The Unusuals

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Cole comes face to face with his hidden past when a fellow detective is shot, while Banks tries to defy fate by stopping a string of bus robberies.

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  • Is it just me or does this thing just keep getting better every episode?

    As I watch these characters save each others asses from week to week and deal with life and death, betrayal, fate ... all with this subtext of humor, I am roped into this feeling of Life about them. Of them feeling alive to me. I didn't know this stuff happened to people. I always even felt a distance between me and the characters in Hill Street Blues. I saw them as actors. But this thing, it's getting under my skin! Gosh, I know they're acting, but I'm starting to Feel for the characters and their relationships. I Want them to keep it together somehow. I Wish families and jobs were close like this. It's a lived out fantasy of people supporting each other, and growing and overcoming together. And laughing while they're crying.moreless
  • Lutz tries to kill Walsh in his diner but is unsuccessful. Beaumont gets hit and ends up in the hospital. Shraeger and Walsh investigate and find that Cole is involved. Alvarez, Delahoy, and Banks work some bus robberies. Banks discovers it personal.moreless

    Very interesting and unique show and episode. Rarely do you see such strong story lines and emotional performances touched with a unique feeling of dark humor. It is really a shame that this program has not caught on.

    Walsh and Shraeger each do some detective work and tie Lutz to Cole. Walsh takes it a step further and finds out that Lutz use to be Cole's partner in crime. In the end Cole ends up gunning down Lutz in a confrontation that you knew was going to happen eventually. Walsh and Shraeger were there and Cole shoots Lutz to protect them as well as himself. Walsh is in love with Beaumont and because of her feelings for Cole he and Shraeger let Cole go on the assumption that he was forced into doing what he did the last few episodes and was not directly involved in Walsh's partners death. Walsh does tell Cole that he will be watching him!

    Banks has a weird meeting with a psychic who was a witness to the first bus robbery. He is seeing the number 42 everywhere he goes and the psychic tells him that he will be the hero when the robber is caught but she will die. He is the hero in the end but she does not die and he believes he has overcome his fears. Unfortunately Delahoy comes in and tells him the psychic was killed in a bus accident on the way home from the scene and he's right back to where he started. Two great stories filled with phobias of everyday life (fear of hospitals, etc.) as well as great heroic deeds and true emotions. I have come to really enjoy and like these quirky characters. A great cast performance from eveyone and great writing. It is a shame that this program has not found an audience.

    Thanks for reading...moreless
Monique Gabriela Curnen

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Detective Allison Beaumont

Kai Lennox

Kai Lennox

Detective Eddie Alvarez

Terry Kinney

Terry Kinney

Sergeant Harvey Brown

Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg

Detective Eric Delahoy

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Det. Casey Shraeger

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Det. Jason Walsh

Ryan O'Nan

Ryan O'Nan

Frank Lutz

Guest Star

Joanna P. Adler

Joanna P. Adler

Jennifer Goodman

Guest Star

Heather Burns

Heather Burns

Bridget Demopolis

Guest Star

Ian Kahn

Ian Kahn

Davis Nixon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Instances of the No.42:
      • Cash register
      • Det. Banks' age
      • Street sign - Fourth Street and Second Avenue
      • Number of bus passengers
      • Discussion between psychic and Det. Banks
      • Bus number - M42

    • Featured Music:
      "Sari Sky" by Naked Rhythm
      scene: (Opening Scenes) Dispatch declares Friday to be 'Hawaiian Shirt Day'; Det. Beaumont wakes up in Det. Walsh's bed.

      "The Messiah - Hallelujah" by Handel
      scene: Det. Cole's ringtone

      "Chain" by The Fire Theft
      scene: Det. Cole enters Frank's apartment and as he questions the chess players at the park.

      "Yer Copout" by Jennifer O'Connor
      scene: Det. Banks pulls Bridget into the supply closet.

    • Goof: When Walsh and Shraeger are talking about possible links between Cole and Lutz, Shraeger says, "You think that Cole had that black and white moved so that Lutz could rob the camera store?"

      It appears that the writers are in an LA state of mind because NYPD Police cars are not black and white nor have they ever been referred to as such.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Shraeger: (about Beaumont) I thought you weren't her boyfriend.
      Walsh: I'm not. Twelve-year-olds have boyfriends. I'm her man.

    • Dispatch: Aloha, Second Squad. Be advised, that dispatch is officially declaring Friday 'Hawaiian Shirt Day', because yeah, that's the kind of power I yield.

    • Sgt. Brown: So get your asses down to the scene. Alvarez will meet you there. You take his lead on this.
      Det. Delahoy: What? Why does that guy get to be in charge?
      Sgt. Brown: Because he's far more professional than either of you.
      Det. Delahoy: It's true.
      Det. Banks: He's got us on that one.

    • Yoruban Interpreter: Mr. Mbuto says the robber had a bomb
      Det. Alvarez: Actually, he said grenade. I am familiar with the tribal language of Yoruba. (speaks to Yoruban man in his native tongue) Your mother is a hooker.
      (Yoruban man attacks Det. Alvarez)

    • Det. Delahoy: So what else did the psychic say?
      Det. Banks: She said the guy was gonna rob another bus at 2 o'clock.
      Det. Delahoy: That's a shame, but it is 2:15.
      Det. Alvarez: Banks. Delahoy. We have another bus robbery. M31. Saddle up.
      Bridget: I don't know about you guys, but I just got chills.

    • (talking about Det. Beaumont)
      Det. Shraeger: I thought you weren't her boyfriend.
      Det. Walsh: I'm not. 12-year-olds have boyfriends. I am her man.

    • Frank Lutz: I go down, you go down. I mean, that's just math.
      Det. Cole: It's okay. I deserve to go to jail for what I've done.
      Frank Lutz: Well, I don't! I don't! Whatever I've ever taken was mine. Not all of us get to start over, son. Not all of us get new lives and pretty girls that look at us like we're angels. Some of us get dirt on our stockings. We live out in the cold.
      Det. Cole: You made your choices, Frank. I'm making mine.

    • (after Goodman's prediction didn't come true)
      Det. Banks: Fate does not work that way.
      Jennifer Goodman: I saw what I saw.
      Det. Banks: Do you know what I saw? I saw fate get its ass kicked.

    • Det. Delahoy: You got rid of all your antibacterial stuff.
      Det. Banks: Colds, flus, airborn pathogens. Bring 'em on, baby! I am not afraid anymore. Nothing.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Bus Bomber: Gamera, Rodan, Mothra, Megagodzilla... Hedorah, Megalon, Orga, Baragon.

      The bomber was mentioning names of fictional monsters from the Godzilla and other Japanese film series.

    • Det. Shraeger: front of the embassy of Andorre.
      Det. Walsh: Andorre...
      Det. Shraeger: Yeah.
      Det. Walsh: Home planet of the Ewoks.

      The Forest Moon of Endor was the home planet of the Ewoks, as depicted in the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

    • The number 42 is also one of the "hatch numbers" from Lost, the former TV series of Harold Perrineau (Det. Banks).