Tom: Seventeen years old. I've been around long enough to know that when you reach a certain age your years as a teenager begin to acquire the warm glow of fond recollection. You remember the home runs, the girls who said yes, the wild stunts you somehow pulled off. You forget the strikeouts, the put downs, the punishments. It's a tough ten years, but it shouldn't be this tough (getting murdered).
(at the crime scene)
Det. Hector Gervin: You're not going to find any witnesses O'Brien. Amnesia's a social disease around here.
(to Kevin and Frank as they enter a gang's headquarters)
Det. Hector Gervin: Welcome to the Waldorf gentlemen.
Det. Hector Gervin: (referring to Tony Santini) Who do you think you have back there, Father Flanagan?
(Whitey is selling paintings)
Frank: Hey Whitey, I got a crack in my wall. I want to buy a painting. Is this a Lautrec?
Whitey: Yeah, it's a Charlie Lautrec. Why?
Frank: The guy should be painting houses, that's why.
Whitey: Hey man, he does paint houses.
Tom: Everybody makes mistakes. For most of us that's easy enough to accept. We're all fallible human beings and when we make mistakes it doesn't matter very much. Usually it's easy to fix the damage; that's for most of us. For some of us there's a lot more at stake. For cops like Hector Gervin or Frank Giambone a mistake can mean the end of a boy's life. That's not something that gets fixed in ten minutes, but it's something they can't forget as they struggle to do their best with an impossible job.
This is the third of six consecutive episodes in which the episode title is shown at the beginning of the show. They are the only six episodes of the series in which the title appears.
Hector Elizonda, who plays Detective Hector Gervin, in billed as a Special Guest Star in the opening credits.
that Kojak crap
Kojak refers to the popular CBS crime drama starring Telly Savalas as a tough New York City cop. The show aired for five seasons from 1973 to 1978 with seven additional made for TV movies from 1985 to 1990. A brief revival of the show was attempted in 2005 but only lasted nine episodes.
Welcome to the Waldorf
Likely refers to the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel located in New York. The original hotel dates back to 1893. The present-day building is a 47 story tall landmark that dates to 1931 and is located at 301 Park Avenue in Manhattan. There a numerous other Waldorf hotels, but this is the original one.
For the Gipper
George "The Gipper" Gipp (1895-1920) was a famous U.S. college football player at the University of Notre Dame under coach Knute Rockne. The famous line purportedly comes from the words Gipp spoke on his deathbed and has been quoted in many arenas, including U.S. politics by former President Ronald Reagan, who played Gipp in a 1940 movie called Knute Rockne, All American. The full text from which the quote derives is:
I've got to go, Rock. It's all right. I'm not afraid. Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock. But I'll know about it, and I'll be happy.
Bob Cousy and Bill Russell
Refer to two famous basketball players who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. The Celtics were a dynasty through the 1950's and 1960's.
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy (b.1928) played for Boston from 1950 to 1963. He won six championships, was voted to 13 All-Star and 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams. He won the league MVP Award in 1957 and was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.
William Felton "Bill" Russell (b.1934) played for Boston from 1956 to 1969. He was a five-time MVP Award winner, a 12-time All-Star, and won 11 NBA Championships during his 13-year career. He was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.
Who do you think you have back there, Father Flanagan?
Refers to Father Edward Joseph Flanagan (1886-1948), a Roman Catholic priest who founded the famous present-day Girls and Boys Town orphanage in Nebraska. It was originally called Boys Town and today the campus is a center for troubled youth in addition to an orphanage.
Is this a Lautrec?
Refers to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), a French painter.