Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 3 Episode 15

Law and Disorder

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 1995 on NBC
9.2
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Law and Disorder
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Pembleton receives an extradited prisoner from New York City Detective Logan. Bayliss is put in charge of investigating the death of Gordon Pratt, but gets no cooperation from anyone on the force. Beau wants to return to active duty. A woman recognizes Munch from an old picture that is hanging in an art gallery across from the precinct. To Munch's embarassment he discovers that an old girlfriend, who's a photographer, is displaying an old picture of him in the buff at her gallery showing. Pembleton and Meldrick investigate a random shooting of a woman, and they clash over where the weapon may have been fired. They also find a woman who's shot her boyfriend and stuffed him in the freezer. Beau accompanies Gee on an investigation and must come to grips with his inability to look at a dead body the same way.moreless

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  • Bayliss reluctantly investigates his fellow detectives in the death of the cop killer, Pratt. Bolander regains his memory and Felton returns to work. Munch is embarrassed when his past comes back to haunt him. Pembleton and Lewis investigate a shooting .moreless

    10
    A great episode, Bolander's brain is healing and his memory has returned. At first (knowing that the character "Bolander" only stays around for season 3) I thought Bolander would make a not so graceful exit like Crosetti did, this is not the case as he appears to be healing ok.



    Munch's marijuana filled past comes to the surface again, the nude portrait of him surrounded by marijuana pipes is hilarious.



    Pembleton and Lewis' difference opinion is also well done in this episode, after the case is closed the detectives (who disagreed the whole time) say they both would investigate the same type of case the same way given another opportunity. Thats what makes the multiple personalities in Gee's crew so great, if everyone thought the same way and followed the same path, i think many murders would go unsolved.moreless
  • Episode gives us nothing,buts its an interesting nothing

    8.8
    Technically speaking ‘Law and Disorder’ isn’t part of the three episode arc involving the detectives shooting story line. The urgency of the previous episodes is gone and the overall tone is a lot more humorous than the previous three episodes. Yet the story is carried forward in a very meaningful way and some even more troubling issues are brought to the front.



    Gordon Pratt, the man accused of shooting Bolander, Felton and Howard was found murdered at the end of the previous episode. As you might expect, nobody is very shaken up about it. Lewis, Munch and Pembleton all basically shrug it off. Bayliss, however, is the primary and can not dismiss it easily. However the one person who might have been willing to help him, Giardello, basically leaves Bayliss to fend for himself and offers no real support whatsoever. Now a year and a half ago in ‘Black and Blue’ Gee was enraged at Frank Pembleton’s relentless pursuit of investigating his fellow police officers for murder. This time, when Bayliss tells him he suspects police involvement Gee displays no emotion at all. In fact when Bayliss asks to be left off the case the lieutenant refuses.



    Even more surprising is the reaction of Pembleton. The man who has proclaimed that every life has meaning, even the criminal seems utterly uninterested in solving Pratts murder. In fact, he goes out on a call rather than work on it leaving Bayliss stranded. In their minds Pratt has transcended being the usual Bad Guy. This is justice, even if it is vigilante justice.

    So who did kill Gordon Pratt? We have no idea. Was it one of the detectives in the squad? The writers give us no clue. Years later, in the series last episode, Bayliss will reveal that he always suspected Munch of the murder, and he does go after him a little here. But the timing never worked for me. In the last episode, he seemed to be at Bolander’s bedside at the time of the killing Who did it? The question matters but it will never be answered. The detectives have moved on to other things.



    Pembleton is back at work in full force. First, we see him in a very funny teaser picking up a fugitive from a New York City detective---- Mike Logan from ‘Law And Order’ and they engage in a contest of the superiority of New York City over Baltimore or vice versa. Then he goes out on a call with someone who is nearly as disagreeable--- Meldrick Lewis. A woman is killed in the front of a supermarket from a gunshot which seemed to come from overhead. The two detectives vehemently disagree how to pursue the investigation. Frank wants to look on the poor section of a street; Meldrick wants to investigate the more affluent people on the other side of it Eventually, they find out that the shooting was an accident--- agirl from the rich section of town fired the gun in the air and the stray bullet killed her. The two of them never agree even after they find the killer.



    Another man back is Beau Felton. The least seriously wounded of the three detectives, he has wheedled the superiors into going back to work. He is eager to get back into the saddle--- until he goes out on the street on a call. This leads to Gee giving Feltonn a royal chewing out about how unfit he was for the job BEFORE he was shot. Felton is feeling more stress than expected (but he recovers from that awfully quickly).



    But having a worse day by far is Detective Munch. Those of us who might have suspected that Munch was a member of the counterculture are proved correct when a nude photograph of Munch is prominent displayed in an art museum across the street from his squad. Everyone finds this hysterical except for Munch. It turns out that the artist Brigitta used to be one of Munch’s girlfriends and takes this opportunity to exact vengeance on him for breaking up with her. Things get even worse for Munch when she ‘alters’ the photograph only to have Munch’s name and face appear in the newspaper the next day--- something which upsets his partner a great deal.



    With a fine mixture of comedy and drama (including a very funny scene in which Frank and Meldrick stumble across a murderess while investigating a completely different case) fine acting (including a memorable cameo by John Waters) and some very troubling moments, ‘Law and Disorder’ is a fine way to wrap up what has been a very well written arc. Some questions we have will never be satisfactorly answered but that is how life on the street is sometimes.



    My score:8.75

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Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher

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

Kyle Secor

Kyle Secor

Tim Bayliss

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Stan Bolander (Seasons 1-3)

Daniel Baldwin

Daniel Baldwin

Beau Felton (Seasons 1-3, recurring subsequently, TVM)

Isabella Hofmann

Isabella Hofmann

Megan Russert (Seasons 3-4, recurring otherwise)

John Waters

John Waters

R. Vincent Smith

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

NYPD Det. Mike Logan

Guest Star

Dana Ivey

Dana Ivey

Margie Bolander

Guest Star

Harlee McBride

Harlee McBride

Dr. Alyssa Dyer

Recurring Role

Julie Lauren

Julie Lauren

Officer Anne Schanne

Recurring Role

Kristin Rohde

Kristin Rohde

Sally Rogers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Pembleton (Speaking about suspected cop shooter Pratt): "All I know is, he was driven, in his own perverted mind, to make the world a better place for losers like himself; made his poison more dangerous than most."

  • NOTES (6)

    • R. Vincent Smith, the extradited prisoner turned over to Pembleton in the opening scene, is Baltimore native and film director John Waters. Also known as the Pope of Trash and Prince of Puke, his early films, such as Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos were notorious as hallmarks of deliberate bad taste. He finally crossed over into more-or-less mainstream with his 1988 film Hairspray. However, he remains with one foot planted firmly in his counterculture roots.

      All of Waters' films are set in Baltimore, in keeping with Homicide's policy of keeping the show all Baltimore all the time.

      He also appears in episode 1-8, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".

    • In episode #23 "Cradle to Grave", Munch drops hints telling Lewis that he has a tattoo, but changes the subject when asked where the tattoo is located (or what it is of). In the exhibit Munch visits in this episode, we see almost every inch of his unclothed body, and the tattoo in question is clearly of a marijuana leaf located on the left side of John's chest.

    • Melissa Leo does not appear in this episode.

    • And on another Law & Order note, after John Munch moves to New York to join the Special Victim's Unit, in the second episode "Secrets" he refers to the time when his fellow "Charm City" detectives had a laugh at his expense seeing the painting in this episode.

    • Chris Noth crosses over in his role as Det. Mike Logan from another NBC series, Law & Order. This won't be the only time a Law & Order character will appear on Homicide..., there are three crossover stories between the series ( see episodes #45, #82 & #115 ).

    • Music in this episode: Latitude "Dancing Cloud" alb: Blue Curve; Tori Amos "Crucify" alb: Little Earthquake.

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