The District

The District

2000 - 2004, Crime
Police Chief Jack Mannion tries to clean the streets of Washington, D.C.

Episode Guide

  • The District - Something Borrowed, Something Bruised (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Something Borrowed, Something Bruised

    Mannion investigates the murder of two women, one of whom is identified as Debreno's sometimes girlfriend.

  • The District - Open Season (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Open Season

    Noland is shot and critically wounded when his battle against gangs puts him in the line of fire; Mendoza helps track down the gang member that shot Noland.

  • The District - Ten Thirty Three (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Ten Thirty Three

    Mannion discovers a car theft operation while investigating the murder of a young illegal immigrant. Guest star Jaclyn Smith.

  • The District - Passing Time (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Passing Time

    A woman shoots a doctor at point-blank range, claiming he quickened her mother's death after being named sole beneficiary in her will.

  • The District - The Black Widow Maker (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    The Black Widow Maker

    Mannion gets involved in a murder investigation when he goes to a small town to protest a warrant for his arrest; an armored truck disappears from the company that Temple works for part time.

  • The District - Family Values (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Family Values

    Mannion, Regan and Debreno race to find a 6-year-old girl who was snatched from a playground while her father looked away for a moment. Jean Smart guest stars.

  • The District - On Guard (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    On Guard

    Mannion's fencing teacher says she killed her husband in self-defense, but the evidence at the crime scene is inconclusive.

  • The District - D.C. Confidential (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    D.C. Confidential

    Mannion probes the death of Ella's long-lost uncle, who was once a prime suspect in the unsolved murder of a jazz singer.

  • The District - A.K.A. (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:


    When a crime lord's henchman targets a former stripper (Markie Post), Mannion must protect her from the same fate as a murdered trial witness.

  • The District - Party Favors (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Party Favors

    Mannion probes the apparent suicide of a congressional lobbyist who was about to break open a scandal involving the exchange of sexual favors for votes.

  • The District - Breath of Life (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Breath of Life

    Mannion suspects a policeman did not attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save a gay officer who was hit by a car during a traffic stop.

  • The District - The Voice Inside (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    The Voice Inside

    Mannion calls in a former hostage-crisis negotiator to get through to an autistic girl who witnessed the murder of her parents.

  • The District - Hollow Spaces (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Hollow Spaces

    Mannion must determine if the young man who received Ella's heart is guilty of a fatal gas-station robbery.

  • The District - In God We Trust (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    In God We Trust

    A vision of the Virgin Mary on the side of Mannion's building prompts a thief to distribute his loot to needy neighbors.

  • The District - Acceptable Losses (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Acceptable Losses

    When Ella's son is hospitalized for taking ecstasy, Mannion vows to stamp out drug trafficking in Washington, D.C.

  • The District - A House Divided (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    A House Divided

    When a man is murdered during a Civil War re-enactment, Mannion discovers an ancient resentment might have played a part in the crime.

  • The District - Jupiter for Sale (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Jupiter for Sale

    Mannion investigates a murder that is strikingly similar to those committed by a serial killer nearly 20 years ago.

  • The District - Blind Eye (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Blind Eye

    A community creates its own underground form of street justice after getting fed up with the judicial system; Mannion tracks down the person who received Ella's heart.

  • The District - The Kindness of Strangers (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Kindness of Strangers

    The team searches the world of on-line chat rooms for Noland's niece when an Internet predator convinces her to run away from home.

  • The District - Free Byrd (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Free Byrd

    Mannion begs his ex-wife (Jean Smart) to come work for him; a parolee's murder spurs Mannion to action; Temple sets a trap for officers he suspects of police brutality.

  • The District - The Devil You Know ... (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    The Devil You Know ...

    Mannion sees a chance to get his job back when the new police chief orders a drug raid that results in the death of an elderly woman.

  • The District - Jack's Back (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Jack's Back

    Mannion returns to Washington, D.C. to get his job back and moves into a building slated for demolition; Mannion works outside the system to clear Temple of a murder charge.

  • The District - Into the Sunset (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Into the Sunset

    New evidence from an unsolved crime comes to light as Mannion tries to begin a new life without Ella or his job.

  • The District - Ella Mae (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Ella Mae

    Mannion attends Ella's funeral, where he decides to leave the capital for good; Temple and Debreno hunt for an elusive killer.

  • The District - Rage (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:


    The mayor seeks to fire Mannion when alleged police brutality causes people to riot in the streets of Washington, D.C.

  • The District - Criminally Insane (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Criminally Insane

    Police brutality is suspected when a man in custody dies, resulting in a campaign for Mannion's dismissal.

  • The District - Bloodlines (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:


    A series of murders points to someone opposed to interracial relationships; Ella finds incriminating evidence against a heroic police officer.

  • The District - Where There's Smoke (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Where There's Smoke

    Following a serious accident, Mannion challenges his counterpart in the Department of Roads and Highways; Temple and Debreno search for missing documents relating to a corporate fraud trial.

  • The District - Last Waltz (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Last Waltz

    Mannion's uncle (Ernest Borgnine) witnesses the murder of a jeweler and pushes his nephew to pursue all possible leads.

  • The District - Back in the Saddle (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Back in the Saddle

    Debreno is assigned to protect a popular singer (Lee Ann Womack) who has received multiple death threats.

  • The District - Blindsided (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:


    Mannion and Vanessa get carjacked while visiting Los Angeles.

  • The District - Sacrifices (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:


    Police headquarters is quarantined when a man in custody appears to have an unknown infectious virus.

  • The District - Untouchable (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Bill Wallace confesses to murdering a stranger, then recants, sending Mannion and his team in search of evidence to keep the killer from getting away with it.

  • The District - Good-bye, Jenny (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Good-bye, Jenny

    Mannion works to save an AIDS rally organized as a legacy from a friend who is dying of the disease; Temple and Debreno try to put a criminal away for good.

  • The District - Small Packages (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Small Packages

    Detectives suspect three elves of robbing a Salvation Army truck before Christmas; Mannion plays Santa Claus.

  • The District - Return of the King (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Return of the King

    Former heavyweight champion and native son Atticus King returns to Washington, D.C., for a title bout, but he is arrested after his wife is found murdered in their penthouse.

  • The District - Free-Fire Zone (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Free-Fire Zone

    A reporter asserts Mannion gave the order to kill 18 civilians during his tour of duty in Vietnam; Temple and Debreno search for an 11-year-old boy who is about to commit murder in order to gain initiation into a gang.

  • The District - The Second Man (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    The Second Man

    Noland gets caught up in a crime while stopping into a convenience store to buy ice cream; Temple and Debreno uncover a string of armed robberies at convenience stores.

  • The District - Old Wounds (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Old Wounds

    Temple and Debreno probe the death of an ex-con in the crash of a stolen BMW with $180,000 in its trunk.

  • The District - Faith (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    Mannion and his team hunt for the gunman who shot Kevin's brother, a priest, at a funeral. Jaclyn Smith and Kelly Rutherford guest star.

  • The District - Drug Money (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Drug Money

    Temple and Debreno tie stolen pharmaceuticals to a series of carjackings and robberies; a wealthy widow (guest star Kelly Rutherford) wins Debreno in a bachelor auction.

  • The District - Explicit Activities (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Explicit Activities

    Child-pornography cases inspire Mannion to seek changes in legislation dealing with the crime. Jaclyn Smith, Ving Rhames and Lou Rawls guest star.

  • The District - Oil and Water (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Oil and Water

    Mannion finds out Undersecretary Adam Witton was the one who planned his murder, and top politicians lean on Mannion to drop the investigation.

  • The District - Resurrection (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:


    The team fears the worst when evidence indicates Mannion has been shot, but his body can't be found. Ving Rhames guest stars.

  • The District - Payback (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:


    Retaliating against police interference, adolescent gang members kidnap two police officers and Chief Mannion's life is threatened.

  • The District - Convictions (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:


    Debreno's integrity is on trial when a defense lawyer makes him take a stand as a key witness in a drug case.

  • The District - The Killing Point (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    The Killing Point

    An anonymous letter and a priest spur Mannion and his team to try to stay the execution of a death row inmate wrongly accused of murder.

  • The District - Shell Game (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Shell Game

    Chief Mannion is forced to knock heads with CIA officials to find out what they know about a murder victim.

  • The District - Shades of Glory (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Shades of Glory

    When Mannion decides to fire a popular and respected police commander whose recent performance statistics are below average, pressure from within the precinct and from the community forces him to rethink the decision.

  • The District - Still Life (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Still Life

    While investigating a museum heist, Debreno and Cahill find the suspect in the museum but not the stolen Picasso painting.

  • The District - The Greenhouse Effect (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    The Greenhouse Effect

    Mannion turns to restaurateur Teddy Reed (Joanna Cassidy) for eyewitness testimony regarding the killing of a congressman, but her flawed story leads him to suspect she is lying.

  • The District - Daughter for Daughter (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Daughter for Daughter

    Putin (guest star Michael Ironside) resurfaces and raises the stakes by kidnapping Mannion's daughter -- possibly to trade for his own offspring.

  • The District - Wasteland (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:


    A teacher takes a board of education hostage after her inquiries into school health problems go unanswered.

  • The District - This Too Shall Pass (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    This Too Shall Pass

    Temple and Debreno probe the slaying of a reporter whose body was discovered in an abandoned building.

  • The District - Twist of Hate (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Twist of Hate

    The vandalization of a mosque has the team investigating a string of hate crimes.

  • The District - Russian Winter (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Russian Winter

    A woman claims Mannion's arch nemesis is looking to kill her; Nancy looks for help in her ex-lover's murder investigation.

  • The District - Thursday (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:


    Mannion and the team reflect on a fellow officer's life after he dies saving a family whose car plunged into a river.

  • The District - Cop Hunt (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Cop Hunt

    Mannion conducts an internal investigation when it is suspected that a police officer is guilty of beating and raping a woman.

  • The District - Tug of War (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Tug of War

    Mannion angers the chief of the Transit Authority when he dispatches detectives to patrol metropolitan busses after an innocent woman is thrown in front of a bus and killed.

  • The District - Bulldog's Ghost (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Bulldog's Ghost

    Nancy discovers a murdered homeless man and Mannion confronts his past when he uncovers the truth behind the return of Vietnam prisoners of war.

  • The District - Meltdown (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    When a 7-year-old shoots two children, Mannion searches for the person responsible for putting the weapon in the boy's hand.

  • The District - To Serve and Protect (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    To Serve and Protect

    The team revives an old investigation when a child's body is found eight years after his disappearance.

  • The District - The Project (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Project

    Mannion moves into a dangerous housing project when the residents refuse to speak to police about a murder.

  • The District - Night Shift (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Night Shift

    The night shift turns chaotic for Mannion's team members when they discover that a fatal car-jacking may not be what it seems.

  • The District - Foreign Affair (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Foreign Affair

    Mannion and his team work to stop a heroin dealer who has diplomatic immunity because his father is the Ambassador of Afghanistan.

  • The District - Lost and Found (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Lost and Found

    Mannion and his team come under fire from the African-American community when an affluent white woman disappears at the same time as a black woman with a drug habit.

  • The District - Fools Russian (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Fools Russian

    Mannion's (Craig T. Nelson) career hangs in the balance because of his past connections with the Russian mob. Guest star: Jean Smart.

  • The District - Fools Russian (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Fools Russian

    Mannion's career is at stake when he turns for help in a current investigation to a Russian mob contact from his past.

  • The District - Don't Fence Me In (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Don't Fence Me In

    The seedy owner of a fencing operation cooperates with Temple and McGregor, giving them the street credibility they need to start their own operation, which they use to track down criminals.

  • The District - Running Towards Fire (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Running Towards Fire

    When a white rookie officer shoots a black undercover officer, Mannion deals with racial tension within the force.

  • The District - The Agony and the Ecstasy (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Agony and the Ecstasy

    The war on drugs hits Mannion where it hurts when he discovers that his son, Jack Jr., and his son's girlfriend, Candace, are using and selling ecstasy.

  • The District - Night Moves (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Night Moves

    A ticked off Mannion swears to restore peace when the escalation of turf wars between two gangs ends up cutting down an innocent bystander.

  • The District - New World (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    New World

    Temple and McGregor get a big surprise when they discover that the smuggled goods they once thought were drugs turn out to be Vietnamese women caught in an illegal sex trade.

  • The District - A Southern Town (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    A Southern Town

    Emotions long since forgotten creep up at the wedding of Mannion's former wife, threatening not only her impending marriage, but Mannion's new relationship as well.

  • The District - The Most Dangerous Job (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Most Dangerous Job

    Mannion crusades for the safety of the city's cabdrivers; an undercover operation threatens Temple's life.

  • The District - Rage Against the Machine (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Rage Against the Machine

    The safety of a foster child rests in Mannion's hands after the chief learns that the foster father is only in it for the money.

  • The District - Vigilante (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:


    Mannion calls in an undercover cop to put a stop to the vigilante murders of child molesters, despite his own personal feelings toward the victims.

  • The District - Old Ghosts (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Old Ghosts

    A wave of emotion washes over McGregor when he runs into the former Irish Republican Army terrorist responsible for killing some of the police officer's old colleagues.

  • The District - The D.C. Strangler (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The D.C. Strangler

    A veteran's hardened attitude toward a series of horrendous murders forces Temple to question his own toughness while tracking down a suspect who turns out be in the Navy.

  • The District - The Santa Wars (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Santa Wars

    Mannion receives a death threat; Santas threaten to go to war over the most profitable street corners for donations.

  • The District - Pot Scrubbers (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Pot Scrubbers

    Temple goes under cover after the arrest of a 15-year-old bike messenger tips the team off to a drug ring that poses as a messenger service when catering to wealthy clients.

  • The District - The Jackal (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Jackal

    Mannion tracks down a deranged man abusing senior citizens by moving into their homes and stealing their ATM codes; Helen learns the name of Mayor Baker's lover.

  • The District - Imperfect Victims (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Imperfect Victims

    Ella worries when her nephew must testify against his father for the murder of his mother, while Temple tries to convince a woman with a checkered past to testify as well.

  • The District - How They Lived (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    How They Lived

    After Mannion lashes out at corrupt cops, the rest of the force stages a sickout, leaving him holding the bag during a special visit by Cuban President Fidel Castro.

  • The District - The Real Terrorist (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Real Terrorist

    Mannion must help the FBI track down a possible terrorist while trying to seize another on a killing spree.

  • The District - Surveillance (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Mannion upsets senior officers by ordering them to work the same schedule as criminals do: nights and weekends.

  • The District - Worst Block (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Worst Block

    Mannion's strategy to eliminate crime on the most infested block in the city upsets the mayor's friend; higher-ups accuse Temple of intentionally pushing a suspect into traffic.

  • The District - Dirty Laundry (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Dirty Laundry

    Mannion issues a mandate to get illegal guns off the streets and uncovers the motive behind the murder of a wealthy young man.

  • The District - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Police Chief Jack Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) attempts to clean the streets of Washington, D.C.; a man goes on a shooting rampage at the Kennedy Center.