For me, this episode gets a lower than average rating for a few reasons. Crosetti is apparently on vacation in Atlantic City, this is surprising. Also Gee's crew working with Russerts crew doesn't provide for the same family atmosphere as the episodes from season 1 & 2.
Despite a few changes," Nearer My God to Thee " is still well done beacuse it doesnt stray too far away from the "Homicide:life on the street style". The news of Munch and Lewis opening a bar, and Felton and his troubles with his wife, still allow for the detectives personal lives to be examined, even while investigating a serious case.