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Lt. Jim Dangle

Portrayed by:Thomas Lennon

First seen:Pilot

Episode Count:88

Early life[]

Dangle was born and raised in Arkansas. A suspect who reads Dangle's driver's license in Season 1 states that he is 41 years old in the summer of 2003, placing his birth year at late 1961 or early to mid 1962.

Dangle's father abandoned his family when he was a child and his mother committed suicide, after which he was raised by his Uncle Frederick. Meanwhile, Dangle's father moved to Chicago and started a new family. Dangle's father had two more African-American children who appear in Episode 505 to visit Dangle after the death of their father to settle the will. The will turns out to be a bill for the funeral of more than $5,000, and a Banana Splits keychain that Dangle's half-sister gives to him.

Dangle is a former maitre d' , a job he considered returning to when he was fired.

Coast Guard[]

Dangle was a former member of the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Hawaii and who was discharged from the Coast Guard for reasons undisclosed. At some point during his Coast Guard days, Dangle presumably fathered a son (a result of sex with a person he thought was a drag queen), but DNA results proved otherwise.

Sheriff's Dept.[]

Jim Dangle has served with the Reno Sheriff's department for over ten years and is the highest ranking deputy . Dangle is also the subject of a running gag in which his police bicycle is stolen or vandalized after leaving it briefly. It is hinted that Deputy Travis Junior is responsible for some of these incidents. In "Fireworks," Dangle's age is noted as 41.

Jim Dangle is always seen wearing his trademark short-shorts, which he wears for "mobility." In a season 6 episode where the officers watch a video of themselves in the late 1980s, Dangle is seen wearing full-length jeans. Unfortunately, his jeans caught fire, forcing Dangle to cut the bottom parts of his pants off, resulting in the hot-pants he currently wears.

Love Life[]

Dangle is now openly gay. He has a history with women, most of which was clearly a mix of sexual confusion and/or ulterior motives. He is bisexual enough that he has been clearly attracted to several women, including Wiegel when she was wearing a cleavage-flattering vest, and has been willing to have a sexual dalliance with Wiegel and other females. Dangle also felt attracted to a female officer from the Department of Homeland Security who was in Reno to conduct counter-terrorism training but the experience left him uncomfortable and confused. It was revealed later that the female officer was actually a very well-disguised man (and was part of a team of con artists, along with the other Homeland Security "trainer"), which caused sexual confusion among the heterosexual deputies who had also felt attracted to her.

Dangle occasionally flirts with suspects.

Dangle was married to Debbie Dangle for many years in the hopes that she would die from obesity and leave him a fortune. She filed for divorce so she could marry Leslie.

Leslie eventually left Deb for Dangle. Their attempt to marry failed.

He has a clear attraction to Jones which borders on sexual harassment. Jones apparently had sex with him out of sympathy ("I'll try anything once"), after which Dangle was hospitalized because, as Jones said it, "he can't fucking walk." (The incident occurs off-camera, with the actual events undisclosed).

He once got naked with Garcia in a squad car during a snow storm.

Dangle was going to give Trudy a farewell fling when he thought he was leaving Reno, only to find she already had a man. He was going to give Trudy a "pity fuck" in Miami, but his watch got stuck in her pubes, ruining the "mood."

Hobbies and Interests[]

Dangle enjoys the arts.

He plays guitar and harmonica.

He has a musical theater "trunk".

Lifelong fan of Morrissey.