Bosch Recap: ‘Tis the Season
“Bosch” Season 1 Episode 1 “Chapter One: ‘Tis the Season” aired on Feb. 6, 2014 on Amazon Studios. In this episode, Detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver) stood in trial for a shooting that had happened two years prior. That weekend, as he was tired of court, he took the shift of two detectives, and ended up discovering a woman who had committed suicide and a possible case of a child murder after a doctor and his dog discovered several bones buried in the area. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began on a rainy night, in which Detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver) and his partner, Detective Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector), went after a man suspected of being a rapist and a murderer. During their stakeout, Edgar had the car, while Bosch followed on foot. In an alleyway, Bosch managed to corner the man and told him in Spanish to freeze and to put his hands in the air. However, the man reached into his pocket, and when he did so, Bosch shot him.
Two years later, Bosch found himself in a courtroom, as Ms. Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers) was suing him on behalf of her clients, Rosa and Elena Flores, for the wrongful death of Roberto Flores, the man he had shot. They then proceeded to jury selection, which bored Bosch to death.
Outside the courthouse, Money warned him that she would win the case and that he would be forced to pay a lot of cash, which could have been avoided if he had just decided to go for a settlement. However, he told her that he had nothing to be worried about because he knew that he had done the right thing.
Back at the station, his partner, Edgar, told him that he was worried as Money had issued him a subpoena even if she hadn’t deposed him at all. He then gave two detectives tickets to a Lakers game so that he could take their weekend shift as he had been bored all week as he had been in court the entire time. His partner wasn’t too happy about this, but he told Edgar that he could go it alone on the first day. However, his boss, Lieutenant Grace Billets (Amy Aquino) wasn’t too happy about this as he had been removed from the regular rotation as he was on trial and insisted that he go home.
Later that night, he remembered once again what had happened the night of the shooting.
The next morning, he responded to a report of a dead woman, named Linda Foster, in a car. There, based on the fact that her hand smelled like gunpowder and as the gun was still warm, Bosch determined that the cause of death was a suicide. He then went over to check out another call made by a doctor named Dr. Guyot (Scott Wilson), who claimed that his dog had unearthed a piece of human bone.
At the doctor’s house, he learned that the bone was a child’s bone, and that the bone showed signs that the child had been abused multiple times, as there were many fractures on the bone. Bosch then borrowed Officer Julia Brasher’s (Annie Wersching) flashlight, and together with the dog, went up to check out the site. There, he discovered several hand bones among the foliage, and then fell and hurt himself.
Afterwards, he went over to Teresa’s house, who confirmed that what he had was indeed a child’s bone, and promised him that that her report on the case would be low key. As he worked the night away, Grace came to visit him, as she had heard that Harry was conducting an investigation even if he wasn’t supposed to be doing so as he was supposed to be focused on his trial. However, he told her that it didn’t matter as the department had already exonerated him and told her that he could even put Edgar’s name on the reports, as he just really needed to work this case. She then allowed him to work on it.
The next day, Edgar, Julia and Dr. William Golliher’s (Alan Rosenberg) team combed the area for the bones. Golliher then told Harry that they had an interesting contradiction on their hands as the shallow grave showed that whoever had killed the child had panicked and had poorly planned the murder, but the fact that the body was found in a remote location meant that the murder was premeditated. Based on the backpack found and the remains of the underwear, they determined that the child was a boy. They then found the skull, which had signs of abuse, surgical healing and a fracture that indicated that the child had died of blunt force trauma to the skull.
As they packed up, they managed to accost a reporter named Nate Tyler (Adam O’ Byrne), who has doing a piece on Harry. They made him agree to keep the case off of his report.
Later that night, he went out with Julia for drinks. There, he was told by her that she believed that homicide was one of the most noble departments in the force and told him that she wanted to become a homicide detective one day.
The next day, at court, Money’s opening statement painted Bosch as a corrupt detective who had planted the gun on Roberto. However, Bosch’s attorney, Rodney Belk (Abraham Benrubi) reminded the jury that only Bosch was present that day and that he had no choice but to make a split second decision, which boiled to whether he was going to be shot or not by Roberto Flores, who clearly had ignored Bosch’s warnings to freeze and to put his hands up in the air and was armed.
Afterwards, Edgar and Bosch went to the coroner’s office where Golliher informed them that the boy that they had found was most likely 12 or 13 years old, had been buried from anywhere between 18 to 24 years and had suffered extensive abuse, as they had discovered in the bones that he had been hit in 44 separate locations. Golliher also informed them that he had been limping before he was killed and that he had never been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
While Golliher told them this, Bosch remembered a young boy running across a dark hallway, only to be cornered and hit by a bat.
Bosch then went to the restroom where he was visibly shaken and tried to compose himself by washing his face with water.
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