry mom who [[BewareTheNiceOnes never, ever raises her voice]] and offers him a cigarette? Madeline walks back with the information they need. Sam and Fi's dumbfounded looks when she walks calmly back into the kitchen (while they're still arguing over how to break the guy) would be epic enough, but her follow-up line just pushes it over into CrowningMomentOfAwesome:SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome:



-->'''Jesse''': ''(Adamantly)'' '''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Yeah. They are.]]'''

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-->'''Jesse''': ''(Adamantly)'' '''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming '''[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Yeah. They are.]]'''

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* Maddie walking into the CIA and calmly, almost casually blackmailing a CIA officer (who trained Michael) into giving her information.

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* Michael's BadassBoast to Rebecca in "Split Decision."
-->'''Michael''': Until he met me, Anson Fullerton was running an international conspiracy with hundreds of operatives and billions of dollars. And then I swore to take him down. Now, he's off hiding in some spider-hole under an assumed name, and you're all he has left. So you go ask him if I keep my promises!


** Michael knocking out a Russian security specialist with nothing but a wet towel, a couple of rocks, and some vicious hand-to-hand skills.



* The kidnapped tech in "Necessary Evil" jamming his own hand into a lit Bunsen burner to give Sam and Jesse a reason to stick around and rescue him and his daughter, and then continually telling the warlord holding him and his daughter hostage bald-faced lies with no training whatsoever.



-->'''Riley''': These people aren't your family, Jesse.

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-->'''Riley''': [[EvilCannotComprehendGood These people aren't your family, Jesse.]]


* An OffscreenMomentOfAwesome for a villain in 4x03, "Made Man." Team Westen needs to bring down a mob boss named Tony, so they convince the boss they've got an army to back him up, so he goes after his rival Gio. They ambush the rival's car, and Tony gets out and confronts Gio and three of his bodyguards. Midway through the confrontation, the "army" packs up and drives off, leaving Tony standing there alone facing down four men with guns and strong opinions. The scene ends with [[BolivianArmyEnding Tony raising his weapon and opening fire in a blaze of enraged defiance.]] And at the end of the episode, it is said that Tony was arrested for killing Gio, meaning that he ''survived'' a gunfight with four armed opponents by himself with no vehicle, backup, or cover.



* Natalie the thief finally getting caught.
-->'''Fiona''': Clean yourself up. You look like hell.



* An OffscreenMomentOfAwesome for a villain in 4x03, "Made Man." Team Westen needs to bring down a mob boss named Tony, so they convince the boss they've got an army to back him up, so he goes after his rival Gio. They ambush the rival's car, and Tony gets out and confronts Gio and three of his bodyguards. Midway through the confrontation, the "army" packs up and drives off, leaving Tony standing there alone facing down four men with guns and strong opinions. The scene ends with [[BolivianArmyEnding Tony raising his weapon and opening fire in a blaze of enraged defiance.]] And at the end of the episode, it is said that Tony was arrested for killing Gio, meaning that he ''survived'' a gunfight with four armed opponents by himself with no vehicle, backup, or cover.
* Natalie the thief finally getting caught.
-->'''Fiona''': Clean yourself up. You look like hell.


** Sam ''taking a police officer hostage'' to get him to where he needs to be to FrameTheGuiltyParty, all out of loyalty to a fallen friend.

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** Sam ''taking a police officer hostage'' to get him to where he needs to be to FrameTheGuiltyParty, get the bad guy arrested, all out of loyalty to a fallen friend.


-->'''Michael''': You never heard of me because I've never been caught. I've never been caught because I'm careful. That means if a junkie loser comes to me with a deal, I'm smart enough to kill him before he starts jawing off. Just like when a dirty cop comes to me with a deal, that dirty cop doesn't get to walk away! ("Tosses lighter into a ring of gasoline, surrounding the pair within a wall of fire.")

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-->'''Michael''': You never heard of me because I've never been caught. I've never been caught because I'm careful. That means if a junkie loser comes to me with a deal, I'm smart enough to kill him before he starts jawing off. Just like when a dirty cop comes to me with a deal, that dirty cop doesn't get to walk away! ("Tosses ''[Tosses a lighter into a ring of gasoline, surrounding the pair within a wall of fire.")fire]''



** Really, the only downside to this and other incredibly cool scenes the team put on during the course of a job, is that, as Michael states later in the episode, the stunts sometimes work a little ''too'' well on the mark, rendering them paranoid or awestruck depending on circumstance. Still, you don't want to pass up the opportunity to show off your awseome acting chops while on the job!

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** Really, the only downside to this and other incredibly cool scenes the team put on during the course of a job, is that, as Michael states later in the episode, the stunts sometimes work a little ''too'' well on the mark, rendering them paranoid or awestruck depending on circumstance. Still, you don't want to pass up the opportunity to show off your awseome awesome acting chops while on the job!job!
** Sam ''taking a police officer hostage'' to get him to where he needs to be to FrameTheGuiltyParty, all out of loyalty to a fallen friend.
-->'''Sam''': Now you listen to me, Lieutenant. For the sake of a good man who was my friend and your brother on the force, ''do not make me ask you again.''
-->'''Lt. Briggs''': I'll have you crucified for this.
-->'''Sam''': When this is done, if you feel the need to crucify me I will climb up on that cross myself. But please, don't do it until after we visit Kevin's house.

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** In the other plot of the same episode, Fiona gets herself kidnapped with a high-society woman and talks the kidnappers into giving her everything she needs to escape, involving [[NoodleImplements a light bulb, some vodka, and a stick of chewing gum]] to get the drop on the lead kidnapper. Bonus points for Sam bursting in and taking out the man's backup by smashing him through a wall. It's wrapped up with Michael managing to bluff the kidnappers into a corner with a fake bomb and ''forcing them to call the cops on themselves.''


** [[spoiler: Hell, Michael's last words to Strickler is one of this troper's favorite lines in the entire series.]]

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** The moment Michael flips from panicked and angry ex-boyfriend to TranquilFury-fueled spy on a RoaringRampageOfRescue, accompanied by a musical sting. [[spoiler: Hell, Michael's last words to Strickler is one of this troper's favorite lines in the entire series.]]

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* From "Family Business":
** Michael impersonates an ArmsDealer and demonstrates some "plastic explosive" (one block is real, the rest is bricks of cake icing in plastic) with an UnflinchingWalk.
--->'''Michael''': Are we in business?


* Michael retrieving the "package" for Ayn is equal parts awesome and completely terrifying. ''Do not mess with Michael Westin's family.''

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* Michael retrieving the "package" for Ayn is equal parts awesome and completely terrifying. ''Do not mess with Michael Westin's Westen's family.''

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* "[[SpySpeak It's]] [[CovertDistressCode time]] [[PreAssKickingOneLiner to]] [[PreMortemOneLiner be]] [[MoreDakka brave]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath little]] [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill angel.]]"


* Even though [[spoiler: he's revealed to be a DirtyCoward in the end]], James's operative Ben has one utterly darkly awesome moment. In "Bitter Pill," the team captures the terrorist who poisoned a diplomat, and are trying to get him to give up the antidote. Ben reveals that he has no interest in playing nice by ''injecting the man with his own poison'' to motivate him. Sure it's disturbing just how quickly he's willing to stoop to such a thing. But it's also ridiculously BadAss.

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* Even though [[spoiler: he's revealed to be a DirtyCoward in the end]], James's operative Ben has one utterly darkly awesome moment. In "Bitter Pill," the team captures the terrorist who poisoned a diplomat, and are trying to get him to give up the antidote. Ben reveals that he has no interest in playing nice by ''injecting the man with his own poison'' to motivate him. Sure it's disturbing just how quickly he's willing to stoop to such a thing. But it's also ridiculously BadAss.badass.


** Let's not forget about Nate Westen in the A-plot either -- first hotwiring and driving off with a stolen [[CoolCar '69 GTO]] [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to keep both Michael and the [[VictimOfTheWeek Client of the Week]] from being executed, '''then''' [[spoiler: disassembling said car, and ''reassembling it, piece by piece, right in the VillainOfTheWeek's own backyard'' in order to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the guilty party]]]]. {{Badass}} takes on many different forms.

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** Let's not forget about Nate Westen in the A-plot either -- first hotwiring and driving off with a stolen [[CoolCar '69 GTO]] [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to keep both Michael and the [[VictimOfTheWeek Client of the Week]] from being executed, '''then''' [[spoiler: disassembling said car, and ''reassembling it, piece by piece, right in the VillainOfTheWeek's own backyard'' in order to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the guilty party]]]]. {{Badass}} Badass takes on many different forms.


** In the middle of the episode, there was also a great scene where Michael, still undercover as a nerd who's serving as a man-on-the-inside for a gang of pirates, sets up a boat heist for them, with team ally Virgil serving as the boat captain. When he finds out at the last minute that the gang plans to kill Virgil, he improvises a plan with just a few seconds of planning: He first demands a gun ("there might be people shooting, I wanna be able to shoot back!"), then gets to Virgil before they can, fake-panics and fires ''near'' (but not at) Virgil. Virgil, given no other warning except "Go with this," executes his part and fakes being shot without a hitch.

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** In the middle of the episode, there was also a great scene where Michael, still undercover as a nerd who's serving as a man-on-the-inside for a gang of pirates, sets up a boat heist for them, with team ally Virgil serving as the boat captain. When he finds out at the last minute that the gang plans to kill Virgil, he improvises a plan with just a few seconds of planning: He first demands a gun ("there ("There might be people shooting, I wanna be able to shoot back!"), then gets to Virgil before they can, fake-panics and fires ''near'' (but not at) Virgil. Virgil, given no other warning except "Go with this," executes his part and fakes being shot without a hitch.



* "Bad Breaks" is pretty much a whirlpool of awesome for everyone. The woman Sam's courting seems largely unfazed by his side job, Bly's return, [[spoiler:Michael using the baddie's tools and random stuff found in a bank office against them to the point that they think the bank is literally cursed, Sam's bluff as a scary underground criminal king pin, Michael's quiet little speech[[note]]''"There's a place between life and death, it's amazing how long a man can linger there."''[[/note]], and Fi blowing up the truck and then sipping coffee.]]

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* "Bad Breaks" is pretty much a whirlpool of awesome for everyone. The woman Sam's courting seems largely unfazed by his side job, Bly's return, [[spoiler:Michael using the baddie's tools and random stuff found in a bank office against them to the point that they think the bank is literally cursed, Sam's bluff as a scary underground criminal king pin, Michael's quiet little speech[[note]]''"There's speech,[[note]]''"There's a place between life and death, it's amazing how long a man can linger there."''[[/note]], "''[[/note]] and Fi blowing up the truck and then sipping coffee.]]



[{{Beat}}, as Michael leans forward as if to close the door.]\\
--> '''Michael''': ...I'll take my chances. [[[spoiler: He jumps out of the helicopter.]]]
* Sam and Michael's reverse-interrogation of a diamond smuggler who's kidnapped a little boy in 3x02, "Questions and Answers". [[spoiler: Sam plays a corrupt cop who enlists the kidnapper to "help him interrogate" a druggie who supposedly has information about a plan to double-cross the kidnapper. Michael is the druggie. The actual interrogation is one big masterful game of XanatosSpeedChess between Michael and Sam pretty much making the entire thing up on the spot, culminating in Michael "escaping" to save the boy and Sam [[MexicanStandoff tricking]] the kidnappers into shooting each other.]]
** That episode also had a Crowning Moment for the ''client'' (the boy's father, whom the kidnappers were trying to leverage into giving them info to pull off a heist): [[spoiler: The father has to set up a meeting with the kidnapper so that Sam and Mike can ID the guy. One glance in the wrong direction, and the kidnapper might realize he's being watched. The father--a civilian with NO training in withstanding forceful methods--takes a beating without slipping up; the only person he looks at is the kidnapper, and the determined look on his face as he looks in the kidnapper in the eye and tells him he's told no one is downright inspiring. Michael's voice over even comments on it with a tone of respect. Some PapaWolf methods are subtler than others.]]

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[{{Beat}}, ({{Beat}}, as Michael leans forward as if to close the door.]\\
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'''Michael''': ...I'll take my chances. [[[spoiler: He [[spoiler: (He jumps out of the helicopter.]]]
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* Sam and Michael's reverse-interrogation of a diamond smuggler who's who kidnapped a little boy in 3x02, "Questions and Answers". [[spoiler: Sam plays a corrupt cop who enlists the kidnapper to "help him interrogate" a druggie who supposedly has information about a plan to double-cross the kidnapper. Michael is the druggie. The actual interrogation is one big masterful game of XanatosSpeedChess between Michael and Sam pretty much making the entire thing up on the spot, culminating in Michael "escaping" to save the boy and Sam [[MexicanStandoff tricking]] the kidnappers into shooting each other.]]
** That episode also had a Crowning Moment for the ''client'' (the boy's father, whom the kidnappers were trying to leverage into giving them info to pull off a heist): [[spoiler: The father has to set up a meeting with the kidnapper so that Sam and Mike can ID the guy. One glance in the wrong direction, and the kidnapper might realize he's being watched. The father--a father, a civilian with NO training in withstanding forceful methods--takes methods, takes a beating without slipping up; the up. The only person he looks at is the kidnapper, and the determined look on his face as he looks in the kidnapper him in the eye and tells him he's told no one no-one is downright inspiring. Michael's voice over even comments on it with a tone of respect. Some PapaWolf methods are subtler than others.]]



** Indeed. Madeline Westen proved where her son's awesome-genes came from in that scene. As Michael said in a season 2 ep, "Violence perceived is violence achieved."

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** Indeed. Madeline Westen proved where her son's awesome-genes came from in that scene. As Michael said in a season 2 ep, episode, "Violence perceived is violence achieved."



-->'''Michael''': [[spoiler: Fiona's not my past.]]

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-->'''Michael''': --->'''Michael''': [[spoiler: Fiona's not my past.]]



-->'''"Luis"''': ''(snaps fingers, wall blows open to reveal a drug van)'' That one.

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-->'''"Luis"''': ''(snaps ''(Snaps fingers, wall blows open to reveal a drug van)'' That one.



-->'''Rincon''': Go to hell.
-->'''"Luis"''': Come with me.

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-->'''Rincon''': --->'''Rincon''': Go to hell.
-->'''"Luis"''': --->'''"Luis"''': Come with me.



-->'''Sam:''' ''(Alexi, a Spetsnaz operative he's interrogating, spits at his feet.)'' Oh, I get it. Yeah, I could slap you around all day, and you're still not gonna talk, are you? ''(Alexi smiles smugly)'' You know Michael Westen? ''(Cue Mike walking up to Alexi from his side)'' Is he your target?\\

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-->'''Sam:''' --->'''Sam:''' ''(Alexi, a Spetsnaz operative he's interrogating, spits at his feet.)'' Oh, I get it. Yeah, I could slap you around all day, and you're still not gonna talk, are you? ''(Alexi smiles smugly)'' You know Michael Westen? ''(Cue Mike walking up to Alexi from his side)'' Is he your target?\\



'''Sam:''' I don't know about that. ''(Mike shows Alexi his license)''\\

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'''Sam:''' I don't know about that. ''(Mike shows Alexi his license)''\\license.)''\\



'''Mike:''' ''(In Russian)'' Do you have a brother? I shot a man once...who looked like you. In Kiev. In '93 I think. I'm sure you heard about it. The Spetsnaz team...that tried to sell a warhead. Nobody...ever saw them...again. ''(OhCrap look from Alexi)'' That was a good winter for me. ''(laughs)''

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'''Mike:''' ''(In Russian)'' Do you have a brother? I shot a man once... who looked like you. In Kiev. In '93 I think. I'm sure you heard about it. The Spetsnaz team... that tried to sell a warhead. Nobody... ever saw them...them... again. ''(OhCrap look from Alexi)'' That was a good winter for me. ''(laughs)''''(Laughs.)''



-->'''Michael''': I'm Michael Westen.
-->'''Russian''': ''(OhCrap expression)''
-->'''Michael''': [[TheDreaded Yeah, that one.]]

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-->'''Michael''': --->'''Michael''': I'm Michael Westen.
-->'''Russian''': --->'''Russian''': ''(OhCrap expression)''
-->'''Michael''': --->'''Michael''': [[TheDreaded Yeah, that one.]]



-->'''Michael''': You never heard of me because I've never been caught. I've never been caught because I'm careful. That means if a junkie loser comes to me with a deal, I'm smart enough to kill him before he starts jawing off. Just like when a dirty cop comes to me with a deal, that dirty cop doesn't get to walk away! ("Tosses lighter into a ring of gasoline, surrounding the pair within a wall of fire")

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-->'''Michael''': You never heard of me because I've never been caught. I've never been caught because I'm careful. That means if a junkie loser comes to me with a deal, I'm smart enough to kill him before he starts jawing off. Just like when a dirty cop comes to me with a deal, that dirty cop doesn't get to walk away! ("Tosses lighter into a ring of gasoline, surrounding the pair within a wall of fire")fire.")



*** Can't forget [[spoiler: her attempt to sacrifice herself so her son won't come save her, lying about her condition]]

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*** Can't forget [[spoiler: her attempt to sacrifice herself so her son won't come save her, lying about her condition]]condition]].



-->'''Bly:''' How can you tell?
-->'''Fiona:''' Because I know explosions. And I know Michael.

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-->'''Bly:''' --->'''Bly:''' How can you tell?
-->'''Fiona:''' --->'''Fiona:''' Because I know explosions. And I know Michael.



-->'''Jesse''': ''[sits up straighter]'' You listen to me. ''You didn't know my mom.'' ''You don't get to '''speak''' for my mom.'' You know what she would have said? '''''[[TrueCompanions You never turn your back]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship on family.]]'''''

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-->'''Jesse''': ''[sits ''(Sits up straighter]'' straighter)'' You listen to me. ''You didn't know my mom.'' ''You don't get to '''speak''' for my mom.'' You know what she would have said? '''''[[TrueCompanions You never turn your back]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship on family.]]'''''



-->'''Jesse''': ''[adamantly]'' '''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Yeah. They are.]]'''

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-->'''Jesse''': ''[adamantly]'' ''(Adamantly)'' '''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Yeah. They are.]]'''



* Michael Westen leads a motorcycle chase from the CIA on foot IN A HOSPITAL!
* Maddie in 7x03 "Down Range", when Nate's bookie tries to get $80,000 from her. With help from Fiona, she steals the bookie's safe, creates "The Charlie Westen College Fund" with bookie's money, and then blackmails him into leaving her alone by holding his ledger as collateral. She even tops it off with an awesome IronicEcho.

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* Michael Westen leads a motorcycle chase from the CIA on foot IN A HOSPITAL!
''in a hospital!''
* Maddie in 7x03 "Down Range", when Nate's bookie tries to get $80,000 from her. With help from Fiona, she steals the bookie's safe, creates "The Charlie Westen College Fund" with the bookie's money, and then blackmails him into leaving her alone by holding his ledger as collateral. She even tops it off with an awesome IronicEcho.



* Michael fighting through ''days'' of drugs, enhanced interrogation techniques, questioning, and one seriously messed-up double-bluff to prove himself worthy of joining James's organization. By the end of it, he looks like he's been through the wringer, but he stands tall and practically grins as he stares James in the face and ''continues to lie out his ass to the man.''
-->'''Michael''': You won't pull that trigger...because I'm here. I have no reason to run, and I have nothing to hide.

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* Michael fighting through ''days'' of drugs, enhanced interrogation techniques, questioning, and one seriously messed-up double-bluff to prove himself worthy of joining James's James' organization. By the end of it, he looks like he's been through the wringer, but he stands tall and practically grins as he stares James in the face and ''continues to lie out his ass to the man.''
-->'''Michael''': You won't pull that trigger... because I'm here. I have no reason to run, and I have nothing to hide.

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