Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 7 Episode 19

Identity Crisis

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 1999 on NBC
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Falsone and Lewis investigate the murder of a man in his own backyard. The victim's nose was removed from his body. Ballard and Gharty investigate the murder of a bartender at a strip club. Canvassing the neighbors, Falsone feels that one of the neighbors isn't what she appears to be. Later when they interview her husband, he gets the same feeling. The MEs complete a record setting day of completing autopsies, but find themselves with one unidentified extra body. Munch and Bayliss get the call, but insist that until they can get a crime scene to go to, the problem isn't theirs. Griscom finds the crime scene in the morgue freezer. Ballard mentions to Gharty that he might want to consider stopping his drinking. Falsone's theory about the victim's neighbors proves true when MGee checks into the Witness Protection program. MGee's phone call puts the wheels in motion to get the family moved. Falsone and Lewis arrive just in time to take their suspect into custody and away from the Feds. The suspect in Ballard and Gharty's case is a transvestite hooker who isn't very smart. Gharty decides to follow Ballard's suggestion to stop drinking for a month. MGee feels betrayed by the Bureau and decides that his only choice is resignation.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Edoardo Ballerini

    Edoardo Ballerini

    Selwyn Weatherby

    Guest Star

    Melanie Vesey

    Melanie Vesey

    Patricia Weatherby

    Guest Star

    Lonnie Burr

    Lonnie Burr

    Strip Club Manager

    Guest Star

    Austin Pendleton

    Austin Pendleton

    Dr. Griscom

    Recurring Role

    Sarita Choudhury

    Sarita Choudhury

    Dr. Kalyani

    Recurring Role

    Rebecca Boyd

    Rebecca Boyd

    Gail Ingram

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • Lewis: Do you even know anybody in the witness or knows anybody who knows anybody in the witness programme.
        Falsone: Nobody has, that's the point they're invisible. They're the Neilsen family!

      • Munch: I'm not gonna start a murder investigation without witnesses, without a crime scene, without relevant information as to why that body is in that hallway, on that gurney to nowhere.
        Griscom: It's a mystery, don't detectives like mysteries?
        Bayliss: No, actually we hate a mystery. What we like is when a case makes immediate sense and we're able to lock someone up right away.
        Munch: There are rules to this business, fundamentals. The phone rings, we pick it up, we write down an address and we go to where that person was murdered.
        Bayliss: Hum-hum, i.e. the crime scene.
        Munch: Exactly, that's what we call it the crime scene. We go and evaluate and canvas, the crime scene, hoping for witnesses.
        Bayliss: Living, breathing witnesses.
        Munch: We come to the morgue only after we have processes and canvassed the crime. We do not come to the morgue to make the acquaintance of fresh murders.
        Bayliss: Yeah, that'd be stupid.
        Griscom: All of this is stupid.
        Munch: Well call us when it's less stupid.
        Griscom: Where are you going?
        Munch: When you can tell us where that body came from I will go to that place and start an investigation, until then it's not our case.
        Griscom: Who's case is it?
        Bayliss: Well they say that possession is nine tenths of the law.

      • Griscom: Who's this?
        Morgue Attendant: I don't know.
        Griscom: What do you mean?
        Morgue Attendent: He's not tagged and we've got no paper work on him.
        Griscom: Why is he here?
        Morgue Attendent: Well he's been stabbed to death, doctor.
        Griscom: I can see he's been stabbed to death. I took out two hundred thousand dollars in medical school loans to be able to say with some authority that he's been stabbed to death. But why is he in my morgue without paperwork? No reservation, no service.

    • NOTES (2)

      • According to viewer John McDermott, when both Falsone and Lewis interview the man and woman in the witness protection program they both refer to their former residence as "Grover's Corner, NH, a wide spot in the road." This is a quote from Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town".

      • Music in this episode: David Linley "Don't Look Back" alb: El Rayo-X; The Subdudes "Late at Night" alb: Annunciation.

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