Shark

Season 1 Episode 17

Backfire

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 29, 2007 on CBS
9.1
out of 10
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After two cops are implicated in a controversial shooting that kills an upstanding black teen and also hurts his drug-dealing cousin, Sebastian is put in charge of the case. To find the answers to his questions, he must use an accusatory approach toward the two officers, but it doesn't take long for Isaac to disapprove of Stark's way of doing things.moreless

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  • Doesnt backfire, but doesnt excel either

    8.8
    This episode relies on the ever-present divide between the boys in blue and Afro-American communites. A fairly innocuous incident highlights the edgy nature of the relationship between both parties and is ample cause for the ensuing events.



    What the episode succeeds in delivering is a short window into the point of view of both sides, wrapped up in a pretty believeable series of events (apart from the first act) in an entertaining way. If you're expecting anything deeper than that you'll be disappointed. The use of the black cop as the lynch-pin for the initial confusing nature of the case is probably the best ingredient and turns what would be an average episode into a very good one, esp. as we get to see the human nature of a man caught in the middle of this self-perpetuating conflict.



    Several stereo-typical events will cause assumptions that play into the overall effect of the storyline and this works well in convincing viewers that there will be a fairly benign outcome. However, if you continue to watch to the end, you will be pleasantly surprised at the twist towards the end.



    One of the better episodes from this season, if you can forgive the brash nature of the root cause that provide the plot with its seed.moreless
  • A good episode with a lot of controversy.

    9.0
    This was a pretty good episode by my standards. I enjoyed how the crime was not straight forward at all. It kept jumping around and it kept you guessing. I don't particularly like Isaac's character. He doesn't seem to fit the exact personality of his character. It seems more like he should be shooting hoops and not chasing bad guys. Stark was especially good in this episode. He had every reason to be mad at Isaac for trying to stick up fpr the cops. Especially when the police were lying for nearly the entire episode. One of the best parts of the episode was the final scene. Stark finally confronted Julie!moreless
  • The final scene was the icing on the cake!

    9.7
    I agree that the episode was well written. When it neared the end, I thought the story was over. But the final scene between Sebastian and Julie was the icing on the cake. On the surface, the show sells Stark as a poor to mediocre father. But his comments to Julie about the fact that she wants to have a relationship with her father on her own terms is exceptional. After she chose to deal with a very difficult life lesson on her own terms, Stark's character responded with tough love and wisdom. That's the stuff that true parenting is made of. A fabulous ending to a great episode!moreless
  • James Wood should get an emmy for this

    9.2
    James Woods should get an emmy for his performance and no wonder this show fits to the best of his ability. As an underrated but gifted character actor. Shark is put in charge of investigating two cops implicating in shooting an African-American youth and his drug-dealing cousin. But Isaac disapproves of Shark's unconventional ways. But then again, Shark's ways are always the best it seems even if you don't agree with it.moreless
Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell

Ray Tillman

Guest Star

Laura Leighton

Laura Leighton

Angela Corbin

Guest Star

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis

Ellie Broussard

Guest Star

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Mayor Manuel Delgado

Recurring Role

Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter

Lewis Slocombe

Recurring Role

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

Judge Jane Briar

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (14)

    • Mayor Delgado: Since the cops hate your guts, no one is going to question the integrity of this investigation.
      Stark: You know, I think there's a compliment in there somewhere.

    • Ray Tillman: Well, I've seen how you treat cops on the stand. Department's lost some good men because of it.
      Isaac: Uh, Detective, right now, we're not the ones you need to worry about.
      Stark: I think what he's saying is that half the city wants to bury you. Now, if you talk to me and tell me everything, I might be able to help you. And trust me, you want my help.

    • Terry Burns: You're the guy who planted on that rich scumbag who killed your partner.
      Isaac: This isn't about me.

    • Stark: (to Ferris) Word of advice - keep your mouth shut until you hire a lawyer. And if I were you, I'd watch my back at the police station. Not your biggest fans.

    • Julie: I really need to make this to go away.
      Boyd Bergdorf: You're a minor. You blew a .06. The only way this is going away... get your dad's office to lose the file.

    • Stark: Did he go there to kill Farris?
      Leary: Look, once he started shooting, I had no choice.

    • Ray: Let me take the fall. I've done a lot of things wrong in 30 years, Stark. Please let me get this one last thing right.

    • Stark: When I brought you over here, I never thought how tough it would be on you. I only saw the up side for me.
      Isaac: Something new and different?

    • Angela: You played me like a fiddle.
      Stark: As I recall, that used to turn you on.
      Angela: Pity. I was looking forward to our new detente.
      Stark: We're even.
      Angela: Til next time.

    • Raina: Look, no offense but I've dealt with guys like you before. Quiet, complicated all kinds of demons wrapped up in a pretty package. I'll pass.
      Isaac: So you think I'm pretty?
      Raina: I've seen prettier.

    • Stark: (To Julie) So when you decide you really want a father, you let me know.

    • Julie: Dad, I need a lawyer.
      Sebastien: Look in the yellow pages under, "L".

    • Stark: So, you sticking around?
      Isaac: Well, I figure somebody's gotta keep you from getting killed.

    • Isaac: (to Raina) Can we just go somewhere and talk? I promise I'll leave my demons in the car.

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