Life

Season 1 Episode 8

Farthingale

5
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 2007 on NBC
9.3
out of 10
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Crews and Reese investigate a gas explosion in which an IRS agent leading a double life is the victim. Was it an accident or arson? Was the IRS agent trying to be a hero? Crews is once again a suspect in a murder investigation when the detective who handled his case is found dead.moreless

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  • We are none of us alone.

    9.8
    Sweet opening! Half man!



    The plot in this one was outstanding.



    First of all, there was the case. Half a man, thanks to a stove explosion and a heavy fridge door. Ironic, as it blew up half a man - or a person who lived 2 identities, complete with 2 wives.



    Even more interesting was his double-agent psychology and what he was "hunting".



    Then there was the highly suspicious death of Ames - the guy responsible for Crewes' imprisonment. And everybody's reaction. The lieutenant seems more than happy to get rid of Crewes - while grudgingly accepting that he is a good detective. Reese refuses to talk about it. The union rep thinks that he should have killed the man personally. Constance and Ted are hell bent on saving his ass.



    Most interesting was the introduction of Jack Reese - Danni's father. I wonder how obvious his link to the death really is.



    VERY well written. The tie in with the voice over at the start and end of the episode were very well done. More please!moreless
  • good episode...

    8.9
    Crews and Dani investigate the death of a man that had his lower body blown off by a bomb. It turned out that he lived a double life with two wives and two different personalities. He wanted to be a hero and he was trying to catch a bomber. In the end, Crews and Dani caught the bomber. That story was interesting, a little odd, but still good. What I really liked about this episode was when Crews was framed for the murder of the detective that put him away. They searched his house and Early hid all of the pictures! Yay for him! I wasn't expecting that; I thought Crews was screwed. Anyways, I wasn't expecting the end, finding out that Dani's dad was probably the one that killed the detective because he was seen with the detective before. Overall, this was a good episode.moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    A lot of gain made on the overall picture as the first season draws to a close and after a two episode slide of having cases that didn't really interest me this one had me hooked from the beginning. We have all heard of the "Man living two lives" tale and I have seen several cop dramas use it in one way or another when going over a case. This one didn't feel like a rinse and repeat because the man living two lives wasn't really the main bad guy here, he was one of the guys trying to catch a bad guy. I liked how Charlie and Dani went about going back and forth over the phone trying to find the connection between the "one man". I throught the wine / baseball hat connection was a little random at first, but I warmed up to it after a little while. Very pleased with the ending of the case and I thought the ending of the episode with Charlie going to Farthingales funeral instead of Ames was really representative of his character. How about that, while Im at it. We have been getting little clues to his case all along, but this epsiode just came through with several big reveals. Constance is hired by the DA a week before Ames is killed, Ames is seen talking to Dani's father just before he is a killed and to top it all off he is killed as he just gets to the police station. Interesting stuff, can't wait to see how it all plays out with only 3 episodes left in the season.moreless
  • "If this were my case... I'd be right at the top of my list."

    9.2
    When a corpse is revealed to have two identities, Reese and Crews find themselves attempting to uncover not only who the murderer is... but also who the victim was. However, their investigation is hindered by a second murder, only this time the victim is of great importance to Crews and his attempt to uncover the conspiracy which put him in jail. Unfortunately, this connection also makes him a suspect in the murder...



    After the slightly disappointing "Civil War" (this show's only misstep so far) comes "Farthingale", yet another wonderfully written episode. The episode's main investigation is cleverly plotted and the mystery reveals itself to be one of the most enthralling so far. What elevates this episode though is the secondary story. As Crews comes under suspicion for yet another murder, will it see him being sent back to prison once more? We also meet a new figure connected to the conspiracy. Or is he? There are several highlights in this particular episode, amongst them is a scene in which Reese makes the comment "Was he one of those people who sees conspiracies everywhere?" about a victim which then cuts to Crews staring at the conspiracy chart in his secret room, and the nail-biting scene near the end in which police search Crews' house...



    I can't wait to find out what happens next!moreless
  • Pretty good episode with the death of the man that put Crews away and some surprise revelations about Crews conspiracy. Before that we had the case which was ok about a man living a double life. I have to say that such story-lines havemoreless

    8.5
    Pretty good episode with the death of the man that put Crews away and some surprise revelations about Crews conspiracy. Before that we had the case which was ok about a man living a double life. I have to say that such story-lines have been done much better on other shows. Despite this the twist and turns were still good to watch. The main part of this one was the death of the detective that put Crews away. Of course Crews became suspect number one and the investigation leaves us with bated breathe as the police almost discover the conspiracy wall. We end the episode seeing Reese's father whom also was arguing with the dead detective before his death putting us right back in the conspiracy. Great episode asking more questions as we move through the shows first season good job.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Fruit in this episode: Charlie is eating a green apple in his car while he is watching Ames meet Jack Reese, and later he eats a fruit cocktail while talking to Dani after they have met the two wives.

    • The insignia on Dani's uniform indicate that her rank is Detective I, and that she has between five and ten years of service.

    • Crews said that the Chinese character for war is two women under a roof. This is a joke based on the fact that the Chinese character for PEACE is ONE woman under a roof.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Crews: Okay so we have one dead guy married to two women.
      Reese: Half a dead guy...
      Crews: Half a dead guy.

    • Crews enters his house and sees the cops searching it.
      Crews: Hey! It's kind of like a party except, this is my house and I don't remember sending out invites.
      IAD Agent: Detective Crews, in that you are a person of interest in the killing of Carl Ames the District Attorney's office has issued a search warrant for these premises, as well as the occupants therein.
      Crews (to Ted): Don't you wish you could talk that way?

    • Crews: Do you wanna know if I was involved in Ames' death or not?
      Reese: No.
      Crews: My union rep said he wouldn't blame me if I did do it.
      Reese: Oh, he said that, did he?
      Crews: Off the record.
      Reese: Hm. Then I guess it doesn't count.
      Crews: I'd rather not go back to prison.
      Reese: I can understand that.

    • IAD Agent: Detective Crews, what where your feelings toward Carl Ames?
      Crews: My feelings toward Ames were the same as my feelings toward anyone.
      Agent: And those would be?
      Crews: That none of us are alone. That even as we exhale it is inhaled by others.
      Agent: Is that some kind of joke?
      Crews: Laughter is the best medicine. Reader's Digest. I had a subscription at Pelican Bay.

    • Reese:(to Crews) He was not looking for the person not obeying the law. He was looking for the person not not obeying the law. That kinda talk remind you of anyone?

    • Crews: He was a real bland guy.
      Reese: Mm-hmm.
      Crews: Except for the fact that he had two wives and he ended up getting fragged by an exploding kitchen oven.

    • (Reese in the house with the victim's first wife on the phone with Crews)
      Reese: I'm with the widow.
      (Crews looks back to where the victim's second wife is sitting)
      Crews: Funny you should mention that.

    • Crews: (to Reese on the phone) How come you only call me when someone's dead?

    • Reese: That's your theory?
      Crews: It makes sense.
      Reese: That's why I'm surprised it's your theory.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dvojí život (Double Life)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 19, 2008 on TV3+
      Sweden: June 24, 2008 on TV3
      Belgium: October 19, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: December 11, 2008 on ITV3
      Finland: February 23, 2009 on MTV3
      Poland: March 6, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2009 on Prima
      Slovakia: February 11, 2010 on JOJ

    • Featured Music:
      "One" by Aimee Mann
      "Arrogance" by Beth Thornley
      "All I Need" by Radiohead

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