The Good Guys

Season 1 Episode 3

The Broken Door Theory

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 14, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Dan's small crimes assignment turns big in a capital way when investigating a broken vending machine at a posh hotel leads them to a murder. While Dan battles the flu, Jack helps him battle their boss, Lt. Ruiz, to stay on the case once it turns from a simple vandalism to a prostitution ring of high-class call girls and a gruesome homicide investigation.moreless

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  • Flu Shots... who knew?

    I hope this show makes it through the summer doldrums for a fall pick up. Yes its another cop procedural, yes it has the wacky buddy cop element but its more than just that. Created by the same guys behind Burn Notice, it has a interesting plot device with the non-linear story telling, it uses the comedic skills of Bradley whitford and Colin Hanks brilliantly AND it brings back the 80's cop show feel. The only thing I see being a possible problem is the whole "ignore them because they do the stupid cases" bit. It's getting a bit old... Then again Burn Notice got passed it and I'm sure this show, given the chance, can as well. And seriously if this isn't a PSA to get your flu shot on time I don't know what is.moreless
Farah White

Farah White

Pam McIntyre

Guest Star

Greg Kelly

Greg Kelly


Guest Star

Donny Boaz

Donny Boaz

Ryan Winkler

Guest Star

Marcus M. Mauldin

Marcus M. Mauldin

Detective Lang

Recurring Role

Joel Spence

Joel Spence

Detective Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dan: Next name has a local address. You know who stays in a hotel in the same city they live? Killers. Psychos with body parts in their suitcases.
      Jack: I don't think we're gonna find body parts, Dan.
      Dan: Not if they were dissolved by acid.

    • Dan: Do you know what kind of person beats up a candy machine like this? A person with serious rage issues. Psychopath in the making. Work we're doing here could save someone's life. Maybe a woman. Maybe even a hot woman.
      Monroe: He can't be serious.
      Jack: Oh, he's serious.
      Dan: Why not? Hot women need saving, too.

    • Jack: Someone called about a vending machine.
      Monroe: That would be me. I'm Monroe, the manager. Welcome to the Ligato Hotel.
      Dan: It's a swanky place...for a crime scene.
      Monroe: Yes. To be honest, I would have thought such a simple matter could have been handled over the phone.
      Jack: Oh, well, clearly you're not familiar with the broken-door theory.

    • Dan: Your ex-girlfriend is setting you up with her friend? I can see where this is going.
      Jack: Oh, yeah? Where's that exactly?
      Dan: Straight to the hot tub. You, Liz and her friend.
      Jack: Yeah, I don't think that's ever going to happen.
      Dan: Well, don't be so sure about that. I ever tell you about the time that me and Frank saved a bunch of NBA cheerleaders from a burning car?
      Jack: Yes, and you diagrammed it for me on a bar napkin, twice. Listen, can we just do some work?
      Dan: Yeah, what do we got?
      Jack: Code 14B, East Dallas. Burglary of a coin-operated device. We're literally going after a candy burglar.
      Dan: It's the broken-door theory. They were talking about it on this cop show I was watching. The one with the, uh, the leprechaun who never takes his sunglasses off.
      Jack: No, I think you mean the broken-window theory.
      Dan: No, no, no, no. The idea is, is that you got to stop the small crimes before they become the big crimes. That's why it's called the broken-door theory, because it's a doorway to them. What we do here, it's, it's important.
      Jack: No, it is the broken-window theory, right? Nowhere in that theory does it state that two detectives should run around investigating victimless crimes.
      Dan: There's always a victim. You just got to look behind the broken door.

    • Dan: Okay, you got to cover me.
      Jack: I don't have my gun.
      Dan: You don't have your gun?
      Jack: It's in the car.
      Dan: You left your gun in the car? What, do they teach you that at the academy?
      Jack: Well, where's your gun?
      Dan: (pause) It's in the car.

    • Ruiz: This was a shootout.
      Dan: Well, it wasn't really a shootout. They were shooting at us. We wanted to shoot back. That would've been fun. That would've been a shootout.
      Ruiz: Okay, okay. Whatever it was, who was behind it?
      Dan: Geminy.
      Jack: Gemini.
      Dan: Gemini.
      Ruiz: And that is?
      Dan: (points at Holly) That is her pimp.
      Holly: Hi!
      Ruiz: Hi.
      Jack: Now, we think he's behind all this, Lieutenant. The murder of the hotel manager, everything.
      Dan: Even the attack on the vending machine.
      Jack: How do you make him for that?
      Dan: Well, he's clearly got a temper.

    • Stark: Police! Drop it! I will blow your brains out the front of your face! Don't think I won't!
      Gemini: That's a toy.
      Stark: It's not a toy! It's an orange gun!

    • Jack: I thought you were buying medicine.
      Dan: This is my medicine. Generally, I'm a-I'm a liquor man, 'cause it, it lubricates the joints, disinfects the organs and such, but when you're sick, beer's what you want. Like liquid bread.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Teorie rozbitých dveří (The Theory of Broken Doors)

    • Featured Music
      "Solid Gold Easy Action" - T. Rex
      "Travelin' Band" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
      "My Boyfriend's Back" - Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
      "These Boots Were Made For Walking" - Hampa and the Charms

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: June 14, 2010 on Global
      Czech Republic: July 8, 2011 on Prima COOL