Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 7 Episode 12

The Same Coin

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 29, 1999 on NBC
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Gharty has a Vietnam flashback. Sheppard is placed back into rotation. Lewis asks Falsone to switch cases, as Lewis is still unsure about Sheppard's ability to be back on the street in the part of town where their call lies. Munch and MGee work a case where the victim was from a hit and run. One of the victim's possessions is a knife that has some meaning for Gharty, who later is able to recognize the tattoo found on the victim. Sheppard confronts Lewis about the case switch. She and Stivers talk more after Stivers, working with Falsone, sees him "go off" on a potential witness. Munch and MGee find their hit and run vehicle, a rental SUV, whose renter claims to know nothing of the incident and says he had filed a stolen vehicle report. Munch pulls the victim's DOD file and - for good measure - Gharty's! Munch begins to spread doubts with the other detectives about Gharty's Vietnam experience; because the file tells him that Gharty had a less than honorable discharge. A kid, who had stolen the SUV, comes forward with his mother apologizing for the hit and run. When Ballard asks Gharty about Vietnam and mentions Munch's name, Gharty goes to the Waterfront to confront Munch. In the ensuing confrontation, Billie Lou's bass playing hand is injured, and then Gharty tells his Vietnam story.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Michael Michele

    Michael Michele

    Det. Rene Sheppard (season 7, TVM)

    Kyle Secor

    Kyle Secor

    Tim Bayliss

    Richard Belzer

    Richard Belzer

    Det. John Munch

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Mike Giardello (Season 7)

    Peter Gerety

    Peter Gerety

    Stu Gharty (Seasons 6-7, recurring previously, TVM)

    Clark Johnson

    Clark Johnson

    Det. Meldrick Lewis

    Margo Martindale

    Margo Martindale

    Unknown

    Guest Star

    Justin David Fair

    Justin David Fair

    Petey Rapallo

    Guest Star

    Bridget Gethins

    Bridget Gethins

    Mother

    Guest Star

    Austin Pendleton

    Austin Pendleton

    Dr. Griscom

    Recurring Role

    Sarita Choudhury

    Sarita Choudhury

    Dr. Kalyani

    Recurring Role

    Ellen McElduff

    Ellen McElduff

    Billie Lou Hatfield

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Munch: Thomas Paine said it best: 'Disorder is the only handmaiden of true democracy.'
        Bayliss: Thomas Paine never said that.
        Munch: He was getting around to it!

      • Dr. Griscom: Igor, would you give these gentlemen the overhead photos on the John Doe, and go to the cemetery and dig me up a fresh human heart? I have been here all day trying to create life and you have been no help whatsoever!

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • "Igor, would you give these gentlemen the overhead photos on the John Doe, and go to the cemetery and dig me up a fresh human heart? I have been here all day trying to create life and you have been no help whatsoever!"

        Dr. Griscom is referencing the 1931 monster movie "Frankenstein", which starred Boris Karloff as the scientist's creation.

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