Season 1 Episode 2

Meet Juan Doe

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Raines and his team have to put the pieces together when a decomposing body shows up in the Venice canals. When they finally identify the victim they find out he is an illegal immigrant and is somehow linked to a Los Angeles Councilman. Raines is sent to see a psychiatrist when the Captain thinks he's acting strange.moreless

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  • Expands on the pilot very nicely

    Was to be expected that the follow up wasnt going to be as hot. Yet it does succeed on building on the great 1st episode. The storyline and the crime stronger and thus more interesting in nature than those of the pilot. Overall the shift in point of view to the imaginary relationship between Raines and victim again works very well, given Goldbulm natural rapport with the viewer. The main problem he has - that of relying on his own preconceptions is prevelant and well done. It provides the mainstay of scenes between both parties again and just seems effortless. I love the fact that his preconceptions get chipped away as they are usually wrong or demonstrated in a negative/stereotypical light that I guess is just standard in most normal human beings.

    That so, the case provides a valued ally to the mechanism as it has a number of well placed and clever twists - nothing Earth-shattering but very engaging.

    All this leads us to change out view of the victim and shocking twist (though not entirely unexpected - I guess it :)) genuinely tugs at the heartstrings.

    The brief introduction of Madeliene Stowe as a phsycotherapist that Raines's capt. forces him to visit looks like it will provide an extra angle of confrontation for Raines to deal with and I hope to see this start expanding in the next few episodes.

    A case ending with no real winners that provides another 35 mins of genuine entertainment.moreless
  • Interesting

    This episode was better than the pilot, but still nothing amazing or groundbreaking. I like Graham Yost, but this is nowhere as good as Boomtown. I'm still interested in continuing with the series though. There are only five more episodes after all. I hope the other characters become a little more fleshed out. So far it's been all Raines with the other characters being cardboard cutouts.

    I'm beginning to think the best part of the show is how his perceptions of the dead change when he learns new facts about them. Too bad there was no Fearless in this episode. That would have made my day.moreless
  • The opening title was just stunning

    So, while still hoping a cool noir-like opening like the pilot, what we get was a shocker and more to the point opening title cards. That was just stunning.

    The story was pretty average, and if not for the humour comment made by Jeff/Raines almost every minutes, I would have already be bored with it.

    But hopefully, they can pick up the potential interesting interaction between the charactors, and the show might get a chance.moreless
  • Let's hope NBC sticks with "Raines"

    So, with one episode to get the gimmick and the characters established, does "Raines" give the viewer enough reason to keep coming back?

    Thankfully, yes.

    Jeff Goldblum is such a charismatic, engaging actor that he really doesn't need this "hook:" Raines is a dogged sleuth who uses his wits and his edginess to get to the truth. The more they explain his visions, the less the show appears to be a "Medium"/"Ghost Whisperer" ripoff as some have claimed. It's the visualization of a puzzle or problem to be pieced together. I like how the person changes as Raines learns more information about them. The Spanish, the family, etc. Goldblum is one of the more engaging actors to appear on TV in a while and Graham Yost has come up with a character up to Goldblum's talents.

    I'm not usually a fan of Madeline Stowe, or of the gimmick of sending a character to therapy (usually an excuse to verbalize character development in a quick and easy way), but at least it looks like Raines is going to have some fun with the department-ordered shrink.

    I really like the interplay between Goldblum and Matt Craven as his long-suffering commanding officer. Not a lot of Malik Yoba this episode, but I guess the writers don't want to give Raines too many visions to talk to in one show. Nice reminder of the love of Raymond Chandler, which figured so prominently in the pilot. Nicole Sullivan is still great, and I like her sarcasm played off Raines' tetchy demeanor. Nice turn by A. Martinez as the city councilman...SPOILER ALERT...I kind of wanted him to be malicious and guilty, rather than mistaken. Oh, well. Maybe next week Raines can take down another coldhearted killer.

    Now, with the move to Fridays, maybe "Raines" can build an audience and sustain. Yost is a great writer and it would be nice to get a strong detective mystery show on the air for a good long run. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that Detective Michael Raines doesn't share the same fate as the victims he sees.moreless
  • Raines begins a murder investigation when a body is pulled Raines investigates the murder of an immigrant.

    This episode was excellent. Jeff Goldbloom is perfect for this role. I don't think anybody could do the sarcastic humor of this show any more justice than he does. The story behind this episode is compelling and tragic. It is an example of when bad things happen for stupid reasons...or sometimes no reason at all. The scene toward the end when the councelman meets his grandson is very touching and very sad also. Nicole Sullivan's part seems a bit typical of her...but it's good to stick to your strengths when you haven't had much experience in dramatic roles before. The supporting cast of this show is excellent as well. There were some absolutely hilarious exchanges between the figmented immigrant murder vic and Raines in this episode. The funniest is the bit after Raines leaves the psychiatrist's office after being completely embarrassed. All in all, I'd say this was definitely worth the 60 minute of my time...and yours too.moreless
Dov Davidoff

Dov Davidoff

Remi Boyer

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum

Detective Michael Raines

Linda Park

Linda Park

Sally Lance

Malik Yoba

Malik Yoba

Charlie Lincoln

Matt Craven

Matt Craven

Captain Daniel Lewis

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Carolyn Crumley

A Martinez

A Martinez

Aurelio Sanchez

Guest Star

Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez

Julio Santiago

Guest Star

Carlos Lacamara

Carlos Lacamara

Ramon Fuentes

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At one point Juan Doe begins to sing a known Mexican song ("ay ay ay ay...") and he asks Raines if that is the only Mexican song he knows. Raines replies that he also knows the Macarena. Well, the Macarena is Spanish (from Spain), not Mexican.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Captain Lewis: You haven't called Dr. Kohl.
      Raines: Dan, it's been one day. I haven't called my, uh, mother in weeks. You don't hear her complaining.
      Captain Lewis: Your mother's dead.
      Raines: That explains it.

    • Raines: Who is Dr. Samantha Kohl?
      Captain Lewis: She's a therapist.
      Raines: Oh yeah, says it right here on the card: 'Therapist'. I... I thought it was 'The Rapist' which would be such a strange thing to put on a card.

    • Boyer: Why don't you like me?
      Raines: Oh for Heavens sakes!
      Boyer: It's because I told the Captain that I saw you talking to yourself on the Boudreau case isnt it?
      Raines: I-I disliked you way before that.
      Boyer: Did you ever stop to think that maybe I had a good reason to tell the Captain?
      Raines: What the hell would that be?
      Boyer: You've always been something of a whack job detective but you always had Charlie to help cinch the restraints and keep you from swallowing your tongue. Now, lets put it this way, I see people out on the street everyday talking to themselves. The one big difference between them and you they dont have a license to carry a firearm,

    • Raines: Boyer do... do you have a Myspace page?
      Boyer: No. Not yet.
      Raines: Great. So... so when you get one, may I suggest that under likes and dislikes you put that you like to annoy the living snot out of people when they're trying to work and maybe you wanna add a link to www.whatingodsnameiswrongwithme.com.

    • Coyote: Who cleans your house?
      Raines: Nobody. It's an issue with the landlord.

    • Raines: I'm so sorry. I, I'm just getting the hang of exactly how it is I've lost my mind.

    • Informant: Do me a favor? Don't tell him I gave you that. Please!
      Raines: That-That's my credo. Never inconvenience or upset a weasel who exploits people.

    • Raines (speaking to the guy wanting the tattoo of his girlfriend's name on him): Is that your girlfriend? Oh, she is way too hot for you. Listen, do your future a favor. Go down the boardwalk and get yourself one of those henna tattoos. They wash right off.

    • Boyer: Where do you live detective?
      Raines: If I tell you I'll have to move

    • Samantha: Where'd you grow up?
      Raines: New York.
      Samantha: Parents?
      Raines: One of each.

    • Raines: So... if you, uh, don't see cops anymore how come you're seeing me?
      Samantha: Your captain asked me.
      Raines: Why'd you agree? What, does he have a picture of you with a goat?
      Samantha: Not a goat.

    • Police sketch artist: It'd just be speculation.
      Raines: No, speculation would be if I did it. You, as a forensic artist, presumably have some, uh, expertise. Unless the good people of Los Angeles are, uh, compensating you under false pretenses.

    • Tattoo artist: (referring to the guy pulled from the canal) Still a John Doe?
      Raines: Juan Doe now, Mexican dental work.

    • Dr. Kohl: You talk to yourself, Detective?
      Raines: Yes. Um, I can't think of anybody more interesting to talk to. Ooh. My gosh, I'm a narcissist.

    • Julio: You ever stop to wonder what the hell happened to you?
      Raines: Oh, every single damn day.

    • Raines: This is my life. Watching a hallucination do the Macarena. Doesn't get any better than that.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Ordinary People

      Samantha: You stole the whole brother drowning story right out of 'Ordinary People' did you think I wouldn't pick up on that?

      "Ordinary People" is a 1980 movie where the accidental death of the older son of a wealthy family affects his guilt-ridden younger brother.

    • Ordinary People

      Raines' "brother drowning" story to Dr. Kohl was said to have been gotten from Ordinary People, a book by Judith Guest.