The Cleaner

Season 1 Episode 4

Chaos Theory

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 05, 2008 on A&E
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Episode Summary

A mathematics professor uses cocaine to help him publish his research in time. His girlfriend and colleague requests William's help. William tries to stop the professor before he loses everything--his career, personal life, and even his immigrant parents' diner. Meanwhile, William's son discovers a used needle in their house after a dinner party. William realizes that the needle belongs to his former sponsor and must decide whether to cut his sponsor out of his life.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • (Discussing William with Quinn.)
        Melissa: When he was shooting dope, I was this heroic woman just for sticking by him, and now that he's some kind of personal savior I'm just a lucky chick who landed a guy like William Banks. I didn't mean that the way it sounds.

      • Melissa: (about Quinn) The kids asked about him.
        William: Good. What'd you say?
        Melissa: What they needed to know.
        William: Which means what?
        Melissa: Which means not as much as you wish I did, but more than I would have on my own.
        William: Well that's the tricky part, right, babe? Telling our kids just enough to, uh, keep their heads clear, their eyes open, but not so much that you scare 'em off from taking risks? You know, the good ones.

      • Lula: I made you some tea.
        William: Oh, honey, I'm not a tea kinda guy.
        Lula: It's chamomile, it will relax you.
        William: Oh, I don't need to be relaxed.
        Lula: A boy tried to kiss me.
        William: (after a long pause) Gimme the tea.

      • (Ben has been caught smoking.)
        William: You know, you're making some great decisions with your life.
        Ben: I guess that makes me the apple, then, huh, tree?

      • William: (about Darnell) You had one thing to take care of, Akani. You want to get into a pissing contest with me? What the hell are you doing having him make a buy?
        Akani: Do you want to hear my side of the story?
        William: Not unless it ends in, "Yes, William, we did exactly what you told us to do."

      • (Talking to Ben while he showers.)
        William: What are you doing up so early?
        Ben: I wanted to get my homework done before school.
        William: That's good; that's… that's mature.
        Ben: I wouldn't push that maturity thing too much. I peed in the shower.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Czech Republic – January 25, 2009 on AXN

      • Featured Music:
        "Catch" by Scars on 45 (Akani quizzes William about the party)
        "Follow That Sound (Acoustic)" by Sharon Little and Scot Sax (performed live at William and Melissa's party)
        "Follow That Sound" by Sharon Little (transitions to recorded version as Teddy enters his parents' diner)
        "Tracks of My Tears (Live)" by Gavin DeGraw (Melissa and William talk about Lula and boys)
        "Lonesome Valley" by Magnolia Electric Co. (Swenton defends not picking up the client)
        "Is There a Ghost" by Band of Horses (closing scene)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)