The Unusuals

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Det. Casey Shraeger was working in vice until a fellow officer is murdered. She is quickly moved to homicide to help investigate the murder, and find out if he was crooked or not. Casey begins to find out some interesting facts about her new co-workers.

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  • Nicely paced, whimsy and with dark humor. A good start!

    After trying to place all the faces I recognized from other shows and movies (does anybody else do this?), I got taken away quickly by the story and even more by the characters, who all have their secrets and quirks, like Detective Walsh's Yankees past, Delahoy's brain tumor and his tendency to narrowly and miraculously escaping death. New girl in town Casey holds her own pretty well with her sharp tongue and quick wit, and immediately gains Walsh's trust.

    But the Sergeant recruted her to spy on him, so this partnership could have some bumps in the road.

    And what about Henry Cole? His sneaky behaviour and the revelation of his criminal past make it seem almost too obvious he's complicit to the murder case. Curious how this will play out.

    All round excellent performances by the cast, the funny dispatch gags, and a good pacing make me want see what's next.moreless
  • Det. Casey Schraeger is portraying a hooker as a Vice Cop when she is brought into the 2nd Unit as a new Homicide Detective. She is partnered with Det. Jason Walsh who's partner was just killed. She discovers a quirky group of cops full of secrets.moreless

    This was a very interesting show that is quirky, humorous, dramatic, and full of action. It definitely shows a lot of potential.

    The dialogue is great. "I was a hooker until 10 minutes ago" out of Detective Schreager's mouth as she is introduced to her new partner and "Eddie Alvarez says" is the way Det. Alvarez speaks in the third person to everyone about himself are just a few of many memorable lines from the first episode.

    Talk about quirky, you have a detective with a brain tumor trying to get killed in the line of duty. You have a detective who wears a bullet proof vest 24/7 because he just turned 42 and both his father and grandfather died at that age. You have a detective who is ultra religious who has a slimy secret past. The list just goes on and on.

    Detective Cole the religious character plants the murdered detectives shield and gun at the end of the program so that it clears up his murder. Oviously he is hiding his involvement in the detectives murder.

    Schraeger gets the full brunt of her first day in homicide when she has to kill the suspect they were looking to arrest. Every one seems to have some pretty deep dark secrets and Sgt. Brown has brought Det. Schraeger in to find out what is going on and clean up his unit.

    Intriguing pilot episode with some definitely weird characters. I especially likes Adam Goldberg as Det. Delahoy (the one with the tumor) and Amber Tamblyn as the new Det. Casey Schraeger. Actually the whole cast was interesting I just felt those two were exceptional.

    Oh, the cat killer was hilarious even though I have four cats myself.

    Thanks for reading...moreless
Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Estelle Shraeger

Guest Star

John Scurti

John Scurti

Detective 1

Guest Star

Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara

Detective 2

Guest Star

Kat Foster

Kat Foster

Nicole Brandt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "I'm Good, I'm Gone" by Lykke Li
      scene: (Opening Scenes) Dispatch puts out a call to be on the lookout for a man in a hot dog costume who may or may not be wielding a samurai sword. / Det. Shraeger is undercover as a hooker.

      "Cobrastyle" by Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra
      scene: Detectives Delahoy & Banks see the cat killer perp and chase him. Det. Delahoy jumps in the path of a subway train trying to catch him.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Det. Shraeger posing as a hooker on the street.)
      Det. Shraeger: Slow tonight.
      Hooker #1: Cold?
      Det. Shraeger: No, slow.
      Hooker #2: It's the economy, girl. Everybody's cutting back.
      Det. Shraeger: Yeah, either that or maybe the allure of, uh, screwing a stranger under the bridge has died out.

    • Sgt. Brown: Some city councilor's daughter was attacked. First thing tomorrow morning, I need you to go there, take a statement.
      Det. Banks: With all due respect, uh, sarge, we'd rather work Kowalski.
      Sgt. Brown: And I'd rather my son didn't wear his mother's underpants. Be there.

    • Det. Banks: A cat? We're here because... somebody killed a cat?
      Councilman Harbor: Look, I chair the city's terrorism task force, okay? Somebody could be targeting me or my family. So I expect the NYPD to take this very seriously.
      Det. Delahoy: With all due respect, councilman, I think you're a little confused as to what the 'P' in 'NYPD' stands for.

    • Det. Beaumont: You come over from vice?
      Det. Shraeger: Uh, guilty.
      Det. Beaumont: They made you dress like a hooker, didn't they?
      Det. Shraeger: I prefer 'lady of the evening'.

    • Det. Beaumont: Here's what you need to know about the 2nd. Alvarez talks about himself in the third person. Banks sleeps in a bulletproof vest, and yesterday, Delahoy named his mustache.
      Det. Shraeger: Oh. What about Walsh?
      Det. Beaumont: On the plus side, he doesn't stare at your boobs when he's talking to you.
      Det. Shraeger: Ah. The downside?
      Det. Beaumont: I got great boobs. Why isn't he looking?

    • Det. Shraeger: Maybe Eddie would like to hear how you went to senior prom with the entire lacrosse team. How they call your junk the easy-bake oven.
      Nicole Brandt: Bitch.
      Det. Shraeger: Slut.
      Nicole Brandt: Cow.

    • Det. Walsh: Here's the difference between you and me. You think people shouldn't keep secrets. I think we are our secrets.
      Det. Shraeger: I have secrets.
      Det. Walsh: The vibrator in your bedside table is not a secret.

    • Det. Walsh: (holding the badge of his slain partner) This is how it works. We pass the badge down until it kills you. And then we hang it on a wall. So let's raise a glass. Because a cop is dead. And he most certainly won't be forgotten. Hear, Hear.

  • NOTES (1)