Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 6 Episode 4

Birthday

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 1997 on NBC
8.4
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A young woman is viciously attacked. Falsone and Lewis are called to the scene because the victim wasn't expected to make it. Stivers is working in Sex Crimes and is second to the scene; however, because Homicide was first it is technically their case. The attack is the third in three months and the bosses decide they'll work the case together. Frank's wife is overdue on her delivery. Tim recommends a restaurant whose salad has been known to "kick start" delivery in pregnant women. Frank gives it a try. Georgia Rae Mahoney meets Kellerman and mentions to him that she has a surveillance tape from Luther's condo. She tells him she'll keep in touch. Kellerman tracks down the old surveillance equipment from Luther's condo. A possible suspect is found in the rape case that doesn't turn into anything. A recanvas of the bars brings a new suspect to light. The salad might have worked its magic, because Mary gives birth, although there are complications that cause Frank to think about the job's effect on his family obligations. Kellerman meets Georgia Rae Mahoney at Luther's grave; she is not sure what she wants from him, yet. The victim dies from her injuries.moreless

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  • This episode is an example of what made the show great. The continuing development of the characters is well done.

    9.5
    The typical television show usually has one main plot and 2 sub-plots. For the "feel good" effect the two sub-plots eventually intercept the main plot and the viewer walks away with a sense of fulfillment. The great thing about Homicide is that it had many sub-plots going for long periods of time and this episode is an example.



    The main plot was the rape and attempted murder of a young woman. Falsone and Lewis work the case and this is where we get to see more of what Falsone is like. Not just the inquisitive, "wanting to do it right and impress the boss" antagonist of Kellerman over the Luther Mahoney shooting but we see a more human side where he cares for the victim. At first I wondered why Stivers wasn't the one to talk to the girl since she is a woman and it seems that rape victims would rather speak to a woman than a man after the attack, for obvious reasons. However, we are treated to more depth of Falsone. (I think it's worth noting how Lewis kept out of it, for the most part. Rather they included Stivers as just someone to logically be there but the focus was Falsone.) His actions at the end of the episode speak volumes though he says little.



    In addition we begin to see two other people crumble; Kellerman and Pembleton. The former in a bad way, the latter in a good way.



    Kellerman, we know, is a hot head and as the heat is turned up, his behavior gets worse. Something we can all relate to.



    Pembleton's reunion with his wife and daughter and now the up and coming birth of their child bothers Frank. Despite is even, cogent, well-reasoned demeanor, there is his humanity coming to the surface. Lewis helps it along.



    All said, as a retrospective viewer, I can see how the writers are preparing for the final season and the buttoning up of things. Rather than doing it suddenly as some series do (like Friends) these writers have a longer vision and are keeping the viewer interested to the very end.moreless
Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher

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

Kyle Secor

Kyle Secor

Tim Bayliss

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Dr. Julianna Cox, CME (1996-1998)

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Det. Mike Kellerman (seasons 4-6)

Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

Stu Gharty (Seasons 6-7, recurring previously, TVM)

Alison Folland

Alison Folland

Grace Rivera

Guest Star

Hazelle Goodman

Hazelle Goodman

Georgia Rae Mahoney

Guest Star

Susan Allenbach

Susan Allenbach

Dr. Porter

Guest Star

Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Terri Stivers

Recurring Role

Ami Brabson

Ami Brabson

Mary Pembleton

Recurring Role

Helen Carey

Helen Carey

Maggie Conroy

Recurring Role

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