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Detective Nichols matches wits with an Irish crime boss from his past when a police officer is killed on the island community of Broad Channel.


Omar Madha


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 2 more credits »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Zack Nichols
Saffron Burrows ... Serena Stevens
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Zoe Callas
Adam Trese ... Detective Atwater
Marin Hinkle ... Moira Boyle
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
James Biberi ... Detective Ryan Fields
Mike Pniewski ... Chief of Detectives Kenny Moran
David Vadim ... Valeyev
Joseph Adams ... Capt. Charles Galloway
Kevin Conway ... Jackie Dooley
Timothy Devlin ... Det. Russell
Thomas McDonell ... Eddie Boyle
Jordan Lund ... Marvin
Ryan Woodle ... Tommy


Detective Nichols matches wits with an Irish crime boss from his past when a police officer is killed on the island community of Broad Channel.

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English | Russian | Latin

Release Date:

13 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Nichols threatens to charge Moira Boyle with being an "accomplice after-the-fact" for hiding her son from the police even though she knew he had a warrant out for his arrest for first degree murder. Hiding someone that has an open arrest warrant for murder, or any felony, would make you guilty of being an accessory after-the-fact, not accomplice after-the-fact. In fact there is no such thing as accomplice before or after-the-fact. In order to be charged as an accomplice to murder (or any felony) you'd have to play an active role in the crime, such as helping restrain the victim so that another person can assault and kill them. Being an accessory is not as severe as being an accomplice, an accessory does not take an active role in the actual crime, they just render aid to the perpetrator either before or after they commit the crime. Rendering aid can come in the form of allowing them to use your car to get to and from the scene, giving them money to flee the jurisdiction, allowing them to stay at your house to avoid arrest or lying to law enforcement about knowing the location of the perpetrator. Someone that is convicted of being an accomplice to a crime will get the same sentence as the person who committed the crime, whereas being convicted as an accessory carries a much lighter sentence, which is usually half the time of the sentence for the crime you were an accessory to. See more »


Jackie Dooley: De mortuis nihil nisi bonum.
Detective Zach Nichols: Speak no ill of the dead.
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Middle of Nowhere
Written by Mike Post & Alan Doyle
Performed by Alan Doyle
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Like you said, Dooley's old school. They won't kill a cop.
9 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A cop serving his duty in Queens was shot inside his car at night in Broad Channel neighborhood. Detectives right away figured out he lived above his means (fancy home, overseas property in the Caribbean); it's not hard to imagine he was dirty. Then the investigation lead to the local boss, an old style Irish mobster who now plays the informant in order to keep the place clean from outsiders (he doesn't want any Jamaican or Russians inside the island); he's very stoned cold, he doesn't care of anyone except him, not even his next to kin. The Major Case detectives have to work hard to deal with the reluctant local police officers, who wants to take the law into their own hands. Anyway they managed to get out.

After Ross' death, a new police officer is in charge in the squad: Zoe Callas (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, aka Gina Montana, Scarface's sister); we saw her briefly at the beginning of the episode.

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