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COUNTERSTRIKE

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Full Name: Counterstrike
Nationality: Multi
Organization: None
Occupation Agency

Creator: Sonny Grosso, Larry Jacobsen
Time Span: 1990 - 1993

ABOUT THE SERIES

Counterstrike is a private anti-terror squad.

It is totally unofficial and without any governmental backing whatsoever which will add a major level of difficulty and danger to any mission. The leader and financial benefactor for this team plus the three members of the field staff are fully aware of this and accept the risk.

That leader is Alexander Addington, an internationally renowned and respected industrialist who was enjoying his billions in wealth when terrorists attacked he and his wife. She was kidnapped and subsequently murdered which caused the 60+ year-old man to make a solemn pledge, "I swear eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Furthering that dedication, each recorded adventure of this group contains Addington's decree, "We must fight evil, no matter where, no matter when, no matter what the cost".

To accomplish this, Addington approached several trained and capable people. They are:

- Peter Sinclair: recruited from the ranks of Scotland Yard detectives where he was famous for being the youngest in the history of that institution, Sinclair is determined to get each mission accomplished but his many years as an enforcer of the law has him sometimes baulking at his employer's 'whatever it takes' mentality.

- Nikki Beaumont: A beautiful French woman who, prior to being asked to join the team, made a lucrative living as a con artist. Her acting skills, plus her impressively good looks, help set up several bad apples to take a fall.

- Luke Brenner: a quite debonair soldier-of-fortune who is said to be "intense and impatient" but who comes across quite calm until the action begins.

After over a score of missions, both Beaumont and Brenner leave the team and are replaced by two others:

- Gabrielle Germont: a world-renouned investigative journalist now willing to put her life on the line for more than just the story.

- Hector Stone: an ex-Navy SEAL and former CIA operative who has a failure-is-never-an-option attitude towards each assignment.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:66
First Appearance:1990
Last Appearance:1993
Network:Syndicated

REGULAR CAST
Christopher PlummerAlexander Addington [ 1-3 ]
Simon MacCorkindalePeter Sinclair [ 1-3 ]
Cyrielle ClairNicole Beaumont [ 1 ]
Stephen ShellenLuke Brenner [ 1 ]
Laurence Ashley-tabouletSuzanne Addington [ 1 ]
Sophie MichaudGabrielle Germont [ 2-3 ]
James PurcellHector Stone [ 2-3 ]
Patricia CartierHelene Previn [ 2-3 ]
Andre MayersJ.J. [ 1-3 ]
1 Dealbreaker
Episode S1-1, first aired 07/01/1990
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Writer: Richard Oleksiak

A former girlfriend of Peter's gets kidnapped, because her husband, an ex-CIA agent reneged on a deal to supply terrorists with bomb detonators. After confronting her husband, Peter and his Counterstrike team-mates try to find the woman.

2 Dead in the Air
Episode S1-2, first aired 07/08/1990
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Tim Dunphy

A special prosecutor heading to Columbia to tackle a major drug-lord is being targetted by a drug dealer in the States to curry favor. Addington puts the Counterstrike team on guard duty.

3 Now and at the Hour of Our Death
Episode S1-3, first aired 07/15/1990
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Writer: Tony DiFranco

A Catholic priest from a South American republic current ruled by a junta is about to speak at the UN. The Counterstrike team steps in to guard him when it is learned a death squad is en route.

4 Art for Art's Sake
Episode S1-4, first aired 07/22/1990
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Jim Henshaw

A priceless artifact from a struggling nation is about to be returned to it by the British museum it has been housed at for years when masked gunmen steal it. Addington sends the Counterstrike team to get it back and learn who was behind the theft.

5 Power Play
Episode S1-5, first aired 07/29/1990
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Writers: Angelo Stea, Peter Lauterman

After a reception, the president of the small country of Mahal is framed for the murder of a beautiful woman in his hotel room. The next day he announces his country is reneging on financial deals. Counterstrike must find a solution.

6 A Little Purity
Episode S1-6, first aired 08/05/1990
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A terrorist bomb goes off at a factory of Grafton Chemicals, a major company suspected of pollution violations. At the scene was found evidence pointing to an environmental group called Earth Now. Counterstrike is asked to clear the group's name.

7 Son with a Gun
Episode S1-7, first aired 08/19/1990
Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Christian Watton

The grown son of a friend of Addington is implicated in the shooting of two drug dealers. Counterstrike is asked to find out who actually did the killing.

8 The Lady of the Rhine
Episode S1-8, first aired 08/26/1990
Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Eric Watton

Addington, a tulip fancier, is curious about a missing article on the flower in a magazine. When he learns the magazine's editor flies 8000 miles to check on the matter, he concludes that is a bit extreme and sends Counterstrike to investigate.

9 Knights of Aram
Episode S1-9, first aired 09/09/1990
Director: Jean-Pierre Prévost
Writer: Richard Oleksiak

An old friend of Addington calls urgently requesting a meeting to discuss some hostages currently held in the Middle East. Then the man apparently commits suicide. Counterstrike is sent to learn the truth.

10 Extreme Measures
Episode S1-10, first aired 09/16/1990
Director: Michael Shock
Writers: Michael Zettler, Shelly Altman

Visiting the vineyard of an old friend, Peter Sinclair learns that his friend, a former covert group member once active in West Africa, is one of the few surviving members after several others have been assassinated. Sinclair brings in the Counterstrike team to catch the killer.

11 Thanos
Episode S1-11, first aired 10/07/1990
Director: Doug Jackson
Writer: Christian Watton

Counterstrike has a dual mission - bring down a major arms dealer who is also involved in overthrowing a government using stolen NATO technology and freeing his two children he kidnapped from their mother.

12 Siege
Episode S1-12, first aired 10/14/1990
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

The spouses of several dignitaries attending a conference of top industrialists are kidnapped by a terrorist group and their ransom demand is that the Prime Minister of the country where it took place be handed over to them. Addington, one of the attendees, brings in Counterstrike to help.

13 Escape Route
Episode S1-13, first aired 10/28/1990
Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Chantal Renaud

To help mask a prison break by the former leader of a now disbanded terror group, the man's brother reconstitutes the group to stage attacks on industrialists. Addington calls in Counterstrike.

14 The Beginning
Episode S1-14, first aired 11/10/1990
Director: Allan Eastman
Writer: Landen Parker

How the Counterstrike team was put together, and why, in the first place is told in this flashback episode detailing the kidnapping of Addington's wife by terrorists.

15 Cry of the Children
Episode S1-15, first aired 11/17/1990
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Writer: Tony DiFranco

An old girlfriend of Brenner shows up with a little girl saying that he is the girl's father and that the girl had been the victim of a child smuggling ring. Brenner flies to New York to investigate and Addington sends the rest of Counterstrike to assist.

16 Masks
Episode S1-16, first aired 11/24/1990
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

At an upcoming conference to ban the production of chemicals used in chemical warfare, a former associate of Addington is planning on substituting him with a ringer to disrupt the vote.

17 Mindbender
Episode S1-17, first aired 12/01/1990
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Luke Brenner is kidnapped by a hard line Russian army officer who has chosen him to be brainwashed and used as a tool in an assassination plot.

18 Regal Connection
Episode S1-18, first aired 12/15/1990
Director: William Fruet
Writer: Tony DiFranco

A technology professor who was asked by Addington to debug a computer at his NYC townhouse is subsequently kidnapped by a group from Africa. Somehow it all involves a monarch recently dead from poisoning.

19 Cinema Verité
Episode S1-19, first aired 12/22/1990
Director: René Bonnière
Writer: Eric Watton

When word comes that a mystery novel writer, a former Olympic swimmer, supposedly drowns while fly-fishing in Lake Ontario during the winter, Addington is certain something is fishing and sends Counterstrike to investigate.

20 Verathion
Episode S1-20, first aired 01/12/1991
Director: Don Shebib
Writer: Chantal Renaud

Addington's daughter, Suzanne, is kidanpped and the demand is a briefcase that is said to hold the truth about a new miracle drug. Counterstrike is sent in to get her free and to learn the truth about the kidnappers and the documents in that case.

21 The Millerton Papers
Episode S1-21, first aired 01/19/1991
Director: George Mendeluk
Writer: Eric Watton

A friend of Nikki Beaumont shows up in her hotel bathroom with the items he just stole in a heist. While she tries to get him to return the items, things get complicated as one of the items contains the plans for a new weapons system.

22 The Dilemma
Episode S1-22, first aired 02/02/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Recent thefts of former East German banks by Western pros are connected to the members of the IRA, either as perpetrators or victims.

23 Tie a Yellow Ribbon
Episode S2-1, first aired 09/21/1991
Director: Allan Eastman
Writer: Richard Oleksiak

In the conclusion of the previous matter, the IRA is out for revenge on Counterstrike for their part in the death of an IRA leader.

24 Hidden Assets
Episode S2-2, first aired 09/28/1991
Director: René Bonnière
Writer: Tony DiFranco

An author near finishing a controversial novel is receiving death threats. His editor appeals to Addington for protection.

25 Fall From Grace
Episode S2-3, first aired 10/05/1991
Director: Allan Eastman
Writer: Richard Oleksiak

A former chief lawyer for Addington is now a US Senator about to break a major cover-up concerning the existing Administration and Panama's General Noriega but the man in country getting the last bit of proof is in danger. Counterstrike is sent to provide protection.

26 It's All in the Game
Episode S2-4, first aired 10/12/1991
Director: Gilbert Shilton
Writer: Michael Donovan

A scientist named Dr. Kistler contacts Addington with amazing news about having discovered a method of cold fusion. Then the man is kidnapped and all his papers taken as well.

27 Hide and Seek
Episode S2-5, first aired 10/19/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

When a police detective in the States and his family are murdered in a car bomb, a fellow detective contacts Peter Sinclair to help. The chief suspect, Rik Allen, has fled the country and is now in Brazil. When Sinclair tells Addington he is heading there to bring the man back, Addington insists he take the whole Counterstrike team to first learn the truth, then work for justice.

28 Native Warriors
Episode S2-6, first aired 10/26/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A Native American named Hawk is certain that a corporation, Alchemicals, is poisoning the land and the water on the reservation. When he captures a US Senator to force an investigation, the area gets filled with government agents. Counterstrike is asked by a tribe elder to help diffuse the tense situation.

29 Breaking Point
Episode S2-7, first aired 11/02/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Hector Stone receives an urgent call for help from a friend, a CIA agent in Toronto. When he arrives, he finds his friend dead from being shot and when the police charge in, they find Stone with the murder weapon in his hand.

30 Going Home
Episode S2-8, first aired 11/09/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Addington has decided to start a low-income housing project in Philadelphia but almost from the beginning, the unions are unhappy with the terms and mishaps on the site start happening. He brings in Counterstrike to help matters.

31 Survival Instinct
Episode S2-9, first aired 11/16/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A suspected terrorist group is hiding under the cover of a security personnel training facility in New England. An undercover government agent investigating it is found dead. Addington is asked to help when his supervisor feels the problem lies with a leak in the government.

32 Night of the Black Moon
Episode S2-10, first aired 11/23/1991
Director: Miklós Lente
Writer: Tony DiFranco

Addington has just signed a defense contract with Canada's Ministry of National Defense. When the head of that department then suddenly decides to pull out of it, Addington knows something bad is happening. Counterstrike will uncover the fact that the Minister's daughter was kidnapped.

33 Fire in the Streets
Episode S2-11, first aired 11/30/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

While in New York working on another of his low-income housing projects, Addington is invited to visit a homeless encampment in a condemned building. Confusion and misunderstanding results in reports of kidnapping and hostage holding. Counterstrike rushes to the area when they hear the news reports.

34 In the Blood
Episode S2-12, first aired 12/07/1991
Director: René Bonnière
Writer: Michael Donovan

A friend of Addington is concerned with his daughter, Carmilla, who is a young tennis prospect who has flown to Yugoslavia and a new tennis coach facility after her previous trainer is murdered. The friend suspects something very amiss is up at the facility and Counterstrike is sent to investigate.

35 Village of the Damned
Episode S2-13, first aired 12/14/1991
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Addington is one of the major investors in an experimental farm associated with the World Food Organization. A biologist at the facility is certain that someone is using illegal pesticides on it and appeals for help.

36 Prize Package
Episode S2-14, first aired 01/04/1992
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writers: Richard Oleksiak, Tony DiFranco

The US Secretary of State appeals for Addington's help when a vital package is stolen in Toronto by an Iraqi hit squad.

37 The Three Tramps
Episode S2-15, first aired 01/11/1992
Director: William Fruet
Writers: Richard Oleksiak, Tony DiFranco

Gabrielle Germont receives a strange package containing documents about the Kennedy assassination. When she learns that the man who sent them to her was murdered just after sending it, she asks the rest of Counterstrike to help  her investigate.

38 Behind Bars
Episode S2-16, first aired 03/14/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

When Gabrielle Germont joins friends on an archeological trip to Turkey, customs officials there find a few historic coins in her purse and detain her. Counterstrike is sent in to learn what happened to her.

39 Cherchez la Femme
Episode S2-17, first aired 03/21/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A woman starts flirting with Peter Sinclair which leads him to start seeing her. He does not know at the time that she is the primary suspect in the murder of her husband and the theft of a lot of valuable jewelry. Meanwhile Addington is concerned about Sinclair's lack of focus on the latest assignment in Geneva concerning strange bank activity.

40 Dead Heat
Episode S2-18, first aired 04/04/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

An assassin named The Fisherman strikes an Arab guest destined for a charity event for animal rights in Paris. Addington was at that gala where he hoped to get two Middle Eastern enemies to at least talk. Now one of those two is dead and Counterstrike is called in to find the killer and who hired him or her.

41 La Belle Dame Monique
Episode S2-19, first aired 04/11/1992
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: Martin Brossollet

A Europol agent named Monique Lamer was to meet an informant on a major Euro counterfeiting operation when the man is gunned down and Monique almost killed. She appeals to Stone for help getting a briefcase with samples to Addington. To further get Counterstrike's help, she threatens to go public with the counterfeiting, putting the new currency in doubt.

42 Ripped from the Grave
Episode S2-20, first aired 04/18/1992
Director: Bruno Gantillon
Writer: Elizabeth Baxter

A Jack The Ripper copycat is active across Europe. The latest victim is a friend of Gabrielle Germont who calls in Peter Sinclair to help track the killer down.

43 Trigger Finger
Episode S2-21, first aired 05/02/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

The attack on a French prison bus results in the escape of several convicts, one of whom is a notorious criminal named Pechnoff with a major hatred of the current President of a former Warsaw Pact nation. Counterstrike is tasked with keeping that leader safe while nabbing Pechnoff.

44 The Circus Ring
Episode S2-22, first aired 05/09/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

After a chase by a motorcycle cop of a blue van being driven recklessly results in the van flying into the Seine, the van is pulled from the waters only to reveal three drowned children. They had been abducted previously and were listed as missing. One of them is the daughter of a Addington executive who is out for revenge. Counterstrike is put on the case to find who is the abductor and who is the intended recipient.

45 I Remember It Well
Episode S3-1, first aired 09/26/1992
Director: Robin Davis
Writer: Jean-Vincent Fournier

An appraiser Addington hires to value a set of jewels announces they are excellent fakes. The police detective brought in is certain that whole theft and replacement fit the MO of former Counterstrike operative, Nikki Beaumont!

46 The Sting
Episode S3-2, first aired 10/03/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Helene Previn had been given a surprise party by her good friend, Suzanne, at a nice restaurant. Afterwards, she realizes she had left something at the establishment and returns for it, witnessing the owner being harassed by gangsters. Her efforts to learn more enrages the mobsters and now they are after her and other Counterstrike members.

47 Til Death Do Us Part
Episode S3-3, first aired 10/10/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Against all likelihood, a video is passed to Helene Previn who passes it on to Addington. It shows his murdered wife holding a current newspaper and a voice ordering Addington to stand by for further instructions. Counterstrike will find while investigating that the person behind it all is a very crafty individual with very nasty plans.

48 Bastille Day Terror
Episode S3-4, first aired 10/17/1992
Director: Bruno Gantillon
Writer: Tony DiFranco

When Counterstrike learns that a former KGB agent named Monica Steile had, with the help of her boyfriend Gorki, smuggled a Soviet nuclear missile into Paris, they think it is to sell it to a client. Then the bodies of Gorki and the client are discovered and Counterstrike now believes the woman has much graver plans in mind.

49 No Honour Among Thieves
Episode S3-5, first aired 10/24/1992
Director: Jean-Pierre Prévost
Writer: Martin Lager

An infamous American mob boss is in Paris before flying to the States to testify to Congress against his fellow organized crime pals. There is a contract out on him. When his friend and bodyguard is murdered, the gangster's sister appeals to Addington for protection for her brother.

50 Skin Deep
Episode S3-6, first aired 10/31/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

The star model for a major fashion design shop is murdered. Addington's daughter Suzanne is a large investor in the company and heads there to help with the PR. Addington asks Counterstrike to go there as well and make sure his daughter is not involved and is protected.

51 The Curse of the Amber Chamber
Episode S3-7, first aired 11/07/1992
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Jean-Vincent Fournier

Something called the Amber Chamber was a gift from a German Kaiser intended for a Russian Czar before going missing. It was being sought at an excavation site when the search is halted because of numerous accidents at the dig. The sitting Russian president asks Addington for help and he dispatches Counterstrike.

52 Death S.E.A.L.
Episode S3-8, first aired 11/14/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

After a military transport plane crashed in Newfoundland and the report of the deaths of 50 soldiers onboard, including the Navy SEAL team 7, Hector Stone tells Peter Sinclair he is heading there to investigate. Before long the rest of Counterstrike follows.

53 Cyborg
Episode S3-9, first aired 11/21/1992
Director: William Fruet
Writer: Richard Oleksiak

The winner of a Nobel Prize for his work in genetics is murdered, along with two security guards, in a facility for a company called Krestline. That company was recently acquired by Addington. Counterstrike is put onto the case which is involves a missing lab assistant.

54 D.O.A.
Episode S3-10, first aired 12/05/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Peter Sinclair is shot by a poisoned dart outside a courthouse where a Libyan terrorist is on trial. The dart contains a substance that will kill Sinclair within 24 hours. The rest of the Counterstrike must find the assailant, get the antidote, and find how the assault is related to the terrorism case.

55 Cat in the Cradle
Episode S3-11, first aired 12/11/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

A man named Sam Percy appeals for help from Hector Stone after Percy was almost killed in a sabotaged car accident. It seems that Percy's wealthy father, recently deceased, had some skeletons in his closet that the younger Percy was opening.

56 Bosnian Connection
Episode S3-12, first aired 12/20/1992
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

When a relief shipment from an organization called Firstline, backed by Addington, goes missing during the Bosnian civil war, a friend of Addington named Bridgette goes hunting for it and disappears herself. Counterstrike is sent to find her and the shipment, though the team is short-handed as Gabrielle is sent to New York to handle emergency PR work for Firstline.

57 Betrayed
Episode S3-13, first aired 01/09/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Shortly after having dinner out with Addington, his old friend Julia Devane is almost assassinated. Counterstrike is sent to provide protection though Addington is unaware that Devane was starting up a rival to Addington Publishing and will try to woo Peter Sinclair away from Counterstrike.

58 Clear Cut
Episode S3-14, first aired 02/07/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

An endangered spotted owl is found crucified on a tree in a forested mountain region where some time back a truce between environmentalists and loggers had been brokered with the help of Addington. Now it looks like the agreement is being dissolved and he sends Counterstrike to learn by whom and why.

59 Free to Kill
Episode S3-15, first aired 02/14/1993
Director: Jean-Pierre Prévost
Writer: Tony DiFranco

Years back, Addington had served on a parole board. The murder of another member of that group brings to his attention the fact that a couple of other members had also been killed and likely Addington and the remaining member are to be next. Naturally, he calls in Counterstrike to investigate.

60 The Hit
Episode S3-16, first aired 02/28/1993
Director: William Fruet
Writer: Jean-Vincent Fournier

While on a weekend getaway in a lake region of upper New York state with his current lady friend, Peter Sinclair disappears, captured by an old nemesis. When his lady contacts Addington to report the missing Sinclair, Addington sends the rest of Counterstrike to search.

61 French Twist
Episode S3-17, first aired 03/21/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Gabrielle Germont is invited to a party to celebrate the success of her friend, the artist Quinton Jones. He tells her during the party he wants to meet the next day to pass on some sensitive intel he has learned. The next morning, Germont wakes in a very groggy state to learn that Jones was killed in a car accident. The police have questions for her but she can remember little from the night before.

62 The Contender
Episode S3-18, first aired 03/28/1993
Director: Allan Eastman
Writer: Jean-Vincent Fournier

J.J. goes to visit the gym where his younger brother, up-and-coming boxer Sugar Duke, is training. There he meets the man who is trying to woo the man from his current manager. J.J. is not impressed. Later Sugar Duke is ordered by the man to take a dive or see his girl friend receive a terrible beating. When J.J. reports this to Addington, Counterstrike is called in.

63 The Raw Truth
Episode S3-19, first aired 04/11/1993
Director: William Fruet
Writers: Richard Oleksiak, Tony DiFranco

A US Senator dies in a car accident on his way home after a tabloid journalist and host of "The Raw Truth", a TV expose show, implicates him in the car death of a young woman over a decade before. The show goes on to accuse the dead politician of being drunk in that earlier accident. An irate Addington complains to the station chief and suddenly the show plans on doing an expose on the 'raw truth' of Addington's wife's death.

64 Peacemaker
Episode S3-20, first aired 04/18/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

When a suspected IRA bomb kills a Protestant reverend, a leader in the Northern Irish Unionist movement, a British undersecretary sends SAS soldiers to kidnap Addington to convince him and Counterstrike to provide protection for the new Unionist leader.

65 Muerta
Episode S3-21, first aired 05/02/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

After interrupting an assassin and her two associates during a hit on an industrialist, killing the two associates, Counterstrike is told to track down the assassin. She, in turn, is told by her client to hunt down and eliminate Counterstrike.

66 Bad Guys
Episode S3-22, first aired 05/09/1993
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

The murder of a prominent journalist is hidden by major players in arms dealings and Counterstrike is tasked by Addington to learn who and why.

MY COMMENTS

     I remember the first couple of episodes when this series initially was aired. Then I met the wonderful woman who would be insane enough to later marry me so I was busy spending less time in front of the television.

     I do recall being fascinated by the powerful Alexander Addington portrayed by the incomparable Christopher Plummer. I liked Peter Sinclair. I was enchanted by Nikki Beaumont, played beautifully by Cyrielle Clair.

     How much of the last of the first season I say I cannot recall and by the time the second and third seasons were on, I was married with a family to occupy most of my time.

     I am enjoying revisiting this show and would not mind finding those missing seasons to learn what I missed, especially since the plot lines clearly show a good variety and let us look into the lives of the characters more than superficially.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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