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About COMMON LAW (2012) & Episode Guides

About COMMON LAW (2012) & Episode Guides

Common Law (2012) Aired From May 11, 2012 – August 10, 2012 On USA

About the Show:
The new original drama series COMMON LAW is about two cops with a problem – each other. Despite their differences, they are incredible detectives. When things come to a head during their "seven-year itch" as partners, their captain forces them into couples' therapy to save their "work marriage" and the one thing they both love – law enforcement. The 12-episode one-hour series stars Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee and Sonya Walger and is currently in production in New Orleans.

In COMMON LAW, Travis Marks (Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Kole) are two partners who – apart from their polarity and odd couple behavior – have a seven-year track record as the Los Angeles Police Department's best detectives in the Robbery-Homicide Division. Since their constant bickering is interfering with work, their new-age captain (McGee) – who found counseling changed his life – sends them to couples' therapy. Dr. Ryan (Walger), a tough-as-nails therapist, tries to help them understand and resolve their conflicts and confront their demons in order to enhance their ability to work together solving crimes.

As Dr. Ryan explores their relationship we find out these two are birds of a feather professionally, and their personal differences actually balance them out. Wes is a former lawyer whose sensitivity to an event in his life sparked his desire to become a cop and who sacrificed his marriage to do so. He sees things in black and white, is responsible, compulsively organized, methodical and often over thinks decisions. Travis is a former juvenile delinquent and maverick ladies man who was has a fear of abandonment, commitment and intimacy. While he's an open book and deeply trusts his gut instincts, he's carefree, irresponsible, disorganized and doesn't play by the rules. We soon learn that a successful relationship or partnership doesn't mean you have to like the same things; you just have to hate the same things and sometimes that makes for a stronger union.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Michael EalyTravis Marks
Warren KoleWes Mitchell
Jack McGeeCaptain Mike Sutton
Sonya WalgerDr. Emma Ryan


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Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot (May/11/2012)
In the premiere of this drama series, odd-couple detectives Wes and Travis begin couples therapy on their New Age captain's orders in an attempt to salvage their crumbling partnership. While the pair sort out their differences, they also trail a killer responsible for the death of a federal judge's son.

Episode 2: Ride-Along (May/18/2012)
Wes and Travis are forced to bring Dr. Ryan along for the ride as they investigate the death of a woman who fell from the balcony of her honeymoon suite.

Episode 3: Soul Mates (Jun/01/2012)
A woman's murder could have ties to a dating Web site. During the investigation, Wes discovers that his ex has started dating and has a profile on the same site.

Episode 4: Ex-Factor (Jun/08/2012)
Travis' ex-partner causes tension between the guys when they receive a special assignment to stop a crime ring responsible for stealing high-end vehicles.

Episode 5: The T Word (Jun/15/2012)
The guys investigate a series of home invasions by a group of thieves and learn that Travis' foster brother could be their leader.

Episode 6: Performance Anxiety (Jun/22/2012)
The guys' work suffers when they feel pressured to reach an important milestone during the hunt for a pair of criminals emulating Bonnie and Clyde.

Episode 7: Role Play (Jun/29/2012)
In therapy, Wes and Travis are given the exercise of "role play" by Dr. Ryan. Although living in each other's shoes tests their partnership more than usual, it ultimately leads to them solving the case of a woman who was strangled to death.

Episode 8: Joint Custody (Jul/13/2012)
Wes and Travis investigate a cop's shooting and take care of the injured officer's police dog.

Episode 9: Odd Couples (Jul/20/2012)
Wes and Travis share quarters during a stakeout to monitor the moves of a crime novelist, who may have helped a criminal escape prison.

Episode 10: In-Laws Vs. Outlaws (Jul/27/2012)
The guys work with their mentors on an important murder case and see their own problems reflected in their advisers.

Episode 11: Hot For Teacher (Aug/03/2012)
Wes confides in Travis about dreams he's had about Dr. Ryan, which turns out to be a mistake. Elsewhere, Dr. Ryan's fiancé may be withholding information about a body found at his construction site.

Episode 12: Gun! (Aug/10/2012)
In the Season 1 finale, Wes and Travis finally share the story of what landed them in therapy.