Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 6 Episode 22

Fallen Heroes (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 01, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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