Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (58)

  • (First lines of the series) Raines: Maybe I read too many detective books when I was a kid. Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald, all the great California guys of the forties and fifties. I tried writing a story once, couldn't get past page one. Too many decisions. Where do you find the body? Because all of these stories start with a body, right?

  • Captain Lewis: It's good to have you back, Michael. Raines: Is this where I say "it's good to be back?" Captain Lewis: No, this where you say something clever to remind me how smart you are. Raines: I'm rusty. Give me a few days.

  • Mrs. Boudreau: What's this? (Opens thick envelope containing cash) Oh..OH! Raines: I'm sorry the money is missing, Mrs. Boudreau, because I know Sandy wanted you to have it. She wanted a better life for you. She would have done just about anything to help you.

  • (Sandy asks Raines why he accused her father of molesting her) Sandy: Why'd you say that to him? Raines: Very few people get into your line of work because having sex with strangers for money was their favorite booth on career day. Nine times out of ten they were molested.

  • Charlie: You think he did it? The boyfriend. Raines: You know how I work Charlie. I think everybody did it, then I slowly whittle away the ones who couldn't have.

  • Raines: What do you want? Sandy: It's your imagination detective I'm just the figment. Raines: What do you want? Sandy: I want you to find out who killed me. Raines: Then you'll go? Back to whatever dark twisted malfunctioning part of my brain that you come from.

  • Sandy: What are you writing? Raines: A note instructing whoever finds my body after I blow my brains out to scatter the ashes over Disneyland because it's the happiest place on earth.

  • (Marco runs from the officers and is hit by a police car. Raines tells the officer who struck him) Raines: I was hoping you'd put him in handcuffs not traction.

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Notes (11)

  • International Air Dates: Czech Republic: June 28, 2008 on Prima

  • Featured Music: "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Linda Ronstadt

  • Luis Guzmán originally had the role of Charlie Lincoln, but after shooting the pilot, he was replaced by Malik Yoba. NBC then asked that they reshot the scenes he appeared in.

  • International Air Dates: Czech Republic: July 5, 2008 on Prima

  • International Air Dates: Czech Republic: July 12, 2008 on Prima

  • International Air Dates: Czech Republic: July 19, 2008 on Prima

  • Featuring Music: - “Waitin' For Superman” by The Flaming Lips

  • International Air Dates: Czech Republic: July 26, 2008 on Prima

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Trivia (4)

  • The character Dectective Bobby "Fearless" Smith (Mykelti Williamson) was also an LA detective in the show Boomtown that went off the air in 2003. Although the character "Charlie" is reminiscent of Bobby "Fearless" Smith from "Boomtown", he has been given a different name.

  • After Sandy's dad is hauled away in the squad car, Raines and Sandy go to Raines' car. Sandy physically opens the door to get in, even though she is not real.

  • At one point Juan Doe begins to sing a known Mexican song ("ay ay ay ay...") and he asks Raines if that is the only Mexican song he knows. Raines replies that he also knows the Macarena. Well, the Macarena is Spanish (from Spain), not Mexican.

  • In this episode, Raines tells Dr. Kohl that he does not see the dead victims, but in "Reconstructing Alice," he admitted to seeing the victims, and when asked what Alice was doing, he answered.

Allusions (13)

  • Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald Raines: All the great California guys of the forties and fifties... Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald are generally regarded as the fathers of the "hard-boiled" detective and wrote several well-regarded private detective mystery stories. Chandler created Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep), Hammett created Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) and MacDonald created Lew Archer (The Drowning Pool). Raines' narration throughout the series, as well as the L.A. setting, are influenced by these works.

  • Nancy Drew Raines: What about it Nancy Drew? Nancy Drew is a fictional character, the heroine detective of a popular mystery series. The series was created and outlined in detail in 1930 by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with the first manuscripts written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson and edited by Stratemeyer's daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

  • Fantastic Voyage Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film written by Harry Kleiner. It's a 2-time Oscar winning movie from 1966 starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance. The story is about a group of scientists who are miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of a diplomat who is dying. The scientists must find the cause of the illness, cure it, and exit the body before re-enlarging.

  • Body Heat "Kathleen Turner in Body Heat." Body Heat is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston and Mickey Rourke. It may be cited as an example of postmodern pastiche, as its sets are an intentional mix of visual eras.

  • Ordinary People Samantha: You stole the whole brother drowning story right out of 'Ordinary People' did you think I wouldn't pick up on that? "Ordinary People" is a 1980 movie where the accidental death of the older son of a wealthy family affects his guilt-ridden younger brother.

  • Ordinary People Raines' "brother drowning" story to Dr. Kohl was said to have been gotten from Ordinary People, a book by Judith Guest.

  • Wegman: Jason Kitman's dog is a weimaraner called Wegman. This is a reference to William Wegman, a photographer known for his photographs of weimaraners.

  • Crystal: (the Motel Manager) Alice don't work here anymore.
    Possible allusion to an episode of Fame (Season 6 Episode 23) called Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore, but there is also a 1974 film directed by Martin Scorsese called Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which may be a more accurate allusion.

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