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Season 1 Episode 2

Tear Asunder

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When a new bride is murdered her husband is the prime suspect. Crews has his doubts and becomes determined to help, not wanting to send an innocent man to prison. Crews goes back to the crime scene that put him in prison and discovers something.

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  • When a new bride is murdered her husband is the prime suspect. Crews has his doubts and becomes determined to help, not wanting to send an innocent man to prison. Crews goes back to the crime scene that put him in prison and discovers somethingmoreless

    I really liked the fact that everything was obvious yet not that obvious. Bit by bit the writers are building the characters without boring us.I really like Charlie. I really like the way the wrote him and the way Damian Lewis plays him. I really like what they made with him so far. The way he relates to people...his oddity. I like it. I really like it. And the plus thing is that Shahi's character is not all wallpapery like Eames' is with Goren. And I like Ted too...I loved the way he just looks at the scene and finds something that the others didn't see, the way he talks to himself, just like the way he said very naturally in the pilot "did you ask the dog?"moreless
  • This was yet another great episode with excellent character development. (Spoilers)

    This episode of Life has some good character development and a few good action moments. I enjoyed how Charlie is learning more and more about why he was sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. I enjoyed the early fight scene between Charlie and a suspect. I also enjoyed the end of the episode where Charlie warned another suspect not to get to 3 warnings, and when the suspect did, I enjoyed watching Charlie take him down. My favorite part of the episode though, would have to be the end where Charlie goes to the gun range. I like how he's listening to a Zen tape about revenge as he shoots. Overall, I give this episode, Tear Asunder, an 8.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Fantastic

    This was only the second episode that I have seen, but I am totally hooked!

    Lawyer - She has a HUGE crush on the main man. She is also smart and very pretty. I expect big things to happen here.

    Father getting married - Lewis is obviously still angry at his father, but seems to forgive him, as he talks about getting a blender for the marriage. We see the bride to be, but Lewis avoids her - for a very good reason, as his case called. Did he really want to face her, though?

    The case - Well written again. The husband being the killer was beyond question. I liked the twist with the creepy lawyer, though. He was my prime suspect, after that file fell out of his bed. "Pure" love? lol.

    Partner alcoholic? - Reese appears to go into a bar and get a man to buy her drinks. We are not shown her getting drunk, though. And what is all this rubbish about "punishing herself"? Don't really care, to be honest.

    Ex-partner - We realise just how much the ex partner suffered as a result of Lewis' false imprisonment, and although his wife hates him, the partner seems to hold no grudges. He even gives back the gun and badge, after some very tense moments.

    Zen - The voiceover at the end was very pertinent, as we get to glimpse into Lewis' soul.

    Revenge - Is this what Lewis is after? Or is it simply justice, because the killer is still out there at large?

    Top stuff!moreless
  • good episode...

    I thought this episode was really good. Crews and his partner investigate a murder of a newly wed wife and the prime suspect is her groom. Crews knows that he's innocent and attempts to prove that while everyone else believes it's the husband. Anyways, it turned out to be one of the bride-maid's brothers that killed her. I suspected that; it wasn't much of a mystery. Oh well, still a good episode. I liked how they continued Crew's search for the truth and him finding out who set him up and killed the people. Overall, this episode had a good story, a good case, interesting guest characters, some good humor, and more great character development.moreless
  • I guess it's okay.

    Not bad, but not good either. Average. Entertaining to watch, but doesn't earn my full focus. On one hand, Damien Lewis' character, Charlie is awesome. A truly great character with a very interesting past. On the other hand... everything else. When Charlie isn't the focus of the scene, the show quickly loses it. Unfortunately... in this episode it tends to happen quite alot. The first 20 minutes of the show was pretty damn dull. I wasn't a bit interested in the crime either(to me it was obvious from the first second it wasn't the husband) and the random twist in the end was... off. I mean, who would take a picture? The writers tried to save theirselves by claiming the girl was very drunk, but still. It's very unrealistic.

    However I liked how Charlie put the pieces together, it was nicely done.

    The documentary parts of the episode were bad, whereas in the pilot they were good. Now, they just kept repeating the same thing. Over and over again...

    I claimed that the weakest part of the show is Dani. I still think that. I thought the random scene with her at the bar was... well, random. It felt forced and we didn't get any kind of explaination why she tried to pick up specifically a married man. I like the little comedy there is in the show. It just feels really natural. Overall, watchable and entertaining, but it feels like your average detective show for the most. But then there's always a scene here and there with Charlie that makes me excited.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The two girls Crew's meets on the bus are Tina and Gina. He leaves them to get back on the bus due to police business, but we see them again at the start of "What They Saw".

    • The fruit in this episode is the horned melon, though he also eats a "lobby apple".

    • The elderly woman in the hotel elevator is the same woman in the airport shuttle that asks if they'll be told who the murderer is.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • This episode's Zen, on Crew's iPod at the firing range:

      "Revenge is a poison meant for others that we end up swallowing ourselves. Vengeance is a dark light that blinds all who seek it. The untroubled soul knows there is no justice in revenge. The untroubled soul knows that to seek vengeance is to seek destruction."

    • Crews: It's all here. Except for what's not here.
      Reese: What does that mean? (to the room at large) Does anybody know what that means?

    • Mason: (In reference to Detective Reese) You're pretty.
      Bradley: Shut up Mason! She's a cop!
      Mason: A pretty, pretty cop.

    • Reese: I need to know if this is gonna be a thing with you.
      Crews: Which 'this' is that?
      Reese: This thing with Jake Silvers. Are you gonna go see falsely accused people everywhere?
      Crews: You think that's not a good instinct for a cop to have?
      Reese: I just need to know if it's going to be a thing with you.
      Crews: Shouldn't 'innocent until proven guilty' be a thing with all of us?

    • Crews: It was a near-death experience.
      Reese: And it not being a full-death experience should make you happy.

    • Reese: Why, exactly, can't you talk like a normal person?
      Crews: When, exactly, was the last time you actually met a normal person?

    • Crews: (to Reese) But you were a little girl once.
      Reese: There's no proof of that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Krvavá svatba (Bloody Wedding)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: May 8, 2008 on TV3+
      Israel: May 12, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Sweden: May 13, 2008 on TV3
      Belgium: September 7, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: October 30, 2008 on ITV3
      Finland: January 12, 2009 on MTV3
      Poland: January 16, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: September 22, 2009 on Prima
      Slovakia: February 2, 2010 on JOJ

    • Featured Music:
      "John 2:14" by Shivaree
      "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      "Black Honey (Who Made Who Remix)" by Mainline
      "Little Miss Saturday Night" by The Old Nationals
      "Hunted By A Freak" by Mogwai