Season 1 Episode 1


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.