Homicide: Life on the Street

NBC (ended 1999)


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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.

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