Tagged: Police

Blindspot

Blindspot/NBC/2015+ (Amnesia)

Jane “Remi” Doe (Jaimie Alexander), a woman found naked in Times Square with no memory and mysterious images tattooed on her body.

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Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and his FBI team from the Bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group investigated the mysterious markings to uncover the true identity of this enigmatic female whom they kept in protective custody.

It is later revealed that Jane was born Alice Kruger in South Africa, then orphaned and trained as a child soldier by the apartheid regime. See eventually married FBI Agent Kurt Weller.

 

Silent Witness

Silent Witness/BBC/1996-2019 (Wheelchair / Medical Disability)

Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr), a disabled female in an electric wheelchair who works as a personal lab assistant for a team of forensic pathology experts as they investigate various crimes in the Cambridge and London areas of Great Britain.

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Clarissa first appeared in Season 15 on episode “Change” (2013), when Dr Cunningham accepts a position in New York City and is replaced by forensics expert Jack Hodgson David Caves) who brings along his long-time assistant Clarissa Mullery to work with him at the Lyell Centre.

Note: Actress Liz Carr has used a wheelchair since the age of seven due to her disability known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. She is a comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist, who studied law at the University of Nottingham.

 

Cain

Cain/FRANCE 2/2012-2016    (Wheelchair)

Captain Fred Cain (Bruno Debrandt), cynical police homicide detective based in Marseilles, France. Fred was injured in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

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Now a paraplegic, he uses a wheelchair to get around. He reluctantly partners with Lucie (Julie Delarme)  a vivacious detective trainee to continue to work as a field detective.

The Bridge

The Bridge/FX/2013-2014 (Autism)

Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), a hard-nosed, socially awkward police detective working for the El Paso Police Department who suffers (undiagnosed) from Asperger’s Syndrome, or a similar Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Sonya’s Asperger’s both helps and hinders her. It distances her emotionally from others, impeding her ability to sensitively approach victims’ families. But, on the bright side, her condition helps her focus and really look at things from a different point of view.

Detective Cross is teamed with homicide Detective Marco Ruiz (Damián Bichir), a charming Chihuahua State Police Officer. Their task: to capture a serial killer who is operating in both countries. His latest victim is an American judge known for anti-immigration views who was found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico. The body was actually in two parts: one half was the judge, the other half was a missing teen.

On a private note: Sonya’s sister, Lisa Cross was killed when Sonya was 15. Sonya makes a point of visiting her sister’s murderer in prison. He suffered brain damage but draws pictures, images that Sonya places on her refrigerator. Perhaps, one day, the drawings will offer some insight into the man’s motivation for killing her beloved sibling.

Note: The show title refers to the “Bridge of the Americas” that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The series is based on Broen, a Scandinavian crime series about a dead body found on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.

To understand her role as someone with autism, actress Diane Kruger received guidance from Autism Speaks, a U.S. autism awareness and research organization. Alex Plank, a young filmmaker with Asperger’s was on-set to advise Kruger on her portrayal.

Family Guy

FAMILY GUY/FOX/1999+ (Wheelchair)

Joe Swanson (voice by Patrick Warburton), a crippled police officer confined to a wheelchair who lives in the town of Quahog, Rhode Island. Joe suffers from impotence and incontinence.

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In episode “Joe’s Revenge” we learn that Joe lost the use of his legs in a fight with Bobby “The Shirt” Briggs, whom Joe later kills. In an earlier episode, “A Hero Sits Next Door” Joe claimed he was crippled stopping The Grinch from stealing Christmas from an orphanage.

Joe is married with two children (Kevin and Susie). His wife, Bonnie is a soft-spoken woman who used to work as a stripper. She once tried to shoot Joe to paralyze him but she was such a lousy shot, Joe shot himself. In episode “Foreign Affairs,” Bonnie goes to Paris and nearly leaves Joe for a French man in a wheelchair named Francois.

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Kevin, their first born allegedly died in the Iraq War, but it is later revealed he was in a coma following a bomb (placed inside a turkey during Thanksgiving) and so he faked his own death and went AWOL. Susie Swanson, the second child, is still a baby.

Joe’s friends include neighbor Peter Griffin (voice by Seth MacFarlane), a bumbling blue-collar worker who works at the Happy Go Lucky Toy Factory and later the Pawtucket Brewery; Glenn Quagmire (voice by Seth MacFarlane), a single, sex-addicted airline pilot who is always saying  “Giggity” and “Alright”; and Cleveland (voice by Mike Henry), a mild-mannered African American deli owner. Their favorite hang out is a bar called “The Drunken Clam.”

 

Columbo

COLUMBO/NBC/1971-78/ABC/1989-91 (Injured Eye)

Peter Falk, best known for his Emmy award winning role as the rumpled but clever Los Angeles police detective, Lt. Columbo. His catchphrase: “Oh, there’s just one more thing…”

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At the age of three, Peter lost his right eye in surgery to a malignant tumor.He was self-conscious about his handicap until he started to play baseball.

Once, as the story goes, an umpire made a questionable call at a little league game and a very angry young Peter pulled his false eye from his head, handed it to the umpire and declared “Here you need this more than I do!”

Years later, Peter’s dark brown eye and the squint caused by his false right eye contributed to an air-of-menace and benevolent detachment that established his acting presence on such drama programs BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE/NBC/1963-67; THE DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK/NBC/1961-64; THE UNTOUCHABLES/ABC/1959-63 (Nate Selko, a thug); THE DICK POWELL SHOW/NBC/1961-63 (Outstanding single performance by an actor in a leading role in the “Price of Tomatoes”).

His first successful TV series was the law drama THE TRIALS OF O’BRIEN/CBS/1965-66 where he played Daniel J. O’Brien a talented and expensive New York attorney.

In the fall of 1989, Peter Falk reprised his role of Columbo on the newly filmed episodes of COLUMBO for ABC’s MONDAY MYSTERY MOVIE.

The X-Files

THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002 (Missing Arm & Color-Blind)

Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea), Soviet double agent working with C. G. B. Spender, a.k.a. the Cigarette Man (William B. Davis), a mysterious operative under orders from a shadowy organization called The Syndicate.

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On the episode “Terma” Krycek lost his left arm escaping villagers who tried to help him from being a test subject at the Russian chain gang excavating rock from Tunguska, Russia.

Krycek is responsible for terminating both William Mulder, the father of FBI agent Fox Mulder and Melissa Scully, the sister of FBI agent Dana Scully.

Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is red-green colored blind as revealed in episode “Wetwired.”

 

T.J. Hooker

T. J. HOOKER/ABC/CBS/1982-87 (Wheelchair)

Lt. Pete O’Brien (Hugh Farrington), tough, cigar-chewing police detective who was confined to a wheelchair who worked for the “LCPD” Police Department.

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Actor Hugh Farrington was injured in an airplane accident in the 1960s when as a passenger in his friend’s plane, they hit an electric high wire and crashed. He lay in a coma for three months (his spinal column was damaged).

An ex-Navy pilot, Farrington still flew regularly in his Piper Saratoga, a specially hand-controlled airplane kept at Gillespie Field in San Diego.

Hugh Farrington appeared on 18 episodes of T. J. HOOKER, including:

  • “The Lipstick Killer” (7 January 1984)
  • “The Two Faces of Betsy Morgan” (20 October 1984)
  • “Target: Hooker” (17 November 1984)
  • “A Kind of Rage” (1 December 1984)
  • “The Confession” (15 December 1984)
  • “Street Bait” (5 January 1985)
  • “Outcall” (2 February 1985)
  • “Homecoming” (9 March 1985)
  • “Return of a Cop” (2 October 1985)
  • “To Kill a Cop” (9 October 1985)
  • “Rip-Off” (20 November 1985)
  • “Funny Money” (27 November 1985)
  • “The Night Ripper” (29 January 1986)
  • “The Obsession” (5 February 1986)
  • “Taps for Officer Remy” (12 February 1986)
  • “Partners in Death” (7 May 1986)
  • “Blood Sport” (21 May 1986)
  • “Deadly Force” (28 May 1986)

Farrington was also known for such films and television series, Arizona Heat, Caged Fury, Coming Home, The Terminator, QUINCY, M.E., AIRWOLF, and THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

On an episode of THE GOLDEN GIRLS entitled “Stand By Your Man,” Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) dates a disabled man named Ted (Hugh Farrington) who is in a wheelchair. Blanche eventually overcomes her prejudices about the disabled and discovers that Ted is no different than anyone else. But after learning that Ted has a wife, she says, “It never dawned on me that you could be a jerk in a wheelchair.”

Born June 9, 1931 as Hugh Smith, Hugh Farrington died on August 7, 2001 (age 70) in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Special Unit 2

SPECIAL UNIT 2/UPN/2001-02 (Missing Hand)

Captain Richard Page (Richard Gant), a no-nonsense black veteran cop with a missing hand who leads a secret division of the Chicago Police Department known as Special Unit 2.

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The Captain’s prosthetic hand was once stolen by Carl the Gnome, who later came to work for SU2.

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Captain Richard Page with members of his Special Unit 2 Squad