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.
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.