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Charlie Crews becomes the prime suspect in the murder of retired police Sgt. Carl Ames, the lead investigator in the case for which Charlie was wrongly convicted of murder. He had been ... See full summary »


Peter Markle


Rand Ravich (creator), Rand Ravich


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Charlie Crews
Sarah Shahi ... Dani Reese
Brooke Langton ... Constance Griffiths
Robin Weigert ... Lt. Karen Davis
Adam Arkin ... Ted Earley
Roger Aaron Brown ... Det. Carl Ames Ret.
Victor Rivers ... Jack Reese
Lori Rom ... Marissa Gale
Diana Parks ... Elena Farthing
Michael Harney ... John Garrity
Phyllis Lyons ... Judith Raitt
Judith Moreland ... Ms. Watkins
Lorin McCraley ... Leonard Slatz
Paul Messinger Paul Messinger ... Fire Chief
Aaron Norvell ... Uniformed cop #1


Charlie Crews becomes the prime suspect in the murder of retired police Sgt. Carl Ames, the lead investigator in the case for which Charlie was wrongly convicted of murder. He had been following Ames and had seen him talking with a white-haired man who he subsequently learns is Dani Reese's father. He is warned by his former lawyer Constance Griffiths that the District Attorney's office is out to get him for Ames' murder and he is surprised to learn the identity of a newly appointed assistant DA in the case. Charlie and Dani investigate the death of a man who apparently lived a double life. They also realize that his bizarre death wasn't an accident. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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14 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Crews and Reese look at the 2 Drivers Licenses of the victim, the line "Motion picture use only" appears on the bottom of each. See more »


Charlie tells Dani, after some frustrated prying from her, that the "Chinese symbol for war is two women under one roof". Although this is sometimes stated as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, and sometimes as meaning "trouble" instead of "war", it is an urban legend. See more »


Charlie Crews: [answering call from Dani] How come you only call me when someone's dead?
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Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Aimee Mann
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I am "not - not" giving this episode a 10
6 August 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Ravich (as writer not director) out-did himself here.

I am binge-watching this series because (a) I missed it when released and (b) it is comfy as old socks.

But every now and then I come across writing that is as good as anything you might see from an A-List hit show.

And this episode is an example. The bigamist who is "not not" looking for someone breaking the law is stunningly clever. Combined with the comfortable repartee between the two stars, we have a winner.

And since Ravich did double-duty as both writer and director, I have noticed (not just in this episode but in several) that he will do fancy cutting to emphasize particular clever bits of dialog. It is more obvious here because the theme of bigamy gives him a wider license.

Fun for all.

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