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Day Break Episode: "What if They Find Him"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Hopper, who is in possession of the murder book, is able to track down a lead in the 1991 murder case that could hold answers he needs to clear himself. Detweiler: Jonathan Banks. Margaret Detweiler: Roxanne Hart.
Original Air Date: Dec 13, 2006
Guest Cast Mitch Pileggi: Det. Spivak Josh Daugherty: Preisser Jonathan Banks: Conrad Detweiler John Getz: Unseen Man Joe Nieves: Fencik Cisco Reyes: Mico Roxanne Hart: Margaret Detweiler Ian Anthony Dale: Choi Anne Betancourt: Mrs. Contreras Michael McGrady: Buchalter Kevin Burke: Skinhead No. 1
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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 43:23
Aired: 12/13/2006
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December 13, 2006: You Brought My Family into It. I'm Just Playing Along! Season 1, Episode 6

I hate to sound like a broken record in my praise of Day Break, but almost every episode has been better than the one before it, and tonight's was no exception. So much happened that I was amazed the writers managed to cover all this territory in the span of an hour. Let's start off with easily the biggest plot twist of the night: Brett's mild-mannered sister Jennifer is somehow involved with the conspiracy, too. When I saw Chad get gunned down the second time around, and it revealed that Jennifer was the assassin, I was sure that she couldn't possibly be acting of her own will. In other words, I had a really hard time believing something as out-of-the-blue as the revelation that she's really moustache-twirling evil. I thought that I could see her crying as she iced him, and my suspicions were proven correct when the real criminal mastermind - the boss of shadowy guy (who we now know is named Detweiler) - threatened her in his car. Clearly she's being manipulated into doing the dirty deeds of the conspiracy. But why her? What leverage do they have on her? Although they've done some variations on it in the past, this episode was also the first real time that they've pulled the Groundhog Day trick of editing the show so that Hopper speeds through the things he already knows (like getting from busting up Damien's little birthday with family to finding the photo at the church). Or having Hopper handle the same situation in vastly different ways: First he punches Detweiler as soon as he opens the door, only to find his wife packing a freakin' shotgun. Immediately cut to him on the next day, acting a bit more diplomatic. I really liked the way the trail of clues for Isabella's murder made sense and were easy to follow; but at the same time, Hopper's investigation always finds interesting ways to exploit the fact that he can redo the same day over and over again. The stuff with Isabella's mom was a bit creepy, as she insists that her daughter is still alive and well. Maybe I'm just being naive, but I can't believe this woman is so crazy that she's imagining her daughter living in her house. I don't think the writers would drop such an interesting plot development just for the sake of making her character kookier. There's got to be more here than what we learn in this episode. I hope. On the other hand, I thought the visit to the church with the Spanish-speaking nun was the only part of the episode that felt forced to me. I guess I just get annoyed whenever a character in a television show or a movie is assumed to be so incredibly wise that they can know everything about a person and make such Yoda-like declarations as "It's not her soul that he seeks." On the other hand, I liked the subtle moment when Brett Hopper is staring at the crucifix in church. Although the show doesn't need to explain it, I think Hopper is wondering if maybe a higher power is the one responsible for the time repeating, and if so, why. The episode doesn't stop to have Brett ask these questions out loud, but maybe it's better that way: Something this strange probably works best as just an unsolved spiritual mystery (just like how Groundhog Day also never thought to provide an explanation). This episode also came up with a number of great ways to violently murder people, including the clever 'paint the windshield and grenade the car' method of choice for eliminating Damien. Nice reversal in the end, having him catch the assassins and return the favor. Or the horrific fate that Detweiler is subjected to in the end: being buried alive under a dump truck full of dirt. And apparently, he's killed just to show Jennifer that the Mastermind means business! Which brings me back to the most important question of all: What is the central aim of this conspiracy? Even Hopper's willingness to confess to Garza's murder and turn over all the evidence to them isn't nearly enough to make them stop their plans. Likewise, Detweiler is so afraid of them that Hopper's sticking a gun in his face doesn't faze him at all. What could these shadow guys possibly be up to? That's the mystery which drives all of the other smaller ones, and so far, I'm stumped to explain it. show less
I hate to sound like a broken record in my praise of Day Break, but almost every episode has been better than the one before it, and tonight’s was no exception. So much happened that I was amazed the writers managed to cover all this territory in the span of an hour.Let’s start off with easily the biggest plot twist of the night: Brett’s mild-mannered sister Jennifer is somehow involved with the conspiracy, too. When I saw Chad get gunned down the second time around, and it revealed that Jennifer was the assassin, I was sure that she couldn’t possibly be acting of her own will. In other words, I had a really hard time believing something as out-of-the-blue as the revelation that she’s really moustache-twirling evil. I thought that I could see her crying as she iced him, and my suspicions were proven correct when the real criminal mastermind — the boss of shadowy guy (who we now know is named Detweiler) — threatened her in his car. Clearly she... read more

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Premise: A police detective is on the run after being framed for the murder of a prosecutor, and he relives the same day over and over again. It's `The Fugitive' meets `Groundhog Day,' but this fugitive's loved ones are in danger as well.

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