Detective Nico Bonetti is a New York cop who one day gets transferred to a California beach town, after being in a a shootout that fueled a lot of bad press for the police. Here he must adapt to the way California officers do things. But one of the most shocking things he must stand is his new partner, a drooling bulldog called Tequila. Bonetti cannot hear his partner's musings but viewers can. The first case this offbeat duo must crack has to do with a supposed suicide which all the evidence points to murder. This is the pilot episode for the series.
Bonetti receives with alarm the order of helping Hollywood star Chad Rydell become familiar with a cop's work in preparation for a role. Rydell becomes from now on Nico’s constant companion. Yet the situation becomes dangerous when the star begins to intervene in Bonetti’s latest case and wants to arrest a murderer by his own means.