Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 4 Episode 20

The Damage Done

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 03, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Damage Done
Lewis and Kellerman investigate a series of homicides that put them into the middle of a drug war. Kellerman suspects that Lewis is seeing someone, but he doesn't "kiss and tell." As the red piles up on the board Gee gets edgy. Kellerman seeks comfort from the godmother of the daughter of the victim's family. Kellerman and "Drak" have a confrontation. At a "Peace on our Street" demonstration, the current drug war is ended.moreless

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Kevin Thigpen

Kevin Thigpen

Alonzo "Drak" Fortunado

Guest Star

Ingrid Rogers

Ingrid Rogers

Amy Jennings

Guest Star

Sean Akil Wingate

Sean Akil Wingate

Forrest Pendell

Guest Star

Erik Todd Dellums

Erik Todd Dellums

Luther Mahoney

Recurring Role

Granville Adams

Granville Adams

Off. Jeff Westby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Drak: I ain't innocent of a whole lot of things, yo, but I ain't guilty of what you're after.

    • Bayliss: Frank, what is this, some sort of smoking competition you're in?
      Pembleton: It helps me relax. It picks me up, calms me down.
      Bayliss: No, no. You smoke because you're an addict.
      Pembleton: Yes, I'm a junkie, Tim.
      Bayliss: No, you're no junkie. I don't think you'd kill anyone for a pack of cigarettes.
      Pembleton: (quietly) Wouldn't I?

    • Giardello: You know, I could never live in California, like my daughter Cherise. No seasons. I need seasons. I need change. You know what I mean, Mike? That warm, happy feeling that arrives when the May sun touches your face, lets you know that everything will be okay…You know that feeling, Mike?
      Kellerman: Yeah.
      Giardello: Good! That's good. (laughs, walking away)
      Lewis: Damn. I ain't never seen him that pissed off before.
      Kellerman: I know.

    • Kellerman (Preparing for an irate Giardello): Any advice?
      Lewis: Yeah. He tends to spit when he yells - just step back.

    • Kellerman: All this overtime - I'll never get shtupped.

    • " Happy hunting, guys." -- Luther Mahoney to Kellerman and Lewis

    • "It's pretty isn't it.... The way the board just stands here, a silent sentry to the dead and gone. I love the way the red and black meld together in harmony, a haiku of color and vengeance. Uh-oh. Look here. You're upsetting the balance. You see, Mike, you need just a *little* red. This is too much. I'd do something about that. Maybe some more black." -- Al Giardello to Mike Kellerman

  • NOTES (2)


    • The title is probably taken from Neil Young's song The Needle and the Damage Done from his 1972 Harvest album. Its theme is a band mate's decline and death from addiction. It is said to have been played by prison guards in Nebraska for death-row inmates on their way to lethal injection.

      The song has been given cover recording by Our Lady Peace, Green River, Duran Duran, Lior and The Pretenders.

      The lyrics include the lines:
      I've seen the needle
      and the damage done
      A little part of it in everyone
      But every junkie's
      like a settin' sun.

      The damage in this episode refers not only to the effects of the drugs, but also the violence of the drug trade.