Season 1 Episode 9

Serious Control Issues

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Crews and Reese investigate the murder of a runaway girl found dead under a freeway overpass holding her guitar. A grocery store employee and his son become the prime suspects when they find out the girl used to play her guitar in front of the store. During the investigation they find ties to a kidnapping 12 years earlier. Are they connected?moreless

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  • ... but poorly acted by the permanent supporting cast.

    Looks like we are back on form with this gem of an episode.

    Crime Story 1 - Cats are evil. Grown men with too many of them sum it all up.

    Crime Story 2 - The reaction of the boy was beyond expectations. Am glad to see the way they end it, though.

    Reese - Annoying as ever. Her lack of any acting credentials beyond a pretty face is just grating my nerves now. Please teach her how to act or get Crewes another partner.

    Jack Reese - Aggressive. I like him. More stand offs and threats, please.

    Lieutenant - Cannot act. Cannot threat. Cannot smile. Looks constipated most of the time. Not what decades on the LA force will do to a woman cop - one hopes. Please replace her.

    Crewes - Top notch "pure heart" Confucious stuff. More!

    Constance - Why hang out with Crewes giving him advice - all of it generic and obvious? What is she? The show's cliche-storm lightning rod?

    Crewes' car - Please scrap it. Bring back the updated muscle car dammit!

    No Ted! - We *need* Ted! Preferably destroying the car for good!

    Music - Good ending score.

    All in all, this was a fantastic episode - with minor glitches.moreless
  • good episode...

    Crews and Dani investigate the murder of a homeless girl. The investigation leads to a young boy that was taken when he was only a toddler. The person that killed the homeless girl was some weirdo that wanted to keep her voice...he killed tons of cats...he was weird. Anyways, I really liked the case in this episode. I also liked the continuation of Crews' accusation of murder. Crews confronts Dani's father, which turned out different than I expected. I wasn't expecting that Dani's father would go to the boss and show the pictures because it makes him a suspect. I don't think Dani's father framed Crews. Anyways, good story and more great character develpoment.moreless
  • Review

    I thought this was the best episode of the series so far, with some more minimal progress being made to the big picture. Charlie confronting Dani's Dad was a big scene and I have a feeling that relationship is going to be much expanded on in the future of the show. Loved the beginning of Charlie dropping of the pictures in the newspaper, only to have Dani's dad come storming into the office with them trying to point out Crews. I thought the scene with them talking in the room was one of the most memorable of the season so far as far as the big case goes. The little case(s) in this episode were also really well done. We basically got around to have two cases in the same episode. The guy with the kittens was a great finish to that storyline. Loved how Charlie figured out that for all the kittens in the house there was not 1 cat, something that everyone should have seen but no one did. I thought this episodes cases(s) were the best done because we had resolution from 1 after 25 minutes and then we jumped right over to the other one. I loved the fact that Charlie compared himself the boy. Saying he knew what it felt like (an obvious reference to the boy losing 12 years of his life, just as Charlie lost 12 of his) The scene at the end of the episode with the helicopter was a real pivitoal moment in both that boys and even Charlies life. Overall, fantastic episode and Im surprised its rated so low. Two episodes remain and I have high expectations for the both of them.moreless
  • "I know you because you're all alike. You've all got that look....I know you. And I know what you're afraid of."

    Here we have yet another interesting episode of LIFE which begins with the corpse of a dead girl sitting with her guitar in her hands. As the case progresses, the episode takes an interesting turn as Crews and Reese accidentally stumble upon a second crime commited many years earlier.

    The murder which took place in "Farthingale" continues to haunt Crews and brings him not only into conflict with Internal Affairs but also puts him face-to-face with the man he now believes to be connected to the conspiracy behind his imprisonment. The friendship between Reese and Crews continues to grow, with Reese choosing to stand behind her partner despite knowledge that life is going to become more difficult for the two of them. I also enjoyed the exchange between the two of them in which Reese asks Crews why, with all of his money, he isn't on a beach somewhere. "Do I look like I tan?" replies Crews without a smile; a comment that certainly made me laugh.

    In summary then, this is another fine episode with several heart-felt moments; my favourite of which was the conversation beteen Crews and Nate at the conclusion. If LIFE continues with episodes as well written as this then the show has a good future ahead of it.moreless
  • Great episode this time contrasting Crew's time away and a face off against Reese's father. The case of a boy who was kidnapped as a child was done great. Made all the more so by the fact that it wasn't even the initial case. The kidnappedmoreless

    Great episode this time contrasting Crew's time away and a face off against Reese's father. The case of a boy who was kidnapped as a child was done great. Made all the more so by the fact that it wasn't even the initial case. The kidnapped boy was linked to a dead singer in the park. We got to see her killer captured a strange man who ate her guitar pick which could've been used as evidence against him. In the final segment of the show we see Crews and Reese's father have a verbal confrontation and learn that even Reese doesn't trust her dad. Great episode it was fun to watch Crews appeal to a boy who's life was stolen like his.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Fruit in this episode: Charlie has a bag of oranges that he gives to the murdered girl's friends, and a "personal" pineapple.

    • When the camera first pans across the dead homeless girls face, her eyes twitch. Right as the camera starts filming her her eyes go from looking down to looking straight ahead.

    • Detective Reese used the words "Serious Control Issues" (title of the episode) to describe Nate's father.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Crews: (As Dani returns his knife) I will try to use it for good instead of evil.

    • Crews: About your dad.
      Reese: Yeah, let me make this easy on you. I spent my childhood trying to figure out if my dad was only mean or just plain bad. And you. I don't really understand you, I don't really like you're not one of the bad guys.

    • Crews: It's not gonna be easy for you. You're never gonna be like everyone else.
      Nate: Because of what happened to me.
      Crews: Yeah.
      Nate: How do you know that?
      Crews: Because of what happened to me.
      Nate: What happened to you?
      Crews: Same thing that happened to you.

    • Reese: (referring to the small pineapple on Crews' desk) Didn't know they made 'em that small
      Crews: It's a personal pineapple
      Reese: Alright, I have to know...What's the deal with the fruit?
      Crews: Do you know what you eat in prison?
      Reese: Crap?
      Crews: fresh fruit... ever. I missed it.
      Reese: I don't think it'd be fruit, that I'd be missing.
      Crews: Yeah, it would.

    • Reese: If I had your money I would be on a beach somewhere... How come your not on a beach somewhere?
      Crews: Do I look like I tan?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vážné problémy s ovládáním (Serious Problems with Control)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 19, 2008 on TV3+
      Sweden: July 1, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: September 24, 2008 on Channel 10
      Belgium: October 26, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: December 11, 2008 on ITV3
      Finland: March 2, 2009 on MTV3
      Poland: March 13, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: November 10, 2009 on Prima
      Slovakia: February 16, 2010 on JOJ

    • Featured Music:
      "Ooh Child" by Beth Orton
      "The Voiceless Cry" by Harri Lake
      "Broken Boy Soldier" by The Raconteurs
      "Silent Anymore" by Lisa Witty (NBC Rewind)