Raines Episodes

2007, TV Show

Raines Episode: "Reconstructing Alice"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: A homeless woman (Laurie Metcalf) is found dead in an alley, leading Raines to a case of fraud and murder.
Original Air Date: Mar 30, 2007
Guest Cast Laurie Metcalf: Alice
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 22:13:06
Aired: 3/30/2007
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March 30, 2007: Reconstructing Alice Season 1, Episode 3

The tone and mood of this week's episode is very different from last week's. Instead of zingers and destined-to-be-classic one-liners, we have some heavy stuff. I know Raines is a homicide detective who might be crazy, but a bit of levity never killed anyone. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) Don't get me wrong, though, I really enjoyed the episode and I liked that it was a little heavier, a little darker. Let me sing the praises of Laurie Metcalf for just a moment. I think she's great. She shines at comedy, as her time on Rosanne proved, but she can also do the heavy stuff, as evidenced on Grey's Anatomy. She had very memorable guest appearances on Desperate Housewives and My Boys last year, and this is another solid turn for her. But back to our main man, Raines. He seems to have hit a new low; he's becoming a bit of an insomniac and has started drinking. Well, maybe he's been drinking, but this is the first we've seen of it. The whole Alice in Wonderland tea party for the mad hatters down the rabbit hole was trippy and strange, but very well done. Our dead girl Alice plays it close to the vest. Speaking of Alice, let's focus for a moment on our victim of the week. It's none other than Alice Brody, a homeless woman who had her identity stolen. Again, I have to commend the writers on taking a topic we're all familiar with - identity theft - and showing it to us in a new way. I think you've got to be pretty crafty to even think of stealing a homeless person's identity, even if they're not using it. Although Alice was depressed and in the drink, she had people who loved her. Mickey Russo, a reformed alcoholic who cleaned up his act, got off the streets and wanted to help her do the same. But she couldn't accept his help; she was dealing with her own demons. When the deputy from Denver flies out to identify the body, Raines' Spidey sense starts tingling because there are no open investigations on her and there's no need for him to identify the body in person. When the deputy admits Alice is his mother it's not a huge shock, to Raines or to us. But when he says he won't claim the body for burial, it made me very sad. Even if he imagined the worst about his mother after she walked out on him, doesn't she deserve some compassion? Nothing like that has ever happened to me so maybe I'm speaking out of turn. What do you guys think? I really enjoyed Raines' interactions with Alice in front of his shrink. Everything he said to Alice he was really saying to himself, including, "Don't put your so-called problems on display. Have some dignity." Ouch. Raines is really beating himself up. But at the same time I think seeing and talking to these mental projections of the victims is really helping him. He admitted to Alice that he's afraid of becoming her. He might be crazy and he's been drinking but he doesn't want to end up alone on the street. He's already lost his wife (divorce) and his partner (murder). He's not sure he can lose anything else. A few of you have already mentioned this, but I also love to see how Raines' perception of the victims changes with every new piece of information he learns. The transformation I enjoyed most this week was when he made Alice look like the model from the catalog. And what about Sally's transformation? Who knew she was such a looker? I laughed out loud when she showed up in that outfit. Her hair was down, she had makeup on, and you could see the shape of her body. I loved that she "used her body like a weapon" to get information they so desperately needed for the case. I think there was some good misdirection in this episode. I thought I knew who killed Alice, but I was actually surprised. I also don't like to try too hard to solve the case before Raines does. I want to go along for the ride and enjoy his discoveries. And I loved that Mickey and Raines put Alice to rest where she loved to be in life: near the ocean (well, technically in the ocean, but you know what I mean). You may have noticed that I didn't really talk about the perpetrators of this crime. I was so impressed with Laurie Metcalf that they kind of blended into the background for me, but please feel free to discuss below. Raines and Alice had a lot of very witty repartee. My favorites exchanges were: "I'd like to see what you look like after a few years on the street." "We keep talking like this you're gonna get your wish." "I'm not in a position to judge." "It hasn't stopped you yet." "That's like your 10th cup of coffee today." "Are you the caffeine police?" show less
The tone and mood of this week’s episode is very different from last week's. Instead of zingers and destined-to-be-classic one-liners, we have some heavy stuff. I know Raines is a homicide detective who might be crazy, but a bit of levity never killed anyone. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) Don't get me wrong, though, I really enjoyed the episode and I liked that it was a little heavier, a little darker.Let me sing the praises of Laurie Metcalf for just a moment. I think she’s great. She shines at comedy, as her time on Rosanne proved, but she can also do the heavy stuff, as evidenced on Grey’s Anatomy. She had very memorable guest appearances on Desperate Housewives and My Boys last year, and this is another solid turn for her. But back to our main man, Raines. He seems to have hit a new low; he's becoming a bit of an insomniac and has started drinking. Well, maybe he’s been drinking, but this is the first we’ve seen of it. The whole Alice in Wonderland tea pa... read more

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