And then I guess Book Guy is looking at the other people on the ferry, and it's a good thing he decided just to fixate on the butt of a man who is bending over to pick up a toy that a kid dropped by the edge of the deck, because otherwise we would have completely missed seeing what happens to that butt. Which is: someone's hand pops out of the crowd and pushes that butt, so that the man the butt is attached to falls overboard. "Dad! Somebody help!" yells the man's teenaged son. Everyone freaks out and rushes over to try to help, until they realize that the ferry has just run over the man. There's an underwater shot of a gray cloudy blob that suddenly turns into a red cloudy blob as it hits the propellers. Add some ice, and you've got a smoothie. All the passengers race to the back of the boat in time to see the bloody water. Book Guy looks on with an "oh, shit," look on his face.
Cue the opening credit montage, which flails its way through the myriad themes in this show. First: boats; water; jaunty nautical stuff! And then: dead bodies; explosions; blondes; fighting cops; snogging teens; sassy waitresses; smiling people; hugs; bemused people; more dead bodies; clowns; black helicopters; six friends sitting on a couch in front of a fountain; broken glass. Oh, how helpful.
At the marina, the ferry passengers are talking to the police and each other about what happened. The man's wife rushes up and hugs her son. Everyone seems to think the man, Ronald Bowers, fell overboard. The town sheriff shows up, and his deputy fills him in on the case. It turns out that Book Guy is the only one who is saying that Bowers was pushed overboard. The sheriff goes to talk to Book Guy. "Excuse me, sir," he says, Book Guy turns around, and they both stare at each other in shock. "Rudy?" asks Book Guy. The sheriff glares at him and reluctantly greets Book Guy as "Mike." There's some kind of tension between Mike and Rudy. I hesitate to say what kind of tension, but the tight sheriff uniform and the clumsy dialogue give me all sorts of ideas, if you know what I mean. And if you watch porn, I think you do. Mike is surprised that Rudy's the sheriff. Rudy doesn't seem thrilled that Mike's come back to town. Mike tells him that he saw the man get pushed off the ferry: "I didn't see who through the crowd, but I clearly saw a hand shove the man," he says. "So it wasn't an accident," says Rudy. Mike: "No! The guy was murdered! Ask around, I'm sure someone else saw it, too." Rudy tells Mike that he's the only one: "Maybe you didn't see what you think you saw." "Why would I make this up?" asks Mike. "Maybe because you're really good at making things up," says Rudy, before stomping off.