Sue Thomas Obituary, Death – Sue Thomas F.B.I eye TV show presenter has passed away unexpectedly. Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is a Canadian and American television series that premiered in 2002 on the PAX Network. The show was cancelled in May 2005 due to PAX’s decision to discontinue creating original programming. It was one of the network’s two most popular shows. Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is based in part on Sue Thomas’s real-life experience as a deaf woman whose lip-reading abilities landed her a job with the FBI’s top surveillance team.
The series was created by Dave Alan Johnson and Gary R. Johnson for Pebblehut Productions. They also created Doc for PAX, which starred Billy Ray Cyrus. Yuri Yakubiw was the cameraman, and Bill Layton was the art director. Despite being set in Washington, D.C., all of the episodes were shot in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with more than half of the actors and production team being Canadian. The series was once known as Lip Service. The theme music for the show is “Who I Am,” sung by Jessica Andrews and composed by Brett James and Troy Verges. Sue Thomas (Deanne Bray) is a young deaf woman who speaks English as well as American Sign Language. She applies for and gets a job with the FBI in Washington, D.C. She drives from Ohio to Washington, stopping along the route to pick up her first hearing dog, Levi.
Despite actively encouraging her to live in both the hearing and deaf worlds, Thomas’ parents are concerned that she would be unable to cope with a life so dissimilar to everything she has known. Sue is a very self-sufficient young woman since her mother fought for her daughter to have every opportunity to live her life to the fullest. She speaks, signs, reads lips, plays the piano, and ice skates (albeit not professionally since her childhood, when her best friend died on the way to an ice skating competition; Sue was the better skater but couldn’t match the music to the performance she was supposed to deliver). Sue received her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
When Thomas gets at work, she learns that she has been assigned to “Special Projects,” which includes the tedious task of fingerprint analysis. She, on the other hand, has no intention of wasting her time studying fingerprints and marches into the purportedly personnel office to state her case. After doing so, she discovers that the office has been relocated (but is no longer listed on the directory board) and that the man she was yelling at is a Special Agent named Jack Hudson. Hudson, impressed by her ambition, invites her to lunch, where he tests her by having her lip-read Myles, who is seated outside some distance away.
Thomas is then employed as a member of Hudson’s “team,” and she is elevated to Special Investigative Analyst. She has some growing pains early in her career, but quickly adapts to learn from her mistakes, employing her lip-reading skills during various surveillance missions (though she has some difficulty lip-reading non-English speakers), and her approachable demeanor helps her appeal to various sources, frequently acting as the ‘good cop’ in interrogations.