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Episode: Season 3, Episode 3
Title: "God Sees"
Directed by: Alex Zakrzewski
Written by: Tom Bernardo
Air Date: April 21, 2017
Previous: The Four Last Things
Next: El Compadre
Guest Starring: Paola Turbay, Paul Calderón, Arnold Vosloo, Matthew Lillard

"God Sees" is the third episode of the third season of Bosch.

Harry goes to Gunn's place to retrieve the spy camera in the smoke detector, and is unpleasantly surprised to find it missing. That's because Edgar got there first. Edgar gives the spycam to a lab tech and asks him to check it for prints, "off the books".

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While this is going on, Harry does some research into Annabelle Crowe's background to see if there's any dirt on her that Andrew Holland and his people might use to discredit her. Sure enough, he finds something: she's got a second life working as an escort girl. Unbeknownst to him, Holland's people do know about this, as Rudy Tafero summons her to a hotel room on the pretense of hiring her as a client.

Harry and Edgar find a Facebook page for Billy Meadows' old unit. They go to his former CO, Trevor Dobbs, who is upset to hear about what happened to Meadows. Dobbs is out of the Army now and is running a private security firm.

Harry and Edgar also track down Meadows' girlfriend, who says that he was bitter about someone in the Army screwing him over, and how he talked of getting a job as a private military contractor. Later, Harry meets with FBI Agent Luke Goshen (Matthew Lillard), no longer undercover, who agrees to help.

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Sharkey the teenaged hoodlum is picked up by the cops. Under questioning by Bosch, Sharkey admits seeing the black SUV but denies seeing anything else.

Edgar's unofficial Gunn investigation takes him to Harry's old partner, who says that they walked in on Edward Gunn brutally assaulting a woman, but the woman refused to press charges because she didn't want her family to know she was a prostitute. Later, Edgar goes to an art expert who discusses with him the symbolism in Hieronymus Bosch paintings like The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things or The Garden of Earthly Delights. The owl seen in the latter looks a lot like the owl figurine found in Gunn's apartment.

The guy on the bicycle targeting people in Koreatown has a name with the press: the Koreatown Killer. He escalates his violence this time, killing a Korean woman and stealing her car and phone. Coniff and Espinosa are the lead investigators on the murder, and debrief Irving when he shows up at the scene. It seems the KTK has killed a few other people, the last being over a year ago, although he's robbed several other people since.

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Trevor Dobbs meets with two of his old Army buddies, Xavi Moreno and Woody Woodrow—and Woody has been electronically eavesdropping on Harry Bosch's house. Woody tells Dobbs that Harry's life out of work is entirely mundane. Dobbs isn't sure what to do.

What Dobbs probably should have done is called Woody off of surveillance, because the very next night Harry catches Woody watching his house. Harry goes tearing off after him in a high speed chase, but Woody gets away.


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  • As You Know...: Goshen says that private military contractors are used by "OGAs". Harry helpfully repeats back "Other Government Agencies".
  • The Bus Came Back: Luke Goshen makes his return. He says that he misses being "Lucky" Luke Rykov, but that most of the Mafiya gang from Season 2 is now behind bars.
  • Creator Cameo: Co-executive producer Pieter Jan Brugge is the art expert that Edgar consults about the painting.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: Woody frantically rushes around the parking lodge with some sort of electronic gizmo. He slaps it up against car doors and the third door he comes to opens. The hotwiring isn't shown but it must have been quick as Woody peels out of the garage moments later.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Bosch is none too pleased to find out that Annabelle Crowe is one, as it gives Holland's legal team an opening to discredit her.
  • Meaningful Background Event: A close observer might notice the SUV Woody Woodrow is using to tail Bosch parked across the street while Bosch is having his talk with Benitez about the fact that Annabelle Crowe is a prostitute.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Woody, driving away as Bosch pursues in a high-speed chase, manages to zoom into a parking garage and get a different car. The episode ends with Harry on an intersection, looking around as he tries to figure out where Woody went, while Woody passes no more than four feet behind him in the new car.
  • Ominous Owl: The Ominous Owl Season 3 motif is continued as the art expert explains to Edgar how the owl in Hieronymus Bosch paintings symbolizes evil.
  • She's Got Legs: A camera shot is sure to reveal Annabelle's long, smooth legs as she gets out of the car to meet her client (who is really Rudy Tafero).
  • Title Drop: When the art expert points out to Edgar the "beware beware God sees" inscription on the painting.
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