- Season 1 Episode 3
I Am a Bird Now
BACKSTROM AND HIS TEAM INVESTIGATE A HATE CRIME
Backstrom and the team at the Special Crimes Unit investigate the murder of a prominent member of Portland's LGBT community - a drag queen Internet blogger named Jenna Rose. Backstrom declares the murder a hate crime, and the investigation takes an unsuspected turn when Backstrom's tenant, Gregory Valentine, becomes a suspect. Meanwhile, Backstrom has to testify in front of the Civilian Oversight Committee, regarding his shooting of a suspect from a previous case. Heading the newly formed committee is his ex-fiance, Amy Gazanian (guest star Sarah Chalke), all of which results in severe anxiety attacks for Backstrom.
Rainn Wilson as Det. Lt. Everett Backstrom; Genevieve Angelson as Det. Nicole Gravely; Dennis Haysbert as Det. Sgt. John Almond; Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer; Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto; Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Paquet; Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine.
Sarah Chalke as Amy Gazanian; Rizwan Manji as Dr. Deb Chaman; Victor Ayala as Jason Rose; Amy Pietz as Christina Rose; David Figlioli as David Kettering; Robbin Fox as Young Woman; Paul Anthony as Marcus Lester; Ash Lee as Henry Han; Tammy Hui as Lindsay Han; Jeff Schwartz as Auctioneer; Zahra Anderson as Oversight Committee Member; Craig Erickson as Wayne Combs; Jerome Velinsky as Guy.