Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 7 Episode 18

Self Defense

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 1999 on NBC
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In Stivers and Falsone's case, a man is found shot dead in his bed, with no signs of a struggle. Gee lobbies Barnfather to find a way to get them the ability to have some control over their FBI liaison, so they don't experience the same problems they had with the Janine McBride case. Barnfather lets Gee know that there is Captain's position opening up and he should be inline for it with no catches. Lewis lets Ballard accompany him on a bar stabbing, when she accuses him of being afraid to work with a female, since the incident with Sheppard. While she does get to help him with the initial investigation, Lewis manages to work the rest of the case on his own, leaving her to handle the details. Meanwhile, Ballard's usual partner Gharty spends a "mental health day" at the Waterfront Bar, drinking and proposing to Billie Lou. Stivers and Falsone discover their victim had a bad breakup with his ex-wife Eleanor Burke, and she admits to committing the crime; however, as an assistant US attorney, she plan's on using "Battered Spouse Syndrome" as the defense that will let her plead this as a case of self-defense. Ironic since the victim showed no signs of struggle. Falsone follows Ballard, when he finds out that she has joined the ME's duckpin bowling team. The judge on the murder case feels that no one is speaking for the victim, since Danvers seems to be doing little to prosecute, so he sets the bail high. Danvers asks Gee to talk with the judge, who he knows is an old friend of Gees, to see if he can't get him to change his ruling. Gee understands where the judge is coming from and makes a stand on it that Barnfather thinks is not politically correct for Gee's pending promotion. MGee reveals evidence he had in his possession that implicates Burke in her crime, that he was holding back because of pressures he was getting regarding his father's possible promotion. The charges are upgraded to 2nd degree murder.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Haviland Morris

Haviland Morris

Eleanor Burke

Guest Star

Paul Butler

Paul Butler

Clifford Ramsey

Guest Star

Nat Benchley

Nat Benchley

Bartender

Guest Star

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

Dr. Griscom

Recurring Role

Clayton LeBouef

Clayton LeBouef

Col. Barnfather

Recurring Role

Ellen McElduff

Ellen McElduff

Billie Lou Hatfield

Recurring Role

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