Season 1 Episode 4

Stone Dead

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A 20-year-old drug dealer, who aspired to be a comic book illustrator and change his life, is found dead in LA. Meanwhile, Raines is concerned about Charlie's son and is urged to bring him to Samantha since she think that she can help him.

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  • Raines was good dramedy.

    You've got to love Jeff Goldblum's way of delivering dialogue in hushed tones and warbling tempos. I'm going to say spoiler alert because of the gags. Despite the heavy theme of good and evil, orphaned kids, and murder it was very funny. The dead victim tells Raines how his comic book hero Pay/back survives by eating toxic waste. The detective quips: that lunchbox is gonna be a big seller. The old lady taking the weed glaucoma cure had a stuffed cat on her shelf and Raines said taxidermy was the highest form of flattery. Raines tried to threaten a tobacco shop owner with a retired drug dog the cop had to carry in because she was so old and when he set her down, she just veered into everything, breaking stuff. I wish this show could have stayed on the air, thanks for making me laugh creator Graham Yost.moreless
  • A more deep themed, excellent story-driven look at the aspects of good and evil... through the Raines' eyes. Will Good overcome Evil?!



    An episode that incorporates the virtues and structure of comicbook. Wrapped around what is an excellent story, that can only be compared to the one in the pilot episode.

    There are a number of themes that are woven together throughout this episode. The triumph of good over evil, the notion of a [super]-hero and their role, the perception of evil. All contribute to a story that sees Raines take on some of the traits of a supposed hero. These being his crime-fighting capabilities though moreso, because of his attention to his dead partner's young son.

    The story sees a the murder of a young man with aspirations [and the talent] to become a comic-book illustrator. Through this story we are invited through Raines, on a journey of what is the definition of Good and Evil, as firstly Raines believes the young man to have been the victim of a gang attack. This too's and fro's as Raines self-projected image of the victim changes. As the mystery unravels, we are questions that make us wonder what the true motive of the crime was. Rather like a philosphical contemplation on the whole comicbook folklore. Thus feeding back to the whole question of who we and it being a reflection of another aspect of humanity.

    Though the crime 'caper' is more than solid to stand on its own to feet, its Raines emotion-filled and tender scenes with Jack that add the knock-out element to this show, providing a balance to his need to solve the case and worrying for the fatherless Jack. Some excellent scenes underly Raines' obvious discomfort at fatherhood and taking on the replacement father role in Jack's life.

    The stories come together in what is now a 'typical' Raines ending, filled soulful if mild resonance.

    Definitely one to watch.moreless
  • Young dead male,an drugs intersect in venice area. Detective Raine's has to find out who did the dirty deed.

    Raine's an company rock as usual, this episode has heart an loads of humor.Lets hope NBC show uncharacteristic good sense, an keep this show on. Given alittle time I know it will find it's audience. NBC must know it sometimes takes a show of quility, more time for the intelligent people to find out that there finilly is something for us.
  • Pretty good

    Could have done without the pot smoking Granny. The comic book story was interesting. Annoyed the girlfriend keep saying that the older guy was like a father to the victim and he couldn't have cared less. The story of Charlie's son was good and realistic. Raines mad at Charlie and not realizing it was good.
  • Raines and Jack were the heart of this episode. Let's hope the show keeps breathing.

    What can I say? I’m falling for this show. This episode is the first episode that I felt really stood on solid ground compared to the last episodes. I have to say, the character of Raines is very intriguing when compared to some of the more notable characters on more popular shows. We start with the death of a “drug dealer” Jimmy who reminds Raines of Charlie’s son, Jack, who by the way, should definitely be in many more episodes. The chemistry between Jack and Raines had me glued to the screen any time they were together. The card scene, with Jack trying to teach Raines the whole game(which I somewhat understood because of my own two brothers), was just perfect. I loved Raines slight discomfort and complete fear of the thought of playing this game with Jack, who I love now. Raines’ lines were the funniest this season by far. The old doper woman had me laughing every time she opened her mouth, and Raines’ lines had me cracking me up as well. “What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.” I am going to be totally honest. I had to pause the video because I could not stop laughing. The lames joke ever told probably, but the way he said it coupled with the gang’s reaction just killed me. It was a very clever entertaining scene, especially when you add in the wiggling of one ear at a time. Jimmy’s character was significant in that he represented what the future might hold for Jack. Jimmy lived in group homes, without a real family, and Raines has to confront his fears that Jack may end up the same. I’m not saying the case was disinteresting or bad, I just liked the parallels between Raines and Jack more than the case itself. Maybe I’m just a character story person, but for me, this episode was about Raines’ fears for his dead partner’s young son, and trying to be the new father figure.

    The last scene, with Jack, Raines, Jolie, and Wally at the comic store, was very well done. Jimmy’s comic was put on display, Wally acted more like a father to Jimmy’s memory, Jolie realized how important she was to Jimmy, and Raines may just be able to put his fears to rest. He is a father figure to Jack, expressed by his fooling around with Jack as he holds the comic in the air and tells him to try and grab it. The drawing that “Jimmy” did of the two of them nearly made me sigh. When Jack grabbed Raines hand and said let’s go watch a movie, I thought, the boy’s got a chance…and so does Raines.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Raines: I came out here thinking I was gonna be the next Raymond Chandler. I figured, you live here, you write like him. "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."
      Jimmy: The Big Sleep. Great book.
      Raines: You ever read it?
      Jimmy: Probably not.

    • Raines: Did Jimmy have any problems with anybody?
      Stoner lady: Last week he...
      Raines: (Waits for her to continue her statement. When she doesn't, he prompts her) Last week...?
      Stoner lady: I'm not a mind reader. What about last week?
      Jimmy: (Leans forward, munching a cookie, interrupting) Is it old age or the weed?
      Raines: Uh, old age put her on the bicycle, but weed is doing the pedalling.
      Stoner lady: I don't peddle drugs! I'm a consumer. Now let's get back to the argument with Sergei!

    • Stanley Rastow: (discussing Wally's status as a comic book grader) Graders are like freakin' priests. There's no way they'd certify a fake.
      Raines: Those comics came in these. (Pulls out the comic cases, tagged from Wally's shop)
      Rastow: Wally's selling knockoffs? That's impossible. The guy's like a Jedi level nerd. He'd never go to the dark side.
      Raines: Unless somebody forced him to.

    • Lewis: How'd it go with Samantha today?
      Raines: We had a breakthough as a matter of fact. My problem is you.
      Lewis: I ask because I care. And I want a heads up when you snap so I have time to find a place to take a clean shot from.
      Carolyn: You'll spare me right? You'll need someone to explain the insane logic behind the rampage.
      Raines: I'm writing a note.

    • Lewis: (Indicating Raines' brown sack) What'd you get for lunch?
      Raines: Shoes!
      Lewis: That smart ass attitude is exactly why you'll never get to have a Captain's ulcer.
      Raines: No, uh a very sweet doper old lady gave these to me. They belonged to her dead husband. She thought they'd fit me. You're an 11 aren't you?
      Lewis: I'm good for shoes. What I could really use though are some old dead guy pants.

    • Raines: How are you doing?
      Charlie's widow: I'm cursing God less.
      Raines: Well, don't stop comepletely. I'm sure it's a welcome change from all those people, uh, sucking up and asking for stuff.

    • Raines: (looking over the ice cream menu, reading to Jack) What are you going to get? My eye has fallen upon 'Eskimo Munch', that sounds vaguely inappropriate.

    • Raines: Is that cat breathing?
      Stoner lady: Oh, I hope not. She died years ago. I had her stuffed.
      Raines: Like Roy Rogers with Trigger. Norman Bates did that. Taxidermy. That's the highest form of flattery.

    • Raines: What is this? A locked cabinet. What's in here?
      Jimmy: Bro, if it's one of those rubber suits with a zipper for a mouth let's keep it on the down low.

    • Raines: (Finding Jimmy's bong) Sure, now the tortoise makes sense. It's the only pet that you can catch when you're stoned.

    • Geek Farm employee: Wally. This guy saw the 'Raven's Claw Death Saber' on the website. He wants to know if he comes in can he get it cheaper?
      Wally: Tell him if he comes into the store I have to charge him more because then I have to look at his big fat face.

    • Wino: (Seeing Raines sitting in his car talking to himself, approaches the car with bottle) Hey, pal. (Offers Raines a drink)
      Raines: Oh, no. No, no. Thank you. Not a, not a drunk. Just, uh, crazy. Thank you.

    • Lance: (Hands Raines the victim's wallet) There's also a photograph. I was thinking, maybe his girlfriend?
      Raines: We better find her and give her the bad news. Unless he was her stalker, in which case it's good news.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Raines: I came here cuz I thought I was going to be the next Raymond Chandler. I thought that you live here you write like him. Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.
      Jimmy Davis: The Big Sleep. A great book.
      The Big Sleep is a 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler. It is the first novel to feature the detective Philip Marlowe.

    • Raines: He didn't go gentle into that good night.
      Allusion to a poem by Dylan Thomas called Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. The first verse reads:
      "Do not go gentle into that good night,
      Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light."