Season 2 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2009 on NBC
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The team investigates the death of a retired NASA pilot in mid-flight. The suspect are the pilots son and the pilots business partner. An important fact in this case is that the pilot was going to pay the Russians 35 million dollars to take him into space. Meanwhile, Tidwell tries to help Crews remember who shot him.moreless

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  • Charlie gets even and gets Ted Early out of Prison.

    Charlie has selective memory loss about who shot him. It is 8 weeks after Charlie was shot and he is back on duty. The main story is that of a former NASA pilot named Bill Ellis who is shot mid-flight in his plane. The murder is committed because of greed. Bill Ellis is about to go back into space for 35 million dollars with the Russians and is selling the company he built for 30 million to go. When all is said and done, it is the business partner Nick Breem who kill him. Nick was to be the owner of the company if Bill died and if he sold it to go into space Nick would get nothing. Good motive for murder. Another character that was under suspicion was a adrenalin junkie named Evan Tucker. According to Evan's wife, with Bill Ellis and he were climbing K2 the year before, Evan lost his footing and started to fall and Bill cut the line and he fell several hundred feet and lived but was not the same man. When the questioned Evan about it, he told them that he begged Bill Ellis to cut the line and when he did he saw the face of God.

    The minor plot was Charlie getting even with who shot him and getting Ted Earley out of prison. He knew that Agent Bodner had shot him but told everyone that he had a blank in his memory and did not remember. He finally goes into Agent Bodner's apartment and shoots him in the leg. Charlie had used the same bullet that Bodner shot him with to make a bullet to shoot Bodner with. He tells Bodner to make the call to get Ted Earley out of Prison.

    This was an outstanding episode I do not know why the network cancelled this show. It is one of the better cop shows on TV.moreless
  • Great!

    Our first episode back form hiatus and it is good! Charlie is up to his usual off the clock antics tracking down the guy who shot him. In my opinion his antics are what make the show and in this case it was important. We learn that maybe Charlie can get his troubling FBI agent to switch sides. We also have a good story about Ted in Jail. I love that Ted is teaching his fellow inmates about financial planning. Its great. Also, I like how the writers are handling the Tidwell/Reese relationship. Not to soapy or to much of a main focus. Overall, another great episode!moreless
  • Good solid return for Charlie and Dani.

    It was nice to see Life come back this week after a long break. Charlie was shot right at the end of the last episode and the cliffhanger was nicely resolved in the opening scenes. I liked the way he requested the bullet he had been shot with and then re-made it so he could shoot Special Agent Barton. There were less humourous scenes than in the previous few episodes, particularly with Dani and Tidwell. The death of the former NASA man was neatly handled throughout and I liked the model airplane enthusiasts. So all in all, not a bad re-entry for Life.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

J. Patrick McCormack

J. Patrick McCormack

Nick Breem

Guest Star

Ed Corbin

Ed Corbin

Huge Man

Guest Star

David Ury

David Ury

Hard Case #1

Guest Star

Shashawnee Hall

Shashawnee Hall

Agent Bodner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Crews was refilling the cartridge with black powder he scooped some uncertain amount of the powder and then pressed it in. The amount of the powder in the cartridge should be very precise otherwise the bullet might not fly far enough or it might even explode in the chamber.

    • K2 is the second highest peak in the Himalayas, next to Mount Everest. It has an elevation of 28,251 ft. (8,611 meters). It is also known as the Savage Mountain because of the extreme difficulty climbers have when ascending the mountain.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Charlie: Can you imagine seeing the world from up there? The Earth is floating. You are floating. Everything is floating.
      Dani: I hear there is a lot of barfing and you crap into a vacuum.
      Charlie: Yeah, a floating vacuum.

    • Charlie: I want to jump out of a plane.
      Dani: Be a part of the air and a one with the sky?
      Charlie: No. I just want to jump out of a plane.

    • Charlie: Dean said his job was Expended Resource Control and Distribution. Can you tell us what that means?
      Breem: Waste removal.
      Dani: His father made him take out the garbage.

    • Dani: A floating vacuum? You don't even know what that means.
      Charlie: It's space talk.

    • Charlie: Don't you usually kiss Reese when you call her back like this?
      Kevin: I've got something else in mind for you.

    • Charlie: William Ellis. Guess where he used to work?
      Kevin: In the circus?
      Charlie: No. Why would you say the circus?
      Kevin: You told me to guess.

    • Dani: You fit for duty?
      Charlie: I am fit for duty.
      Dani: You want to catch a killer?
      Charlie: I thought you'd never ask.

    • Doctor: Here you are. It's an unusual request, Detective. Most people wouldn't want to have the bullet that shot them.
      Charlie: Well, someone gave it to me. It would be rude just to throw it away.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jedna kulka pro dva (One Bullet for Two)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland: June 15, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: August 26, 2009 on ITV3
      Czech Republic: March 9, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: July 8, 2010 on JOJ

    • Music:
      "Crash Into The Sun" by Jim White
      "Oye Como Va" by Kinky
      "Highway Of Endless Dreams" by M83
      "Hands Of Time" by Groove Armada


    • Touching the Void What happened to Ellis Stone and Alan Tucker on K2 is similar to Joe Simpson´s and Simon Yates´ climb of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Touching the Void is the title of the book (by Joe Simpson) and documentary film recounting their story.