Recap Life: Season 1, Episode 1 - Merit Badge

When LAPD Detective Charlie Crews was sentenced to life for a heinous triple murder he didn't commit, everyone turned their backs on him, including his former partner, Robert Stark, and his wife, Jennifer Conover. Charlie spent the first half of his 12 years served in the hospital, and the latter half locked up in isolation, where he became a student of Zen Buddhism to pass the time. When his best friend, lawyer Constance Griffiths got the case re-opened, DNA evidence exonerated Crews and he reached a fat settlement with the state, including returning to his job at the LAPD as a detective.

Four months after his release, Charlie has an addiction to fruit, a furnitureless mansion, a new Bentley, and a penchant for the ladies. Detective Dani Reese reports to the murder scene of an 8-year-old boy. A golden retriever sits ten feet from the body. Uniformed officers Krebbs and Zerco rib Dani about her new partner - Crews! Crews arrives and zeroes in on the dog, who he discovers has been shot, too. Further conversation with the dog yields a severed finger buried nearby.

Figuring Dani doesn't want to be partnered with him, Crews asks if she wants to talk - she doesn't. They question the stepfather of the victim, John Gribley. John's biological father, Mark Rawls, is serving ten years for dealing drugs, and John belonged to a Boy Scout troop for kids with incarcerated fathers. Last month the Gribley house was robbed. Crews begins sniffing, and despite Dani's protests, warns Gribley to flush his pot down the toilet, as his house will soon be swarming with cops. Outside, Dani reminds him that as supervisory detective, she's responsible for Charlie's actions, and he just broke the law.

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Aug 22, 2012 8:33PM EDT

OK since this show only lasted 2 season's I hope the writers were able to finish the show with all questions answered.

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