The Cleaner

Season 1 Episode 2

Rag Dolls

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2008 on A&E
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Episode Summary

Still struggling to understand his tragedy, William agrees to double his cases while shepherding a rock star through rehab because a mother knows something's wrong, but her daughter's drug tests remain clean. The team's investigation leads to a missing girl, but the reason is unexpected and may be too late for the client's daughter.moreless

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  • Another good episode.

    I thought this episode was just as good or better than the pilot. William and the crew decide to help a woman's daughter who is in trouble pro bono. After tailing her for a while they realize she is not on drugs but is a drug mule. Meanwhile William and Melissa are called to school about Lula only to find out she is not in trouble but is acting to perfect. William is still mourning the death of his friend. This episode actually had a few funny spots in it to break up all the serious parts. I laughed pretty hard in the scene with Arnie and the old man with the metal detector.

    I really liked this episode and think the show has much potential if it gets it's chance.moreless
Alona Tal

Alona Tal

Jackie Kemp

Guest Star

Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lengies


Guest Star

Judith Scott

Judith Scott

Clinic Administrator

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sylvie: (about Mickey) He loved you, William, and even you couldn't have saved him.

    • (Swenton protests his costume, a metal detector paired with shorts and sandals with socks.)
      Arnie: This is whack, bro. I'm tellin' ya, I shoulda been a lifeguard, William, I got washboard abs, William, I got washboard abs!
      William: You take your shirt off, Swenton, half the beach goes blind.

    • (After Darnell corrects William's lock-picking technique by picking it himself.)
      William: That's not very Christian of you, Darnell.
      Darnell: Sometimes you gotta stray from the lord to get back to him, man.

    • (Talking to God about Mick's death.)
      William: I'm looking at this from all sides, trying to keep an open mind, but this… this doesn't even come close to making sense. I mean, you tell me how you justify this one. You tell me how… how to find the reason… why. … Why? I put my trust in you, my faith. And I'm not even a religious man. This whole arrangement is based on my– my lack of religion. And where does that leave us? Am I supposed to… am I supposed to continue doing your work? … And where does that leave me? I mean, in terms of this leap of faith? Because you and me, we don't have faith or religion or trust. What do we have?

    • William: (referring to him and Melissa sleeping together) So I had the dream again.
      Melissa: Hotel room in Miami?
      William: Here in the house.
      Melissa: You're a romantic.
      William: At least it was in our own bed, our own room.
      Melissa: I guess that's how you know it was a dream, huh.

    • Melissa: Is that vomit, that smell?
      William: If it makes you feel any better, it's not mine.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Credit Goofs: Brett DelBuono was again credited as "Brett Del Buono." Grip Nick Papanickolas was credited as "Nick Pappanickolas."

    • Special billing was given to Kevin Alejandro (with) and Kathleen Wilhoite (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – January 11, 2009 on AXN

    • Although credited, Brett DelBuono (Ben Banks) did not appear in this episode. His absence within the storyline was due to attendance at a football camp.

    • Featured Music:
      "So Good to Me" by Sam Champion (William makes love with Melissa)
      "Under My Breath" by Roddy Woomble (Jackie and her mother come to the shop)
      "Lady Nostalgia" by smallwhitelight (Akani meets the girls at the beach)
      "Blitzkrieg over My Black Heart" by smallwhitelight (Akani introduces herself to Lifeguard Tim)
      "Just Behind a Brickwall" by Tobias Froberg and Peter Morén (Sylvie brings the baseball to Will)
      "Sex Drive" by The Embarrassment (Lolly and Jackie argue, and Lolly leaves)


    • William: One of the best ways to learn in life is by making mistakes. Does that– does that make sense?
      Lula: "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." James Joyce said that.
      William: Right. H-he said it, th-then I said it.

      Lula is using an often misquoted line from James Joyce's Ulysses, Episode 9, where, during a discussion at the National Library, John Eglinton says that Shakespeare made a mistake, and Stephen replies, "Bosh! … A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."

    • Melissa: We're not exactly The Waltons. You sleep on a twin bed in the den.

      Melissa is referring to the hit television drama The Waltons that aired in the 1970s about a Depression-era family living in rural Virginia. It was a family oriented show that included an iconic scene at the end of each episode where family members bid each other good night from inside the darkened home.