Season 2 Episode 17

Shelf Life

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A soldier is stabbed during his leave in Los Angeles; Crews makes a suprising discovery.

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  • Thanks but no thanks to Adam Arkin for the political lecture.

    Until today's episode Life was one of my favorite shows. However this episode crosses the line between entertainment and political browbeating. This is the first step towards jumping the proverbial shark and I would strongly suggest that the producers of this show return to what made this show one of the best on television. Pick a good story, fill it with excellent music and adda few twists and turns.

    Allowing Adam Arkin to force his political views down my throat is hopefully a one-time thing so I can continue to watch and enjoy this show. If I want political bias, I will watch the news.moreless
  • Seeing as there is no overview ill write one: When a solider is murdered whilst on shore leave, Crews and Bobby investigate the soldiers that are on leave with the murder victim and the link to a company they are moonlighting for...moreless

    The show is awesome i love the fact that there is an underlying story and the investigations on top, the chemistry between the straight down the line female Reese and the quirky and lovable Crews is astounding, its gripping, smart and most of all keeps you guessing not like the predictable trash that tumbles through our televisions like a junkies dryer... bring back the good shows and hopefully life has a good 2 more seasons left at least, watch out for the calls to reese and that foot stomping thats a new favorite of mine, the addition this season of Donal Logue is excellent, also i am in love with Sarah Shahi.. just quietlymoreless
  • Another great episode of Life.

    Every week, Life delivers us another great story, more tantalizing snippets of information to move the story arc along and lots of great character development and interaction. This episode was no exception. It certainly did not disappoint. The main story about the soldiers had plenty of twists and turns in it and remained interesting without being confusing. Dani wasn't in it much but her brief scenes were important for the main story arc. There were some entertaining bits of banter between Charlie and Kevin Tidwell too. I also enjoyed Charlie's confrontation with Amanda Puryer. Overall, high quality drama as always.moreless
Tim Guinee

Tim Guinee

Gus Wilvern

Guest Star

Valarie Rae Miller

Valarie Rae Miller

Erin Corvette

Guest Star

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie

Pete Magnus

Guest Star

William Atherton

William Atherton

Mickey Rayborn

Recurring Role

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

Amanda Puryer

Recurring Role

Chane't Johnson

Chane't Johnson

Agent Liz Ray

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kevin: (to Charlie) Please don't ask me to go the DA holding just these grapes.

    • (Gus shoots himself while wearing the special protection vest.)
      Gus: Yeah, bam! How great is that? Look at this. I've done this 115 times. (He shoots himself again.) 116 times. (He shoots himself again.) Ah ha ha! 117 times.
      Charlie: You can stop that now.
      Gus: I'm gonna get in Guiness. No man has shot himself more than I have.

    • Charlie: Oh the lie detector, huh? Do you want to know how to beat that?
      Dani: You can beat a lie detector?
      Charlie: Sure, it's easy. You just tell the truth.

    • Charlie: It's juicy, it's crisp.
      Bobby: It's a grape.
      Charlie: No, I don't think it is.
      Bobby: So what is it then?
      Charlie: Grapey, grapeish.

    • Dani: (on the phone) And Tidwell thinks it's about the girl?
      Charlie: (impersonating Tidwell) In the United States of New York City, where there's a dead guy, there's a girl there somewhere.

    • Kevin: I need you to stomp on my foot.
      Charlie: You need me to stomp on your foot?
      Kevin: Yeah. It's asleep. My foot's asleep.
      Charlie: Asleep, huh? Hate it when that happens. It'll be awake all night now.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Záruční lhůta (Guarantee Period)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 1, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Finland: July 13, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: September 23, 2009 on ITV3
      Czech Republic: April 6, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: August 5, 2010 on JOJ

    • Music:
      "It Dawned On Me" by Calla
      "Gone Too Far" by Shivaree
      "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" by She and Him
      "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane

    • This episode was directed by Adam Arkin who also stars in the show as Ted Earley.