Season 2 Episode 3

The Business of Miracles

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2008 on NBC
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The body of a cancer research scientist is found frozen, at first Crews and Reese think it was an animal rights group, but as they look into the scientist's personal life they aren't so sure. Crews tries to prove that Jack Reese was involved in him going to prison.moreless

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  • Great example, indeed.

    Fine writing, great acting, very well tuned comedy moments. And just compare it to the other great series of similar (well, not exactly) matter - Dexter. The both shows are realistic in everyday details, no labs darker beyond visible, no clicking and beeping computers. I like the fact that there are 2 shows on a police / investigation / CSI theme which aren't superficial and supefluous like the rest of them. Sarah Shahi is just plain gorgeous, but not only that - her acting is believable and well balanced. And of course, the impeccable Damien Lewis - weird, weird person. Just proves how good English born actors could be :).moreless
  • Bit too much suspending of disbelief...

    Ok, the last episode had the "Killer's victims make a picture on a map" routing, and now we have a guy frozen solid after apparently inhaling liquid nitrogen.

    To freeze somone solid by apparently administering this through a plastic mask borders on ludicrous. The liquid is akin to boiling water. Would have given the guy a nasty burn and he would have spat it out. Not only did it freeze him solid (including his hair) but he remained frozen for hours afterwards with no signs of thawing. Crews touches him and he shatters? Wtf is this a George Lucas prodction? It was like they were looking for an excuse to use that special effect and thats the best the scriptwriters could come up with.

    Apart from that, the ep was kinda light relief. Lots of comedic moments.

    I normally LOVE this show but this was a real disappointment.. sorry guys.moreless
  • Houston: we have acting.

    OMFG! Slap me silly with a wet fish. Reese actually ACTED. Halleluja! There is a Lord.

    Her slight irritation at corporate fluid guy was funny. Her take on people wearing people was also well done with hints of wooden. But the dinner scene, and subsequent screaming in the car follower by the abject humiliation was all very satisfying and convincing tv.

    I will suspend belief with rapture, and only hope - nay PRAY, that the fine form continues from the only failing support member.

    So what else happened?

    Lieutenant was very funny: he continues with his fine form.

    Crewes gets hit by a monkey: well - technically a book thrown by a chimp.

    Crewes gets hit by a monkey: well - techincally the fist of the man married to his ex wife.

    Crewes gets high: very funny. Seeing her everywhere was a great touch. But I still cannot see why he insistes on badgering her. Zen would demand he let her go.

    Ted tries to get a real job: lols.

    There were 6: We learn that the group is not that big, and that Reese Sr is actually afraid of somebody. And who is the person who made it 5? Dead man or jail man?

    A gripping show. Hope it continues with the all round fine acting and inventive scripts.moreless
  • good episode

    Crews and Reese investigate the murder of a lab scientist and it's connected to a group that is against lab animal research. It was really interesting how the scientist died in this episode - he was basically frozen to death with liquid nitrogen. Awesome! Anyways, it was pretty obvious it was going to be the research assistant, but it was still interesting getting to that point. That guy with the monkey was odd.... I'm liking the new director even more after the Reese stuck in car incident. It'll be interesting to see where the whole Jack Reese story line is going now that we're pretty sure that he was involved in setting Crews up, but we don't know who he's working for and why. Overall, good story and good character development.moreless
  • A whole lot of monkey business going on (sorry, I couldn't resist).

    The opening had to be the most unique murder scene yet and it was nice to have Crews and Dani recognize it, both staring amazed at the frozen corpse. It was good effects work there, especially when Crews shattered it. The case itself was fun with the animal rights folks and I laughed out loud when that assistant's co-worker left with the monkey and a proud speech while Dani has this great "how did I get this gig?" look on her face.

    We kept up the silliness with Crews' hallucinations but we also had the fun stuff of him so up front about wanting to sleep with his ex. What's so great is Crews honestly seems not to get why this is such a big deal for them, showing again the odd way his mind works. Having Dani confront her father at last over a family dinner was very powerful and while I'm not sold about the romance with their boss, the bit of her with her hair caught in the door was funny. So a nice ep that developed more of the plot of Crews' framing and the monkey stole the show, showing the great mix of comedy and drama that makes this show work so well.moreless
Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Ted Earley

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Bobby Stark

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Captain Kevin Tidwell (Season 2-)

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

Charlie Crews

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Dani Reese

Hector Luis Bustamante

Hector Luis Bustamante

Abel Bustamonte

Guest Star

Marsha Thomason

Marsha Thomason

Jill Abrahams

Guest Star

Tilda Del Toro

Tilda Del Toro

Ms. Bustamonte

Guest Star

Jennifer Siebel

Jennifer Siebel

Jennifer Conover

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In one of the scenes at the animal shelter, when Crews is interviewing Billy, there's a brief cut showing the TV. They are watching a cooking show starring Richard Blais, most famous for starring on Bravo's Top Chef seasons 5 and 8, where the clip is most likely from. However, there is no network logo on the screen, as there should be.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Reese: Is that where the monkey hit you?
      Crews shakes his head.
      Reese: Someone hit you after the monkey?
      Crews nods his head.
      Reese: Do I wanna know?
      Crews shakes his head.
      Reese: Glad we had this talk.

    • (After shattering the frozen scientist's body)
      Reese: Do you have to touch everything?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Firma na zázraky (Company for Miracles)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 29, 2008 on Ten
      Portugal: January 27, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: April 6, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: June 3, 2009 on Vox
      United Kingdom: June 17, 2009 on ITV3
      Czech Republic: December 15, 2009 on Prima
      Slovakia: February 23, 2010 on JOJ

    • Music in this episode:
      "The Box" by Eastern Conference Champions. Betsy drives Crews home; Tidwell helps Reese.
      "Flying" by Sonic Quiver Music. Betsy drives Crews home; Tidwell helps Reese.
      "Metal Heart" by Cat Power. Ted & Crews meet with the dean again.
      "No Quick Fix (aka "There Are No Answers")" by Belinda Blair. Ted & Crews meet with the dean again.