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2007, TV Show

Raines Episode: "Meet Juan Doe"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: A decomposed body found in the Venice canals is identified as an illegal immigrant with ties to a city councilman (A Martinez). Meanwhile, Raines is sent to a psychiatrist after his odd behavior is noticed. Dr. Kohl: Madeleine Stowe.
Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2007
Guest Cast A Martinez: Aurelio Sanchez
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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 23:36:31
Aired: 3/22/2007
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March 22, 2007: Meet Juan Doe Season 1, Episode 2

I'm a huge fan of snarky, sarcastic, dry humor, and this show seems to have it in spades. Jeff Goldblum is highly enjoyable in this role; the taunting, the teasing, the inappropriate humor - I might be in heaven. For anyone who missed last week's pilot episode the first minute or so did a great job bringing you up to speed. Raines sees and talks to dead people, but they aren't ghosts and they don't know anything he doesn't know. They are more of a sounding board. He talks to them to work out the details of his case. Did I mention they're dead? He doesn't do too well with the living. And I think once he's solved the case the victim's don't perform their vanishing acts until he's helped their families in some way. Last week Raines helped Sandy's mom get the money her daughter had been saving for her, and this week he helped Aurelio meet his daughter-in-law and grandchild. I have to say I was very excited to see A. Martinez back on television. After being introduced to him on Santa Barbara and seeing him many years later on General Hospital, I thought he might be relegated to daytime television. Don't get me wrong, I love soaps, but it was nice to see him in prime time. I enjoyed that the writers put a new twist on what could have been a run-of-the-mill illegal-immigration story. By focusing on all the people who profit from smuggling people into the country - the coyotes, lawyers, brokers, gangs - a new aspect of this story was told. The fact that our Juan Doe, or Julio Santiago to those who knew and loved him, only wanted to take his wife and child to Disneyland and meet his father before returning to Mexico was a fresh and interesting twist. I was also quite pleased to see Madeleine Stowe as Dr. Samantha Kohl. She is a great character to pair with someone like Raines, who doesn't believe in psychiatry even though he's admitted he's crazy. Raines needs someone to call him on his bull, and she did that nicely after he told her the fake story of his brother's drowning, nicely borrowed from Ordinary People. That was pretty low, but I think it gave us great insight into Raines. He's got to be extremely screwed up to try something like that. But we kind of already knew that considering he got his ex-partner killed (or so he seems to think). I'm impressed with the other supporting characters as well. Nicole Sullivan's Carolyn is sassy, with great comic timing. I'm glad she graduated from guest stints on Scrubs, Boston Legal and The King of Queens. Dov Davidoff's Remi is a great foil for Raines, and tonight he showed us he has some fire in his veins. I might also be a bit reluctant to have someone who talks to themselves carry a gun. Only one thing disappointed me and it wasn't that bad: I figured out Aurelio was Julio's father before the reveal. Did you figure that out early, too? show less
I’m a huge fan of snarky, sarcastic, dry humor, and this show seems to have it in spades. Jeff Goldblum is highly enjoyable in this role; the taunting, the teasing, the inappropriate humor — I might be in heaven.For anyone who missed last week’s pilot episode the first minute or so did a great job bringing you up to speed. Raines sees and talks to dead people, but they aren’t ghosts and they don’t know anything he doesn’t know. They are more of a sounding board. He talks to them to work out the details of his case. Did I mention they’re dead? He doesn’t do too well with the living. And I think once he’s solved the case the victim’s don’t perform their vanishing acts until he’s helped their families in some way. Last week Raines helped Sandy’s mom get the money her daughter had been saving for her, and this week he helped Aurelio meet his daughter-in-law and grandchild.I have to say I was very excited to see A. Martinez... read more

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Premiered: March 15, 2007, on NBC
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