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Season 1 Episode 6

Powerless

4
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2007 on NBC
9.1
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While at an AA meeting Reese thinks she overheard someone admit to a rape. She finds herself in danger because she won't back down and keeps on investigating. Crews goes on a stakeout with Lt. Davis and learns some surprising information about his former partner Bobby Stark.moreless

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  • Drunks. Books. Prisons of Hate.

    9.8
    A good episode, I felt.



    This one was mainly about Reese doing her thing, but eventually requiring Crewes and the rest to save her. Reese was least annoying when not trying to be so tough - i.e. at the end when asking Crewes if she performed some Zen.



    Drunks - The rapist was a silken tongued guy who was played to perfection, in my eyes. A good performance there.



    Books - Ted accidentally finds a book published by his partner on his white collar crime. He confronts him in a parking lot with a baseball bat, but after acting in a threatening manner, "forgives" him - Crewes Zen style. Simply hilarious.



    Prisons of Hate - Crewes touches us again with how his Zen philosophy helped him overcome the horrors of being a cop in prison - and is most evident when talking to the rape victim.



    Ex partner - turns out that he was not in the "middle of the action" as previously advertised, but one the barricades. But the partner admits as much after Crewes finds out. So maybe he is clean after all?



    Who knows?



    Top stuff again, but let's please keep it Crewes-centric, as it should be. More Ted always goes down a treat.moreless
  • ok episode...

    7.6
    I didn't like this episode as much as the previous ones. We learn more about Dani and her issues. Dani is convinced that a drunk is asking for help because he wants someone to stop him from raping. In the end, the drunk practically "kidnaps" Dani and Crews comes to save the day! The ending of the episode was really good. The whole side story of the bank stand-off wasn't very intersting. It adds more suspicion, but it just wasn't that interesting. Overall, this was more of a Dani-centered episode and I didn't like the story very much. It still was ok, just not great.moreless
  • Review

    8.4
    I actually thought that this was the worst episode of the season, not one of the best as the reviewers on this site (4 so far) seem to think. I thought it was interesting to learn a little more about Dani Reese's character. I didn't prefer the individual case in this one, which takes a lot away from the episode. Thie biggest problems with television shows that operate under a standalone format is that if you can't get hooked onto the case everything else just doesn't seem to fit into the episodes little puzzle. All of that being said - there were a couple of things that I did like. Damian Lewis continues to shine as the star of the show, no one in this series can do what he does in front of a camera. Getting to know a little more about Dani and her problems were needed, but Charlie is the main character her and I assume that episodes in the future will get back to that. I thought the stake out scenes with the Lt were btoh funny and plot advancing. We learn that Charlies old partner lied about where he was on the day of the shooting, which seemed to advance the overall storyline of Charlie. However, at the end of the episode his old partner comes clean about it - so I wonder what was the point for the end of the last episode and this episode to focus so much on the partner. It all seems to be a "just kidding" and a start over. Maybe that was the poing, I dont know. But it seems like the partner was in the fire, but now he is back out of it again.moreless
  • A fantastic episode with improvements over others. Some funny moments coupled with a very haunting performance by Sarah Shahi. Break down in the full review.

    9.4
    Pros

    + Great Character Development of Dani Reese.

    + That Development was bulked up with a very powerful and haunting performance by Sarah Shahi.

    + Case was above average, simply because of how it paralleled Dani's character so well.

    + Great dialogue and writing.

    + Funny moments with Charlie and Lt. Davis.

    + Ted's character was also expanded upon.



    Cons

    - Case was not that interesting, but did do a decent job explaining Dani's past issues.

    - Somewhat lost focus near the beginning by switching over to Charlie at the AA meeting.



    Overall, a fantastic episode with a masterful performance by Sarah Shahi who proves she's as good at acting as Damien Lewis.moreless
  • A nice trip into more of Reese's past and a glimpse as to why she is so messed up. They still nicely left some things our to make room for further development but we have a good picture as to where she came from now the question is why.moreless

    8.5
    A nice trip into more of Reese's past and a glimpse as to why she is so messed up. They still nicely left some things our to make room for further development but we have a good picture as to where she came from now the question is why. Along the way Crews continues to quirk his way into our hearts this time appearing at the AA meeting to back Reese up. His accountant as well had the chance at further development choosing to forgive instead of letting his old partner have it. Good episode leaving more questions than answers especially with Crews' old partner being shown not to have stolen the money possibly good job.moreless
Doug McKeon

Doug McKeon

Lou

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Visa May

Visa May

Detective (as Siriwan Phuaphukham)

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William Ngo

William Ngo

AA Member

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The consent decree referred to during the Officer Down scenario is an agreement between the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the US Department of Justice intended to promote police integrity and protect civil rights. It was instituted following allegations of excessive force, false arrests and unreasonable searches and seizures by the LAPD.

    • In the chatroom when he is looking for Nancy, Charlie uses the screen name "Mangoman".

    • When Rick ask Dani her surname, she tells him that she is a friend of Bill. Bill Wilson was the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and the phrase "I'm a friend of Bill W" is often used as a slogan on bumper stickers, t-shirts and so on.

    • Fruit in this episode: Charlie is eating a plum when he talks to Dani about her AA meeting. There is also a fruit cocktail on the table when they are together in the cafeteria before they visit Nancy and her mother.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Crews: She's 22 years old. Aren't they all on MySpace, YourSpace, FaceBook, FacePlace?
      Reese: How do you know about that
      Crews: Everybody knows about that. Don't you want a whole bunch of new friends. Don't you want them all to know where you are all the time?

    • Crews: How was your meeting?
      Reese: Required by my employer.
      Crews: Every moment you spend wishing you were someplace else is a moment you can't get back.
      Reese: What about every moment I spend wishing you were someplace else?
      Crews: It would hurt my feelings if I thought you meant it.

    • Reese: What do you think you where doing?
      Nancy: I can't live untill he dies, you (Charlie) told me that. You said I would stay in prison until, he was dead.
      Reese: Yeah but he didn't mean you where supposed to kill the guy yourself. To Charlie That's not what you meant, tell her that's not what you meant.
      Crews: That's not what I meant.

    • (At Reese's AA meeting)
      Crews: I'm Charlie and I'm powerless. Hate is a prison, anger is the warden and rage, rage is the guard who takes a piece of you every day. You all know what it's like. You fall, you hit the bottom, the bottom breaks, you fall some more. You get lost.

    • Rick: Can I call you? (Reese keeps walking away) Tell me your last name at least!
      Reese: I'm a friend of Bill.

    • Detective Charlie Crews: You're right, Rick; Hate is a prison. But you know what? Prison is a prison too!

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bezmoc (Powerlessness)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 5, 2008 on TV3+
      Sweden: June 10, 2008 on TV3
      Belgium: October 5, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: November 27, 2008 on ITV3
      Finland: February 9, 2009 on MTV3
      Poland: February 20, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2009 on Prima
      Slovakia: February 9, 2010 on JOJ

    • Featured Music:
      "Buena" by Morphine
      "Going, Going, Gone" by Stars ft. Emily Haines
      "Get Lucky" by New Young Pony Club
      "Go" by Sparklehorse ft. The Flaming Lips

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