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Homicide: Life on the Street

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NBC (ended 1999)

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  • Season 5 Episode 13: Have a Conscience

  • Lewis: Hey, Mikey.
    Kellerman: …and the bear says to the guy, 'You didn't come here to hunt, did you?'
    Lewis: What?
    Kellerman: That joke you're always telling - that's the punch line, right?
    Lewis: Yeah, but it's about the setup.

    This is the punch line to an off-color joke Lewis tells more than once in the series (the joke itself is never heard). The line is first heard in episode 25/3-12, "The City That Bleeds", just before Gee announces the shooting of Bolander, Felton and Howard, again in episode 66/5-11, "The Documentary" with Lewis telling it to Kellerman on the way to the Waterfront, and in episode 99/6-22, "Fallen Heroes (1)".

  • Season 5 Episode 11: The Documentary

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

    Lewis says this while entering the Waterfront with Kellerman in a scene shown in Brodie's film. This is the punch line to an off-color joke Lewis tells more than once in the series (the joke itself is never heard). The line is first heard in episode 25/3-12, "The City That Bleeds", just before Gee announces the shooting of Bolander, Felton and Howard, again in episode 68/5-13, "Have A Conscience", Kellerman asks Lewis about the joke, with Kellerman saying the line and in episode 99/6-22, "Fallen Heroes (1)".

  • Season 4 Episode 21: The Wedding

  • Having the episode on DVD enabled me to run those few seconds back and forth very specifically to determine if a "body double" could have been substituted but masked for editing continuity. Such an edit DOES occur as Kay and Carrie walk with their backs to the camera and someone crosses the screen from viewer left to right, masking the edit when the double was likely put in place. Of course, by watching those few seconds only once, the "effect" is almost (not quite) subliminal.

  • Season 4 Episode 18: Scene of the Crime

  • On the way to the crime scene Munch tells Russert that Bolander will be back in three weeks, June 1st implying that this was in the middle of May. But in the courtroom the judge says that the incident occured on the tenth of April.

  • Season 4 Episode 15: Stakeout

  • Jim-True Frost who plays Det. Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski on another show set in Baltimore The Wire appears. Also Kate Walsh who plays "Addison Montgomery" on Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice appears.

  • Season 4 Episode 12: For God and Country (2)

  • Egan's wife was killed sometime between 7:30 and 9:55 A.M. But, when Briscoe and Curtis arrive at the precinct in Baltimore, the clock behind them is set at approximatley 8:58. So either, 11 hours have gone by in 15 minutes and without the sun setting (as we see when Munch and Briscoe go into the bar), the clock stopped, or they forgot to set it for a more appropriate time.

  • Season 3 Episode 18: Nothing Personal

  • Goof: When Russert is talking to Gee at the end of her shift, she is wearing a red dress. After one quick shot of Gee, she suddenly has her black overcoat on.

  • Season 3 Episode 12: The City That Bleeds (1)

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

    Lewis says this when Gee comes into the squad room and announces that Bolander, Felton and Howard have been shot. 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 66/5-11, "The Documentary" with Lewis telling it to Kellerman on the way to the Waterfront, in episode 68/5-13, "Have A Conscience", Kellerman asks Lewis about the joke, with Kellerman saying the line and in episode 99/6-22, "Fallen Heroes (1)".

  • I noticed something interesting while watching this episode. During the major shooting sequence in which 3 detectives are shot, you never see the shooters face. However, if you view this sequence frame by frame (like I did on my DVD player), there's a single frame in which you can see the shooter's face through the stair railings. It isn't Gordon Pratt - the man accused of the shooting in part 3 of this sequence of episodes. Was the actor not available during the filming of this episode? ...or did the producers have something else planned that they never followed up on?

  • Season 3 Episode 11: Partners

  • Lewis', Munch's, and Bayliss' bar makes its grand opening.

  • Season 3 Episode 10: Cradle to Grave

  • Cases:

    Felton: 255 Doe
    Lewis: 253 Whetherly

  • Season 3 Episode 7: The Last of the Watermen

  • As Pemberton and Felton get out of the car to arrest Artie Resnik, Pemberton is first seen with a new lit cigarette in his mouth. The scene cuts to Pemberton patting down Artie (who amusingly asks "Got a cigarette?") and Pemberton's own cigarette has now vanished. Felton gives Artie a cigarette, the scene cuts again to Felton lighting Artie's smoke, as Pemberton re-enters the frame with his cigarette back in his mouth. Felton asks if he killed her and he confesses, the shot cuts once more and Pemberton's cigarette has once again disappeared. Just before Pemberton cuffs Artie at the car Felton remarks (even more amusingly) "Lose the cigarette Artie".

  • In the opening scene of the episode Munch is sitting in the Laundromat as Gee enters. Munch throws a white shirt at his washing machine. It sticks on the door, half in and half out of the machine as we see Gee start to walk past behind him. The scene cuts to a fraction of a second later with Gee still walking past behind Munch, and Munch still sitting in his chair, but the white shirt hanging from the washing machine has now gone.

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Crosetti

  • The "body" that water patrol pulls out of the water has quite a bit of hair on top of his head to be a realistic Crosetti.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: A Model Citizen

  • I don't believe that last goof was a goof. Gee says that he feels that Pembleton is worth the $100,000 the city payed for him. I'm sure that the total cost was $200,000, but the suit was filed against Pembleton AND Megan Russert. I believe Gee assumes that the city payed $100,000 for Pembleton and $100,000 for Russert. So it would make sense why he only includes half the settlement when he talks to Frank in the Box.

  • After the preliminary hearing, Weaver says that the city will settle Wilgis' lawsuit for $200,000. However, later in the squadroom, Gee tells Pembleton that the city feels it is worth $100,000 to clear up the suit and keep him on the job.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Black and Blue

  • The song that Linda and Detective Bolander play at the end of this episode is Handel's Passacaglia.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Night of the Dead Living

  • Pembleton says he is not married when James Hill asks him. However, his wife Mary will be written into the series very shortly.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Three Men and Adena

  • When Pembleton and Bayliss are grilling Risely, there is a point where the camera is doing a 180 degree turn and in the mirror behind the detectives you can see two of the camera crew for the show.

  • As noted with the first episode the Adena Watson case was based on the real life murder of a young girl named LaTonya Wallace. The "Fish Man" was the real suspect.

    After months of a painfully difficult investigation, Det. Tom Pelligrini (whom the Bayliss character was based on) called in a professional interviewer to help him take a last run at the Fish Man.

    For a moment, the Fish Man waivers as Pelligrini thinks that he's finally broken through the wall of truth. Then the old man steels his eyes and repeats that he didn't kill her. Pelligrini knew the case was lost.

    He kept in touch with Wallace's family over the years. When he made himself move on emotionally, he carefully packed away the case file material. The Fish Man, like the Araber, died without standing trial.

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