Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When a teenage girl, Sandy Boudreau, is found murdered, Detective Michael Raines is called to find out who killed her. During the investigation, an uninvited visitor comes back from her grave to help him to solve her case. While working on her case, Raines is trying to figure out how to stop being tortured by his imagination.moreless

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  • A breath of fresh air

    Very impressive first episode. Great style of narration that few people could pull off - Jeff Goldblum being one of them. Reminds me of those old 50/60 style PI novels (ala Raimond Chandler).

    Having him as bordering delusion/possibly mentally ill works perfectly in suspending disbelief and allowed me to believe the exchanges taking place between him and the deceased.

    The main selling point of the show is Raines ability to empathises with the victims and use his knowledge of human behaviour to essentially draw up a profile of the victim. With this in hand he can then work his way towards possible motives and identify suspects.

    The whole thing works fantastically well and in this episode proves to be a fine introduction to Raines and the unique method he uses to solve homicides. I found all the little subtle changes he makes to the victim as he finds out more, wonderful and packs in detail as though he is painting the victims personality on a canvas.

    As you may expect the crime is just a means to the end, but the journey is the way Raines reconstructs a person from the clues he has to go on, often making judgements or second guessing some aspects, before chipping away his assumptions to find the true character.

    It goes without saying that alot of the victims we see are perhaps a mirror to Raines' psyche itself.

    Glorious concept, excellently executed. Can't blow this episodes trumpet enough. I just hope the remaining 7 are just a deep.moreless
  • good pilot...

    I really like the idea of this show and this episode was great. A young lady was found dead and Raines finds out that she was a prostitute that was trying to make money to help her mom get away from her abusive husband. I really like how Raines started talking to the victum and how she changed whenever new evidence came in. That was awesome. I also liked his old partner, which, at the end, happened to be dead. I wasn't expecting that; that was awesome. Overall, this was an interesting case, though not very original, but the seeing of the victums made the characters interesting and well-developed.moreless
  • Good pilot

    Not a bad show, really. Not much of a story in this one, but it did have a nice twist. It's on hulu, go watch it. The best part of the episode was seeing Mykelti Williamson playing Bobby 'Fearless' Smith from one of my favorite shows, Boomtown that was canceled way before it's time. I think this show would have worked a lot better if it hadn't been running on the same network as Medium. There's really not much to distinguish the two, except one is faking it and one is not. I'm going to watch all seven episodes probably, just because I like Jeff Goldblum.moreless
  • Don't confuse this with "Medium" or "Ghost Whisperer". This is so much better.

    As a first-time viewer without any advance knowledge of this show, my initial reaction was to dump it after 10 minutes as a clone of "Medium" or "Ghost Whisperer", which I refuse to watch because of their unrealistic spiritistic premise. But then Sandy's accent turned to a Southern drawl after Raines learned where she was from. I knew then that this was going to be something so much better. I was glad for this because the opening film noir-like scene was so well done. The quirky way that the body changed with Raines' narrative descriptions is the type of innovative device that TV needs.

    Another good thing is that Raines is humble enough to accept the results of the legwork of those working with him and then do what a good detective is supposed to do -- solve the case! The return of Nicole Sullivan to network TV is much appreciated. As usual, she plays a likeable character who contributes a lot to the show. It's also great to see again Mykelti Williams, who played Bobby "Fearless" Smith in one of the best crime dramas ever, "Boomtown"; although the credit blurb doesn't use the correct character name in this show -- Charlie.

    Nice surprise revelation of the identity of the killer. Also surprising was that Charlie also is dead. But I'll keep watching because it merely further establishes Raines' mental instability.

    This episode holds promise that this hardly-promoted mid-season replacement might actually have a chance at success.moreless
  • Not a bad show.

    Pretty good kept me interested. Took me a while to realize that his partner was dead also. Interesting take on the side kick/ voice over thing. Instead of the usual partner you get a dead guy. Nicole Sullivan doesn't have mush to do. My only complaint on this show is they don't make much use of Nicole Sullivan's talent.
Dov Davidoff

Dov Davidoff

Remi Boyer

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum

Detective Michael Raines

Linda Park

Linda Park

Sally Lance

Matt Craven

Matt Craven

Captain Daniel Lewis

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Carolyn Crumley

Malik Yoba

Malik Yoba

Charlie Lincoln

Graham Beckel

Graham Beckel

Vernon Boudreau

Guest Star

Alexa Davalos

Alexa Davalos

Sandy Boudreau

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Wendy Tucker

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The character Dectective Bobby "Fearless" Smith (Mykelti Williamson) was also an LA detective in the show Boomtown that went off the air in 2003.
      Although the character "Charlie" is reminiscent of Bobby "Fearless" Smith from "Boomtown", he has been given a different name.

    • After Sandy's dad is hauled away in the squad car, Raines and Sandy go to Raines' car. Sandy physically opens the door to get in, even though she is not real.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (First lines of the series)
      Raines: Maybe I read too many detective books when I was a kid. Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald, all the great California guys of the forties and fifties. I tried writing a story once, couldn't get past page one. Too many decisions. Where do you find the body? Because all of these stories start with a body, right?

    • Captain Lewis: It's good to have you back, Michael.
      Raines: Is this where I say "it's good to be back?"
      Captain Lewis: No, this where you say something clever to remind me how smart you are.
      Raines: I'm rusty. Give me a few days.

    • Mrs. Boudreau: What's this? (Opens thick envelope containing cash) Oh..OH!
      Raines: I'm sorry the money is missing, Mrs. Boudreau, because I know Sandy wanted you to have it. She wanted a better life for you. She would have done just about anything to help you.

    • (Sandy asks Raines why he accused her father of molesting her)
      Sandy: Why'd you say that to him?
      Raines: Very few people get into your line of work because having sex with strangers for money was their favorite booth on career day. Nine times out of ten they were molested.

    • Charlie: You think he did it? The boyfriend.
      Raines: You know how I work Charlie. I think everybody did it, then I slowly whittle away the ones who couldn't have.

    • Raines: What do you want?
      Sandy: It's your imagination detective I'm just the figment.
      Raines: What do you want?
      Sandy: I want you to find out who killed me.
      Raines: Then you'll go? Back to whatever dark twisted malfunctioning part of my brain that you come from.

    • Sandy: What are you writing?
      Raines: A note instructing whoever finds my body after I blow my brains out to scatter the ashes over Disneyland because it's the happiest place on earth.

    • (Marco runs from the officers and is hit by a police car. Raines tells the officer who struck him)
      Raines: I was hoping you'd put him in handcuffs not traction.

    • Wendy: I didn't mean to kill her, Detective. I just wanted to stop her.
      Raines: I know. I bet your legal team will argue successfully that it was a crime of passion or the gun went off accidentally. You might only get manslaughter for killing Sandy Boudreau but McSweeney, the private eye, that was premeditated. You might just get the needle for that!

    • Captain Lewis: Where is the money?
      Raines: I spent it on lottery tickets
      Captain Lewis: Did you get me some
      Raines: Do I look like an idiot? Of course I did. Dan the money's in evidence

    • Carolyn: What about that shoebox full of cash?
      Raines: What about it Nancy Drew?

    • Gardener: Hey, who were you talking to?
      Raines: The dead. They hunger for human brains, the feasting will begin at sundown.

    • Charlie: Do your job. Go back there, see what she wants. Just talk to her.
      Raines: Uh, uh, uh!

    • Charlie: She's there right now?
      Raines: Yes, roller skates and all.
      Charlie: This is so cool.
      Raines: No, Charlie, it's not cool.

    • Charlie: So it's happening again?
      Raines: Yes, it's happening again, I'm losing my mind.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald

      Raines: All the great California guys of the forties and fifties...

      Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald are generally regarded as the fathers of the "hard-boiled" detective and wrote several well-regarded private detective mystery stories. Chandler created Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep), Hammett created Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) and MacDonald created Lew Archer (The Drowning Pool). Raines' narration throughout the series, as well as the L.A. setting, are influenced by these works.

    • Nancy Drew

      Raines: What about it Nancy Drew?

      Nancy Drew is a fictional character, the heroine detective of a popular mystery series. The series was created and outlined in detail in 1930 by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with the first manuscripts written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson and edited by Stratemeyer's daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

    • Fantastic Voyage

      Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film written by Harry Kleiner. It's a 2-time Oscar winning movie from 1966 starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance. The story is about a group of scientists who are miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of a diplomat who is dying. The scientists must find the cause of the illness, cure it, and exit the body before re-enlarging.

    • Body Heat

      "Kathleen Turner in Body Heat."

      Body Heat is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston and Mickey Rourke. It may be cited as an example of postmodern pastiche, as its sets are an intentional mix of visual eras.