The Unusuals

Season 1 Episode 8

The Dentist

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 03, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Alvarez takes over while Sergeant Brown is away. Things go south when Alvarez releases Bo Keebler, a man who recently tried to rob a Chinese restaurant, into the custody of U.S. Marshall Foster. Casey Alvarez, and Walsh discover information that suggests Foster isn't exactly who he claims to be after the precinct receives a bomb threat. Banks tries to stay in his apartment until after his 43rd birthday to keep from being killed.moreless

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  • With Alvarez in charge Unit 2 has a bomb scare and two fugitives appropriate with 50K in a DA's case set to go to trial. Alvarez, Walsh, and Schraeger investigate the cases. Banks can't leave his apartment but hears a murder and must overcomes his fear.moreless

    What a great show. Interesting characters, quirky circumstances, great dialogue, and believable stories. Why did nobody watch this? Weird!!!

    Alvarez is in charge and of course starts making some bad decisions. You knew something strange was going on when the young Bo tried to rob a restaurant full of cops. The Marshal who shows up seems a little out of sorts. In Alvarez' defense he did check out his story and he came up clean.

    Now Walsh and Schraeger must clean up the mess. Walsh is the nicest guy in so many ways, but he can be a little tough as well. Really a complex character played very well by Jeremy Renner.

    The secondary story was really great this week. Banks played by Harold Perrineau Jr. can't leave his place because he is becoming agoraphobic. He wakes to hear a scream and then believes he saw something across the street. He calls 911, deals with some pushy patrolmen, and finally deals with it himself. It is sort of Rear Window all over again. Freaky! In the end he does what is necessary and he and Delahoy catch the Noho Strangler serial killer. Pretty wild. I wonder if he really learned his lesson about staying in his house all the time?

    Wonderful writing, great ensemble cast, and riveting stories. All of the makings of a true hit. Where did this show miss? Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Eddie Alvarez put in charge? Of course things go wrong. Loved this episode, had everything, suspense and comedy.

    Eddie Alvarez put in charge? Of course things go wrong. The beginning sees a heist gone wrong as the victims are all cops. Of course the perp is an idiot, right? but he's cleverer than he seems. He wants to be in the precinct and continues (with a partner) to make a different heist which ruins a case Beaumont and Cole are testifying at in the morning. Time counts down as Alvarez, Walsh and Shraeger hunt for the missing evidence and the people who stole it. This part of the show was well played and had some moments where you really felt sorry for Alvarez. He started the series with no-one liking him and has switched his ways a little to become more part of the team. Although there is a part near the beginning you see him trying to act the boss with Beaumont which turns on him. Alvarez pulls through in the end and solves the case just in time = feel good factor.

    This story was of course intertwined with Delahoy and Banks (as usual they get their own little story). Banks finally too scared of getting killed before he turns 43 locks himself in his apartment only to discover it isn't so safe after all and ends up tracking a serial killer with binoculars. The serial killer attacks a Banks' neighbour who lives across the road. He is a little agoraphobic when it comes to leaving his apartment to make sure he saw what he saw and I was surprised that he did so without his bullet proof jacket, I guess that just added to how scared and determined he was. I would have been annoyed had he been shot as it would have been the one time without the jacket. Delahoy takes a little of a backseat but still enjoyed his scenes and non believing of Banks. For me these two are the best thing about the show.

    A great show, hope I get to see more episodes.moreless
Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Det. Casey Shraeger

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Det. Jason Walsh

Harold Perrineau Jr.

Harold Perrineau Jr.

Det. Leo Banks

Joshua Close

Joshua Close

Det. Henry Cole

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Det. Allison Beaumont

Kai Lennox

Kai Lennox

Det. Eddie Alvarez

Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Marvin Bechamel

Guest Star

Billy Magnussen

Billy Magnussen

Bo Keebler

Guest Star

David Costabile

David Costabile

U.S. Marshal Ben Foster

Guest Star

Kat Foster

Kat Foster

Nicole Brandt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Details on Carmen Dunn's DMV Record:
      • ID No.: 334038630 Class D
      • Address: 622 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013
      • Date of Birth: 06-30-80
      • Sex: F
      • Eyes: Brown
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Issued: 10-28-07
      • Expires: 06-30-12

      Her address was the same address (except for the area code) written on the fake driver's license of Det. Banks in the episode "The Circle Line".

    • Details on DMV Record with Plate No. J17-SBK1:
      • 1975 Yellow 2-Door Ford LTD
      • Registered to: Reginald Worthy
      • Address: 66 E 4th Ave. New York, NY 10011
      • ID No.: 334038630 Class D
      • Date of Birth: 07-21-67
      • Sex: M
      • Eyes: Brown
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Issued: 10-28-07
      • Expires: 06-30-12

      His license ID had the same number, issue date, and expiry date as Carmen Dunn.

    • Featured Music:
      "Boyracer" by Josh Doyle
      scene: (Opening Scenes) Dispatch reminding everyone that a full moon is out that night. Det. Walsh arrives at the Chinese restaurant to meet up with Detectives Banks, Delahoy, and Shraeger.

      "Big City" by The Broken West
      scene: (Closing Scene) Det. Alvarez agrees with Sgt. Brown's assessment about the cops working at the precinct being good.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dispatch: 2nd squad, this is dispatch. It's a full moon tonight, people. You know what that means. Anything can happen. Werewolves, succubi, giant robots fighting in the street. Proceed with caution.

    • Det. Delahoy: Hey, does that hot chick still do yoga across the street?
      Det. Banks: You got me.
      Det. Delahoy: Oh yeah, really? A guy with no TV set and the Hubble telescope in his apartment doesn't know if a double-jointed girl who busts out of her leotard is doing yoga across the way?

    • Det. Alvarez: Detective, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't mock me in front of the men.
      Det. Beaumont: Next time you talk about my boobs, I'm gonna feed you my thong.

    • Dispatch: All units, be advised of a disturbance at Houston and Orchard. Two schizophrenic men may or may not be arguing with each other.

    • Det. Walsh: (to Det. Alvarez, after he released a perp to a suspected felon) Repeat after me. My job as a police officer is to put criminals in jail, not help them break out.
      Det. Shraeger: Maybe you want to write it on the blackboard 100 times?

    • Det. Alvarez: You should be in charge, you know? Not me.
      Det. Walsh: Everybody has a first day, Eddie. All that matters is what you do next.

    • Det. Alvarez: You know, if it was up to me, I would just be a detective. I would solve crimes. But Nicole... she deserves a champion, you know? Not some guy with a cheap suit who punches the clock every day.
      Det. Shraeger: That's what a champion is, Eddie. Someone who'll do the work that other people think is beneath them.

  • NOTES (1)


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