The Cleaner

Season 1 Episode 8

Let It Ride

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 09, 2008 on A&E
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Saul, an old friend of William's, asks him to look into the drug use of a jockey, but it's quickly clear that the man is addicted to more than the drugs that keep his weight competitive. Elsewhere, Melissa and William work on breaking their dry spell, and a friend presses her about her future.moreless

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    • QUOTES (6)

      • Arnie: I'm totally down for a day at the races. Actually used to spend a lot of time at the track.
        Akani: Yeah, you wished you could be a jockey like all the bigger boys?
        Arnie: No. I used to date this girl who worked at the Turf Club. We took her tips, turned it into a small fortune, which she then used to move as far away from me as humanly possible.

      • (Banks catches sight of someone at the track.)
        William: Saul, what did I tell you would happen if you started playing the ponies again, huh?
        Saul: (sighs deeply) You told me my wife would leave me, and my world would turn to shit.
        William: And?
        Saul: She's gone, and my world turned to shit.

      • (Jimmy lecturing Jorge about being a jockey.)
        Jimmy: Other athletes rely on equipment to play better, be better. We've only got two things… our souls, and our mount. And between us, there's only trust. You cannot teach us this trust. You cannot teach the horse. You are either born with it, or you are not. And if you are not, the horse will know. Because the horse tells us everything. The horse knows… everything. Especially a horse like Dandelion Wine. In fact, our souls, once we get on that horse, no longer belongs to us. It belongs to the animal. Don't think for a minute that we control this horse. We are really borrowing its time. And when that time – the three minutes – is over, all we can hope for is the truth. And that we are fortunate to get on that animal and do it again.

      • William: (voiceover) This isn't a sport. And I don't mean that in the way people say golf's not a sport. No this… this is a calling. And a man who hasn't heard that calling – no matter how vast his talent, how great his gift, how endless his potential – without the calling, he can't succeed. But for the man who has answered the call, and, yes, I-I know what that feels like, his shoulders bear the weight of millions of dollars, of profound heartbreak, and the most exhilarating two-and-a-half minutes known to man or beast.

      • William: Mr. O'Hurley, you could never risk a horse's life like you're playing with Jimmy's.
        Quentin O'Hurley: Well, that's the difference between people and horses. You don't need to play a horse to get 'em to do what you want.

      • Melissa: Looking good.
        William: Well I've got twenty minutes.
        Melissa: I'm not a twenty minute kind of girl.
        William: Even better, cause I don't think I'm a twenty minute guy anymore.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Cast/Crew Relations: In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun (August 12, 2009), Steve Lawrence related how he was sent this episode's script, liked the concept for the show, and was considering the part. It wasn't until he discussed it with his son, David Lawrence, that he learned David composed all the background music for the show.

      • Special billing was given to Steve Lawrence (with) and Bruce Davison (and) for this episode.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Czech Republic – February 22, 2009 on AXN

      • Featured Music:
        "One Man" by Eulogies
        "She's Mine" by Brett Dennen (William and Melissa try to hook up in the kitchen)
        "Under the Knife" by Eulogies (Saul and Arnie jockey for information)
        "Heart on Fire" by Scars on 45 (William and Melissa finally hook up)
        "Devotion" by Lisa Gerrard (Jimmy chooses to race)

      • Although credited, Brett DelBuono (Ben Banks) and Liliana Mumy (Lula Banks) do not appear in this episode. Their absence is explained as a trip to Lake Arrowhead with William's father and brother.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Darnell: (about the jockey) Come on, dude, I mean, how can a man who can't even hit a 15-foot jump shot be your hero?
        William: I got two words for you: Tiger Woods.

        Tiger Woods is a professional golfer. His achievements rank him as the world's number one male golfer, and one of the most successful golfers of all time. Although some still debate the athleticism of golf.

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