Homicide: Life on the Street

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  • Season 7 Episode 23: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

  • Goof: Raising Children Catholic
    Munch says that he must sign an agreement to raise any children he and Billie Lou might have in the Catholic faith. The requirement for this agreement in a mixed marriage was taken out of Catholic canon law in 1983.

  • Using Ryland was a mistake. The 180 days statute meant that Ryland, arrested around January based on the season's timeline, would have not been an issue until July, clearly not the case when the detectives still have their coats on as shown.

    The purpose was to have Sheppard and Bayliss be involved. But they worked on a prior case, "Red Red Wine," which the timeline would've worked out perfectly for. And by editing a couple of words by Lewis the show would've been unaffected.

    Even better, the moral dilemma would be heightened. Wally Flynn, the Wine killer, would be near death at the time. Was it wrong for Bayliss to kill a man who's near death? That's the type of question Homicide delivered best, and would've been a better payoff in the Homicide movie when he questions Pembleton about it.

  • Season 7 Episode 22: Homicide: The Movie

  • It seems odd that Mike Giardello, after leaving the FBI, would be forced to spend time as a uniformed officer before getting his detective shield in Baltimore PD. All FBI field agents must have a minimum of three years law enforcement experience before they can even apply for a position as a special agent. Mike would have had at least this much basic experience before entering the Bureau.

  • Season 7 Episode 20: Lines of Fire

  • It's amazing that Twix bars were shown in such a sad fashion at the conclusion of the episode.

    Earlier, McDonald's is obviously implied but never said outright ("breakfast sandwiches" instead of "McMuffins".)

  • Season 7 Episode 18: Self Defense

  • The slogan on the back of the ME team's bowling shirts is "You stab'em, we slab 'em".

  • Season 7 Episode 17: Zen and the Art of Murder

  • When the victim Williams was shot, he fell a bit a ways from the curb. When his mother got to his body you can see that there is at least a foot of space between the curb and the body. Later on the body has moved and it is flush up against the curb.

  • Season 7 Episode 5: Red, Red Wine

  • During the team meeting, Mike Giardello states that Episcopalians receive communion on the first Sunday of each month. This is incorrect, Episcopalians, like Catholics, receive communion at every mass.

  • Season 7 Episode 2: Brotherly Love

  • At the midpoint of the episode, Gee says "Naomi . . . get Ballard and Gerety. Tell them I want them in my office. Now." His detective's name is Gharty, not Gerety. However, in a previous episode, Gharty explained to retired detective Finnegan that when his ancestors came to America, the staff at Ellis Island altered what should have been Gerety into it's current form, Gharty.

  • Season 6 Episode 23: Fallen Heroes (2)

  • The doughnut that Kellerman is eating disappears when he is talking to Pembleton & Falsone about the Mahoney shooting, then reappears when Falsone hands him the clip-board to write his confession on.

  • Season 6 Episode 22: Fallen Heroes (1)

  • Lewis: …so the bear says, 'You didn't really come here to hunt, did you?'

    Lewis says this just before he gets the radio call that Junior Bunk has been arrested. This is the punch line to an off-color joke Lewis tells more than once in the series (the joke itself is never heard). It was first heard in episode 25/3-12 "The City That Bleeds", again in 66/5-11, "The Documentary" with Lewis telling it to Kellerman on the way to the Waterfront, and in episode 68/5-13, "Have A Conscience", Kellerman asks Lewis about the joke, with Kellerman saying the line.

  • The Gunfight Tally:
    Bunk: 1 - Hits 1st uniform, killed
    Bunk: 2-6 - All shots hit 2nd uniform, killed
    Bunk: 7-9 - Lewis shuts off lights
    Kellerman: 1-4 - Miss
    Bunk: 10-11 - Miss
    Kellerman: 5-8 - Miss
    Bunk: 12-15 - Miss
    Lewis: 1-4 - Miss
    Kellerman: 9-17 - Miss
    Bunk: 16 - Hits Gharty, left chest
    Ballard: 1-4 - Miss
    Bunk: 17 - Hits Ballard, right ankle
    Bunk: 18-20 - All shots hit 3rd uniform, killed

    Gee, Kellerman, Lewis & Bayliss: 14 shots at Junior Bunk. Some of the shots were heard off-screen and cannot be attributed to a shooter; it is also not clearly shown how many bullets actually hit Junior Bunk. Five chest wounds are visible as he starts to fall; three back wounds (possibly exits) are visible after he is down.

    Pembleton was present and shown at the end of the shootout with his arm recovering from firing position but his gun was not visible, nor was he shown firing.

  • Stivers and Falzone's case leads them to the old "Pony" Johnson case, where they find in the file that Munch was the primary. In reality that case belonged to Howard and Felton (see episode "A Dog and Pony Show" and "And the Rockets Dead Glare" from season 1).

  • Season 6 Episode 7: Subway

  • Right before Lewis and Falsone stop the female jogger, John Lange's girlfriend can be seen running by right behind Lewis. The scene is at 36:57 on the DVD. Compare her clothes to the ones in her other scenes, it is definitely Lange's girlfriend.

  • That's not a goof. That just means that Falsone and Lewis weren't paying attention or think it's a wild goose chase.

  • This was not a goof. As I remember, Lewis and Falsone actually stop the jogger and asks if she knows the victim. She says that she doesn't, and then jogs away. Lewis and Falsone don't comment on what has happened and the jogger just doesn't want to be bothered. This was the writer's little touch of irony.

  • The jogger that Lewis and Falsone are supposed to find runs right by them in the park.

  • Season 6 Episode 5: Baby It's You (2)

  • In the opening credits, Sam Waterston's name is spelled "Sam Waterson." Waterston is missing the second "t."

  • Season 5 Episode 22: Strangers and Other Partn...

  • Near the beginning of the episode, there's a meeting in Gee's office with Gee, Pembleton, Bayliss, Howard, Russert, Falsone and Gharty. When the meeting is finished they all walk out of the office, but Munch is there as well. He's wearing sunglasses like he was just outside, but he definately comes out of Gee's office door. If he wasn't in the office for the meeting, where did he come from?!

  • Season 5 Episode 17: Kaddish

  • In the library, young Johnny Munch is writing Helen's name with his left hand, but later (and in other episodes) we see that Munch is actually right handed.

  • Season 5 Episode 15: Wu's on First?

  • Goof: In the opening segment, Elizabeth Wu sabotages her TV rivals by unscrewing the handset of the pay phone and removing the microphone element. However, unlike home phones, pay phones had sealed handsets that cannot be opened without damaging them.

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high stake situations, illegal activities, life vs. death, gritty cinematography, not for the faint of heart