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Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 3 Episode 16

The Old and the Dead

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 03, 1995 on NBC
8.9
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The Old and the Dead
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Beau meets Megan's cousin, NBC's Tim Russert. Kay and Stan return to duty, after Stan undergoes a final test, and Kay finds her desk has been moved. They like Beau, they both must get used to the job again. Tim and Beau investigate the discovery of a skeleton found buried in a backyard. Bolander and Munch discover an unlikely suspect in the murder of a quiet elderly couple: their grandson. Gee exposes Granger, who used his relatives in some department plumbing contracts; the information is leaked to the papers, Granger is forced to retire. Barnfather is made colonel and a new captain is named, Megan Russert. The higher ranks of the Baltimore police department are now more politically correct, but Gee doesn't like it.moreless

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  • Bolander is back in action after completing a test. Howard is also back but doesn't get the reception she envisioned. Bolander and Munch investigate the brutal beating of a wealthy elderly couple. Bayliss and Felton investigate when bones are found.moreless

    8.6
    This is not one of the best "Homicide: life on the street" episodes and at times is even rather boring. This is understandable though, as Felton, Howard and now Bolander are back in action and have to deal and adjust after the recent horrors they experienced.



    One of the things i did really like in this episode is Bolander's return, reminding me of an old veteran sports hero coming out of retirement, with Munch (who can be seen as his coach) helping him out.



    The message in this episode is that money may be able to buy alot, but in the end it cant be a substitute for love or happiness. When a wealthy elderly couple is murdered the grandson quickly becomes the suspect, this grandson had everything money could buy, but what he truly wanted and didn't have was the attention of his father, who was busy helping others out and often couldn't give his son enough attentionmoreless
  • They may have been shot but they still have it

    8.8
    ‘Homicide’ may have handled the shooting of the three detectives in atypical fashion. But they handle the detectives return in a typical TV way. Even although Stan Bolander took a bullet in the head and Kay Howard took one in the heart less than a week ago, yet here they are returning to work less than a week later. Not only is this dramatically cheap, its misses a great opportunity to get drama out of the long recovery process. (Then again, maybe the writers hurried the detectives return because they didn’t know if they would be back next year.)



    That complaint aside ‘The Old and the Dead’ is a very effective episode of the series, mainly because it focuses the attention on Ned Beatty in a Bolander centered episode, the first that we have had since ‘Crosetti’. Even though his recovery is fake, Bolander’s reactions to what has happened--- the shooting, the possible brain damage, his concerned that he can still function as a detective---- are genuine. And though its hard to believe that the Baltimore P.D would let a detective go back to working cases as a primary their first day back (look what Felton needed to go through in ‘Law and Disorder’ or what Howard has to go through in this episode) his concerns of being a good detective are very valid. At first, we see his shakiness---- at the crime scene, at the ME’s office with the victims son ----- but it soon becomes clear (especially in his interrogation scene with the young killer) that his mind is still intact.



    The psychological effects are a different story. He still isn’t sleeping well and he reflecting on how his life has gone. When he turns up at Munch apartment it is pretty clear that he has some philosophical problems. He is concerned about what will be left of him when he dies. That he doesn’t really have anything and there is going to be any sign that he existing when he dies. This troubles him.



    The other detectives shot are still managing to readjust themselves. Felton is back on the job and is actually more on the ball than usual when he helps uncover a case of fraud with a man death. Howard is still pissed that she isn’t out on the street when Beau and Stan are. But she’s even more upset when she finds that her desk has been moved She shows a supersticous attachment to it that seems a little childish. She then proceeds to show that she is still a good cop even behind ta desk when she solves one of Pembleton’s case without leaving the office.



    Though the main focus of the episode is Bolander, something central to the Homicide squad takes place. When the plumbing for the department goes down the toilet, it leads to what becomes a government scandal when Gee learns that Colonel Granger has been hiring his relatives tto fix the plumbingand probably is getting kickbacks. The scandal comes out because of Giardello and as a result Granger retires. Customarily the next man on the ladder moves up and Bonfather becomes Colonel, a position he will hold until the series ends. But to his shock and dismay, Gee is promoted to captain despite his thirty years in the department. The promotion instead goes tom Russert who only became a lieutenant six months ago. Now it turns out this game of the able man not getting the promotion is something that happens frequently in the police department But we wonder if there might not have been other reasons. Maybe the department knows what Gee did, and is not happy for his helping create the story. Bad presss bothers the bosses much more than actual wrongdoing. But did Gee piss off someone higher up the food chain. We can’t say for certain but given what happens a year from now and what Gee finds out from the Commissioner when he sees him, its not impossible.



    It is a real shame that Ned Beatty and Daniel Baldwin left the show after the season ended. This episode clearly shows that they still had some real great moments still in them. As it is, ‘TheOld and the Dead lingers as a arety a great episode of Homicide without Andre Braugher or Kyle Secor at the center. There’s still good stuff left in these old pros.

    My score:8.8

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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)

Lyle Kanouse

Lyle Kanouse

Bret Blakely

Guest Star

Pete Philopolous

Pete Philopolous

Carl Blakely

Guest Star

Joe Lane

Joe Lane

Colleary

Guest Star

Clayton LeBouef

Clayton LeBouef

Capt. Barnfather

Recurring Role

Ralph Tabakin

Ralph Tabakin

Dr. Scheiner

Recurring Role

Sharon Ziman

Sharon Ziman

Naomi

Recurring Role

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    • Munch: We got one lead - the killer thinks he's Gene Krupa.

      Gene Krupa (15 January 1909 – 16 October 1973) was a jazz and big band drummer known for his energetic style. Also an innovator, he pioneered the use of the full drum kit and bass drum pedal in recordings and helped develop the hi-hat and other types of cymbal. He rose to fame with Benny Goodman's band and eventually formed his own.

      He became an acknowledged inspiration for a number of rock drummers of the 1960s and 1970s.

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