Homicide: Life on the Street

Season 7 Episode 4

The Twenty Percent Solution

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 1998 on NBC
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The Twenty Percent Solution
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A woman brings to the homicide unit her mystery-writer husband's videotaped declaration that his literary agent is responsible for his murder. Ballard and Gharty catch the case -- only there is no body or crime scene. Meanwhile, Munch and Bayliss investigate the death of an elderly woman that occurred during a break-in -- was it a homicide? Munch would rather leave for his weekend rendezvous with Billie Lou. Ballard and Gharty's investigation becomes a red-ball as they find evidence in the writer's office that a crime was committed. A break leads to the arrest of the literary agent and his accomplice, although Danvers can't guarantee a conviction. Falsone asks Ballard if she would like to go out Saturday night; just then the jury comes back. And a sharp-eyed juror insures that justice is done.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

    Patti D'Arbanville

    Patti D'Arbanville

    Darlene Everett

    Guest Star

    Tom Atkins

    Tom Atkins

    Grenville Rollins

    Guest Star

    Carla Bianchi

    Carla Bianchi

    Claudette

    Guest Star

    Austin Pendleton

    Austin Pendleton

    Dr. Griscom

    Recurring Role

    Clayton LeBouef

    Clayton LeBouef

    Col. Barnfather

    Recurring Role

    Zeljko Ivanek

    Zeljko Ivanek

    ASA Ed Danvers

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Bayliss Woody Allen.
        Shephard He's Jewish, who knew?!
        Munch You sleep with your mother that's a Greek tragedy. You sleep with your girlfriend's daughter you're off my list.
        Lewis Sammy Davis, Jr.
        Mike Giardello No way, that doesn't count.
        Lewis Why not?
        Bayliss Well, Sammy converted, so he's an accessory after the fact.
        Shephard That's right. He's black, so he's hip by definition.
        Falsone So you're saying all black people are hip?
        Lewis Name one who ain't?
        Falsone George Washington Carver.
        Mike Giardello Please. How many things can a white man do with a peanut?
        Munch Shelled or unshelled?
        Falsone I got one, Meldrick Lewis.
        Munch He's black.
        Bayliss Yeah.
        Mike Giardello But not particular hip.
        Bayliss No.
        Lewis What you talkin' about Willis?
        Shephard Point taken. I guess Sammy Davis Jr. goes back on the list.
        Lewis No, no, no hold on lets just stop the game right here. I can be accused of a lot of things but fallen off the cuttin' edge is not one of 'em. Terri, am I down or am I down?
        Stivers What?
        Lewis Am I hip? Tell these fools.
        Stivers Urh, you have your moments.
        Lewis Moments?
        Stivers Maybe you try to hard.
        Lewis I'm not playing no more.

      • Mike Giardello: The Marx Brothers.
        Munch: They're hip. Three points for the brothers Marx. Including Zeppo and Gummo of course.
        Shephard: Of course.
        Bayliss: Lenny Bruce.
        Munch: Definitely hip, too hip for his own good in fact.
        Gharty: Sigmund Freud.
        Shephard: Used to be hip, not lately though.
        Munch: Penis envy. Pay her no mind.
        Falsone: What the hell are you talking about?
        Bayliss: Jewish and hip. We're coming up with the definitive list here.
        Mike Giardello: It's a short one.
        Munch: Not so short as you think Michael. Thirty and counting.

      • Bayliss: What's that on your tie there? Is it…pesto sauce?
        Griscom: You wish.

    • NOTES (2)

      • On 4 Nov 1998, a PBS documentary, "Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street", was aired about the production of an episode of Homicide.... The episode featured in the documentary was "The Subway". Refer to the NOTE after that episode for more details.

      • Music in this episode: Bo Diddley "Can't Judge a Book by Looking at its Cover" alb: His Greatest Sides, Vol. 1.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The argument used by the defense attorney to cast a 'reasonable doubt' was the exact same one used in the 1987 movie "From the Hip" starring Judd Nelson, in which he tells the courtroom the victim will walk through the doors. After the moment passes, and there is no miraculous appearance by the victim, Nelson's character portrays the breathless hope each person felt as that reasonable doubt. John Hurt played the defendant in the movie, and his defense attorney realized his guilt with Hurt's character failed to watch the door because he knew she would not appear as he had killed her. The one person on the jury who watched the defendants in this episode saw the same reaction: they did not look at the door.

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