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Battle Creek series finale recap and closing thoughts: “Sympathy for the Devil”

Finally, Battle Creek fans, we know the ghosts that haunt Milt Chamberlain. We are presented with what seems like Milt’s regular routine: wake up, throw on a hoodie, chat in the elevator of his building and drive out to a park, where he chants his mantra — “forward, positive, embrace the day” — then screams his lungs out before going for a run. His run and workout are punishingly intense. You can almost sense his anger in the hard foot falls and the way he attacks the exercise equipment. He returns to his car, sweaty and tired from the exertion, but […]

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Battle Creek episode 12 recap: “Homecoming

Here’s what went down on Battle Creek episode 12, appropriately titled “Homecoming.” Russ comes in to work in a great mood after the events in the evidence locker with Holly. Alas, the mood doesn’t last. They literally run into each other in the hallway, and she apologizes for practically attacking him. Russ doesn’t mind, but Holly shrugs it off claiming it was “no big deal.” In the precinct office, Font has returned to duty after his run in with a piece of shrapnel in his brain. He’s also caught a messy John Doe case – some dude walked in front […]

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Battle Creek episode 11 recap: “The Hand-Off”

On the first of Sunday night’s Battle Creek double header, Russ and Funk are in uniform on their way to a “community outreach” event. Of course, Russ is complaining the whole way and Funk’s attempts to cheer him backfires. Funk gets a text that there’s been a shooting in McKinley Park, so Russ turns the car around glad to have anything else to do besides yammer in front of a crowd. They arrive on the scene to find a woman, who tells them she’s a doctor, giving CPR to the gunshot victim. Russ and the woman race the victim to […]

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Battle Creek Episode 10 recap: “Stockholm”

It’s night. A hand comes up out of a patch of tall weeds. The hand is followed by a body crawling from the ground in the middle of nowhere. The body is that of a man, who runs for a stand of nearby trees as sirens go off in the distance. It’s a prison break. Dissolve to searchlights on choppers combing the field for the escapee, a federal prisoner by the name of Clint Ford. Milt has asked Russ to join him on the case, Russ is stoked that finally the FBI is asking him for help on a Federal case, […]

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Battle Creek Episode 9 recap: “Gingerbread Man”

As Battle Creek Episode 9, “Gingerbread Man,” begins, Detectives Russ and Font are rolling in Font’s new car, a Toyota, and Russ is busting his chops for buying an import in the car capitol of America. Font points out that the car was assembled in Ohio. Suddenly, Font whips the car around. He’s just spotted a guy passing that he’s sure is Barclay Spades, a fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. During the pursuit, Russ is whining because Font’s going to spill Russ’ Super hot coffee. Russ tries to get Font to stop but Font is determined to get […]

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Battle Creek recap episode 108: “Old Wounds”

As we begin this week’s Battle Creek Guziewicz’s adopted son, Danny, is being haunted by visions of his parent’s murders when he was three — the murders that left him an orphan in the Commander’s care. Danny has new information about the event that leads him to Special Agent Chamberlain to ask for help in reopening the case; he wants to keep Guziewicz out of the loop for fear of her blocking his request. Milt, sensing the sensitive nature of the request, takes Danny home where they discuss the case over a game of basketball. While in jail for missing a […]

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Battle Creek recap episode 7: “Mama’s Boy”

A crowd has gathered behind the line of police tape. Russ scoots underneath, dismayed to see the FBI crawling all over the place. He sidles up to Commander Guziewicz who informs him the reason the FBI is present: Two teenagers stumbled on the scene and posted what they found on Facebook (apparently Milt has quite a following online). Smack in the middle of a black tarp is what all the fuss is about: a severed foot, inside a sneaker that had washed up on the shore. According to Milt, there was no trauma where the foot had separated from the […]

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Battle Creek epsiode 6 recap: “Cereal Killer”

Today is one of the greatest days that befall the people of Battle Creek Michigan: It’s the 31st annual Breakfast Day! On Breakfast Day, everybody in the city comes together and celebrates what put Battle Creek on the map — the breakfast cereal revolution. Everybody except Russ, that is, who, like his fellow detectives, is stuck in uniform patrolling a festival of cereal. Of course, Milt loves it. Mayor Scooter Hardy and his Chief of Staff (and brother) Daryl swing by say hello and to meet the FBI wunderkind. The Mayor grabs Milt for some show and tell, which of course, irks […]

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Battle Creek Recap Episode 105: “Old Flames”

Crime hits (really) close to home for the BCDP on last night’s Battle Creek. The detectives and a couple of officers of the BCPD (at least the male ones) are still whooping it up at Detective Funk’s bachelor party, hours after the strippers have left for the night. Russ hits the stage with sexy cowboy duds over his suit, but before he gets to kick off his routine, a call comes in. The detectives, after ribbing the patrolman for bringing his police radio to a strip club, cab it over to the crime scene. Commander Guziewicz’ house has gone up in […]

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Recap: Battle Creek episode 4: “Heirlooms”

This week on Battle Creek, we get a more classic murder — and potentially some answers about why Milt is stuck in Battle Creek. That is, if Russ can bring himself to open up. Apart from a homicide, it’s a quiet day at the Battle Creek police department. A woman has been found stabbed to death in her apartment. Milt has taken the call because the 911 dispatcher, Elaine, has given him all the calls since they met at a barbecue recently. Russ is rightly peeved that he is out of the loop, but Russ is always peeved. At the victim’s […]