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Season 1 Episode 3

Reconstructing Alice

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After an homeless woman is found murdered in an alley, Raines must investigate. Contrary to what he originally imagines, his investigation leads him into a more complicated case.

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  • An excellently told, tragic and deep story. Where the cop show plot is truly secondary.

    A story themed on the plight of homelessness, with issues of mental illness. These cleverly incorporated though, through the mirror of experiences of Raines as he sets about solving this case.

    As you can imagine, these two are the funniest of bosom-buddies. Yet the writers excel in bringing ironic moments of humour through dialogue, which Goldbulm excels at delivering. Raines' fractured mind is also used to good effect, keeping the screenplay moving allow, hitting the issues of the theme without dwelling to much. As for the issues relayed in this particular plot; pain, suffering, loneliness, despondancy, manipulation of the forgotten, lost diginty and family anguish. All are well woven into a crime story that franky isn't the star of the show. Nor should it be, if you are fan of Raines.

    Yet as done in previous episodes, it is Raines psyke-projected view of the victim that allows us to take these onboard, without it becoming a recital or unemotional exposition. Plotwise don't expect the strongest cop solves case story, but its logical set out. Locations add to the overall despondant feel, while the trail of leads does it job in taking us along a journey of discovery. It eventually leads us to an intentially likely killer, but with a twist at the end.

    A well told story of a sad demise, that dances on the mind of Raines beyond this episode. Could this fate be his future? Indeed, the 'real' question should be - could this be a future for me?!moreless
  • Alice down the rabbit hole. Its hard not to love allusions, especially when they play on a universal childhood memory. The kind of memories that make us all smile, even when the theme is sad.moreless

    How does one not automatically smile when we think of the stories of our childhood, if not told by parents who loved you, or by a teacher that smile just a bit too much, then by a mind that was full of curiosity. Raines tonight reminded me why I always wanted to fall down the rabbit hole, why I always wanted to go on an adventure and I never got lost in too deep. I found myself grinning, as usual its Raines’ assumptions that get the best of him, but this time around it wasn’t simply the case he was struggling with, but his own identity. His own fears of insanity were thrown in his face, just as Alice went on a psychedelic trip, Raines fears that his entire life is nothing more then one really long psychotic episode (no pun intended). The first episode where he doesn’t find himself searching out the help of his deceased partner, he find solace in the arranged meetings with his no nonsense shrink. It was a cleverly arranged episode that hinged on my own vulnerabilities, and yet continued to exercise my senses. I hope this show gets a fair shot, but like many cop dramas, it could fall at the wayside.moreless
  • I have enjoyed all episodes so far.. I rarely watch ANY TV, so for me to actually sit still long enough to enjoy a program says a lot. YEAH for Raines... I love them all so far. :)moreless

    The pilot episode was fabulous, and I look forward to each episode. They have all kept my attention and are great, so far. Keep em' coming! I am happy that there is a feature to watch the missed episodes on the web. Makes it nice if I happen to miss something, etc. This review has to be a minimum of 100 words, and I have nothing else to say except it is a great show and I look forward to many more to follow. I need 15 more words, so I am going to say HELLO to all of you out there in cyberland! :)moreless
Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Milt Traeger

Guest Star

Todd Giebenhain

Todd Giebenhain

Jason Kitman

Guest Star

Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese

Mickey Russo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Raines: (Quoting Sherlock Holmes) The dog didn't bark. That was the curious incident.

    • Alice: I still think Treger did it. Kitman's just a patsy.
      Raines: Lee Oswald was a patsy. Kitman's a suspect. Treger? I don't like him anymore than you do. But he didn't kill you.
      Alice: If you say so. But, isn't it funny how some crazy people end up on the street and some end up on TV?

    • Alice: That's about your 10th cup.
      Raines: What are you, the caffeine police?

    • Raines: Sleep! You know, what could be more natural. You close your eyes and next thing you know it's morning. Right? Unless you start thinking about things. Like how your marriage might have been saved if you had worked a little harder or how your partner might still be alive if you'd fired a little sooner. So maybe you watch the tv to drown out the noise in your head. You know, trouble is, sometimes that's worse. After a while you get kind of used to living in a state of weariness. It may be physical but it starts to feel existential. And then it's the morning and ready or not you... ya gotta start all over again.

    • Lewis: Use tact.
      Raines: Hey, hey, it's me.
      Lewis: Exactly.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Wegman: Jason Kitman's dog is a weimaraner called Wegman. This is a reference to William Wegman, a photographer known for his photographs of weimaraners.

    • Crystal: (the Motel Manager) Alice don't work here anymore.
      Possible allusion to an episode of Fame (Season 6 Episode 23) called Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore, but there is also a 1974 film directed by Martin Scorsese called Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which may be a more accurate allusion.

    • Raines: I see death every day and it sometimes looks restful, like a big sleep. Hey, maybe Raymond Chandler was an insomniac.
      The Big Sleep is a 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler. It is the first novel to feature the detective Philip Marlowe.

    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

      Raines makes the allusion to Sherlock Holmes with this reference. It comes from the story, "Silver Blaze." In it, a prize race horse is stolen. Holmes deduces the identity of the thief because the dog who slept outside of the stables did not bark during the theft: this was because he recognized the thief, much like the dog and the murderer in this episode. The title was also used for a 2002 book by Mark Haddon.