Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 7 Episode 22

Homicide: The Movie

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 13, 2000 on NBC
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Gee is running for mayor and one part of his platform is a plan is the legalization of drugs. As he is making an appearance at the Inner Harbor, he is shot multiple times. Current and former members of the Homicide unit receive the news and begin to converge on the hospital and the unit. Bayliss returns from his self-imposed sabbatical; Pembleton stops the class he is teaching and they go back to the unit along with Howard, where Lt. Gharty and the squad are beginning their quest to find the shooter. Bolander, Russert and later Brodie arrive at the hospital. MGee is hostile with the media and is angry with himself for his feelings that he still hasn't fully reconciled his relationship with his father. Pembleton detects that Bayliss is jumpy about Lewis' open case involving Luke Ryland. Pembleton and Bayliss go into the box and take over the interview of homeless guy that grabbed Giardello, just before the shooting. Det. Hall brings a complaint to Gaffney about losing his interview. Gaffney comes down to bust Gharty's balls and tells Pembleton that as a civilian he needs to get out of this official investigation. The detectives begin investigating people from Gee's past, enemies, etc. On their own, Pembleton and Bayliss begin their own investigation.

Munch and Billie Lou have a few words, but it isn't clear that it was Stu Gharty that caused their break-up, as Munch had explained to his colleagues in the Special Victims Unit back in New York.

While Gee is on the operating table, the surgical team becomes the victim of a second shooting. One theory that is speculated is that someone in the department might be responsible. Pembleton and Bayliss join Ballard and Stivers in their reviewing of videotapes. ME's Griscom and Cox stop at the hospital to theorize about the forensics of Gee's shooting, over Gee's still breathing body. MGee and Kellerman visit the old neighborhood to follow MGee's hunch, but Kellerman rightly identifies it as a dead end. Gee returns to consciousness. After Ballard and Stivers leave to pursue other leads, Pembleton sees a "puff a smoke" on one of the videotapes. Pembleton and Bayliss gives Gharty the news and some backbone (Gharty's a self confessed stooge for the bosses to get off the street), they visit the cameraman who was near the puff of smoke. The cameraman confesses to the Inner Harbor shooting. Later, Bayliss confesses to Pembleton that he killed Luke Ryland, but Pembleton doesn't want to hear it. Frank Pembleton comes in for one day and closes two cases, although we don't really know what happens to Bayliss after his confession. Meanwhile, the rest of the detectives gather at the Waterfront Bar to celebrate the closing of the case, but Brodie arrives bringing bad news, Gee has died as the result of an aneurysm. In the end, Gee finds himself playing cards in the break room with Crosetti, Felton and another empty chair.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The movie ties together all the loose ends left at the end of Season Seven and brings back, as promised, all past regular characters who come together to investigate the assassination attempt on Gee who is running for Mayor.moreless

    10
    I felt that Homicide jumped the shark with the shooting in the squadroom and the departure of Frank Pembleton at the end of Season Six. The final season, Season Seven ventured too far from the storylines that made the show great. The Movie brought back the reason I loved the show. The series began with the arrival of newcomer Tim Bayliss to Baltimore Homicide. The movie was truly a series finale ending with the departure of Bayliss with his arrest for murder by his best friend and strict supporter of truth and justice, Pembleton. The series came full circle and is one of my favorite programs of all time.moreless
  • The...Afterlife for a great series.

    9.0
    I'll start by admitting that I don't think of this as the end of the show. The actual finale connects so well with the pilot episode to think that this is the real end is almost criminal.



    I consider this a coda. It was a brilliant coda, with one exception. I just don't see Gee as being the character who would run for Mayor. That part didn't wash with me. However the gift of having the entire cast back together again, negates that inconsistency. It was a necessary evil. I just wish they had been able to find a better springboard. I'm not against what they do to Gee. Just wish they had found a different way to do it.



    The amazing thing for me was not that it was great seeing the actors together, but seeing these characters in action again. Finding out what had happened and how their lives had changed. This was a beautiful reunion movie, not a finale. It was a real treat and a pleasure.



    And of course, all the little allusions and easter eggs for fans made it an real dealight to watch. I'd be remiss if I didn't make particular mention of the Bayliss/Pembleton dynamic. Brought to a spectacular head in this movie. That was valentine to the fan's. That was the masterstroke. For a show that was treated so badly by the network that produced it, this movie was something truly fan driven in a bottom line driven world. Here's to you Homicide, may you rest in peice...and live long in re-runs.moreless
Max Perlich

Max Perlich

J.H. Brodie (season 5, TVM, recurring previously)

Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher

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

Michael Michele

Michael Michele

Det. Rene Sheppard (season 7, TVM)

Kyle Secor

Kyle Secor

Tim Bayliss

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Jon Polito

Jon Polito

Steve Crosetti (Seasons 1-2, TVM)

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Dr. Victor Ehrlich

Guest Star

Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

Det. Bobby Hall

Guest Star

Eamonn Walker

Eamonn Walker

Eric Thomas James

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

ASA Ed Danvers

Recurring Role

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

Dr. Griscom

Recurring Role

Clayton LeBouef

Clayton LeBouef

Col. Barnfather

Recurring Role

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    • It seems odd that Mike Giardello, after leaving the FBI, would be forced to spend time as a uniformed officer before getting his detective shield in Baltimore PD. All FBI field agents must have a minimum of three years law enforcement experience before they can even apply for a position as a special agent. Mike would have had at least this much basic experience before entering the Bureau.

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    • Whitney Allen puts in an uncredited appearance as Miss Sally, the delightfully innocent host of the TV show-within-a-show, "Miss Sally's Schoolyard". Due to said host's attractive looks, "Miss Sally's Schoolyard" is the show of choice for the inmates of Oswald State Penitentiary - better known as OZ.

    • Ed Begley Jr. puts in an uncredited appearance, a character he played on St. Elsewhere, which was Tom Fontana´s first series.

    • A transcript of this TV film, also known as Homicide: Life Everlasting, can be found at http.//www.windowseat.org/homicide/scripts/

    • In Chicago we were also treated to an extra feature during the local news that feature Andre Braugher as a child growing up in Chicago. Andre went to St. Ignatius for his high school education, where the report also informed us that writer James Yoshimura was also a student.

    • After the episode finished airing, NBC offered this movie for sale, as well the "Anatomy of a Homicide" documentary that features "The Subway" episode.

    • I initially thought that I would like to see the series be left hanging as it was, with occasional references to it on Law & Order and with Munch relocating to New York to work with the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that seemed like the only way it was going to happen. Then this movie came along and tied up some of those loose ends, and I liked that feeling of closure. Of course they also opened up a couple of new loose ends, but we had to expect that. After all, you can never have total closure in the television world, much like real life.

    • Music in this movie: Peter Tosh "Pick Myself Up" alb: Equal Rights; Beck "Beautiful Way" alb: Midnite Vultures; Gomez "Devil Will Ride" alb: Liquid Skin; Smashing Pumpkins "Crestfallen" alb: Adore.

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