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Season {{#pad:1|2|0|left}}, Number 08
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Air date March 14, 2010 (CTV)
March 17, 2010 (Fox)
Written by Matthew Federman
Stephen Scaia
Directed by Paul Edwards
Production code 2J5158
U.S. viewers 8.01 million
U.S. ratings 4.8/9 HH
2.3/8 A18-49
Case Folder
Location: Washington, D.C.
Target Baptiste
Assassin, trained by Chance
Cover Seaver
SFPD detective
Cover Patrick McManus
United Nations liaison
Episode Guide
"Salvage & Reclamation"
"Corner Man"

Baptiste is the eighth episode of Human Target. It is, in a number of ways, a sequel to "Embassy Row" and "Lockdown".


Chance’s past comes into painful focus when he persuades FBI Agent Emma Barnes to help him stop his former partner, an assassin known as "Baptiste", from eliminating a visiting foreign dignitary at the UN. Meanwhile, Guerrero tests out a familiar face as a new recruit to the team, and we learn more of his and Chance's shared history.

Case file

This piece opens with an unidentified man being approached in the subway by a would-be mugger. The man, with a strong London accent, tries to get the guy to walk away, and effortlessly disarms him when he fails to do so, sending him scurrying off. The prospective victim turns to his companion on the bench, and picks up a long-running conversation where he left off - or so it seems. The man outlines the mutual no-win nature of their current predicament - and how it is essentially his companion's fault. They very clearly have an extensive history, and it appears neither can make a move the other hasn't anticipated and made contingency for. The Londoner waxes philosophical, musing about watches and the value of a life.

Guest stars

  • Emmanuelle Vaugier as Emma Barnes
  • Autumn Reeser as Layla
  • Samantha Ferris as Deputy Director Lynch
  • Lennie James as Baptiste
  • Eric Breker as Folster
  • Trevor Carroll as FBI Spotter
  • D. Harlan Cutshall as Guard
  • Herbert Duncanson as Agent
  • Serge Houde as Lecavalier
  • Kasey Kieler as Thug
  • Donny Lucas as Detective
  • Todd Charles Mosher as HRT Team Leader
  • Giles Panton as Roger
  • Brent Stait as Potomac Electric Manager
  • Dave Thompson as Groundskeeper Agent

Statements and hearsay

Memorable quotes from the case.

**Awaiting after-action report**


Human Target - Baptiste
Human Target - Baptiste

For Baptiste's theme, composer Bear McCreary used a musical technique called intervallic inversion. The notes in Chance's hero theme where they went up or down a step are inverted in Baptiste's theme to create a dark mirror effect, similar to the character's mirror of Chance. As McCreary explains, "the rhythm, orchestration and melodic phrasing of the two themes are identical, but they move in opposite directions."[1]


  1. McCreary, Bear (March 17, 2010). Human Target: Baptiste.
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