Season 2 Episode 8

Black Friday

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 12, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The team investigates a murder in a mall on the biggest shopping day of the year, black friday.

In a moment of confusion the body disappears, Crews and Reese are then faced with the task of tracking down both the body and the killer. Meanwhile, Crews gets an unexpected visit from an F.B.I. agent.moreless

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  • Some touching moments.

    Some touching moments.

    This was quite a bizarre episode, overall. Did not help to have watched it over 2 days, but what the heck.

    The crime story was original and hats off to them - I mean, how often do cops lose a body in a mall? Nice touch with Crewes handing over another life to the older brother protecting baby sis.

    The fish bowl! Man, that guy seriously puts his foot in his mouth a bit too much. He screwed up, made up for it, gets her to dinner but then goes and does that?! Moron. But a funny and genuine one at that. A brilliantly written and acted character.

    What on earth is Crewes' ex playing at?! She must make up her damn mind.

    Crewes driving his expensive, yet shot up Maserati was a bold metaphor for his own life - you don't notice the holes until you look closer. And many of them he put in himself.

    "Tropical fruit. Only kind I chew". How many threats end like that? Hats off to the Feds.moreless
  • Crews and Reese are called to a shopping mall on the busiest shopping day of the year. Not surprisingly, they are looking for a murderer but to their chagrin the crime scene is not secured and the body goes missing, compromising their investigation.moreless

    Crews' musings, about nothing in particular, never fail to amuse. His Zen-like calm and unorthodox approach to crime investigation is an interesting contrast to Reese's more traditional approach. Reese, who at the beginning of the first season, found her partnership with Crews almost a punishment now has developed a certain respect for him. She patiently listens to him ramble knowing that there will eventually be a point to his observations.

    It is a little disturbing to see Tidwell's romantic overture towards Reese. He is a superior officer and it seems more than a little inappropriate for him to be asking her for a date. I don't find Donal Logue credible as the Captain. If he had been brought into the series as another detective it would have been more believable.

    I was a bit disappointed to see Charlie and Jennifer consummate their relationship, after all she is married. It was much more interesting to see Charlie covet her from afar.moreless
  • This episode was a bit lacking for me . . .

    Life is one of my favorite shows but this episode was a bit lacking for me. I love the humor of Life and the oddness of Charlie and it just was not all there this episode. In fact, I cannot think of one quote that stands out to me or makes me laugh. That being said, it was actually quite a good case this week. I also love how Cruize and Reese treated and worked with the children involved. On the line of Reese and the children (spoilers will be involved in this). Reese got really involved . . . kind of she did not actually look or sound that emotional in the episode and ends up walking out on her date with Tidwell due to his sending the children to protective services, which just seems so strange and out of character to me. Reese is a mainly by the book cop and does not get mad at other cops for doing their jobs. If they did not want the date to go well, this seemed like a weak way to make that happen. Overall, I just didn't see Reese's investment in the case, at least not to that level. Continuing the spoiler run, I do not like Charlie with his ex-wife. She deserted the man and he could do better. Hopefully we are working toward Charlie getting over her. Complaining aside, it was still and enjoyable episode of one of the most interesting shows on TV right now.moreless
Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Ted Earley

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Captain Kevin Tidwell (Season 2-)

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

Charlie Crews

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Dani Reese

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Bobby Stark

Marcus Giamatti

Marcus Giamatti

Dave Harris

Guest Star

James Mitchel Clyde

James Mitchel Clyde

dead Mitchel

Guest Star

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner

Zak Sutter

Guest Star

Jennifer Siebel

Jennifer Siebel

Jennifer Conover

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In every mall there are a lot of security cameras which cover almost every possible angle of the mall for security and safety purposes. Crews and Reese never thought to look at the tapes to find out what happened to the victim before he died and what happened to his body afterwards.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Crews: Your dad still gone?
      Reese: Yep.
      Crews: Maybe he'll come back
      Reese: Or maybe he won't, and then I'll finally get what I want for Christmas.

    • Crews: How was your Thanksgiving?
      Reese: My dad's still gone, my mom got drunk, and I did the dishes. You?
      Crews: Ted made some kind of bird. It was either a very large chicken or a very small turkey. Maybe a baby turkey.

    • (Sound of the fog horn through the mall)
      Crews: Is the world coming to an end?
      Dave: Kinda, 6 a.m. mall is open!

    • Crews: Yesterday was Thanksgiving and today is Christmas, what's tomorrow?
      Reese: Saturday.

    • Clay: Well, if there is no body, how do you know that someone is dead?
      Crews: We have a test. It's called the dead test. Mitchell Clark passed.
      Clay: Ohh, dude, I'd hate to take that test.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Černý pátek (Black Friday)

    • Music in this episode:
      "Father Christmas" by The Kinks
      "Happy Day Today" by Jim Noir
      "I Want Some Of What You're On" by The Mates
      "Jingle Bells" N/A
      "Jingle Jangle Christmas" by Blaire Woods
      "Deck The Halls" N/A
      "Cross Bones Style" by Cat Power
      "Another Living Room" by Maggie Walters
      "I Don't Live In A Dream" by Jackie Greene
      "What Do You Think" by Will Derryberry

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 26, 2008 on Ten
      Portugal: March 3, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: May 11, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: July 22, 2009 on ITV3
      Czech Republic: February 2, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: March 9, 2010 on JOJ