Starring: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Natalie Morales, Sofia Vassilieva, Terry Kinney, Michael Hyatt, Jason James Richter, Chris Bauer, Tom Hughes
OUR RATING: ★★½
HBO Max’s crime thriller written and directed by John Lee Hancock. The story centers on burned-out Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington), who becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city of Los Angeles. Leading the hunt, LA Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
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Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: I see Brother Love’s salvation show’s still in operation.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: Everybody needs a little faith. Even you.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: [referring to Baxter] Got yourself a new disciple.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: Great detective, great guy. You should listen in, you might learn something on both counts.
Detective Sergeant Rogers: Who says that bad guys don’t return to the scene of the crime? How does it feel to be back in uniform?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Still padding your overtime, Rogers?
Detective Sergeant Rogers: Ooh. That’s Sergeant Rogers now, Deke.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Sergeant Rogers? Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Jim Baxter: I can assure you all, we are taking a twenty-four-seven, all-hands-on-deck approach to this case. These cases.
Detective Sal Rizoli: The man, the myth, the legend.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Hey, Sal. You still hanging around?
Detective Sal Rizoli: No rest for the ugly. What are you doing here?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Don’t ask, don’t tell.
Jim Baxter: Get what you came for?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: I will.
Jim Baxter: You got nothing better to do than to bust my balls in the meantime?
Detective Sal Rizoli: Nothing personal. Deke busts everybody’s balls.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: You want to bulls**t John Q. Public into thinking that the worst is behind us, that’s your business, until the next time. But, hey, it’s your shift, right?
Jim Baxter: Yeah, it is.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: I hear you’re a good cop.
Jim Baxter: I hear things too.
Detective Sal Rizoli: [to Deke, referring to Baxter] He is a good cop, Deke. College boy, bit of a Holy Roller. But, hey, I’ve been thinking about joining them myself. Get on the fast track for a promotion.
Jim Baxter: Things probably changed a lot since you left.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: You still got to catch him, right?
Jim Baxter: Yeah.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Not that much has changed then.
Jim Baxter: When’s your boy, Columbo, going to break my case for me?
Detective Sal Rizoli: Deke’s got his own style.
Jim Baxter: Awfully quiet back there, Kojak. Am I missing something?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Any of the other girls have bites?
Detective Jamie Estrada: Carrie Holland.
Jim Baxter: One of them. Why?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Similar to a case up north, that’s all.
Jim Baxter: [referring to Stan Peters, one of their suspects] Was he your boy?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: You never know. Just saying hello to an old pal.
Jim Baxter: Well, your old pal says you broke his jaw once.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: You got to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Don’t you ever get tired of looking at dead bodies?
Flo Dunigan: I could ask you the same.
Flo Dunigan: What’s this all about, Joe?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Similar case up north. Thanks for doing this for me, Flo.
Flo Dunigan: No problem. She won’t see the knife till tomorrow. Well, she won’t see another knife.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: [to the dead victim ] You knew him, didn’t you? At least, he knew you. That’s why he did that to your face. You let him in. You thought, “Not my type, but maybe he could be a friend.” I mean, you can’t get enough of them. But then you had that one little feeling. You thought, “What if?” But you waved it away. Thought, “Ah, what the hell? Life’s too short.” And you were right. Life is too short, Julie. And you should’ve listened. You should’ve listened to that one little feeling, but. Just like I’m listening to you now. You can talk to me. I’m all the friend you got.
Flo Dunigan: You know my take on the world, Joe? There’s good and there’s bad, but you got to fight. Because, brother, when I look in your eyes, what I see, it ain’t good.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: [referring to Deke] Guy hasn’t worked a murder since we ran him off five years ago. Do you know the book on him?
Jim Baxter: A great detective, has a heart attack, leaves town for a post in the sticks.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: The guy worked the case so hard, he got a suspension, a divorce, and a triple bypass, all in six months. Complete meltdown. He’s a rush-hour train wreck.
Jim Baxter: That’s a tad dramatic.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: Only good came out of it, we got you.
Jim Baxter: What are you saying? I took his spot?
LASD Captain Carl Farris: Manner of speaking, yeah.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: [referring to Deke] Piece of personal advice, Jimmy. You got a good thing going here. Don’t get mixed up with this guy.
Jim Baxter: What’s the big deal? He’s gone.
LASD Captain Carl Farris: His CO says he’s taken vacation days.
Jim Baxter: Yeah, so what?
LASD Captain Carl Farris: Does he strike you as the kind of guy that plays golf?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: It’s okay. You’re not under arrest. Yet.
Jim Baxter: [after another victim has been washed up beneath a bridge] If you didn’t know any better, from up here, you might say it’s beautiful.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Sal told me you went to bat for me with Farris. It’s not a wise career move.
Jim Baxter: You’re not exactly a department favorite.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Maybe I can make it up to you.
Jim Baxter: Something I got to know. How’s a guy with the best clearance rate in the department work fifteen years without a promotion?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Maybe I didn’t go to the right church.
Jim Baxter: Do you believe in God, Joe?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: When I see a sunrise, or thunderstorm, or dew on the ground, yes, I think there’s a God. When I see all this, I think he’s long past giving a s**t.
Detective Jamie Estrada: Mary Roberts. Paige Callahan, Tamara Ewing.
Jim Baxter: I only asked for Roberts.
Detective Jamie Estrada: Yeah, well, all the victims were hookers. They were all found drugged and stabbed to death on the same night in the same location.
Jim Baxter: You got to be kidding me.
Detective Jamie Estrada: Yeah, I’m hilarious.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Where are you from? Originally.
Jim Baxter: The Valley. Where are you from? Originally.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Mississippi Valley. Alabama, Birmingham.
Jim Baxter: Well, here’s to being from somewhere.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Guy’s a shark. If he stops, he dies. He likes to drive. Probably has a decent car. Maybe two. High mileage. Can’t find one in the neighborhood, a victim, then he goes wherever opportunity knocks.
Jim Baxter: And they found partially digested meat in her stomach. But she was a vegan. Strict vegetarian. She’d never touch it. Same as Ana. No way.
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: Not even with a knife to her throat? Nobody wants to eat alone.
Jim Baxter: [to Deke] One last “why”. Why are you trying to solve a five year-old case that everyone else has forgotten about?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: You work the evidence, you still come up with zeros. It’s all you can do. Happens to everybody. Then you draw the black bean. Maybe the victim looks like a kid you picked on in school, or the green eyes remind you of your old lady. Or maybe it’s something else. But whatever it is, they’re your lifelong responsibility, Jimmy. You own them. You own them. They’re wherever they are, and you are their angel, trying like hell to turn the ledger from red to black. Word to the wise, Jimmy, stay out of the angel business.
Jim Baxter: What is it you’re looking for in all of this?
Joe ‘Deke’ Deacon: To finish the job. Just like you.
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