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TV Review: Backstrom 1.3 “Takes One to Know One”
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Backstrom
Season 1 Episode 3: “Takes One to Know One”
Directed by Randy Zisk
Written by Hart Hanson and Leif G.W. Persson (author)
Starring Rainn Wilson, Beatrice Rosen, Page Kennedy, Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, and Kristoffer Polaha
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00pm

What you missed last week (spoiler alert!):

Backstrom 1.2 “Bella” was on “fire” last week as cranky Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) and the gang trailed an arsonist and battled bullies to get their “man.” Valentine (Thomas Dekker) and Backstrom bet on whether Valentine could get Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha) to play for the other team. That was fun to watch. I’m hooked already.

Backstrom 1.3 “It Takes One to Know One” review: Geek alert! Guest star Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, HIMYM) shows up as Backstrom’s ex-fiancee! Apparently, she invented his first-person game during investigations. She is….well, I’ll let Backstrom tell you….

“I’m a crusading do-gooder who failed to castrate one cop, so now I get a job neutering all cops.”

Their interaction is biting, yet sweet, making me slowly start to see why the woman are attracted to him (I’m serious).

Hilarious Backstrom line (to Gravely about Sarah Chalke being his ex): “Quit being so amazed like I’m Stephen Hawking dating an acrobat.”

The case of the day for their Special Crimes unit is a young woman found stabbed to death inside a cult church. I really just want to spill all the funny lines. I’m holding myself back. The difference between Backstrom and other comedy cop shows is, for one, it is way darker. The wit is not slap-sticky exaggeration like Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which is also super funny), or seem to be missing the laugh track like Castle (also great – Nathan Fillion), but has this uniqueness where the acerbic humor is the only rope out of a pit of despair. I feel a little guilty for laughing. Only a little.

FOX’s press release:

“TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE”
THE S.C.U. INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF A YOUTH PASTOR ON AN ALL-NEW “BACKSTROM” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, ON FOX
THU FEB 5 9/8c

When a youth pastor is found murdered at a church, Backstrom and his team at the Special Crimes Unit must solve the case while navigating the tenuous terrain of a possible cult. Meanwhile, Backstrom’s ex-fiance, Amy Gazanian (guest star Sarah Chalke), is recruited by the Chief of Police to head up the Civilian Oversight Committee with the task of investigating questionable conduct within the Police Bureau, pitting Backstrom’s squad against hers in the all-new “Takes One To Know One” episode of BACKSTROM airing Thursday, Feb. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Backstrom 1.3 “Takes One to Know One” promo:

Backstrom Apartment

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