Homicide: Life on the Street

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Season 6, Ep 11, Aired 1/16/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Julianna wins the recognition of her peers. At dinner, Julianna and her colleagues swap stories about how they've cracked cases. Julianna relates a story that happened a few weeks earlier, a suicide might actually be turn out to be murder, when it is determined that the victim was shot in mid-jump. A bickering elderly couple proves to be the key to the crime. Meanwhile, Falsone investigates the legal possibilities of obtaining custody of his son. Ballard and Gharty investigate the death of a drug dealer, which takes them up into the hills of western Maryland in search of their suspects. Georgia Rae Mahoney sues Stivers, Lewis, Kellerman, Giardello, Cox, the department and the city for the wrongful death of her brother, to the tune of $60 million. Lewis confronts Georgia Rae and winds up with a suspension for his trouble.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Andre Braugher

    Det. Frank Pembleton (seasons 1-6, TVM)

  • Kyle Secor

    Tim Bayliss

  • Richard Belzer

    Det. John Munch

  • Michelle Forbes

    Dr. Julianna Cox, CME (1996-1998)

  • Reed Diamond

    Det. Mike Kellerman (seasons 4-6)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Old tale of murder, avec tork

    By DavidB226Morris, May 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Kellerman: Enough with the metaphors. Munch: If not metaphors, what are we left with? We have a riddle, surrounded by a mystery, wrapped inside an enigma, and stuffed inside a body bag.

    Notes (5)

    • Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor do not appear in this episode.

    • Herman H. passed on this information to me. The real origin of the story comes from a speech made in 1987 by a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Don Harper Mills. It was a story he made up for the academy's 1987 banquet, purely for entertainment.

    • Also on Law & Order Josh Pais has played the recurring character of a M.E. named Borak. While not credited as Borak for this episode, I would assume he was playing that character in this episode. After all, this was a national M.E. conference and the two shows have crossed paths before and exist in the same "universe." Thanks to James McFadden for bringing this to my attention.

    • On Law & Order a couple of weeks ago, a similar type of case to the one Julianna described, was cited as a question on the bar exam.

    • Music in this episode: John Campbell "I Couldn't Do Nothin'" alb: One Believer.

    Allusions (1)

    • On being handed a subpoena by the process server Meldrick Lewis: What's this? Fan mail from a flounder? Nah…you're too young. This is a tagline from Rocky & Bullwinkle (1961-1964). It appeared as the lead-in to a commercial break. The complete dialog was this: Rocky: Look, Bullwinkle, a message in a bottle. Bullwinkle: Fan mail from some flounder? Rocky: This is what I really call a message. Based on the ages of actors Clark Johnson and Bob Lau, Meldrick is right. The process server might be familiar with Rocky & Bullwinkle on reruns or video.

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