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Church in Ruins 

Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.


Miguel Sapochnik


Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Detective Ray Velcoro
Rachel McAdams ... Detective Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch ... Officer Paul Woodrugh
Kelly Reilly ... Jordan Semyon
Vince Vaughn ... Frank Semyon
Christopher James Baker ... Blake Churchman
Chris Kerson ... Nails
Jon Lindstrom ... Jacob McCandless
Michael Hyatt ... Katherine Davis
Afemo Omilami ... Police Chief Holloway
Leven Rambin ... Athena Bezzerides
Abigail Spencer ... Gena Brune
Sprague Grayden ... Joyce
Austin Nash Chase ... Mikey (as Austin Chase)
Josh Clark ... Deiffenbach


Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.

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Release Date:

26 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The conversation that Frank (Vince Vaughn) has with Stan's son, Jimmy (Austin Nash Chase), is strikingly similar to a monologue spoken by Denzel Washington in Fallen (1998). "There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this, and after this... Sometimes you can feel such a moment coming. That's the test, or so I tell myself. I tell myself that at times like that, strong people keep moving forward anyway, no matter what they're going to find." See more »


At 4 min the two books on the shelving behind Ray are seen on the top shelf, however at 5 min they are now seen on the bottom shelf. See more »


Frank Semyon: That's one off the list. A Mexican standoff with actual Mexicans.
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References Friends (1994) See more »


Black Grease
Written by The Black Angels, Christian Bland, Alex Maas Stephanie Bailey, Jennifer Raines , 'Kyle Hunt' and 'Nate Ryan'
Performed by The Black Angels
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Records
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Finally, a concise episode!

So far, it's been very hard to see the point to this season. The case was uninteresting, the drama scattered. Even when there was a truly impressive scene, such as the shoot out before, the rest of the episode felt completely scattered. Last week's episode was a step in the right direction, but now, finally, we have an episode worthy of the first season.

The first half of the episode deals mostly with Farrel. May his moustache rest in peace. This was good, as he has been the most interesting part of the season so far. Farrel's performance is really what sells this whole section.

Then, the gang infiltrates a prostitution ring tied to Caspere by sending in McAdams in disguise. Not only was this a wonderfully intense and disturbing sequence, but it revealed a shocking and interesting piece of back story for her character. Overall, the directing on this episode was stellar. It was the first episode to feel clear, concise, and consistently intriguing.

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