Status
Ended
Network
FOX (US)
SEASON
EPISODE

Crime, Drama

DESCRIPTION

Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is a man with no filter. After a five-year exile to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland's newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city's most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior. Based on renowned Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson’s hit series of books of the same name.

Season 1

Aired 2 years ago - Apr 30, 2015

When a Native American is found dead under a bridge on the Wabacooche Indian reservation, Amy’s new boyfriend and Indian Reserve Police Captain, Jesse Rocha, wants in on the case. Backstrom then learns that Indian meth-king Norwest, of Cooch County, is a suspect in the case, and he is convinced his father, Cooch County Sheriff Blue Backstrom, knows about Norwest’s drug dealings, leaving Backstrom to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, in order to keep his job with the S.C.U., Backstrom must impress Dr. Deb. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Apr 23, 2015

Backstrom comes home to find Dante Trippi, Valentine’s abuser, murdered on his doorstep. Worried that Valentine could be next, the S.C.U.’s investigation leads Backstrom to a ring of counterfeit wine smugglers, a corrupt river patrol cop and a Club of Portland government official. Meanwhile, Valentine’s inability to tell the truth makes it harder for the team to catch the killer and Amy has a new boyfriend, of whom Backstrom is not fond. MORE -LESS

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that you broke Trippi's jaw.
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Men who like peach cobbler don't like women!
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Son, who said anything about Trippi being shot?
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Whoa!
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It's not gonna look good at your oversight hearing.
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Trippi would never waste his time with that.
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Look, every month, they put a crate on a tugboat.
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Find out where these guys are getting their wine from.
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You know, that nordic freak from corrections.
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Yeah, but usually with unorthodox cops,
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So, that fine piece of harassment, Amy Gazanian,
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Thank you for your time, officer.
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- Gregory! What a lovely surprise. - Hey.
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double this last order, he had someone else make the call.
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on the other side of this glass door?
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Yeah, the vineyard guys in Washington
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So, that suggests a whole new motive...
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Whoa-ho-ho! Never been on a high-speed boat chase before!
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You know where it's supposed to go?
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It turns out that Mr. Trippi was selling all of his wine
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You want me to waltz in pretending to be the new Trippi
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Thank you, gentlemen.
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preferably by the strong hands a strapping EMT...
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Is that a gun at my head, or are you just happy to see me?
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Start walking.
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Ohh.
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one is all I can unload at a time.
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And when it is, without anything to compare it to,
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I've worked the rivers since high school.
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Rich fugitives don't need rivers.
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Let's make a deal.
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Captain Rocha?
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- Okay, that's enough. - You lied to me, Amy!
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You're just gonna get bored and leave.
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And I've got a fancy cheese-shop paper.
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I know where his meat's been. Not interested.
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After Trippi took over my wine business,
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- Right. - They've been pursuing you
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Not very brotherly of you.
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Ecclesiastes, chapter 9, verse 7.
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And it may surprise you to know that
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So what do you say?
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Aired 2 years ago - Apr 16, 2015

Backstrom and the S.C.U. are plunged into the zany, provocative world of a performance art festival when one of the participating artists is found dead. Their investigation turns up a slew of potential killers, all of whom are creative types involved in the festival. In the process of solving the murder, Backstrom reveals a surprising appreciation for visual artwork, and a moment of passion between him and a fiery suspect turns into its own piece of performance art. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Apr 09, 2015

When a young female sex surrogate is found dead in Portland's Rose Garden, the S.C.U. investigates what could be a crime of lust, rage, passion or possibly even love. Meanwhile, Backstrom receives very upsetting news about his mother.

Aired 2 years ago - Apr 02, 2015

A key witness in a drug investigation is found dead after escaping from his court-mandated rehab program, and Backstrom must figure out how he escaped and who killed him. However, when the S.C.U. learns that the victim is member of a band and all his bandmates dislike him, they start to believe that the killer may be someone closer than they expected. Meanwhile, Backstrom has reason to believe that Valentine may be more than just his tenant. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Mar 26, 2015

Backstrom and the S.C.U. investigate a hit-and-run that leaves a wealthy woman dead. When the evidence points to vehicular homicide, the S.C.U. looks into controversy involving her charitable endeavors and finds that perhaps not everyone was pleased with her philanthropy. Meanwhile, Backstrom's unhealthy habits stand in the way of him pleasing both his doctor and his ex-fiancée. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Mar 05, 2015

An explosion on the Liberty Oil pipeline in Backstrom's childhood home of Cooch County leads his estranged father, Sheriff Blue Backstrom, to Portland. Father and son, along with the Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.), race to find the suspected eco-terrorist, before he/she strikes again. Meanwhile, Backstrom must confront old demons when dealing with his revered father, and romances are stirred when ex-fiancée Amy pays Backstrom a late-night visit. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Feb 26, 2015

When a Chinese fortune teller is murdered in Portland’s Chinatown, clues lead Backstrom and the Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.) to a laundry service serving as a front for an illegal gambling ring. During the investigation, fortunes also are told to each member of the S.C.U. team. But the information given to some members reveal more secrets about their pasts than others, and one burgeoning relationship is brought out into the open. MORE -LESS

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- Ci qiu. - Cheech char...
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Any chance that's the murder weapon?
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and no one saw a man soaked in blood
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Like that one? That one?
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symbolizes a deadening of the body,
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But it appears nowhere on the crime-scene photos.
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Niedermayer, you get the lieutenant and Almond up to date.
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Davis Gu was fighting off his killer?
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He blames it on the fortuneteller.
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So, Davis Gu died from multiple sharp force injuries
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Yes, sir. Three checks, 5 grand each.
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Well, we are also many things.
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Davis Gu's astrology wheel missing from the crime scene.
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And the costs and gross receipts
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He couldn't even read Chinese. It was embarrassing to Celia.
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"Do you feel lucky?" On Couch Street.
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Why does that not surprise me?
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Leave no stone unturned, Moto.
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wallpaper, tiles, books, strip searches.
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We messed up one of your long-term undercover stings.
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If you believe that,
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Dominic Chan told us it was his salsa recipe.
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For example, this heart here
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Hmm, that is a weak motive.
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I'm Gu. I want someone dead. I invite them over.
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Wait. The guy we were just talking about.
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Oh, stop it.
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And the future tells me Davis Gu is gonna kill me,
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Okay, where are you getting your information from?
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I'm sorry.
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She called me yesterday.
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My dreams are to get out of uniform and into plainclothes.
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Exactly how many steps ahead are you thinking?
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of money-laundering operations that doesn't fit in
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Listen, uh...
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my personal private quiet space?
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It's not flimsy like the stuff you buy at the nickel and yuan.
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Yeah, we're gonna ask to see your knives,
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I got to tell you, I'd lie about Dominic Chan, anyway.
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This puts you in the heavenly laundry gambling ring.
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I'm 60 grand in hock. Why waste a murder on the shill?
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Right. So I said to myself,
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Still have to write the exam.
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He wants more and is gonna kill me to get it.
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You want to take that bet?
Aired 2 years ago - Feb 19, 2015

In the Special Crime Unit's most harrowing case yet, the team has three days to save a teenage girl who has been abducted by a slippery online predator. The team soon learns that this is a deeply personal case for Backstrom, who is jolted by the girl's resemblance to the victim of an unsolved case that he was assigned seven years ago. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant John Almond's church faces eviction when he neglects to pay rent three consecutive months. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Feb 12, 2015

Backstrom and the team at the Special Crimes Unit investigate the murder of a prominent member of Portland's LGBT community. Meanwhile, Backstrom has to testify in front of the Civilian Oversight Committee regarding his shooting of a suspect from a previous case.

Aired 2 years ago - Feb 05, 2015

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, is recruited by the Chief of Police to head up the newly formed Civilian Oversight Committee with the task of investigating questionable conduct within the Police Bureau, pitting Backstrom's squad against hers. MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Jan 29, 2015

Arson investigator Samantha Orland calls upon the Special Crimes Unit for help with a case that gets escalated to attempted murder when a serial arsonist's most recent fire involves a family. Although all evidence points to a local fire artist, Backstrom is positive their arsonist is someone they least suspect. The investigation takes a turn when the team discovers evidence missing from the crime scene and Backstrom suspects someone insides the investigation. Meanwhile, Backstrom gets tormented by childhood neighbors who stole something very special from him when he was younger and Valentine helps Niedermayer recover stolen evidence MORE -LESS

Aired 2 years ago - Jan 22, 2015

The Special Crimes Unit investigates a college student's suicide, which may actually have been a homicide. Backstrom bangs head with his doctor, who promises to fail him on his physical if he doesn't start making better dietary choices.

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I'm not going anywhere. This is why I became a detective--
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Mom and Dad wanted her to take a little time,
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The man who did it had me locked in a room
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a treasure trove. I disagree.
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Well, that's an easy enough theory to test.
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There was an ample selection of snapshots
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As far as details that might actually help.
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but that is all I did wrong.
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What do you mean?
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We figured it might be hers.
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She's being stupid. Today was supposed to be
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Only had a few calls on it, all to other disposables,
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(trembling breath)
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(clears throat) Well, what, uh, happened at the house is, uh...
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he came back and asked for me a few times.
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She's been... she's been living with it for years.
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this man is, why he's doing what he's doing.
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You think he took a bus out of town?
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I told the other eight cops-- I don't know anything.
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what's really happening here, I hope you don't find him.
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And what is it you did not want Marcus to know?
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Simon didn't take any medication when he was in prison.
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or changed their health insurance
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No question. But at the end of the day,
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I came here to apologize.
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through your windows.
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Well, I couldn't get Kitty either.
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Well, that's a good thing, right? It makes
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He told me his own people
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I have a phone number for Simon.
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We figured that would happen.
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Remind your people to go slow.
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Hey?
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One that used to sit in the driveway
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BELL: Right now a warrant's being issued
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You're already with her?
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You wished to see me?
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But there was more.
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for bringing people around to her way of seeing things.
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It's perfectly intact.
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It's not him.
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sobriety was a struggle, not a state of being.