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Crash Course 

Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral inclinations after he encounters a kidnapping victim; Lucy is temporarily placed with a new training officer who tests her patience; and Jackson confronts his short-comings.


Adam Davidson


Alexi Hawley (created by), Alexi Hawley | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... John Nolan
Alyssa Diaz ... Angela Lopez
Richard T. Jones ... Sergeant Wade Grey
Titus Makin Jr. ... Jackson West (as Titus Makin)
Mercedes Mason ... Captain Zoe Andersen
Melissa O'Neil ... Lucy Chen
Afton Williamson ... Talia Bishop
Eric Winter ... Tim Bradford
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Det. Paige
Danny Nucci ... Det. Motta
Brittany Ross ... Bride
Joe Williamson ... Scott Wrigley
Ashleigh LaThrop ... Christine
Julanne Chidi Hill ... Meth Addict
Wesley Jonathan ... Prius Owner


Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral instincts in order to be a good cop after he encounters a kidnapping victim. Meanwhile, Lucy is temporarily placed with a new training officer who tests her patience, and Jackson must confront his failures head-on if he wants to be an officer.

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Crime | Drama








Release Date:

23 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Aryan Brotherhood member sported a common neo-nazi tattoo reading "88" on the back of his head. This is in reference to "H" being the eighth letter of the alphabet, symbolizing the letters "HH". This is short for "Heil Hitler" See more »


During the pursuit, there is no prisoner cage visible in Nolan/Bishop's shop. However, a few shots later, when Nolan has knocked Runaway Bride's car off the road, and they get out of their shop, you can clearly see the cage in the background. See more »


References Runaway Bride (1999) See more »


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ADAM-12 Inspired
27 October 2018 | by rbr-41299See all my reviews

I must give the writer Alexi Hawley credit for going back to the source material in developing the first two episodes. There are many parallels with the first four half-hour episodes of the first season of ADAM-12. In contrast to Sergeant Jones' objection to the age of Noland, Malloy at first objected to taking Reed as a partner because of his youth. Then Malloy educates Reed (for the audience's benefit) on the chief characteristics of the police car in typical Joe Friday rapid speech. Later Malloy and Reed get a call to aid in the arrest of armed "white supremacists," during which Reed disobeys Malloy by charging toward the bad guys without backup. Then there is the rescue of a baby, a car chase, Reed denting their police car, handling a domestic dispute, processing arrestees at the station, and Reed's irritation at having to turn a murder over to detectives.

In contrast to Reed of ADAM-12 who was not allowed to drive in the early days of his probation, Noland is allowed to drive very soon and then gets into a high speed pursuit. Noland is criticized for how he handled the pursuit, although it's not stated what the offense was that was the cause. Presumably it was a traffic violation, so the object of a pursuit is to keep eyes on the offender without crashing into objects on the way. Bishop calls for backup, but in reality once she announced their pursuit on the radio every police car within range would be hurrying to join the chase. We've all seen police chases on the evening news. Damaging the police car, as well as other cars, during this pursuit would probably result in private lecture from the Captain rather than in front of the whole watch and perhaps a temporary suspension.

I question whether Noland's chasing the kidnapper into the house complied with LAPD procedure, since he failed to maintain his pursuit of the kidnapper when he saw the shackled young woman. She was not in any immediate danger and by turning away from the suspect he almost got himself killed. This failure was not critiqued by his superior officer. Noland is rebuked for slugging the kidnapper and he is reminded that a police officer has to be composed and professional at all times. Hawley tries to make the point that police officers are human and they may react emotionally when they witness the worst of human behavior, a response Reed manifested on ADAM-12.

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