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Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 6 Episode 22

Fallen Heroes (1)

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 01, 1998 on NBC
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Fallen Heroes (1)
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Judge Gibbons has been stabbed. On their way to the crime scene, Bayliss and Pembleton talk about a book that Bayliss is reading, then Pembleton wonders if anyone would ever write a book about their Homicide unit. A probation officer is murdered in a drive-by shooting. The FBI gets involved with investigation of the Gibbons death. Agent Bauer mentions to Bayliss that Kellerman's confrontation with Gibbons probably got the judge killed. He wants Kellerman clear of the case. A fingerprint lifted from the Gibbons' crime scene points to Georgia Rae's son, Junior Bunk. Falsone and Stivers get a lead on their probation officer shooting case. As Junior Bunk is brought in for questioning, he eyeballs a handgun being put in a drawer. Pembleton and Bayliss get Junior in the box and he is no longer able to be intimidated. While waiting to be transferred to central booking, Kellerman, Lewis & Gharty harass Junior. Slightly freed up to make a phone call, Junior gets the gun out of the desk and begins shooting. Gharty, Ballard and three uniforms are hit. Junior is killed in the crossfire from the guns of Gee, Bayliss, Lewis and Kellerman. Ballard and Gharty are in surgery as war is declared between the Baltimore PD and the Mahoney organization.moreless

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  • I still don't breath when I watch a certain scene.

    10
    The rarely fired a shot on Homicide. This show was more about brains and solving the cases than it ever was about gunfights and car chases. That's one of the reasons I liked it... Loved it.



    So, imagine my surprise that one of my most favorite episodes (sets of episodes) involve what is the most graphic scene of violence to have appeared on the show. Yeah, I know. Weird.



    Truth to tell, I still don't breath during the scene with Junior Bunk. I just can't. I know what's happening. I know what will happen and I just can't breath. I... I feel like I want to reach into the screen and find a way to stop him.



    I suppose that says something about how real this show was for me, how real these characters were. The level of reality this show posessed from the beginning until the end was... well, unreal. This episode is a testament to that.



    For something a little more in depth... This episode told it's story well. There was a case, they found a suspect and they tried to break him. Nothing new there. But... it's what happens after that... it's how he was broken, or in this case not broken which gives this episode the weight it needed.



    This story grows from the Luther Mahoney saga introduced seasons ago... and brings it to is screaming conclusion in a manner that does not leave the viewer disappointed.



    And...years later, I'm still on the edge of my seat when I watch it.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

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Det. Mike Kellerman (seasons 4-6)

Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

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

Clark Johnson

Clark Johnson

Det. Meldrick Lewis

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

Junior Bunk

Guest Star

Rick Warner

Rick Warner

Judge Gibbons

Guest Star

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan

Carl Curtis

Guest Star

Toni Lewis

Toni Lewis

Terri Stivers

Recurring Role

Clayton LeBouef

Clayton LeBouef

Col. Barnfather

Recurring Role

Harlee McBride

Harlee McBride

Dr. Alyssa Dyer

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lewis: …so the bear says, 'You didn't really come here to hunt, did you?'

      Lewis says this just before he gets the radio call that Junior Bunk has been arrested. This is the punch line to an off-color joke Lewis tells more than once in the series (the joke itself is never heard). It was first heard in episode 25/3-12 "The City That Bleeds", again in 66/5-11, "The Documentary" with Lewis telling it to Kellerman on the way to the Waterfront, and in episode 68/5-13, "Have A Conscience", Kellerman asks Lewis about the joke, with Kellerman saying the line.

    • The Gunfight Tally:
      Bunk: 1 - Hits 1st uniform, killed
      Bunk: 2-6 - All shots hit 2nd uniform, killed
      Bunk: 7-9 - Lewis shuts off lights
      Kellerman: 1-4 - Miss
      Bunk: 10-11 - Miss
      Kellerman: 5-8 - Miss
      Bunk: 12-15 - Miss
      Lewis: 1-4 - Miss
      Kellerman: 9-17 - Miss
      Bunk: 16 - Hits Gharty, left chest
      Ballard: 1-4 - Miss
      Bunk: 17 - Hits Ballard, right ankle
      Bunk: 18-20 - All shots hit 3rd uniform, killed

      Gee, Kellerman, Lewis & Bayliss: 14 shots at Junior Bunk. Some of the shots were heard off-screen and cannot be attributed to a shooter; it is also not clearly shown how many bullets actually hit Junior Bunk. Five chest wounds are visible as he starts to fall; three back wounds (possibly exits) are visible after he is down.

      Pembleton was present and shown at the end of the shootout with his arm recovering from firing position but his gun was not visible, nor was he shown firing.

    • Stivers and Falzone's case leads them to the old "Pony" Johnson case, where they find in the file that Munch was the primary. In reality that case belonged to Howard and Felton (see episode "A Dog and Pony Show" and "And the Rockets Dead Glare" from season 1).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Munch: Oops, that'll teach him to parole a double murderer after a mere four and a half years.
      Stivers: Don't that just stick in your craw.
      Munch: I had my craw surgically removed years ago so I could sleep nights.

    • Bayliss: Hey, hey, hey, Kellerman, Kellerman. Whoo, I been lookin' all over for you.
      Kellerman: Now you've found me. Good job, but then you're a professional.

    • Gee: (after the squad room shooting) The Mahoney organization doesn't sleep tonight. Everybody's going out. Georgia Rae wanted a war, well now she's got one.

    • Bayliss: So the judge was walking to his car, taking a call...
      Pembleton: You assume he was taking a call and not making a call...because he had just come from his office where he could've made a call for free and who wants to pay the outrageous cell phone prices?
      Bayliss: No, because there's a payphone over there that's off the hook.
      (Frank goes over to the pay phone and picks up the receiver)
      Pembleton: Congratulations, you just found a downtown payphone that actually works.

    • Pembleton: What is that?
      Bayliss: Ah, well, it's this book called The Corner. It's about these two writers who hung out on a Baltimore drug corner for a whole year.
      Pembleton: Dealers let 'em do it?
      Bayliss: Oh, yeah, yeah, the dealers even let 'em use their real names.
      Pembleton: No way.
      Bayliss: Yeah, way.
      Pembleton: You think somebody would ever want to write a book about us?
      Bayliss: What, you and me?
      Pembleton: The unit - homicide detectives.
      Bayliss: Right. Fat chance.
      Pembleton: You think you'd, ah, let them use your real name; follow you around, watch you work?
      Bayliss: Not in a million years.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Bayliss and Pembleton's conversation is an inside joke, faithful viewers of the series already know it was based upon a book, as noted in the introduction to this guide. And the writer of that book, David Simon, had co-written another book called "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood"; you can see Bayliss reading this book in this episode. That book was turned into a mini-series called "The Corner".

    • The following warning preceded this episode: "This episode has a level of violence unusual for the series. Parental discretion is advised."

    • Music in this episode: Paul Butterfield Blues Band "One More Heartache" alb: An Anthology: The Electra Years; The Drifters "Save the Last Dance for Me" alb: The Best of Jukebox Rock 1960, Vol. 1.

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