Robbery Homicide Division

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Absolute Perfection

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Vamanos Chica

    Aired 4/14/03

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Vamonos, Chica

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Hellbound Train

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Had

    Aired 12/7/02

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Sizemore

    Lt. Sam "L.T." Cole

  • Michael Paul Chan

    Det. Ron Lu

  • Barry Shabaka Henley

    Sgt. Alfred "Dr. Death" Simms

  • David Cubitt

    Det. Richard Barstow

  • Klea Scott

    Det. Sonia Robbins

  • show Description
  • "A compelling drama, Robbery Homicide Division draws viewers into the lives of the elite Robbery and Homicide Division of the present-day Los Angeles Police Department. The detectives in this select unit work only high-profile crime wherever it occurs in Los Angeles." "Detective Sam Cole (Sizemore, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) heads the Robbery and Homicide Division's team of highly skilled detectives. Sometimes outrageous, always strategic, Cole has both a hunter's raw instinct and the intellect and wit to pursue L.A.'s most vicious and complex crimes. He has mastered the art of viewing crime through the eyes of the criminal." "Cole's team consists of Sergeant Alfred Simms, (Henley, Providence, ER) nicknamed "Dr. Death," he is best known for his droll sense of humor and high level of skill with a shotgun; Detective Sonia Robbins, (Scott, Millennium, Brooklyn South) a Spanish-speaking detective who specializes in pathology and Detectives Richard Barstow (Cubitt, Turks, American Embassy) and Ron Lu (Chan, Spy Game, Batman and Robin) who come from L.A.'s Hispanic and Asian Gang Units. Together, Cole's unit will confront the city's highest-profile crimes and criminals in the most exciting urban landscape in America." (Universal press release) A big critical, if not commercial, hit, Robbery Homicide Division marked Michael Mann's return to series television after more than 10 years on the big screen. Maybe he would have been better off returning to NBC. Although Friday at 10:00pm was where Miami Vice had aired, it didn't have to contend with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Never once did RHD air against a rerun of SVU, and no doubt both shows had too much audience overlap for RHD to ever find one. Which very well might have been the intention, since CBS didn't own a piece of the action. Ratings improved dramatically when it was moved to Saturday in The Agency's time slot for a two-week experiment, and, in fact, on December 7, 2002, it topped lead-in The District and won its time slot for the first time -- while The Agency (a show CBS did own a piece of) tanked on Fridays when it aired in RHD's slot. Just when things were starting to look up, Tom Sizemore got arrested on December 11th. And Les Moonves cancelled the series the next day. RHD was repurposed on the Universal-owned USA Network; the unaired episodes were eventually broadcast there. Theme song "3030" (instrumental) written by Dan "The Automator" Nakamuran and Teren Delvon "Del the Funky Homosapien" Jones performed by Deltron 3030 Robbery Homicide Division is produced by Forward Pass, Inc., in association with Universal Network Television Broadcast History ----------------- Sep 2002-Nov 2002, Fri 10:00-11:00 Nov 2002-Dec 2002, Sat 10:00-11:00 First telecast: September 27, 2002 Last telecast: December 7, 2002 Show type: Action drama Number of episodes: 13 Media: 24p Tapemoreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Cole: Do you remember where you took her? Driver: Mulholland Drive. Like the movie. 2028. She joked about it. Prime money years for a girl in L.A. That's what she said. 20 to 28.

    • Lu: Your boss, Mr. Gureghian, sure as hell ain't gonna let Saukke live. He's gonna shoot him in the head, like all the others. Simms: Hey, you don't want that, Ara. You wanna be--wanna be free of this, man. Free and clear.

    • Cole: How long's he been running up your tab? Travers: I cannot disclose that. Simms: Has he had any contact with Scotty Earl Klayman? Travers: I cannot disclose that either. Cole: Do me a favor. Disclose my door on your way out.

    Notes (56)

    • Recurring guest star Todd A. Rheingold is a SWAT team negotiator in real life (for the LAPD, of course).

    • Creator Barry Schindel left the series after this was shot. His reason given for departing was to focus on Law & Order. Just a few days after it was first broadcast, Frank Spotnitz announced he would follow Schindel's lead, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with the show. Maybe there weren't enough aliens and conspiracy theories for him...

    • Tom Sizemore previously worked for Michael Mann in 1995's Heat. Michael Paul Chan did likewise in 1999's The Insider. And Barry Shabaka Henley and Mario Van Peebles did likewise in 2001's Ali.

    • The series was originally titled Metro and then RHD/LA, the former of which was the division where the show was originally going to be set, and the latter of which was used for the fall schedule announcement. CBS ordered the second title change over the summer, believing that people wouldn't know what the letters stood for.

    • Jennifer L. Yen is credited as Jennifer Yen, and Manuel Urrego is credited as Manuel E. Urrego. Chic Daniel (who is also retired LAPD, as well as the series' associate producer) is miscredited as Chic Daniels under his guest star credit.

    • Music: "Deltron 3030" by Deltron 3030 (the instrumental version of which is the main title theme); "Everyday" by Delinquent Habits

    • Guest star Robert Deamer, an LAPD detective, doubles as a technical advisor for the series.

    • The synopsis at http://www.uni-television.com (which was presumably taken from an earlier draft of the script) has Juan in the car with Kiki at the time of the accident. Juan then flees the scene and returns to the Chinese family's home before being killed. Which, unless he's the world's dumbest criminal, doesn't really make much sense.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Cole's line "Give them the name of witnesses against them" (appearing 42 minutes in) was a clumsy overdub. Originally, he simply said "Give them the name of witnesses." Although the show has frequently used overdubs when characters aren't facing the camera (to change names and whatnot), Cole was facing it here, so it's laughably obvious that his mouth isn't moving for the "against them" part.

    • In another odd post-production soundtrack alteration, part of one of the public defender's responses to Cole ("No?") was silenced out. Pretty stupid considering how she's facing the camera and can plainly be seen mouthing the word.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Robbery Homicide Division had the potential to be one of the all-time great cop shows.

    By trevorvos, Jun 22, 2005