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2007, TV Show

Raines Episode: "Inner Child"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Raines is deeply disturbed by the case of a murdered and abused child, especially as he imagines what the victim had to endure. Meanwhile, Dr. Kohl sees progress in Raines during their sessions.
Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 22:56:27
Aired: 4/20/2007
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April 20, 2007: Inner Child Season 1, Episode 6

As Raines says, law and order takes a backseat to justice. I'm paraphrasing, but you catch my drift. This was one tough case. His cases all get a little gruesome considering Raines is a homicide detective, but the ick factor was high this week. Poor Emily. She seemed like such a sweet kid. It's unfortunate that at age 10 she thought she was a grownup. I have to say I'm continuously surprised at what little kids get themselves into these days. I'm not a parent so I don't know what most parents are dealing with, but I can't imagine myself having an e-mail account and IMing people at age 10. But I got on the technology train a little late; I didn't have an e-mail account until college and I've only been IMing the last few years. But back to the case. I had one big issue with the story: How could Emily have a half day and her parents not know about it? I feel relatively confident in saying any elementary school would not rely on their students to tell their parents about a half day. I feel like there would be some sort of literature on it - either a note the child had to take home or some sort of holiday schedule the parent gets at the beginning of the school year. I could be wrong, but that seemed a little unrealistic. But I'm no stranger to suspension of disbelief so I quickly recovered. There were many things I did like about the episode. When Raines goes to the Strongs' house and questions the father, he asks if Emily knows how to play the piano. That threw me for a second until I realized Raines needed Emily to be doing something else so he could ask her father all those questions without any distractions. He's a smart guy. I also liked seeing Boyer take some initiative. It's more fun to see Raines giving him a hard time, but I really liked that Boyer stopped being his normal slacker, unhelpful self and really stepped it up. And what about the perp? I have to admit I had no idea Charlie was guilty. He did seem nervous during the interview, but I totally believed he didn't do it. Although he was a convicted pedophile the things he said made him seem innocent. Obviously, it's a very good thing I'm not a cop. Well, maybe I wouldn't have taken him at his word if I were a cop. I know they are used to hearing lies all day, but I guess Raines believed him too since he let him go. It was weird but very interesting to see Raines interacting with two dead people. I was surprised when he let Emily kill Charlie in his mind. But I did think it was funny when Emily threatened Charlie with the gun. Do you think we've become desensitized to violence in our society? I mean, it was a pretty violent act but I wasn't crying over it. I was pretty upset to discover Emily's father had killed Charlie. I guess it was inevitable, but I was still disappointed. I'm not sure having Charlie tried and convicted would have done much for Emily's family, but is it ever OK to take the law into your own hands? And what about Raines' sessions with Dr. Kohl? In a way I was glad he lied about seeing the victims. Even if he's destroying himself in the process, he's still solving his cases. Don't get me wrong, I don't want anything bad (or worse than what's already going on) to happen to Raines, but I want him to have the opportunity to keep doing his job. If he does lose his job, I think we'll lose him. His job gives him purpose and forces him to keep dealing with life. I definitely don't want to see him lose that. Random stuff we learned: Raines didn't have any toys as a kid. This worries me. The only two explanations I can think of are that he grew up really poor or that his parents were really mean and didn't allow toys. Yikes. We also learn he might be having thoughts of suicide. He was great at talking Emily's dad off the ledge, but I hope he takes his own advice. Stay strong, Raines. I usually list all my favorite lines, but I thought it might be more fun this week if you share yours instead. And next week is the season finale. I do hope this little trial run has proven to NBC that this show is a keeper. show less
As Raines says, law and order takes a backseat to justice. I’m paraphrasing, but you catch my drift. This was one tough case. His cases all get a little gruesome considering Raines is a homicide detective, but the ick factor was high this week. Poor Emily. She seemed like such a sweet kid. It’s unfortunate that at age 10 she thought she was a grownup. I have to say I’m continuously surprised at what little kids get themselves into these days. I’m not a parent so I don’t know what most parents are dealing with, but I can’t imagine myself having an e-mail account and IMing people at age 10. But I got on the technology train a little late; I didn’t have an e-mail account until college and I’ve only been IMing the last few years. But back to the case.I had one big issue with the story: How could Emily have a half day and her parents not know about it? I feel relatively confident in saying any elementary school would not rely on their students to t... read more

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