THE DISTRICT "Fools Russian Pt.1" (TV episode)
The FBI investigates Chief Mannion after he contacts an informant about a Russian Mob connection to a bank robbery that resulted in the death of two security guards who were retired District cops.
Ex-con, put away for 5 years by Mannion. According to the FBI, he is a fugitive. But for plot purposes, he a good guy, who respects and trusts Mannion, gives him needed information at the cost of his own life.
Respects Mannion. Savvy, and values those that play by the rules. Mannion says hes always been lucky (dramatic irony for his impending murder.) Has sense of camaraderie with Mannion, refers to the two of them as "us old-timers." Mannion says Pastovs not one to hold a grudge. Has good sense of humor, and an eye for the ladies. Russian accent and slightly broken English.
The script has a bad case of "its May sweeps/season finale time on a ensemble cop show"one cops fiancée is killed, the Chief is set up and suspended, another character finds out her cancer has returned and she must have a mastectomy, and the investigation is hampered by those annoying Feds that always get in the way of the police. Oh, and another regular is blown up, presumed killed, in the last frame. But the writing and acting are good.
Nice black leather jacket. Rings on both ring fingers. Gold chain bracelet.
JB has short beard for the role.
Pastov is killed offscreen. His right hand with a distinctive faded tattoo of a red and blue eight-pointed star on the back is delivered to Mannion in a box at the start of episode 2 of this two-part season finale. Forensics determines it was removed post-mortem.
"Jack, you put me away five years, but could have been fifty. Easy for you to exaggerate evidence, but no. You play by rules. We respect this."
About five minutes, in two scenes, middle of episode.
Some good close-ups. Good laughs, and the darling to the passing woman. Nice final handclasp with Mannion after giving him the information (even though it signals his approaching demise to any viewer who might be in doubt.)