The Cleaner

Season 2 Episode 1

Hello America

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 23, 2009 on A&E
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An old friend who's a program member asks for Banks' help to get her husband clean again. However, the case is complicated because he's a newscaster with a drug clause in his contract, and in the midst of a rescue that must be completely confidential Banks finds he's dealing with his old sponsor and personal issues that affect both him and his client. Elsewhere, Melissa asks a favor that puts him back in his home for the dubious pleasure of being grilled by his in-laws.moreless

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  • Perfect, interesting, beautiful, sad and inspiring first episode with amazing guests

    Season 1 was so great that I hadn't any expectations for the second. I just knew its first episode would be perfect. In fact I didn't even miss The Cleaner because once its spirit has blessed you then you can't feel alone anymore. William, his friends and family become part of the many things you require to overcome your daily problems. The episodes can be seen as real life events that grow on you and affect your life in good ways. Watching Hello America I exactly felt the same way. First beside the usual casting, Benjamin Bratt and Amy Price-Francis, there were three exceptionally talented guest stars : Whoopi Goldberg, Jayne Brook and Gary Cole. As often the story their characters were involved in felt very real and you could easily relate to them. Their relationships with William were also quite interesting and in most of the scenes you could feel how authentic the acting was and how genuine the profiles were. One minute you'll feel as happy as one character, the next you'll probably turn into tears. It's a lot about controlling emotions and better understanding life to feel less miserable. Yes because when it comes to happiness William is convinced that you can't reach heaven the easy way. But it's not like if he knew everything, the contrary. He always question his believes and consider his decisions under different lights to avoid reproducing the same mistakes over and over. For example this episode was a lot about focusing on your loved ones instead of being selfish. So the contents was deep but the production quality was also high-end.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • William: (to God) You never really meant to give any of us perfection. It simply comes down to the level of imperfection we allow to seep into our moments of fireworks. And if we can do that – if I can do that – let a little perfection into the imperfect, let that little bit of mess not destroy the beauty of my life, then I finally have what may be the closest thing to perfect I'll ever really know.

    • Davis Durham: (about Michelle and sobriety) If I can't do this for her, right now…
      PK: Davis, you gotta do it for you.
      Davis: It was. 21 great years, it was for me. At least that's what I thought. But that– that really isn't the only reason, is it? If we just do it for us, PK, how can we give anything to anybody else?

    • PK: I need a meeting.
      William: You go to your meeting.
      PK: That's right, I forgot: you do everything on your own. Gets you where you need to go.
      William: Same old PK. You back in my life a day, and already nine miles up my ass. And you wonder where I've been.

    • (William has just reamed Davis out for relapsing.)
      PK: A little hard on him.
      William: (about Michelle) She's got 17 years without even taking an aspirin. And now, because of him–
      PK: Her choice.
      William: His doing!
      PK: It's life on life's terms, William.
      William: Will you stop with the slogans, PK? What he's doing–
      PK: What he's doing is being an addict. He's behaving like an addict. And I know you don't like it, but you know what it's like.

    • William: (about Michelle's cancer) You still in treatment?
      Michelle Durham: Uh, done that – chemo, radiation, frigging shark cartilage enemas. I'm done with all of it. (long pause) What happened to you, William? You just disappeared.
      William: I don't know. I had some things I had to work out, I guess.
      Michelle Durham: But you did relapse a few years ago? And you never reached out to anyone? You want to talk about it?
      William: I'd rather have a shark cartilage enema.

    • (A strung-out Davis is struggling after the team re-captures him.)
      William: (to PK) Grab my bag, the black bag, open it up.
      Davis Durham: (rambling) …He knows exactly what I'm gonna say! He does, 'cause he wrote it. He knows what I'm gonna say tonight…
      (PK has found the bag.)
      William: Open it up.
      PK: (looking at the array of drugs and syringes) Geez, William, who you trying to be, Marcus Welby? I didn't know pharmaceutical school was part of your calling.

    • (Swenton is restraining Davis.)
      Arnie: We are going to spend a little bit of time together.
      Davis Durham: Get off me you little leprechaun!
      Arnie: Oh, I'm your lucky charm.

    • William: You two have always worked a tight program.
      Michelle: How's yours been?
      William: Um, a little looser.
      Michelle: Yeah, I heard you hit a few bumps in the road.
      William: Define "bumps."
      Michelle: Your-tires-fell-off "bumps."

    • William: (speaking to God) Last night I was lying in bed… trying to count the perfect moments from my life. One time when the world aligned itself, and everything became clear and right. I don't think I've ever had a perfect moment. Hell, I'm not even sure they even exist.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – January 5, 2010 on AXN

    • Featured Music:
      "Long Gone Away" by Drew Holcomb (Melissa leaves the shop and William notices Michelle)
      "Break Me Down" by John McMillan (William and PK catch up at the beach house)
      "One for the Arrow" by Gus Black (William tries to sleep on the floor)
      "The Real Thing" by The Shakers (PK does yoga on the beach)
      "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice (final scenes)

    • The initial broadcast of this season premiere was done with limited commercial interruptions, courtesy of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It ran from 10:00 pm to 10:50 pm, eastern and pacific; A & E filled the remaining 10 minutes with a clip from Gene Simmons Family Jewels (Gene Simmons dancing with his daughter, "Sophie's Sweet 16"), along with promos for Hammertime and the Cleaner.

    • Special billing was given to Whoopi Goldberg (Special Guest Star), Jayne Brook (with) and Gary Cole (and) for this episode.

    • Cast Alterations: Lily Mumy (Lula Banks) and Brett DelBuono (Ben Banks) are no longer part of the main cast, reflecting the changes in the show's focus. Kevin Michael Richardson (Darnell McDowell) is apparently no longer part of the cast.

      Crew Additions and Transitions: Tony Palermo moves from an associate producer in the end credits to top-billed co-producer, Benjamin Bratt has added producing to his acting duties, writer/consulting producer Eli Talbert is no longer with the show, and writer David Hollander (The Guardian, Heartland) joins Robert Munic as a new co-showrunner.

    • Season one's single bar of the theme song over a black and white title card has been exchanged for a more traditional, albeit brief, opening titles run with the actors' pictures and names using a different, longer mix of the theme song.