Jesse Stone

Season 1 Episode 4

Sea Change

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 22, 2007 on CBS
9.2
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While investigating a rape aboard a yacht that came for the annual regatta, Jesse decides to reopen an unsolved case from twelve years earlier in which a teller was killed during a bank robbery.

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  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    7.0
    What I love about the Jesse Stone novels is that you never know what you're going to get. Of course you know the characters, but some are intense and emotional, while others focus more on the mystery and small town politics. Sea Change was an interesting choice for the fourth film, as it shows a different side of Jesse and was somewhat unique among the other stories. Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck), was an . Homicide Detective, who left to become a small town police chief in Massachusetts, after his life was thrown into chaos. Now that he's been there a while, he's come to realize that not a lot of things happen in a small town, and he's tired of writing parking tickets. Craving something to do, Stone decides to open the towns only unsolved murder. A body found in the woods, 20 years earlier. As he opens the investigation, it brings up the past, a past that the town of Paradise would like to forget. Sea Change plays more like a Cold Case or Criminal Minds episode than a typical Jesse Stone story, but what's unique about it, is that it really gives us a look inside Jesse's life. Tom Selleck was terrific as always, but he gives a particularly special performance in Sea Change. We finally see the man for what he is, driven by justice and living for the people. His job is his life and when there is nothing to do, he falls back into and becomes stuck in his past. Sea Change is also special as it was the novel that introduces us to the character of Rose Gammon, played by Kathy Baker. I haven't seen her in anything since Picket Fences and God did I love that show! It was really thrilling for me to see her again, and playing a character I really came to admire in the novels. Sea Change might not have the action that younger viewers crave in their police dramas, but it is a textbook example of how to solve a case and a unique look into the mind of one of the deepest characters I know. I loved the books and rarely do these types of stories translate well to film, but with a star like Tom Selleck you can't go wrong and I really did enjoy this film as much as I did the novel.moreless
  • It's good, as long as you aren't expecting an adaptation of the novel.

    6.5
    "Sea Change" is a solid entry in the Jesse Stone series, but it's the first to diverge so dramatically from Parker's source novel. The book focuses on the rape (and a murder) on the yacht and the sordid details of an old family. In the movie, the allegation of rape by a young girl is just a side-note in the main story. Jesse resurrects a cold murder case (mostly out of boredom) and finds that the guilty are still very anxious to keep the case unsolved.



    Had I not been expecting a straight adaptation of the book (one of the better in the series), I might have received this movie more warmly. It's not my favorite in the series, but it's a strong mystery story. Actually, being in the dark about the new story made it a bit more engaging, since I didn't know exactly how it would end.



    Nice to see Saul Rubinek again. Kathy Baker was a nice foil for Jesse, but I wanted Molly to have a bigger role.moreless
Sean Young

Sean Young

Sybil Martin

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William Sadler

William Sadler

Gino Fish

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Mika Boorem

Mika Boorem

Cathleen Holton

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Vincent Guastaferro had originally played Gino Fish in Spenser: Small Vices.

    • On the right shoulders of the police uniforms worn in Paradise are American flags with the blue fields with stars on the upper left. This is the standard and correct position of the flag when on the left shoulder. When the American flag is worn on the right shoulder the blue field with stars should be in the upper right corner.

    • When Jesse stops Terry Genest for following him, the driver's window is up about four inches; in the final shot (before Terry rolls window up) the glass is barely visible.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Luthor: What do we know so far Jesse?
      Jesse: Well, that there wasn't $24,000 in the bank it was...
      Luthor: 2 million.
      Jesse: And it would make a hell of alot more sense for the robber to take down a small town bank if...
      Luthor: If the robber knew.
      Jesse: But the question is...
      Luthor: How would he know?
      Jesse: I wish you would do that.
      Luthor: Do what?
      Jesse: Finish my sentences.
      Luthor: Sorry, Jesse.

    • Sybil Martin: Well, Inspector Yokel.
      Jesse: Actually it's Chief Yokel.

    • Luthor: Boy that thing is a mess.
      Jesse: Tell me about it.
      Luthor: Folders torn, pictures dirty. The papers are all wrinkled.
      Jesse: Well, I threw it across the room.
      Luthor: Why did you do that?
      Jesse: Because it's a mess.

    • Captain Healy: Thought I'd stop by and see if you needed any help fighting crime.
      Jesse: What's happening at home that you would rather be here?
      Captain Healy: Nothing.
      Jesse: Not nothing.

    • (The nurse comes in and give Jesse his coffee then runs out)
      Jesse: Thank you.
      Luthor: I think she's afraid of me.
      Rose: Oh she'll be okay.
      Luthor: Can I talk to her?
      D'Angelo: She won't talk to you Luthor.
      Luthor: Because?
      D'Angelo: Because she's afraid of you.
      Jesse: D'Angelo.

    • Rose: You going out?
      D'Angelo: In a while.
      Rose: 'Cause we're almost out of coffee.
      D'Angelo: I think you should get some.

    • Jesse Stone: I'm the Police Chief, I know everything.

    • Sybil Martin: Don't you have anything better to do than hand out parking tickets?
      Jesse Stone: No.

    • Jesse Stone: Officially I'm shocked.
      Rose Gammon: Unofficially?
      Jesse Stone: I'm very proud of you.

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