Lennie is a wisecracking detective who doesn’t take a lot of things seriously, and who has a bad track record of breaking the rules and making allowances for himself and his partners. Rather than go for the most obvious solution, Lennie will propose an alternative theory or easily shift his attention in a new direction based on the immediate evidence. He’s faster than Rey at first in leaping to assumptions, but slower to react when perps run for it – and that’s not just because he’s older than his partners. He lets other people run people down and tackle them, and leaves the manhandling to them. Lennie is good at picking things apart and demanding answers, but also shows a low Fe tendency to want to do what’s least-offensive for the victims’ parents – he objects to Rey’s straightforward and blunt way of interrogation, saying at one point that asking the parents the same question three days later would be a more “humane” way to find out the exact same information. He’s willing to break the rules and push the envelope, to fudge the details of how he collected information, and to insinuate that he might frame people unless they answer his questions (he wouldn’t do it for real, but convinces them he would). Lennie has a lot looser of morals than Rey and doesn’t mind handouts, gratitude meals on the sly, or other things that Rey sees as “bribes.” His track record with women insinuates that he has probably cheated on his wives in the past (he has at least four ex-wives), but he’s likable and quick to assert his feelings when others imply he’s a snitch or a bad cop. Lennie directly addresses Jack when Jack throws him under the bus in the courtroom, and tells him off. Lennie is forever making off the cuff references to his personal life on crime scenes; how he ‘almost died’ once reading Moby Dick, he has ‘ties older than Rey,’ this closet is bigger than his entire apartment, etc. His daughter’s murder impacts him so severely that he has trouble overcoming it, and it often sends him into an emotional loop, where he relives the memories and feels the same anger and despair each time.

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Lennie has no real sensitivity around crime scenes and is forever cracking jokes to keep things light, making snarky remarks, and sassing people back, and coming up with creative theories about the case. There’s never a lack of jokes when he’s around, which is partly to help him cope with the kind of crap he sees on a daily basis – violent murders, abuse cases, etc. His sense of humor is how he copes. His army of ex-wives, all drawing alimony from his paycheck, proves he has a short marital attention span. When Rey criticizes his lack of morals, Lennie often just rolls his eyes or shrugs, but once in awhile, he becomes militantly moralistic and critical. His alcoholism, which causes the death of a friend, hits him so hard, he gives up drinking forever as penance. More often, though, Lennie pushes people, plays the ‘bad cop,’ pushes back against authority, and evaluates problems from an assertive standpoint, via his 8wing.

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