Aandahl, Susan: (Sagan Lewis) [Recurring Character: 4-7] Judge, who has a reputation for being very tough. Kellerman has to talk her into giving a search warrant, because of Lewis' reputation for "elaborating" on less than solid evidence. (Autofocus) Aandahl rules to allow Alexander Rausch to be extradited to New York, before being tried in Baltimore. (For God and Country: Part two) Her son, McPhee Broadman, has a fellow student killed, because he wouldn't kill Aandahl. (The True Test) The son of a man, murdered under the orders of Luther Mahoney, sends her a bomb, along with others involved in the trial where his father's killer went free. (Have a Conscience) Aandahl is a Mets fan. She presides over the jurisdiction hearing and trial in the Brittany Janaway murder. (Baby, It's You: Part two) Aandahl delays Danvers, who misses a hearing for the "Internet Killer." An angry Bayliss and Sheppard burst into Aandahl's courtroom. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Absolution: A Catholic forgiving of sins. Pembelton offers absolution to Dr. Roxanne Turner, who had been helping terminally ill patients end their lives. Turner says what she is doing isn't murder, and that she has a clear conscience and no need for Pembelton's absolution. (Mercy) Bayliss, who's becoming unhinged because of his guilt over murdering serial killer Luke Ryland, confesses his sin to the only person he feels he can: Pembelton. He asks for Pembelton to absolve him, to ease his guilt. To Tim's shock, Frank says he can't. (Homicide: The Movie)
A Buddhist's Perspective on Bisexuality: Bayliss maintains a website dealing with "a Buddhist's Perspective on Bisexuality": http://www.inplainsite.com/ (Homicide.com) Although the site is anonymous, after the case of a killer broadcasting his murders over the Internet, it becomes well known within the department that it's Bayliss'. Gaffney wants the site shut down after his son visits it. Bayliss refuses, but after a lot of rumor and homophobic talk behind his back, he dejectedly deletes it. (Truth Will Out)
African Revival Movement: (A.R.M.) Group, led by Marvin Lee "Burundi" Robinson, who provide the West Baltimore community with a soup kitchen, shelter, and a job-training program. Many members live in the row house which serves as ARM's headquarters, and all take the names of African nations. One of the members, Kenya Merchant is murdered by Benin Crown, under orders from Robinson, because he was going to leave the group. Robinson is a former partner of Deputy Commissioner James Harris, and he uses Harris' influence to hinder the investigation. While serving an arrest warrant, the situation turns violent, and the QRT is called in. Robinson and members of the group commit suicide while surrounded by police. (Narcissus) Bolander and Munch visit the African Revival Movement headquarters to determine if they might be involved in Gee's shooting. The new leader says ARM was destroyed by the suicides. (Homicide: The Movie)
Agnew, Spiro: Baltimore-born, 39th vice president of the United States, and the first to resign because of criminal charges. A woman hires a man to murder a co-worker, after an argument over whether a marble bust of Agnew's head should be in the United States capital building along with every other vice president. (Son of a Gun) Bayliss jokingly threatens to treat Brodie "like Nixon treated Agnew," because of an embarrassing scene in his documentary. (The Documentary)
Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street: PBS documentary which aired on November 4, 1998. Written, produced, and directed by Theodore Bogosian, it follows James Yoshimura and his Emmy-nominated script The Subway, from a pre-sixth season meeting at Barry Levinson's California production center (where Yoshimura tells how he got the idea from HBO's Taxicab Confessions), through re-writes, filming (mostly in the middle of the night), editing, and finally airing (where Yoshimura and friends watch the finished product at Kooper's-- a bar across the street from the city pier), which segues into a PBS airing of the episode. Included are interviews with Braugher, Johnson, Fontana, Levinson, Warren Littlefield, director Gary Felder, and guest star Vincent D'Onofrio.
"The Aquarium": (AKA: "The Fish Bowl") A waiting room, (it looks more like a hallway between the squad room and some offices) where suspects sit, surrounded by doors and windows on all sides. According to Gee, it's where criminals "reflect on the errors of their ways." (Gone for Goode) Others wait here too: Beth Felton waits to have lunch with Howard, (Extreme Unction) a woman meets the mother of her son's killer here. (Every Mother's Son) The aquarium is much bigger after the squad room redesign. (Shades of Gray)
Araber: A person-- usually black and male-- who sells fruit and vegetables from a horse-drawn cart, calling out what he's selling in a sing-song voice. The advantage is the food is fresher than in a supermarket. Risley Tucker, the main suspect in the Adena Watson murder was one. (Three Men and Adena) "Araber" is pronounced differently, depending on the neighborhood. Crosetti pronounces it "ar-ab-er," Lewis- "a-rab." (A Ghost of a Chance) One of the victims of the second sniper was an araber. (Sniper II) The first thing seen in season 7 is an araber walking through Little Italy. (La Famiglia)
Atlantic City: Casino-filled, resort town, located in New Jersey, about 150 miles from Baltimore. At the beginning of the "white glove" red ball, Lewis says Crosetti is here, enjoying a vacation of "shots, slots and sluts." In reality he has committed suicide. (Nearer My God to Thee)
Attanasio, Paul: Former film critic, turned Oscar-nominated screenwriter, (Quiz Show) credited as H:LotS creator. Wrote Gone for Goode and See No Evil.
BACK PAGE NEWS: Life and Homicide on the Mean Streets of Baltimore: Brodie's documentary about the detectives under Giardello. The film includes the H:LotS theme, scenes similar to the H:LotS credits, and even a long version of the H:LotS, triple take edit. Much of the documentary is pretentious, starting with its ridiculous title (which manages to reference the Iguanas' song Boom Boom Boom, Martin Scorcese, and Homicide itself); but the film does have it's moments. While the main plot deals with why a man nonchalantly killed his neighbors, the real highlights are the detective's monologues on their jobs (inspired by passages from David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets), as well as glimpses at their private lives, and musical montages using Boom Boom Boom. (The Documentary) The documentary won an Emmy. (Blood Ties I)
Ballard, Laura: (Callie Thorne) [Regular: 6-7] Dark-haired, petite detective, who transferred to Baltimore's homicide squad from Seattle. In three months, becomes the star of the unit, while the regular detectives are transferred by the new department rotations. Partners with Gharty. Solves the Rico murder, which leads to a lot of press, and citations of merit for the squad. (Blood Ties I) 29 years old in season six. Was engaged for three years. (All is Bright) A "diehard" agnostic. She clashes with Pembleton over his handling of the Brierre murder. (Blood Ties II) As an adult, has developed an allergy to shellfish, which causes her to pass out in the squad room. (Saigon Rose) Goes on a date with Bayliss; according to him, she "smolders." (Sins of the Father) Ballard is shot in the foot during Junior Bunk's squad room rampage. On the operating table, she dreams that she killed him before he could get a shot off. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) Ballad and Falsone date secretly because Gee threatens to transfer one to another shift. Although they later stop seeing each other, Ballard and Falsone's final scene implies they are going to rekindle their romance. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Ballard works with Stivers in the Giardello shooting. What became of the romance with Falsone isn't mentioned, but she seems a little jealous when he volunteers to team with Howard. (Homicide: The Movie)
"Bawl-mer": Occasionally used pronunciation of the word "Baltimore." Risley Tucker says he can tell what part of Baltimore someone is from, by how they pronounce the word. (Three Men and Adena) Kellerman and Munch have to explain to a Yankees fan how a native pronounces "Baltimore." According to them, you "lose the t." (Blood Ties II)
Baltimore: (AKA "Charm City") Maryland port city, which is the setting for H:LotS. The 12th largest city in the U.S. Sometimes referred to as either America's northern-most, southern city; or it's southern-most, northern city. While nearly every network show is filmed in Los Angeles or occasionally New York, every frame of Homicide was filmed in Baltimore. Because of this, more than nearly any other show in history, the city of Baltimore truly became a character. Baltimore neighborhoods and suburbs sometimes mentioned, include Canton, Federal Hill, Glen Burnie, Fells Point, Hampden, Highlandtown, Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Mount Vernon, Pikesville, and Towson. The only episodes in which a significant amount of time is spent outside of the Baltimore area are And the Rockets Dead Glare, (when Crosetti and Lewis go to Washington) The Last of the Watermen (when Howard visits her hometown, along the Chesapeake Bay), The Hat (when Lewis and Kellerman stop in Hazelton and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after picking up a prisoner), and Wanted Dead or Alive: Part Two (when Bayliss and Giardello Jr. go to Miami looking for a fugitive) and Sideshow: Part Two, which takes place in New York and Washington. After leaving for New York, Munch swears "I'm never setting foot in the city of Baltimore again as long as I'm on this mortal sphere." (L&O: SVU: Payback) He was wrong; he returned to help find Gee's shooter. (Homicide: The Movie)
Baltimore Arts Tower: (21 South Eutaw Street) The former Bromo-Seltzer clock-tower, located near Camden Yards, and built in 1911. It's fifteen stories high, and each of the four clock faces are 24 feet in diameter. The tower is sometimes seen in establishing shots of the city. A family of tourists pass by here, before the mother is murdered. (Bop Gun) The second sniper kills three people from here. (Sniper I) Pembelton and Bayliss investigate at the top of the tower. (Sniper II)
Baltimore Colts: Baltimore's beloved National Football League team, which moved to Indianapolis in 1984 (infamously in the middle of the night.) According to Bayliss, the Colts were his father's religion. (Near My God to Thee) Bolander goes on a rant about Canadian league football being played in Baltimore, because it's not the American-style football that former Colt great "Johnny U" (Unitas) played. (Extreme Unction) Dyer's brother played for the Colts. (Fire II) Former Colt Art Donovan had a cameo as a neighbor of Gerry Uba's. (Hostage I) Former Colt, Lenny Moore played himself, introducing Felix Wilson at a dinner in Wilson's honor. (Blood Ties I)
Baltimore Orioles: Baltimore's Major League Baseball franchise, they played in Memorial Stadium from 1954, when they moved to Baltimore from St. Louis, until 1992, when they moved into Camden Yards. There's been many Orioles references throughout the series: an Orioles hat was one of the images in the credits during the first two seasons, Bolander is sometimes seen wearing an orange and black Orioles scarf, an O's team picture is on the wall next to Felton's desk, Felton has a ball, signed by pitcher Mike Mussina, for his son's Christmas gift. (All Through the House) Gordan Pratt's co-worker couldn't stand him because he rooted for the hated Oriole rivals --the New York Yankees. (End Game) Crosetti has fond memories of pitcher Dave McNally on the mound. (A Ghost of a Chance) Munch thinks it's blasphemy that longtime shortstop Cal Ripkin has been moved to thirdbase. (Double Blind) The African Revival Movement's "Burundi" Robinson tells Gee he left the police force in 1972, and mentions some of the Orioles players from that year, "(Don) Buford, (Don) Baylor, (Jim) Palmer, (Dave) McNally, Boog (Powell), and Brooks Robinson." Robinson also compares James Harris and himself, as patrolmen in the 1970's, to Brooks Robinson's exceptional defense at third base. (Narcissus) A Yankees fan is murdered at Camden Yards, but Munch isn't sure that it's a crime in Baltimore. The killer was another Yankee fan, upset because the victim claimed the O's were better than the Yankees the year before. The victim believed that the Yankees would have lost a 1996 playoff series with the Orioles, except Baltimore was robbed of a win, when a young Yankee fan reached over the fence to catch a fly-ball, which the umpire incorrectly ruled a home run. Munch and Kellerman talk to Orioles pitchers Scott Erickson and Armando Benitez in the parking lot. (Blood Ties II)
Baltimore Ravens: The former NFL Browns franchise, moved to Baltimore in 1996, from Cleveland to replace the Colts, who departed in 1984 for Indianapolis. Named for Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem The Raven. Baltimore loved the Colts, but (at least during Homicide's run), weren't quite as enthusiastic about the Ravens. As Pembleton points out, the Colts should be in Baltimore, and the Browns in Cleveland. (Stakeout) Bayliss, Munch and Howard fake excitement over the Ravens, because they were talking about Kellerman behind his back. (Bad Medicine) Gharty wonders if Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde was teased as a child because of his name. Munch thinks he was. (Saigon Rose) Dr. Griscom is sometimes seen wearing a Ravens jacket.
Baltimore Sun: (Baltimore Sun Online) Baltimore's largest newspaper, the detectives are often seen reading it in the squad room. An article appears in the Sun about Kellerman and other Arson detectives being on the take. (White Lies) Elizabeth Wu is a reporter for the Sun, and is seen in the Sun's offices. (Wu's on First)
Barnfather, George: (Clayton LeBouef ) [Recurring Character: 1-7] Captain, and later colonel. Gee's boss, who he often clashes with. He's not so much a bad guy, as he is a politically motivated bureaucrat. According to a retiring Shift Lieutenant, he's a college-educated "snot", who's "never been on the street." (A Dog and Pony Show) Reveals vital information about the Adena Watson murder, angering Bayliss. (A Shot in the Dark) Held hostage by a woman who's father is about to be executed. (In Search of Crimes Past) Using a loophole, Barnfather drums Russert all the way from Captain to Detective during the sniper situation. (Sniper I) Under orders from Harris, he initially hinders the murder investigation involving the African Revival Movement. He's very uncomfortable doing so, and is relieved when Pembleton overrides his orders, using a rule giving control of a crime scene to the primary. (Narcissus)
Baseball: America's nation pastime is often referenced in H:LotS. In the very first episode, Munch compared himself to a "donut in the on-deck circle"; a circular weight around a bat, used to loosen up before stepping to the plate. (Gone for Goode) Baltimore native Gordan Pratt says he's actually rooting for the home team when he roots for the hated New York Yankees. He correctly points out that John McGraw moved the original Baltimore Orioles to New York, and renamed them the Yankees; but he mixes up the dates saying it happened in 1902, when it was actually 1903. (The current Orioles franchise has only been in Baltimore since 1954.) (End Game) Munch says the only thing more boring than baseball, is Ken Burn's documentary about baseball (The Documentary); but he's outraged that Cal Ripkin has been moved to thirdbase (Double Blind), and he tells a murder suspect that baseball is the only sport he likes. (Full Court Press) Munch deadpans that a murdered informant "took one for the team"...baseball slang for a batter who reaches base by being hit by a pitch. (Bad Medicine) Legendary baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore in 1895, near where Camden Yards in now located. Kellerman's brothers steal the Babe's uniform, from someone who stole it from the Babe Ruth museum. (The Babe Ruth museum is located at 216 Emory Street.) (Wu's on First) Law & Order's Detective Mike Logan tells Pembelton that the Babe had to leave Baltimore for New York to become famous. (Law and Disorder) Gharty is in a rotisserie baseball league. A "Roto" league is played using the statistics of major league baseball players; owners draft teams with players from each position, then points are awarded for various stats from their players. Gharty asks Munch, who is investigating a murder at Camden Yards, to find out if pitcher Armano Benitez is going to be getting any save opportunities. Munch runs into Benitez, and asks him personally. (Blood Ties II) Munch has difficulty with his husbandly duties on his wedding night, and explains it to Lewis using baseball metaphors. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Baseball players seem to have supplied many names for The Board, including: Tim RAINES, Jim ABBOTT, Tom BROWNING, Julio FRANCO, Dave WINFIELD, Jeff BURROUGHS, Joe TORRE, Mariano RIVERA, Jeff REARDON, Roger CLEMENS, Andre DAWSON, Don SUTTON, Bob (or Josh) GIBSON, Don ZIMMER, John TUDOR and Orioles Craig WORTHINGTON, Rick DEMPSEY, Jim PALMER, Earl WEAVER. (Note: see also "Baltimore Orioles," "Camden Yards")
Bayliss, George: (Robert Bonarth) Bayliss' uncle, who molested him as a child. The years Tim spent keeping it inside comes to a head in a case involving a battered child, and he tells Pembelton. (Betrayal) He finds and confronts George, who's now a frail, drunken, old man. (Double Blind) He begins to care for his uncle; secretly, until Pembelton follows him to find out where he's been disappearing to. (Deception, Narcissus, Partners and Other Strangers) George is never seen again after season 5.
Bayliss, Tim: (Kyle Secor) [Regular: 1-7] Tall, lanky detective under Giardello. Was previously on the S.W.A.T. team and the Mayor's security detail, but all along he wanted to be a homicide detective. (Gone for Goode) 37 years old at the end of season six. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Partners with Pembleton. "The sensitive one" of the pair, according to Pembleton. (Double Blind) A rookie in H:LotS first episode, according to Munch he remained the "new guy" for 4 years, until Kellerman came along. (Stakeout) A "silent"owner in the Waterfront bar. Often complained of back problems, but has decided to suffer with it in silence. (Sniper I) When angered, given to fits of violence; forced Risley Tucker's face near a hot pipe in the box, (Three Men and Adena) almost roughs up a male suspect who offers to kiss him, (A Many Splendored Thing) nearly came to blows with Emma Zoole's boyfriend for hitting her, and pulls a gun on a clerk who won't spot him eleven cents for his purchase, (Happy to Be Here) knees a skinhead in the groin for calling Pembleton a "nigger", (Hate Crimes) punches Glen Holten in the stomach upon his capture, (Dead End) tosses McPhee Broadman to the floor in the box (The True Test), shoves Danvers (Forgive Us Our Trespasses.) Originally rather straightlaced; investigating the murder of a phone sex worker was something of a turning point in his life; he's now much more likely to "experiment." (A Many Splendered Thing) Still obsessed by his first case, a murdered child named Adena Watson. It's still unsolved; and it's clear he'll always be haunted by it. (Requiem for Adena, Finnegan's Wake) As a child, was molested by an uncle, who he later cared for. As a result, he has difficulty in cases involving children. Transferred to Robbery in the department rotations. (Blood Ties I) Regarded as something of a hypochondriac by his fellow detectives. (Sniper I, Saigon Rose) Bayliss tells Pembelton he's been unhappy for some time. While investigating the murder of a homosexual, he finds the lifestyle alluring, and finds himself interested in spending time with a gay man named Chris Rawls, who he goes on a dinner date with. (Closet Cases) Bayliss tells Ballard that he's not gay, but he's not "strictly heterosexual" either. He says he's always had feelings for men, but was afraid to let anyone know. He apparently is still seeing Rawls, and implies that he's been with other men also. (Secrets) Takes a bullet for Pembelton, and season six ends with him in critical condition. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Bayliss recovers, and develops a strong interest in Zen philosophy. With Pembelton quitting, he partners with Munch. (La Famiglia) Bayliss' bisexuality is not going over well with his fellow police. (Truth Will Out) Bayliss has to kill a suspect in self defense. (Zen and the Art of Murder) In Homicide's final episode, Bayliss is floundering without Pembelton's guidance. He is deeply disturbed by the release of the Internet Killer-- Luke Ryland-- on a technicality. In a rage he shoves Danvers over a railing. After Ryland tells him he is planning on moving out of town and killing again, Bayliss goes to Munch to talk to him about Gordan Pratt, and the fact that he always suspected Munch killed him, and about whether Pratt got what he deserved. He also says that Pembelton was wrong in a comment he made years before -- that he (Bayliss) doesn't have a killer's instinct. He touches Munch's face with a smile, and leaves. Bayliss later goes to Danvers and apologizes "for what I've done." (Was his ambiguous apology really for pushing Danvers?) The next evening, Bayliss clears out his desk (including a photo of Adena Watson), and apparently quits without telling anyone; walking out with a box full of his possessions, just as he walked in 7 years before. Soon after, Ryland is found murdered, with no clues. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Bayliss didn't quit, but took a leave of absence, without saying anything to anyone. He's fishing when he gets the call that Gee has been shot. He returns to help, and again partners with Pembelton. The two track down the shooter, and arrest him. Later that night on the pier roof, Bayliss admits to Pembelton that he murdered Luke Ryland. Bayliss can't live with himself, and he says that if Pembelton doesn't take him in, he'll kill himself right there (and that he still might later.) A hand --which looks like Bayliss'-- rewrites "Ryland" as solved on the board, and Pembelton later quietly says he caught two bad guys. But it's still deliberately ambiguous if Bayliss was actually arrested for the crime. (Homicide: The Movie)
Bayliss, Virginia: (Karen A. Kirschenbauer) Bayliss' mother. She wanted him to be a doctor. (I've Got a Secret) Seen for the only time in Tim's hospital room, after he's been shot. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two)
The Belvedere Hotel: (1 E. Chase Street) Lewis' wedding reception takes place here, in the Rose room. (The Wedding) A chef at Renalde's, an Italian restaurant at the Belvedere, is murdered by his daughter. Pembelton and Bayliss talk to the man's co-workers here. (Double Blind) During a dinner here, honoring Felix Wilson, his maid's body is found in a restroom. (Blood Ties I)
"The Block": (E. Baltimore St.?) Baltimore's red light district; several streets full of adult book stores, strip bars, and massage parlors, located surprisingly close (a few blocks) to the Inner Harbor. After being goaded by Pembelton into exploring his dark side, the straightlaced Bayliss came here in a leather jacket, and seemed to enjoy himself. (He's seen outside the Two Oclock Club, and is later propositioned by a woman. (A Many Splendored Thing) A detective named Kalas killed himself in a hotel on the block. (Crosetti) The detectives search the block for Gordan Pratt, and he is arrested in a massage parlor here. (End Game) Pembelton and Bayliss search for a "thrill killer" in a strip club that's probably on the block. (Thrill of the Kill) Paul Hassett sends someone here to find male victims to kill. (Stakeout) Kellerman jokes that Lewis' soon-to-be-wife is a stripper on the block, which Lewis takes exception to. (The Wedding) Pembleton unfavorably compares Elizabeth Wu's profession, reporter, to the profession of hookers on the block. (Wu's on First) Outside a club, Falsone talks to his informant's sister, who is a dancer. (Strangers and Other Partners) After Gee's shooting, Lewis thinks The Block would be a good place to search for "the Ebola what did this." (Homicide: The Movie)
Blythe Dr. Carol: (Wendy Hughes) [Recurring Character: 1] Australian M.E. who dates Bolander in the first season. She's never seen again after the first season; Munch says she and Bolander broke up. (A Many Splendered Thing)
"The Big Man": Nickname for Bolander. Also the nickname for Donald Worden in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Munch wants to use Bolander as the Colonel Sanders-like mascot for the Waterfront bar, with the motto: "A Big Man Deserves a Big Meal." (Nearer My God to Thee) Kellerman wonders if Bolander is called "The Big Man," because he's fat. Munch says it's not because of his girth, but because he's a "man of magnitude" and a "whale of a detective." (Scene of the Crime)
The Board: Large board located in the squad room. At the top is the name of the Lieutenant in charge of the shift, with the names of their detectives under them. Under each detective's name is a number and the name of a murder victim. If the name is in red, it's unsolved, or an investigation is in progress. If it's in black, it's solved. If it's in blue, it's from a prior year. (Finnegan's Wake) If the victim is unidentified, they are listed as "Doe." To the far right are names of suspects who have warrants on them. Shots of the board are often used as segues between scenes. A defense attorney uses a mock-up of the board in court. (Kellerman P.I. Part Two) Baseball players seem to make up a lot of the names, as well as possible pop culture references like (Peter) FRAMPTON, (Elvis) COSTELLO, (Holden) CAULFIELD, (Mr.) WEATHERBEE, and (Mayor) Quimby. Jim King, in his Board Web Site, writes about some of the name's probable references: "Messages sent include (Shannon) DOHERTY and (Sherry) STRINGFIELD appearing on the Board in 1997 after a summer of Internet speculation about who would replace Melissa Leo, fueled in part by Tom Fontana himself. New York Daily News TV Columnist David BIANCULLI became a murder victim in 1996 after a scathing review.(Jimmy) MURTHA surely was a tribute to the short-lived CBS series "EZ Streets." (Joe) TORRE went up in 1997 soon after the Yankees eliminated the Baltimore Orioles in the baseball playoffs. There has also been some "graffiti" on the Board this year as HEGAILY and GAYNOR went up after the episodes where Bayliss explored his sexual ambiguity. Any other names are pure speculation, although there are listings for VETTER, SIMPSON, and NUGENT." Homicide's final mystery involves the board. At the end of Homicide: The Movie, was that Bayliss rewriting "Ryland" as solved on the board; and if so, was it because Pembelton turned him in for the crime? (Homicide: The Movie) The first name written on the board is "Becker" (Gone for Goode); the last name written is Giardello's. (Homicide: The Movie)
Bolander, Stanley: (Ned Beatty) [Regular: 1-3] "The Big Man" Based on Donald Worden in the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Portly, gruff, detective from Hampden. (Gone for Goode) Divorced: Maggie. An Elvis fan. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) Bolander is respected as a father figure among his fellow detectives, and receives extreme loyalty from his partners, Mitch Drummond and Munch. (Which is surprising, considering how badly he treats Munch.) Since his divorce, has since moved into a low rent apartment. (Son of a Gun) Spends a lot of time at Jimmy's. Briefly dates two attractive women; Dr. Carol Blythe, and much-younger, violin player/ waitress Linda. Bolander plays the cello. (A Many Splendored Thing) Bolander was shot in the head in the middle of season 3 (The City That Bleeds), and was never the same after; suffering memory loss, insomnia, and out of character behavior at a police convention, which leads to his suspension from the force. In one of his final appearances, he discovers he had an innocent man convicted of murder 16 years before. (In Search of Crimes Past) After his suspension, Bolander hurts Munch's feelings by ignoring his repeated calls, and not showing up for a beer at the Waterfront. Munch, who has been long anticipating Bolander's return, finally begins to realize he's not coming back. (Scene of the Crime) Munch calls Bolander for information on an old case, and he doesn't recognize Munch's voice. (Deception) After his retirement, Bolander lives in St. Michael's, and judging by his beer for breakfast, may have developed a drinking problem. He visits the hospital and the stationhouse, where he reteams with Munch. The two bicker like in the old days-- but Munch is clearly thrilled to see him again. Together they visit the ARM headquarters, and later he visits The Waterfront with the other detectives. (Homicide: The Movie)
Bongi and Sabatino: Unsolved cases Russert leaves behind when she moves to France. (Hostage II) Upon returning, Russert berates Munch for not closing them. (Partners and Other Strangers)
Boom, Boom, Boom: (clip) The most asked about song heard in a H:LotS music montage is the Iguanas' Boom, Boom, Boom, taken from their album Nuevo Boogaloo. The dark lyrics and catchy beat are used to great effect in The Documentary; twice it's heard over a montage of the detectives doing their grisly duties.
The Box: The interrogation room, where suspects are brought to get a confession; it's a small room, with a table and observation mirror. The highlight of many episodes is one of the detectives attempting to get the truth from a suspect here. According to Gee, the interrogator can't be second-guessed here. (Extreme Unction) One episode was almost entirely a session in The Box. (Three Men and Adena) Pembelton is the undisputed master of The Box, capable of turning even an innocent man into a sobbing mess. (Black and Blue) Pembelton is sued for a million dollars for his actions in The Box. (A Model Citizen) Bayliss smashes the mirror, while Pembleton is interrogating his cousin. (Colors) When a gas leak forces the temporary relocation to an abandoned bank, a bank vault is used as The Box. (Autofocus) Pembelton, suffers a stroke here. (Work Related) After returning to work, he's afraid to go back in. (Hostage I) Pembelton calls Alex Robey, the most boring man ever to set foot in the box.(Sniper II) Pembelton has to get the truth about the Mahoney shoot from Lewis, then from Kellerman, in The Box. He later tells Gee he is resigning, saying he's never going in again. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) After the squad room redesign, following the Junior Bunk shootout, The Box ceased to exist. In the 7th season, it was replaced by several "Interview Rooms." (La Famiglia) Even after several years apart, Pembelton and Bayliss still know how to work together in the Interview Room. Pembelton later says the reason he left was because he can't stand to hear one more confession. (Homicide: The Movie)
The Brass Elephant: (924 N. Charles St.) Russert and Giardello have lunch here, with Russert's friend Amanda. According to Gee, it's second only to Dalesio's.(Nothing Personal)
Brodie, J.H. (James): (Max Perlich) [Recurring Character: 4, Regular: 5] Video photographer who videotapes crime scenes and confessions for later use in court. Brodie's job (but not Brodie himself) is probably based on Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets author David Simon, who followed homicide detectives around detailing their jobs. To pay for graduate school, Brodie works for Channel 8, and he inadvertently tapes the killer of a woman at a bus stop. He gives the tape to Lewis and Kellerman, which costs him his job. (Autofocus) Russert and Giardello offer him a job with the Homicide unit. (Hate Crimes) Homeless, and living in the squad room, he's taken in, and thrown out by various members of the unit. Has a crush on Howard. (Requiem for Adena) His documentary about the detectives is bought by PBS; it wins an Emmy, and he moves to L.A. (Blood Ties I) Brodie was at a film festival in Washington when he heard about Gee's shooting. He visits the hospital, and later brings word to The Waterfront that Gee has died. (Homicide: The Movie)
Bunk, Junior: (Mekhi Phifer) (AKA Nathaniel Lee Mahoney) [Recurring Character: 5-6] "Girly-man" son of Georgia Rae Mahoney and nephew of Luther Mahoney. A stupid errand-boy working for Luther; he insists on remaining "monogomious" if he gives up his uncle in the death of one of their drug dealers. Mahoney warns Bunk not to testify, by having two gold stars put in his sandwich to prove he's not out of Luther's reach. Bunk recants his story, and he and Mahoney visit the Waterfront Bar. (Control) Bunk turns out to be the motorcycle-riding, sniper who was shooting at the detective's involved in Luther's death. He was doing it under the orders of his mother. (Blood Ties I) Under Georgia Rae's orders, Judge Gibbons has Bunk released. Bunk later kills Gibbons. Bunk has been hardened by prison, he's no longer the sobbing crybaby of his early appearances: insisting in the box "I'm a man!" While in the squad room, he's mocked by Gharty, Kellerman and Lewis. Bunk grabs a gun, kills three uniforms, and wounds Gharty and Ballard. He dies in a hail of gunfire from Gee, Kellerman, Lewis and Bayliss. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) Bunk's a hero to some; graffiti on a wall reads "Junior Bunk Took It Downtown." Pembelton spits on the graffiti. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two)
BWI: Baltimore Washington International Airport. Gee's flight to his daughter's wedding in San Francisco is delayed here. (Stakeout) L.P. Everett's car is found in BWI's long-term parking. (The Twenty Percent Solution)
Camden Yards: (AKA Oriole Park at Camden Yards) (333 W. Camden Street) Opening in 1992, this gorgeous baseball park for the Orioles, created the current trend of downtown, "old-time" modern stadiums. Pembleton and Felton go here to talk to a member of the grounds crew, who lived close to where Adena Watson's body was found. (A Shot in the Dark) A tourist is murdered close by during a robbery, causing a red ball, since it could drive away other tourists from the Inner Harbor area. (Bop Gun) Lifer Elijah Sanborn mentions Camden Yards as an example of the outside world he's not a part of. (Prison Riot) During an armed standoff with the African Revival Movement, "Burundi" Robinson and Giardello talk baseball, and (knowing it will never happen) mention taking in a game together. Gee likes seats in the 3rd row, behind the first base (home) dugout. Robinson likes to sit along the third base line, so he can see the players in the Orioles dugout. (Narcissus) A Yankees fan is murdered in Camden Yards, by another Yankees fan. (Blood Ties II)
Cancellation: A constant cloud hovering over H:LotS, it's doubtful there's ever been a television series that has faced cancellation as often, only to find a way to squeeze out another season. After the dark, gritty, first season didn't generate big ratings as was expected, the pick up for even the second season's four episodes was a surprise. After doing well enough to come back again-- due in large part to a guest appearance by Robin Williams in Bop Gun-- it was nearly canceled twice; in the middle and end of season three. An unusual 2 year pick-up for seasons five and six is the only real breathing space the series has ever had. After season six looked like the end, the surprise NBC pick-up of a season seven left the producers with the Kellerman character written into a corner, and no real way to bring him back as a regular. Finally on May 12, 1999, new NBC programmers informed Tom Fontana that the series wouldn't be picked up for a eighth season; partly because the show had plenty of episodes for syndication, but mostly because of the surprise success of NBC's sap-fest Providence, which became an 8:00 hit for NBC, but which didn't match up well with Homicide. (Cold Feet --the show NBC chose to replace Homicide, would be canceled after a handful of episodes.) Also of note are some of the unusual circumstances which lead to H:LotS''s continuing at various points in it's history: Williams's ratings boosting, guest turn in Bop Gun; ER's 1998 per-episode rise in cost (which not only made H:LotS cheap to produce by comparison, but cut the number of possible new shows to replace it in half ), Jerry Seinfeld's decision to shut down Seinfeld (which left NBC with other, bigger problems), and the main one-- NBC buying into the show as a co-owner (if NBC wasn't a co-owner, the show would have "died" many years before.)
Canton: Howard lives here. Bayliss is disturbed he doesn't know exactly where, because it's indicative of the fact that the Homicide unit isn't a "family. (Stakeout)
Cantwell, Frank: Head of a stolen-car ring who murdered Felton, who was working undercover. He escaped arrest. (Cantwell was only seen briefly in a music montage.) (Strangers and Other Partners) Cantwell was never mentioned again.
"Charm City": Oft-mentioned nickname for Baltimore. Detective Mike Logan of Law and Order doesn't think it's so charming. (Law and Disorder)
Chevy Cavalier: The fleet of inexpensive, white cars driven by the detectives are Cavaliers. If you forget to mark down the spot you left the car, it can be very difficult to find which keys go with which car. (Gone for Goode) Any damage to the car can lead to a lot of paperwork. (A Ghost of a Chance) Lewis is particularly hard on the cars, crashing one, (Partners) having one overheat, (Fire I) and kicking in the window of another. (Deception) The cars don't do well in high speed chases. (Deception; Shaggy Dog, City Goat; Wanted Dead or Alive: Part One )
Cigarettes: Both homicide detectives and criminals love to smoke cigarettes. (At least in the earlier seasons, when political correctness wasn't quite so important to networks.) Crosetti, Felton, Howard, Pembleton, Bayliss, Kellerman, Lewis and Gharty all smoke at one time or another. (Bolander, Gee and Brodie smoke cigars.) Howard and Bayliss both try to quit, much to Felton and Pembelton's aggravation. While interviewing witnesses at a crime scene, everyone around Howard seems to be smoking. Pembleton once quit for 3 months, Felton quit 10 times, for a total of 8 months. Bayliss smoked Winston's. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) After trying many methods to quit, Bayliss finally did it through "sheer willpower." (Fire I) Munch doesn't smoke cigarettes, but probably smokes other things.
"City Goats": Derogatory nickname for "hillbillies" from Allegheny county in western Maryland. Many have moved to the "Pigtown" section of Baltimore. Ballard doesn't think much of the "stereotype," but Gharty thinks it's more a descriptive term. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat)
"The City That Reads": Theme of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Baltimore literacy campaign, it can be found on the side of some city vehicles (and can be seen on a bus stop bench in Autofocus.) The phrase was memorably remade into the title The City That Bleeds, for the episode where Bolander, Felton and Howard are shot.
Clearance Rate: The percentage of cases assigned to a detective, which have been solved. It's easy to tell a person's clearance rate, simply by looking at how many names are in red under their name on the board. There's about 325 to 350 homicides a year in Baltimore, with about 3/4 getting closed. (Gone for Goode) Detectives like easily solved cases which help their percentage. Howard has a 100% clearance rate throughout the series, with Pembleton the only one close to her. She isn't thrilled to get Crosetti's old case, the murder of Erica Chilton, because it looked like it would remain unsolved. (Nothing Personal) Felton switches an unsolved "John Doe" under his name with a solved "John Doe" under Bayliss. (Cradle to Grave) According to Bayliss, if one of the victims in a multiple murder lives, the case always gets solved. (Sniper I) To Giardello's delight, the clearance rate during the department rotations are the highest in five years. Pembleton believes it's due to due to any number of reasons, including luck. (Blood Ties I)
Cooder Plumbing: Plumbing company run by a relative of Granger; he gets them police department contracts, for which they overcharge. The scandal leads to Granger's ouster. (The Old and the Dead) Munch's high-school nemesis, George Young, works for Cooder Plumbing. (Kaddish)
Court TV: Cable network which carried Homicide reruns. The Lifetime network bought the rights to H:LotS in early 1997, for $425,000 an episode, and began airing them in April of that year. Lifetime-- which bills itself as a network of "television for women"-- seemed like an odd fit, and after running the series week nights at 11 PM Eastern, they moved it to early in the morning. In November 1998, Court TV bought the rights to air H:LotS from January 1999 until 2003. A Court TV reporter is shoved into some bushes by Mike Giardello when she gets in his face after his father's shooting. (Homicide: The Movie)
Cox, Juliana: (Michelle Forbes) [Regular: 5-6] Introduced as Baltimore's new Chief Medical Examiner. She came back to her hometown from Buffalo, to be closer to her ill father, who dies almost immediately. (M.E., Myself and I) Gets a lot of speeding tickets. (M.E., Myself and I, Valentine's Day) Drinks a lot, and has a sexual relationship with Kellerman. Attends group sessions to deal with the death of her father. (Heart of a Saturday Night) Discovers that Felton didn't commit suicide, but was murdered. (Partners and Other Strangers) Cox wonders if her relationship with Kellerman influenced her ruling in the Luther Mahoney shooting. (Saigon Rose) She gets tested for AIDS every 12 weeks. (All is Bright) Dates Bayliss for three weeks, during which they spent nearly every night together. She ends it, because she only wanted someone to spend time with over the holidays. (Closet Cases) Wins the M.E. of the year award. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) Cox refuses to falsify a report which costs the city 45 million dollars. She's fired, and leaves town in much the same way she drove in. (Lies and Other Truths) There's no indication of where Cox has been, but along with Griscom, she visits Gee after his shooting. The pair obviously want Gee to live, but as ME's, would still would like to examine the bullet wounds closer. (Homicide: The Movie)
Crosetti, Steve: (Jon Polito) [Regular: 1-2] Jazz loving, conspiracy-obsessed detective. Plump, balding, with a pencil thin mustache. Partners with Lewis; the two are the first seen, as H:LotS' first episode opens. (Gone for Goode) Divorced, with a daughter: Beatrice. Obsessed with the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln. Close friends with Officer Chris Thorman, he's determined to catch who shot him. (A Shot in the Dark) In a fit of depression, he committed suicide. (With alcohol and anti-depressants in his system, he drowned himself.) The department's brass refused an honor guard for the funeral, so in dress uniform, Pembleton saluted Crosetti himself. (Crosetti) His death continues to haunt Lewis, and to an extent, the other detectives, since in their line of work, any one of them could end up as depressed as Crosetti. Lewis laments the fact that people don't confide in him; he wishes that Crosetti would have come to him with his problems. (Stakeout) When it appears Felton killed himself, (and after Kellerman had thoughts of doing it) an emotional Lewis wants to know what detective is next planning suicide. (Partners and Other Strangers) When Giardello says he knows his detectives, Agent Pandolfi points out he didn't notice Crosetti's suicidal depression. (M.E., Myself and I) In a fit of self-pity, while contemplating suicide, Kellerman insults Crosetti, upsetting Lewis. (Have a Conscience) Lewis and Thormann get together to remember Crosetti. (Double Blind) As Pembelton points out in the Homicide movie, to this day, no one knows why Crosetti killed himself. Whatever the reasons were, they no longer matter in the afterlife the deceased Giardello meets up with Crosetti in. He's the same jolly man seen in the series' early episodes, referring to himself as the "little Italian salami-brain." (Homicide: The Movie)
Crossovers: H:LotS has been involved in a rather amazing 10 crossovers with 6 different shows involving 4 networks. In a cameo, Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) of NBC's Law and Order brings a prisoner to Pembleton. (Law and Disorder) Three times, a case began on Law and Order and ended on H:LotS: Charm City (1) For God and Country (2); Baby, It's You: Parts One and Two; Sideshow: Parts One and Two. (NBC wanted ER involved in the second H:LotS/Law and Order crossover, but the ER producers declined.) A boy's heart can be seen being delivered to Mandy Patinkin's character from CBS's Chicago Hope. (A Doll's Eyes) Richard Belzer's Munch character appeared on FOX's The X-Files in Unusual Suspects, an episode set in Baltimore. Alfre Woodard reprised her St. Elsewhere role of Dr. Roxanne Turner in Mercy, and Ed Begley Jr. did the same for his Dr. Victor Ehrlich character in Homicide: The Movie (although his name is never given because of legal clearences.) After HLotS's cancellation, Richard Belzer's Munch character moved to Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and had a cameo on Homicide producer Levinson and Fontana's UPN series The Beat. (Note: See also Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, The X-Files) (In a minor crossover, a brief shot of a hospital TV, features the same puppet show (Miss Sally's Schoolyard) sometimes seen on Tom Fontana's HBO series Oz. (Homicide: The Movie)
The Daily Grind: (During Homicide's run, was located at 1726 Thames St., but has since moved a few doors up) Coffeehouse located across the street from the station house pier, a few doors down from the Waterfront bar. (And in real life, a business often frequented by Homicide cast and crew.) The detectives usually aren't seen inside; they're often seen leaving. Daily Grind paper cups can sometimes be seen on detective's desks. Pembleton and Howard leave here with coffee, discussing cigarettes and Ed Danvers. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) Felton finds Munch here, in a rain storm. (Crosetti) Munch and Lewis get coffee here before interviewing waitresses for the Waterfront. (Every Mother's Son) A "Hippie Daze" art exhibit at The Daily Grind, features a nude photo of Munch. (Law and Disorder) Leaving here, Munch runs into Dyer, the day after sleeping with her roommate. (Heartbeat) Bayliss and Munch get their morning coffe here, and later Lewis gets Gee to come here to talk to him privately about Kellerman. (White Lies) Kellerman has coffee here with his lawyer. (Betrayal) Keller runs into Cox while leaving here. (Blood Ties I) Ballard leaves here with coffee for her and Gharty, as they watch a Catholic protest in front of the station house. (Something Sacred) A reporter hounds Stivers as she leaves here. (Red, Red Wine) Bolander and Munch are seen coming out of the new Daily Grind, which relocated a few doors up. (Homicide: The Movie)
Dalesio's: (829 Eastern Ave.) Little Italy restaurant, which is Gee's favorite. (Nothing Personal) Goes here for dinner every Friday night. (A Many Splendored Thing)
Daniels, Dawn: (Rhonda Overby) Often-seen local TV news reporter. She's usually seen as a talking head on TV.
Danvers, Ed: (Zeljko Ivanek) [Recurring Character: 1-7] Over worked, perpetually frowning, Assistant District Attorney. Often seen working with the homicide detectives on prosecuting cases. Dated Howard toward the end of season one, through the start of season three. Danvers later gets engaged, which makes Howard a little uncomfortable around him. Danvers' fiancée is then murdered in a robbery. The fact that he wants the killer dead causes him to rethink how he prosecuted previous cases. (Blood Wedding) Danvers travels to Washington and New York with ADA McCoy, in the investigation of a murdered woman. The pair run into a ruthless Independent Counsel, who threatens to ruin Danvers' career with information on a racially motivated gang beating during his teens. Danvers was the only teen who showed real remorse, and Gee, Barnfather and other black officers back Danvers, but this ruins Danvers nomination to be a judge. (Law and Order/H:Lots: Sideshow: Parts One and Two) An overworked Danvers misses a courtdate which allows a killer to walk. An enraged Bayliss shoves Danvers over a railing. Danvers threatens charges, but Bayliss later visits Danver's apartment, and apologizes. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Delgado, Maria: (Peggy Yates) [Recurring Character: 2-4] Occasionally-seen TV news reporter. (Cradle to Grave, Colors, Sniper I) Bayliss is angry with her over her reports which make Pembelton look bad in the Wade incident. He later gains some respect for her, and asks her to the Waterfront's opening, where Lewis flirts with her. (Partners) Reports on the Bigelow execution, from outside the station house. (In Search of Crimes Past)
DeSilva: (Steven Marcus) Narcotics detective who argues with Munch over drugs. Munch believes the drug laws are the cause of the countries drug problems, but DeSilva thinks more money needs to be spent for "the war on drugs." DeSilva knows Munch probably has used recreational drugs, and the two don't get along. (And the Rockets Dead Glare, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
Devilbliss, Dr. Eli: (Sean Whitesell) Occasionally-seen doctor. Devilbliss explained the concept of "doll's eyes" to Pembelton and Bayliss. (A Doll's Eyes) He explains Pembelton's prognosis. (Work Related) Whitesell wrote the episodes Pit Bull Sessions and Kellerman P.I. Part Two.
Directors: Unlike most television shows, H:LotS had an large number of directors better known for helming motion pictures, (and also had an unusually large number of female directors. ) Besides H:LotS producer Barry Levinson's two stints, other notables have included Martin Campbell (Goldeneye/A Ghost of a Chance, Three Men and Adena), Ted Demme (Beautiful Girls/ Fits Like a Glove, Hostage I), Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Twin Peaks/Have a Conscience, Double Blind, Something Sacred), Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls/The Subway), Mary Harron (American Pyscho/ Sins of the Father), Tim Hunter (River's Edge, Twin Peaks/ Nearer My God to Thee, The City That Bleeds, Thrill of the Kill), Michael Lehmann (Heathers, The Truth About Cats and Dogs/ Night of the Dead Living), Michael Radford (1984, Il Postino/ Justice I) and Kathern Bigalow (Strange Days/ Fallen Heroes: Parts One and Two, Lines of Fire) Some people better known for acting have gotten experience behind the camera by directing episodes, including Kathy Bates (Scene of the Crime), Bruno Kirby (Heartbeat), Peter Weller (Hate Crimes, White Lies), Steve Buscemi (Finnegan's Wake), Clark Johnson (Map of the Heart, Betrayal, Full Court Press, The Twenty Percent Solution) and Kyle Secor (Diener, Shaggy Dog, City Goat, The Why Chromosome) H:LotS even sometimes has directors act: John Waters in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Law and Disorder, and Melvin Van Peebles and Levinson in The Documentary.
Douglas, James and Trevor: (Tim McAdams/ John Epps) Cousins, who videotape themselves killing a woman at a bus stop. Both are arrested at Trevor's wedding. (Autofocus) In prison, James kills Claude Vetter with a knife. In the riot that follows, Trevor kills James because of a dispute over a carton of cigarettes. Tom Marans beats Trevor into a coma, because James was his "wife." (Prison Riot)
Druid Hill Park: A serial killer and his accomplice bury many victims here; the remains are dug up through piles of snow. (Stakeout) The Baltimore Zoo-- the nation's third oldest, with more than 1200 animals-- is located here; Bayliss and Munch talk to a friend of Garry Uba's here. (Hostage II) Luther Mahoney shoots one of his lieutenants here during a police sting. (Deception)
Drummond, Mitch: (Tony Lo Bianco) Bolander's former partner. Bolander sometimes unfavorably compares Munch to him. (A Shot in the Dark, Night of the Dead Living) Seen for the first time when he joins the red ball investigation when Bolander is shot, and partners with Bayliss. (The City That Bleeds) The shooter goes free and is murdered, possibly by Drummond. (End Game)
Duck Pin Bowling: This cousin to ten pin bowling has long been popular in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area; it uses a tiny ball, and tiny pins. Falsone teaches the game to Ballard, and she later joins the M.E.'s team in a league. (Self Defense)
"Dunker": An easily solved case, which helps a detective's clearance rate.
Dyer, Alyssa: (Harlee McBride) [Recurring Character: 3-7] Sometimes seen M.E. She briefly dates Munch, who sleeps with her roommate. (Heartbeat) She warns Cox about the problems of dating homicide detectives, and says she's now dating a stand up comic. (Harlee McBride is Homicide detective/stand up comic Richard Belzer's real-life wife.) (Partners and Other Strangers)
Electrolyte-Neutron Magnetic Test: Bogus test done by Munch and Bolander on a particularly stupid suspect, using what is really a copy machine. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)
Eleven cents: After being dumped by Emma Zoole, Bayliss pulls his gun on a convenience store clerk who refuses to spot him the 11 cents he was short on his purchase. To avoid being arrested, he has to work at the store as a security guard. (Happy to Be Here)
The Emmy Awards: Award allegedly given for TV excellence --which is highly debatable. The awards tend to eirther pick a hot show (Twin Peaks, The X-Files, The Sopranos) shower them with nominations, but few wins; or pick one show or producer, and then shower them with awards year after year--- see the Emmy's seemly endless fascination with Steven Boccho and David E. Kelly's work. Meanwhile any show not made or produced in L.A. or New York is ignored. (The reason most likely for Homicide's almost total disregard by the Emmy's.) Tom Fontana did win an Emmy for writing Three Men and Adena, but despite massive critical acclaim, in it's seven years on the air, Homicide was not once nominated for Best Drama. The only H:LotS actor ever nominated during the show's run was Andre Braugher, and despite being considered by most critics to be the best actor working on TV in the 90's, he was only nominated twice in six years. Even his win --for his last season-- seemed more like a reaction to the press harping on Emmy's ignoring Braugher and the show, rather than a genuine nod to Braugher's work. In a final slap in the face to the show, during the Emmy's 1999 salute to beloved shows leaving the air, not a mention or a clip was included from Homicide. When Bayliss learns that Brodie's documentary won an Emmy, he remarks that anyone can win them. (Blood Ties I) Homicide: The Movie's lone Emmy nomination was for "Outstanding writing for a Miniseries or Movie (Overmyer, Fontana & Yoshimura.)
Episodes (and crossovers):
Barry Levinson won an Emmy for directing
2. Ghost of a Chance Danvers, Barnfather and Granger's debuts.
3. Son of a Gun
4. A Shot in the Dark
5. Three Men and Adena Probably Homicide's best episode. Writer Tom Fontana won an Emmy.
6. A Dog and Pony Show
7. And the Rockets Dead Glare Mary Pembelton and Darrin Russom's debut.
8. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes First of two cameos by John Waters.
9. Night of the Dead Living Meant to air as episode #3. NBC deemed it too talky.
10. Bop Gun First music montage, and the most Parliament Funkadelic references this side of Newsradio.
11. See No Evil
12. Black and Blue
13. A Many Splendored Thing Crosetti's final episode. First appearance of "The Block."
14. Nearer My God to Thee (1) Debut of Russert, the Waterfront Bar, and St. Stanislaus church.
15. Fits Like a Glove (2) First of Homicide's three, three-parters.
16. Extreme Unction (3)
17. A Model Citizen Supposed to air as #18. Crosetti is referred to as dead, though Crosetti had yet to air.
18. Happy to Be Here
19. Crosetti Supposed to air as episode #17. Bumped for the sexier A Model Citizen.
20. The Last of the Watermen Alyssa Dyer's debut.
21. All Through the House First of two Christmas-themed Homicide episodes.
22. Every Mother's Son One of four Homicide episodes available on home video.
23. Cradle to Grave Writer David Mill's original title was Cover Your Ass.
25. The City That Bleeds (1) First time an act of violence actually shown on Homicide.
26. Dead End (2) Lt. Jasper's debut.
27. End Game (3) Guest star Steve Bushemi would later direct episode # 98.
28. Law and Disorder Cameo by Law and Order's Mike Logan, and John Waters' second cameo.
29. The Old and the Dead Cameo by Meet the Press' Tim Russert.
30. In Search of Crimes Past
31. Nothing Personal Supposed to air as episode # 22. First of three appearances of Tom Maranes.
33. The Gas Man Bolander and Felton's final episode. Second of two episodes directed by Barry Levinson.
34. Fire I Kellerman's debut. First of Homicide's nine, self-contained two-part episodes.
35. Fire II
36. Autofocus Brodie's debut.
37. Thrill of the Kill
38. Hate Crimes
39. A Doll's Eyes Cameo by Chicago Hope's Dr. Jeffrey Geiger.
40. Heartbeat References Poe''s The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Black Cat.
41. Sniper I
42. Sniper II Second of three cameos by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke.
43. The Hat Lily Tomlin was Emmy-nominated. There is no Neptune's Castle in Harrisburg.
44. I've Got a Secret
Law and Order #124 Charm City (1)
45. For God and Country (2) Part two of first Law and Order/Homicide crossover.
46. Justice I Fire Truck through scene where Rodizinski learns of his father's death was unscripted.
47. Justice II
49. Requiem for Adena Guest appearance by Chris Rock.
50. Full Moon Supposed to air as episode #43.
51. Scene of the Crime Gharty's debut. He would become a regular 27 episodes later.
52. Map of the Heart First of five episodes directed by Clark Johnson.
53. The Damage Done First of Luther Mahoney's five appearances.
54. The Wedding
55. Work Related Russert's last episode as a regular.
56. Hostage I Although this was the season premiere, it was filmed after Prison Riot.
57. Hostage II Ann Meara was Emmy-nominated for this episode.
58. Prison Riot One of TV Guide's 100 Greatest Television Episodes of all time.
59. Bad Medicine Stivers's debut. She would become a regular 42 episodes later.
60. M.E., Myself and I Cox's debut.
61. White Lies
62. The Heart of a Saturday Night All 3 of director Wilt Stillman's films have starred Chris Eigeman.
63. The True Test
64. Control Junior Bunk's debut.
65. Blood Wedding
66. The Documentary The most noted music montage, to The Iguanas' Boom Boom Boom.
67. Betrayal Second of five episodes directed by Clark Johnson.
68. Have a Conscience
69. Diener First of three episodes directed by Kyle Secor.
70. Wu's on First? Elizabeth Wu was announced as a recurring character, but never appeared again.
71. Valentine's Day Last appearance of Lewis's wife Barbara.
72. Kaddish Sister Magdalena Weber's first appearance in 56 episodes.
73. Double Blind Thormann's first appearance since episode # 19.
74. Deception Kellerman's shooting of Luther Mahoney would have repercussions through episode # 100.
75. Narcissus First of three episodes written by Yaphet Kotto
76. Partners and Other Strangers (1) Falsone's debut.
77. Strangers and Other Partners (2) Howard, Russert, and Brodie's final episode.
78. Blood Ties I Ballard's debut. Start of the last of Homicide's three, three-parters.
79. Blood Ties II Second time filming was done inside Camden Yards.
80. Blood Ties III NBC's previews for this episode revealed the killer.
Law and Order #163 Baby, It's You (1)
82. Baby, It's You (2) Part Two of second Law and Order/Homicide crossover.
The X-Files #100 Unusual Suspects (Fox)
83. Saigon Rose Billie Lou's debut.
84. Subway This episode was the subject of a PBS documentary.
85. All is Bright Second of two Christmas-themed episodes.
86. Closet Cases First mention of Bayliss' bisexuality.
87. Sins of the Father The opening breakfast scene was filmed the late afternoon/evening of 10-27-97.
88. Shaggy Dog, City Goat Second of three episodes directed by Kyle Secor.
89. Something Sacred (1) Episodes # 89 & 89 aired as a two-hour episode.
90. Something Sacred (2) Was that Kay Howard buying drugs from Roc Roc?
91. Lies and Other Truths Cox's final episode.
92. Pit Bull Sessions One of two episodes written by Sean Whitesell (Dr. Eli Devilbliss.)
93. Mercy Appearance by Dr. Roxanne Turner from St. Elsewhere.
94. Abduction Along with the Bolander/Felton/Howard shooting, the only non-murder redballs.
95. Full Court Press Fourth of five episodes directed by Clark Johnson.
96. Strangled, Not Stirred One of several episodes which had surprise plot twists given away by NBC ads.
97. Secrets Second of three episodes written by Yaphet Kotto.
98. Finnegan's Wake The flashback to 1932 was filmed in the woods next to the junkyard seen in the episode.
99. Fallen Heroes: Part One All three Kathryn Bigelow-directed episodes had Parental Discretion warnings.
100. Fallen Heroes: Part Two Pembelton final appearance. Kellerman's final episode as a regular.
101. La Famiglia Debut of Mike Giardello, Shepard, and the new squad room.
102. Brotherly Love
103. Just an Old Fashioned Love Song
104. The Twenty Percent Solution Griscom's debut. Fifth of five episodes directed by Clark Johnson.
Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street (PBS)
105. Red, Red Wine
106. Wanted Dead or Alive (1)
107. Wanted Dead or Alive (2) First episode to not take place within a few hours drive of Baltimore.
108. Kellerman, P.I.: Part One Kellerman and Russert are the only regulars to return after leaving the show.
109. Kellerman, P.I.: Part Two Last of Homicide's nine, self-contained two-part episodes.
110. Shades of Gray
111. Bones of Contention
112. The Same Coin
114. A Case of Do or Die
Law and Order #195 Sideshow (1)
115. Sideshow (2) Part Two of third, and final Law and Order/Homicide crossover.
116. Truth Will Out Bayliss being stood-up, and the bar scene were both filmed at Miranda's/The Gallery.
117. Zen and the Art of Murder
118. Self Defense Third of three episodes written by Yaphet Kotto.
119. Identity Crisis Supposed to air as episode #121. Moved up because of school shootings in Colorado.
120. Lines of Fire Along with "The Subway", the only episodes to not include the Stationhouse.
121. The Why Chromosome Third of three episodes directed by Kyle Secor.
122. Forgive Us Our Trespasses Homicide's final scenes mirror it's first scenes.
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E.R.O.M.I.T.L.A.B.: "Baltimore" spelled backward. (None of the detectives appear to ever figure this out.) For unexplained reasons, the first sniper, William Mariner, would play a game of hangman using this word, before shooting people, in eight hours intervals. Mariner not only writes the game in chalk at the crime scenes, but has it written all over the walls of his den. Stumped, and surrounded in his home, Bayliss gave him the last letter, "B", and satisfied, Mariner killed himself. (Sniper I)
Falsone, Paul: (Jon Seda) [Guest Star 5, Regular: 6-7] Detective from Auto-theft who worked with the Homicide unit on the Felton murder. His informant gave Felton up as an undercover cop, leading to Felton's murder. (Partners and Other Strangers) 3 year old son: Daniel. His ex-wife Jeanne, has full custody. 29 years old at the end of season six. (Finnegan's Wake) Transferred to Homicide, and partners with Lewis (and later Stivers.) The two are shot at by Junior Bunk. He suspects that the Mahoney shooting wasn't clean, and pushes Kellerman on it; the two come to blows and draw their guns on each other. (Saigon Rose) Sues for custody of his son, but loses. Falsone is a former boxer. He's completely oblivious to the fact that Ballard has a crush on him. (Just an Old Fashioned Love Song) Eventually it's pointed out to him, and the two date, though they have to hide it from Gee. They later break up, but later seem ready to see each other again. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Falsone and Lewis are investigating a drug dealer's death, when word comes of Gee's shooting. He volunteers to team with Howard -- who he had some tension with in the past -- to investigate. (Homicide: The Movie)
Felicia: Munch's unseen girlfriend in the first two seasons. In Homicide's first episode she's calling the squadroom for Munch before the viewer has even seen him for the first time. (Gone for Goode) Munch says Felicia is his "lucky star," and that they're kindred sprits. He's particular impressed with the fact that she has a library card. (See No Evil) Munch is so depressed over his relationship with Felicia, that he wants other couples to be as depressed as he is: he interrupts Bolander, Linda, Howard and Danvers' dinner. He says Felicia is much younger than him, and says that she asked him to marry her twice. (A Many Splendered Thing)
Fells Point: Picturesque, historic Baltimore community, south of Eastern Avenue on Broadway, where much of Homicide was filmed. The station house is a pier, located on the 1700 block of Thames street. The Waterfront, The Wharf Rat, The Horse You Rode In On, Miss Irene's, Jimmy's, and The Daily Grind are all real Fells Point businesses. Bayliss questions some kids in the square in Fells Point (very close to Jimmy's.) (For God and Country) Bayliss has an apartment here. (Stakeout) After his resignation, the fact that Kellerman lives in a houseboat in Henderson's Wharf, and hangs out at both Jimmy's and The Horse You Rode In On, and doesn't run into his former colleagues requires a small suspension of disbelief; all are located very close to the Stationhouse. (Kellerman P.I.: Parts One and Two) Although on the show it's never explicitly stated that the stationhouse is supposed to be located in Fells Point, Rosanna Arquette's character in The Heart of a Saturday Night says the Waterfront is some "terrible bar over in Fells Point."
to the Pier; The Waterfont; Kooper's; ect in Fells Point:
Felton, Beth: (Mary B. Ward) [Recurring Character: 3] Beau Felton's rather creepy wife. According to Howard, Beth is "Caucasian, 5-6, 105 pounds, no distinguishing marks, nothing distinguishing at all." (Extreme Unction) The two have marital problems throughout the course of the series, but she's not seen until the start of the third season. She throws Felton out, cuts his suit in half, then wants him back, and then decides to leave town, taking the kids and disappearing for a time. She only briefly comes back when he's shot, and doesn't even bother coming to his funeral.
Felton, Beau: (Daniel Baldwin) [Regular: 1-3] Beauregard Felton. B:10-22-60 D:5-9-97 Big-boned, sweaty detective under Giardello. Married: Beth Children: Zack and Alley and a baby. From South Baltimore. (Extreme Unction) Almost certainly the weakest detective working under Gee, even admitting himself, he's not a good cop. (See No Evil) Partners and friends with Howard. He doesn't get along with Pembleton, who he paired with twice. (A Shot in the Dark, Last of the Watermen) He also doesn't seem to like his wife, but he loves his children. Has a brief affair with Russert, after separating with his wife. Beth takes the kids and disappears for a time, leading Felton to drink too much and neglect his work. Shot along with Bolander and Howard. (The City That Bleeds) Suspended for inappropriate behavior at a convention, and decides not to return to Homicide. According to Howard, after quitting Homicide, he wanted to get back with Beth, but it didn't happen. Murdered while working undercover trying to bust a car-theft ring. (Partners and Other Strangers) Felton is happily playing cards in a squadroom afterlife with Crosetti. As he explains to the deceased Gee, the problems and worries of life don't matter after death. (Homicide: The Movie)
Finnegan, Thomas: (Charles Durning) Retired homicide detective who offers Bayliss a possible preview of himself, thirty years down the road. After his retirement, Finnegan keeps the file for a case he can't forget; the 66 year-old murder of a child named Clara Slone. When new evidence comes to light, he insists on tagging along in the investigation. Finnegan is a obnoxious, old-school bigot, and he eventually alienates pretty much everyone in the squad except Gee (who's more influenced by Finnegan being ex-police), and Bayliss, who tries to give the old man the kind of peace he himself hasn't been able to make with the Adena Watson case. (Durning was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.) (Finnegan's Wake) (See also: Clara Slone)
Fontana, Tom: Writer/producer of H:LotS, and no doubt the single person most responsible for the show's quality. Also was a producer on the classic series St. Elsewhere. He's been credited as a writer or co-writer on many episodes, and won an Emmy for writing Three Men and Adena.
Fort McHenry National Monument: (End of East Fort Avenue) Home to the battle that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner. Munch, Bolander, and Bolander's date see fireworks here. (A Many Splendored Thing) Munch says he and Gwen made love here -a lie to Briscoe to try to catch him in a lie. (For God and Country)
Frandina, Angela: (?) A murdered woman, who's lifestyle repulses Bayliss. Fradina was a phone sex worker, who enjoyed kinky sex. In one of H:LotS's best scenes, the very straightlaced Bayliss tells Pembelton, how disgusted he is by the "perversion" in her life, and says that he absolutely never thinks of sex, outside of love. Pembelton tells him he's either a liar or a moron, and rails on him, with a monologue that's influenced Bayliss every since: "I'm saying you've got a darkness... you Tim Bayliss...you got a darkness inside of you. You've got to the know the darker, uglier sides of yourself. You've got to recognize them, so they're not constantly sneaking up on you. You've got to love them, because they're part of you. Because along with your virtues, they make you who you are. Virtue isn't virtue, unless it slams up against vice...so consequently, your virtue's not real virtue until it's been tested, tempted." Bayliss responds by wearing a leather jacket to "the block," and experimenting. (A Many Splendored Thing) Four years later, Bayliss, who in a period of a few weeks, has dated Cox and a gay man, and has begun flirting with Ballard, mentions the Fradina case, and the monologue (seen in flashback) to Pembelton. Pembelton claims to not really remember saying it, but Bayliss says that it's always stuck with him. (Sins of the Father)
Gaffney, Roger: (Walt MacPherson) [Recurring Character: 3-7] Obnoxious incompetent, who rises from detective to Captain. (Note: Walt MacPherson is first seen in early episodes as an unnamed uniform, most notably when he's mocked by Munch because he likes country music in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. However according to the time frame Gaffney lays out in The Hat, the uniformed character is not Gaffney.) (Son of a Gun) First seen as a detective in Russert's shift, sharing a desk with Pembleton. He is the original primary for the white glove murders. He comes to blows with Pembleton, (who he calls "boy") and his screw-up leads Russert to take him off the case. When he in turn insults her, she transfers him out of Homicide. He ends up in Missing Persons, where he gives little help to Felton, who's searching for his kids. (Nothing Personal) He also gives little help to Pembelton, who's trying to identify a burned body. (FireI) At some point he rose to Lieutenant, and then becomes the surprise choice for Captain, over Giardello. (The Hat) He is revealed to be the Lunch Bandit. (The Documentary) James Harris says that Gaffney's promotion was a pay-back to Gee. (Control) Gaffney angers Kellerman by mockingly asking how much of a bribe he got from the Rolands. (Have a Conscience) Unlike Barnfather, Gaffney has no problem being Harris' lapdog, and has no moral objections to interfering in a murder investigation because Harris tells him to. (Narcissus) Gaffney takes special delight in trying to play Mike Giardello against his father. (Wanted Dead or Alive: Part One) The two Giardellos discuss what a buffoon Gaffney is. (Shades of Gray) Mr and Mrs. Gaffney are upset when junior Gaffney surfs Bayliss' bisexuality/Buddhism website. (Truth Will Out) Gaffney is his usual self after Gee's shooting. He forces Gharty to apologize to Hall, and tries to kick Pembelton off the investigation. (Homicide: The Movie)
Gharty, Flora: (Mary Agnes Shearon) Gharty's wife. He introduces her to Russert at his hearing before a trial board. (Scene of the Crime) Stu tells Ballard he was thinking of becoming a priest until he met Flora. (Something Sacred) After Stu is shot, Flora and Billie Lou-- who Stu has been flirting with-- meet at the hospital. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) (Note: The Flora/Billie Lo scene wasn't in the original airing, but was included when the episode was rerun.) Flora accompanies Stu to a Police Lodge party; neither has a good time. (La Famiglia) The pair later separate.
Gharty, Stuart: (Peter Gerety) [Guest Star: 4, 5, Regular: 6-7] Irish detective under Giardello. 54 years old at the end of season four. First seen as a patrolman who's afraid to answer a call at a housing project; he sees a gunfight going on, and waits in his patrol car until he's sure it's over. The two shooters end up killing each other. Russert brings the case before a trail board, but he's cleared. (Scene of the Crime) Ends up in Internal Investigation Affairs, and works with the Homicide unit on the Felton murder. He earns some respect from Pembleton when he tells how, despite his fear, he followed a suspect into a crack house, where he was beaten. (Partners and other Strangers) During the department rotation, Gharty joins the Homicide unit, and partners with Ballard. (Blood Ties I) Nearly comes to blows with Pembelton when he mentions Bayliss being a "switch-hitter," and Pembelton responds by telling him that Ballard had breakfast with Bayliss. (Sins of the Father) Wanted to be a priest. (Something Sacred) Gharty is shot in the chest during Junior Bunk's squad room rampage. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) Gharty has a wife (Flora), a daughter, and two grandchildren (Scene of the Crime) but nevertheless, he's flirting with Billie Lou. Gharty is in the middle of a mid-life crisis, and decides to leave Flora. (Brotherly Love) Gharty is haunted by his experiences in Vietnam. (The Same Coin) Since separating, Gharty's life seems to be mostly drinking, strip clubs, and pining for Billie Lou. He decides to quit drinking for awhile. (Identity Crisis) In the Homicide Movie, we learn that Gharty has replaced Gee as the rotation's lieutenant. He's not incompetent, but he's also clearly no Giardello. He took the promotion because he wanted off the street. (Homicide: The Movie)
Giardello, Al: (Yaphet Kotto) [Regular: 1-7] Nicknamed "Gee," a nickname he got at his first crime scene when all he could think to say was "..gee.." (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Based on Gary D'Addario in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Hulking lieutenant, with a commanding presence, who is in charge of the shift depicted on H:LotS. Started as a rookie in 1968. (Narcissus) Bolander berates him for not picking up the pieces, in the seven years after his wife's death. (A Many Splendored Thing) Excellent Hearts player. (All Through the House) A self-proclaimed great cook; he says he makes a mean gumbo. Gee suffers a fit of depression when he's convinced a woman isn't interested in him because he's too black. This causes an unusually self-reflective mood, where he tells Bolander that he no friends to speak of, only his job, and that he can understand the things Crosetti felt before his suicide. (Nothing Personal) Given to fits of violent rage, where he throws/pounds things. (A Ghost of a Chance, Black and Blue, The City That Bleeds, Nothing Personal, The Hat) Very proud of his Sicilian ancestry on his father's side; his mother was from Louisiana. Feels guilty for killing a suspect during his first case in years. (The Wedding) Also investigates a murder at the Waterfront Bar. (Heart of a Saturday Night) Goes out of his way to protect his detectives from the department's brass, although it costs him personally. (Blood Wedding) He's a strong backer of the brotherhood of the men and women in blue; he covers up the truth about Kellerman's shooting of Mahoney, and also Lewis and Stivers' involvement. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Gee lives in Little Italy, close to Sabatino's (901 Fawn St.) (Truth Will Out) In Homicide's final episode, Gee gets offered a promotion to Captain, but not in Homicide. After much soul-searching, he declines it. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) In the Homicide Movie, Gee is running for Mayor. He's leading on a platform of "Education, Not Legislation," and a controversial stand on legalizing drugs. His shooting during a rally is what brings the squad's detectives back together. During surgery his attacker shoots him again. Gee finally wakes up, and talks to Mike. Though his prognosis is good; he dies that night of an aneurysm. After his death, he enters the squad room, where he sees Adena Watson, and finds Crosetti and Felton waiting for him in the old squadroom lunchroom. (Homicide: The Movie)
Giardello, Mike: (Giancarlo Esposito) [Regular: 7] Gee's estranged son-- an FBI agent living in Arizona. He returns when a member of the family is murdered, and decides to stay. (La Famiglia) Becomes a liaison to the Baltimore police. (Brotherly Love) During a high speed chase, Giardello crashes, injuring Lewis, and killing a woman. (Wanted Dead or Alive: Parts One and Two) In the final episode, Mike ponders his future, as he has quit the FBI because they have twice compromised cases with information he gave them. It's obvious that Al wants his son to join the Homicide unit, and Mike seems open to the possibility. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Mike has become a Baltimore uniform as a step towards becoming a detective. After his father's shooting, he and Kellerman investigate possible leads in Little Italy. (Homicide: The Movie)
Gibbons, Gerald: (Rick Warner) A dirty judge, on Georgia Rae Mahoney's payroll. Kellerman confronts Gibbons, and tapes Gibbon's hinting that he'll throw the Mahoney civil suit for the police. (Mercy) Gibbons is stabbed to death by Junior Bunk (who he had released), just before he's about to turn on Georgia Rae. Gibbons is notable as the last name to go under Pembelton on the board. (Fallen Heroes: Part One)
Gold Stars: Two gold stars inside a bag of drugs indicate it's from Luther Mahoney. Mahoney has two gold stars sent to his nephew, Junior Bunk, who's under police protection, as a warning not to testify against him. (Control)
Gone for Goode / Forgive Us Our Trespasses: Homicide's first and last episodes. In Gone for Goode, we meet the detectives, Bayliss meets Adena Watson, and we find out that Munch is absolutely not Montell Williams. Aired right after Super Bowl XXVII (Dallas 52 Buffalo 17), Barry Levinson received an Emmy for directing this. There are several references and parallels to Gone for Goode in Homicide's final episode Forgive Us Our Trespasses: Discussing Pembelton's quitting the force, Bayliss laments that he's "gone for good." The final two scenes of Forgive Us Our Trespasses exactly mirror the first two scenes of Gone for Goode: Bayliss joining/quitting the Homicide unit carrying a box of his possessions, and Lewis and his partner (Crosetti, then Sheppard) searching a dark alley for a clue, and discussing the fact that life is a mystery. Lewis final line in Forgive Us Our Trespasses echoes Crosetti in Gone for Goode; the problem with the job of homicide detective is it that has "nothing to do with life."
Granger, Bert: (Gerald F. Gough) [Recurring Character: 1-3] Colonel who is one of Gee's superiors. He and Barnfather want Russert to investigate Giardello, since the shootings of three detectives took place on his shift. (Dead End) Forced to retire when Giardello secretly leaks to the papers that Granger used his relatives in plumbing contracts for the department. (The Old and the Dead)
Griscom, Dr. George: (Austin Pendleton) [Recurring Character: 7] Cheerful, witty (sort of a Medical Examiner's version of Munch) M.E. first seen in The Twenty Percent Solution. Griscom is part of the M.E.'s Duck Pin Bowling team, and he invites Ballard to play with them. (Self Defense) Griscom replaced Cox as Chief M.E. He has to investigate an extra body found in his morgue. (Identity Crisis) Griscom and Cox visit Gee after his shooting, and also head to The Waterfont that night. (Homicide: The Movie)
Guest Stars: Since its second season, H:LotS has had a long list of notable guest stars, including Steve Buschemi (End Game), Bruno Kirby (The Gas Man), Illeanna Douglas (Autofocus), Melvin Van Peebles (The Documentary) Bruce Campbell (Justice I and II), Charles Dutton (Prison Riot), Rosanna Arquette (Heart of a Saturday Night), Joan Chen (Wu's on First), the Reverend Horton Heat (Full Moon), James Earl Jones (Blood Ties I, II and III), Vincent D'Onofrio (The Subway), Peter Gallagher (Closet Cases) and Charles Durning (Finnegan's Wake). The show has also had many guest stars better known for comedy rather than drama, such as the Emmy-nominated Lily Tomlin (The Hat) and Ann Meara (Hostage II) Others have included: Howie Mandel (Every Mother's Son) Jerry Stiller (In Search of Crimes Past), Chris Rock (Requiem for Adena), The Daily Show's Lewis Black (Betrayal), Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows Allen (Shaggy Dog, City Goat), and in the show's most notable guest role, Robin Williams. (Bop Gun)
Hall, Detective Robert: (Jason Priestley) Young, cocky, detective under Gharty (who calls him "a feisty little guy). He's the primary in Gee's shooting, but is quickly pushed aside. Notable because the character is played by Jason Priestley --best known as Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210. Entertainment Weekly reported that Priestley was a big Homicide fan. (Homicide: The Movie)
Halligan, Rose: (Lily Tomlin) Opera-loving woman, who killed her husband after he has an affair. She is caught in Hazelton, Pa., and Lewis & Kellerman are sent to extradite her to Baltimore. She gains the pair's trust, when she doesn't escape during an opportunity in Harrisburg. Later-- closer to Baltimore-- she does escape when Lewis and Kellerman let their guard down. She kills the woman her husband had the affair with, and seems to be quite mad. (Tomlin was nominated for an Emmy for this role.) (The Hat) FBI Agent Pandolfi mentions Rose to Lewis, and says he and Kellerman were repremanded for allowing her to escape. (M.E., Myself and I)
Hampton's Harbor Court Hotel: (550 Light Street) Elegant restaurant where Lewis takes Debbie Haskell, for Thanksgiving dinner. (Hate Crimes)
Harris, James: (Al Freeman Jr) [Guest Star: 3, 5] Police department's Deputy Commissioner; he seems charming, but he's back-stabbing and vindictive, and in his past, dirty. Harris was an early supporter of Giardello's, talking a training officer out of bringing up charges against Gee, for taking a swing at him. (Narcissus) Harris invites Pembleton to lunch, and asks him to investigate the attempted kidnapping of Congressman Wade, a "friend " of the department. Pembleton discovers the congressman filed a false report to hide a homosexual affair, and under pressure from Harris, doesn't file charges against Wade. When the story is leaked to the press, Harris denies asking Pembleton to cover up the incident. (Cradle to Grave) Harris is worried Pembleton will implicate him on the stand during the Wade trail, but for the good of the department, Pembleton chooses to take the fall for Harris. (Partners) Gee goes to Harris looking for help for Kellerman, and Harris tells him that Gaffney's promotion was payback for not supporting him during the Wade incident, and not to ever expect help again. (Blood Wedding) As a patrolman in 1972, was partners with Marvin Lee "Burundi" Robinson. Harris stole heroin, and sold it back to a dealer for $10,000. Harris swore he had no idea what happened to the drugs, so the two flipped a coin to decide who would take the fall. Robinson lost, and left the force. Years later Robinson became head of the African Revival Movement, a group involved in the murder of one of it's members. Robinson called in favors from Harris to hinder the investigation, and Harris went as far as to warn Robinson that someone was coming in wearing a wire. To protect his secret, Harris orders Robinson taken out during a standoff between ARM and the QRT, but Robinson commits suicide along with 15 other members of the group. Before he dies, Robinson tells Giardello the story of his history with Harris. (Note: Although Harris dominates this episode, he never actually appears in it.) (Narcissus) Giardello sends a letter to the mayor's office about Harris's actions in the ARM murder investigation. Harris' lackey, Gaffney, tells Gee that thanks to him, Harris' days as Deputy Commissioner are numbered. (Partners and Other Strangers)
Hatfield, Billie Lou: (Ellen McElduff) [Recurring Character: 6-7] Honey-voiced bartender at the Waterfront, first appearing in Saigon Rose. She's a performance artist and composer, with a hillbilly background. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) Billie Lou seems attracted to Gharty, and when he shot, she goes to the hospital to visit. There she meets Gharty's wife. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Billie Lou and Munch are dating; he wants to dump a case, so he can go away with her for the weekend. (The Twenty Percent Solution) Billie Lou says that she and Munch are engaged. (The Same Coin) She asks Munch to talk to man who has been stalking his ex-girlfriend, who is Billie Lou's neighbor. The man ends up assaulting Billie Lou at the Waterfront. (The Why Chromosome) Billie Lou and Munch marry in Homicide's final episode. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Shortly after their honeymoon, Munch says Billie Lou left him for one of his fellow detectives --almost certainly Gharty-- causing Munch to leave Baltimore for good. (L&O:SVU: Payback) Billie Lou visits Munch and wonders why he's lying about her fooling around. (in direct references to the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit debut episode.) The pair are still married, so the real reason Munch left her and Baltimore are unknown. The relationship between her and Gharty also seems to be over, as she brushes him off on the way out of the squadroom. (Homicide: The Movie)
Hellreigel, Fred: (Jeff Mandon) Uniformed police officer who says during a raid, he fell, and his gun accidently discharged, around the same time a black suspect has been found shot in the back. (See No Evil, Black and Blue) Five years later, Hellreigel beats a black man to death during a riot. Lewis finds the button from his uniform at the scene, and he's charged along with three others who beat a bus driver to death. (Shades of Gray)
Henderson's Wharf: (1000 Fell St) Crosetti's body is fished out of the water here. (Crosetti) Kellerman's houseboat is docked here. (Note: If you want an idea where Henderson's Wharf is located, check out the episode Have a Conscience. After Kellerman nearly kills himself in his boat, when he and Lewis leave, you can see the "CITY PIER BROADWAY" sign lit up, on the back of the station house pier.)
Higby, Willard: (Beau James) [Recurring Character: 3-7] Occasionally-seen detective on the shift opposite Giardello's. He doesn't think much of his new commanding officer--Russert. (Nearer My God to Thee) Higby got a case of a murdered hooker written off as an overdose, because he didn't want to be bothered with it. The woman's killer murdered another hooker, and Bayliss and Cox discover Higby's cover-up. (M.E., Myself and I) Transferred to Missing Persons. Higby's a homophobe, who isn't particularly enthused in helping Pembelton and Bayliss identify a dead, gay man. (Closet Cases) Higby isn't much help to Lewis and Munch either. He wants back in Homicide. (Bones of Contention)
Highlandtown: Working-class, East Baltimore neighborhood, known for it's row house's painted window scenes, and white marble stoops. Eastern Avenue is it's main street. Both snipers strike here. The second sniper lives in the neighborhood and kills several people on a bus. (Sniper I and II)
Holton, Glen: (Steve Hofvendahl) Pedophile, who lives in room 210 of a hotel at Madison and St. Paul. Bolander, Felton, and Howard are shot when they go to room 201, while serving Holton an arrest warrant. Holton is pursued by both the homicide squad and the QRT, but he escapes from his hiding place in Penn Station. (Note: Holton is never seen actually seen in this episode.) (The City That Bleeds) It's assumed that Holton is the assailant, despite his lack of priors using a gun; but upon his capture on the ship The Sanctuary, it becomes clear that he did strangle a child the week before, but he's not the shooter. (Dead End)
Homicide Detective: According to Giardello, homicide detectives are "the elite of the police force...there is no higher calling." (Fire II) It's often said among the detectives that they "speak for the dead." According to Bayliss, homicide detectives are "thinking cops." (Gone for Goode) They make a little over 30,000 a year, probably depending on overtime and seniority--Bolander made $32,000 in 1993 (Dog and Pony Show), Falsone made $34,000 a year in 1998. (Something Sacred) Since they're the best, homicide detectives are sometimes assigned important cases not involving murder; Commissioner Harris asks Pembleton to handle a sensitive case involving a "friend" of the police. (Cradle to Grave) They also investigate child abductions. (Abduction) According to Falsone, detectives like Pembleton and Bayliss are "thinkers," while and he and Lewis are "shufflers." There's an unwritten rule in homicide that says there's enough work, without allowing accidental deaths to be turned into homicides. (Pit Bull Sessions) Munch says that all detectives have dreams about aspects of cases they can't forget. (Finnegan's Wake) Ballard and Sheppard work the first case investigated by a pair of female detectives. (The Why Chromosome) In the final words heard on the series, Lewis echo's Crosetti's line from Homicide's first episode: the problem with being a homicide detective is the job "ain't got nothing to do with life." (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Homicide Live!: (Poster) A live show of singing, stand-up, and improvisation performed by H:LotS cast members for the benefit of the Fells Point Creative Alliance, and other charities. The shows were put together by Kyle Secor, who also acted as MC. The first Homicide Live took place in February 1995 at Fells Point's Margaret's Cafe, and featured Amy Babson, Henry Bromell, Melissa Leo, Secor, and James Yoshimura; the second took place in February 1996, and moved to Fells Point's Vagabond Theater (where it would stay for years 2, 3, and 4), and featured Diamond, Johnson, Leo, and Secor; the third took place on February 13, 1997, and featured Belzer, Johnson, Michelle Forbes, and Secor. The 1998 (4th) addition featured Secor reading a humorous poem playing on his character's newfound bisexuality, Calle Thorn and Wardrobe Supervisor Bebe Ferro singing Indigo Girl songs (and a song about Thorn's dog), Clark Johnson telling a story about working on a Iron Eagle movie, Richard Belzer doing his stand up, and Reed Diamond stealing the show by playing guitar and singing song parodies. The 1999 (5th) edition took place March 7th, and moved to a larger venue; The Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage. Secor, Johnson, Belzer, Thorne, Jon Seda, Clayton Lebouef, Ellen McElduff, Michael Michele, Toni Lewis and Peter Gerety appeared.
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets: (Buy at Amazon.com) Edgar Award winning book on which H:LotS is based. To write it, author David Simon followed Lieutenant Gary D'Addario and his shift of detectives for a year. Many, many scenes, situations, and lines of dialog from the series are taken directly from the book, particularly in the first season. Simon later became a writer/producer on H:LotS. Bayliss is reading The Corner, Simon's follow-up to Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. He and Pembelton wonder if anyone would do a book about homicide detectives. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) In the script for Fallen Heroes: Part Two, three real-life police featured in the book-- Jay Landsman, Donald Wordan and Terry McLarney-- appear in the first few minutes, in cameos as themselves. Wordan has a line, but it apparently ended up on the cutting room floor.
Homicide: Second Shift: An online spinoff of H:LotS, found on NBC's web site. The serialized series depicted a shift of Baltimore homicide detectives, who worked opposite the shift seen on H:LotS. Gee, Kellerman, Bayliss and Falsone appeared on Second Shift, while characters from Second Shift occasionally appeared on H:LotS. (Closet Cases, Abduction, Homicide.com) The case of a cyber-killer began on Second Shift, before continuing on H:LotS. (Homicide.com)
Homicide: The Movie: (AKA: Homicide: Life Everlasting) Almost immediately after Homicide's cancellation, rumors began of a TV movie. The September 17th, 1999 USA Today reported that Braugher, Secor, Belzer, and Michele had been lined up. A mid-October NBC press release said that the film, at this point titled Homicide: The Movie, "revolves around the shooting of one of the department's own, which reunites the detectives to search for the perpetrator," and that Jean De Segonzac would direct from a script written by H:LotS writer/producers Tom Fontana, Eric Overmeyer and James Yoshimura, and that all past castmembers would appear. It was filmed in November/ December, 1999 in Baltimore. The movie is actually titled Homicide: Life Everlasting --a reference to the movie's final scene, but NBC (and the opening credits) always referred it as Homicide: The Movie. The movie takes place over one day, about 8 months after the final episode. To Peter Tosh's Pick Myself Up, the movie opens to scenes of a morning in Baltimore. Giardello is running for Mayor, and is about to speak at an Inner Harbor rally, when he's shot by an unknown assailant. Meanwhile, at the murder scene of a drug dealer, Lewis and Falsone meet up with Mike Giardello, who's now a uniform. Word comes about Gee's shooting, and it spreads to many of his old underlings to Beck's Beautiful Way. Stivers and Sheppard get the word from shift commander Gharty; Munch gets a call in New York; Howard hears while arresting someone outside Jimmy's Restaurant; Bolander sees it on TV; an angry Bayliss gets a call while fishing; Kellerman hears it on the radio; and Pembelton gets word while teaching a class. All head to the hospital or the stationhouse. Bayliss returns for the first time since walking out in Forgive Us Our Trespasses, to some jabs from Lewis. As they enter the pier, they're surprised to see Pembelton joining them. Bolander visits the hospital and talks to Mike. Pembelton notices that Bayliss seems jittery about the name "Ryland" on the board. Frank learns that Ryland was a serial killer, who was released on a technicality. Pembelton and Bayliss take over the interrogation of a witness from the cocky, young primary. Russert visits the hospital and Mike tells her the story of the strained relationship with his father. Munch and Bolander catch up on old times. The group studies the film of Gee's shooting, when Gaffney orders Pembelton off the investigation. He and Bayliss begin an unofficial investigation. They get information from a drug dealer they arrested by accident in Full Court Press. Howard and Falsone visit the bitter widow of the man Gee killed in The Wedding; Bolander and Munch visit what's left of the African Revival Movement from Narcissus; Ballard and Stivers search for another tape of the shooting; and Lewis and Sheppard go to a white supremacist radio station. Brodie visits the hospital. Billie Lou visits Munch, and asks why he's been lying to New York detectives about their relationship. Pembelton tells Bayliss he quit because he couldn't stand to hear one more confession. The shooter shoots at Gee again during surgery, and escapes from the QRT. Mike falls asleep, and dreams about his father playfully wanting to sneak out to go to Jimmy's for scrapple. Cox and Griscom visit Gee. Kellerman helps Mike --violently-- check out leads in Little Italy. Kellerman stops him when he pulls his gun. Gee dreams he's in an empty swimming pool filling with water. He swims up; but it's Mike who comes up gasping for air. Gee then wakes up. Mike and Gee talk, and he gives Mike advice. While studying the film, Pembelton notices gunsmoke around a cameraman. The pair talk Gharty into letting them investigate further. Pembelton and Bayliss track down the man-- Eric Thomas James-- who confesses. He is a grief-stricken father, who's gone over the edge after his son died of a drug overdose. He killed the drug dealer who's death Lewis and Falsone were investigating, and he shot Gee because of his stand on legalizing drugs. Pembelton finds the gun in his camera. Later that night Pembelton and Bayliss are talking on the pier roof. Pembelton says he's going to take his family out to dinner. The two argue over the line between good and evil. Bayliss tells Frank that he has to hear one more confession, and tells him that he murdered Ryland; Pembelton is incensed that Bayliss would burden him with this information. Tim feels in his heart that he did right, but in his head, he can't live with himself. Frank refuses to take him in, but Tim insists that Frank owes him, since he took a bullet for him, and that either Frank take him in, or he'll eat his gun right there (and that he still might kill himself later.) The two embrace, and Bayliss asks for Pembelton to absolve him ---which to Tim's surprise--- Frank can't do. The two go back inside as Frank decides to stay home for dinner. A hand (almost certainly Bayliss') rewrites "Ryland" on the board in blue. At The Waterfront Bar, Lewis, Billie Lou, Munch, Bolander, Howard, Danvers, Stivers, Falsone, Ballard, Sheppard, Cox, Kellerman, Griscom, Lausanne and Scheiner celebrate Gee's recovery and the arrest of the shooter. Brodie comes in with word that Gee died of an aneurysm. Lewis goes outside and sees Mike upstairs at the pier. In Gee's old office, Pembelton gives his condolences to Mike. A melancholy Pembelton says he caught two bad guys, as he looks off into the squadroom. Pembelton mentions Felton's murder, and Crosetti's suicide. The pair discuss death and life both "going on, and on." The two leave and pass Gee, who's coming in. Gee sees people all around the squadroom from the building's history: police who died in the line of duty, and the victims who's murders they investigated. To his surprise, he sees a joyful Adena Watson, skipping and waving at him. He's then greeted by Crosetti and Felton playing cards in the old lunchroom. They don't seem surprised to see him. They explain life is short, but once you're dead you're a long time dead. (And in a off-hand comment, that they're not in Heaven.) Gee wonders who the 4th chair at the table is for; they don't know for sure. Gee is worried it may be for Mike, but Crosetti and Felton explain that where they are, the regrets, and worries of life don't matter. Gee happily sits and plays cards. Homicide ends with a montage of Gee with each of his co-workers to The Smashing Pumpkins' Crestfallen. (Homicide: The Movie)
"Hon": 1) A Baltimore-ism, used when addressing someone. (e.g. "How are ya, hon?") 2) A variation is a "Saturday Night Hon": which according to locals, is a woman who goes out by herself, looking for a good time. (Strangled, not Stirred)
Howard, Carrie: ( "Margaret May" AKA Melissa Leo) Kay's sister who lives in Italy. Kay worries when Carrie finds a lump on her breast. At the same time, Carrie's husband tells her he had an affair. (Night of the Dead Living) She's seen for the first time, when she comes for a visit; she flirts with Gee, Bayliss and Kellerman, and attends Lewis' wedding. Very little is mentioned about the relationship between the sisters, but Kay seems genuinely annoyed by her being around. (The Wedding) (If she looks familiar, it's because Carrie is also played by Melissa Leo.)
Howard, Kay: (Melissa Leo) [Regular: 1-5] Red-headed detective, who is perhaps the best of the squad working under Giardello. She has a perfect clearance rate, which she's obsessive about. From Rocky Point, now lives in Canton. Partners and friends with Felton, until his suspension. Single, with a father, sister and two brothers. (Stakeout) Superstitious, she believes a ghost helps her solve a case, (Ghost of a Chance) and worries when a black cat is in the squad room. (Heartbeat) Dates Ed Danvers for a time. Felton claims that Howard has a problem relating to other women. (She certainly never gets along with Russert all that well.) (A Dog and Pony Show) Is shot, along with Bolander and Felton. (The City That Bleeds) Promoted to Sargent soon after Felton's suspension; she's rarely seen outside the squad room after. Dates a convertible-driving, long-haired man, who Munch is very curious about. (I've Got a Secret, The Documentary) Wants to be the primary on Felton's murder, and is angry with Gee for not allowing it. (Partners and Other Strangers) Is transferred full-time to the Fugitive Squad. (Blood Ties I) A woman seen briefly during a drug deal is a dead ringer for Leo as Kay Howard. (Note: I doubt it's a coincidence.) (Something Sacred) Howard is still working in the Fugitive Squad. She joins the investigation of Giardello's shooting, and teams with Falsone to investigate the widow of the man Gee shot in self defense years earlier (in The Wedding.) (Homicide: The Movie)
"Huh": Frequent sentence ending word, uttered by Howard for emphasis. ("I just want something in this case to make sense, huh.")
Inner Harbor: Major tourist attraction, located at the northwest end of Baltimore Harbor. The Inner Harbor is considered the main reason for Baltimore's renaissance. Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, the ESPN Cafe, and many hotels, shops and restaurants are located in this area. Pembelton meets his wife at an Inner Harbor hotel for a daytime dalliance. (The Gas Man) A man is pushed in front of a subway train at an Inner Harbor stop. Lewis and Falsone search for his girlfriend, who's jogging in the area. (The Subway) A young boy is kidnapped while riding a Merry-Go-Round at the Inner Harbor's Science Center. (Abduction) Gee is shot at an Inner Harbor rally, and later Pembelton and Bayliss interview witnesses here. (Homicide: The Movie)
Interstate 83: Interstate highway running from Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, York) through Baltimore. Lewis and Kellerman drive to and from Hazleton Pa. on I83 to pick up Rose Halligan. (The Hat) John Hopkin's ER workers call injuries to a child "83 cries," because they cry on the way home while on 83. (Requiem for Adena) Cox's father was killed when a driver ran him off the road while he was returning from Towson on 83. (The Heart of a Saturday Night)
Interstate 95: Major highway running through Baltimore. "Thrill killer" Newton Dell drives I95 towards Maryland, with his brother Miles, and murders people in each state, starting with Florida. Dell kills a hitchhiker and dumps the body off exit 23. Pembelton and Bayliss talk Russert into putting up a roadblock on 95 during rush hour, but despite making it look like a truck accident, Dell realizes that they're looking for him and he escapes. (Thrill of the Kill) Pembleton and Bayliss investigate a body dumped on I95. (Betrayal)
Jasper Lt.: (Gary D'Addario) [Recurring Character: 3-7] Head of the QRT. Tends to butt heads with the Homicide unit, because each wants to be in charge of situations. Jasper is the head of the board which investigates disciplinary charges against police. (Scene of the Crime, Secrets) D'Addario, who plays Jasper, was featured in the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, and is the real life inspiration for the character of Al Giardello. D'Addario was also a technical adviser for H:LotS.
Jimmy's: (801 S. Broadway) Fell's Point restaurant, located less than a block from the station house. (Jimmy's is well known in Baltimore.) Pretty much all the detectives are regular customers, and Jimmy's is often mentioned. Bolander eats here, and meets a waitress named Linda, who he would end up dating. (Black and Blue) Bolander offers to take Gee here for lunch to cheer him up. (Nothing Personal) Lewis and Russert eat here on Christmas eve. (All Through the House) Howard claims to know the neighborhood she once patrolled, as well as she knows "the menu at Jimmy's." (Fire I) Pembelton, Bayliss and Russert stop here after the second sniper confesses. A cranky Pembelton is so unhappy with his chocolate egg cream, he leaves. (Sniper II) Ballard and Gharty eat here three times a week. (All is Bright) Pembleton eats breakfast here, but decides to leave when Bayliss and Ballard start flirting. (Sins of the Father) Falsone refuses to buy Ballard an expensive dinner at a Charles Street restaurant, when they can get "the blue plate" at Jimmy's. (Strangled, Not Stirred) Kellerman runs into Sheppard leaving here. (Kellerman P.I.: Part One) Howard is arresting one of Jimmy's employees when she gets word that Gee has been shot. Later at the hospital, Mike dreams that his father has gotten out of his bed and wants to go to Jimmy's for a scrapple breakfast. (Homicide: The Movie)
"JMJ": The name on Pamela Wilgis's lease is "JMJ Wilgis." "JMJ" is the part of Wilgis' multiple personalities that is the "white glove" killer. Pembleton realizes that "JMJ" stands for "Jesus, Mary, Joseph," because the nuns use to make Pembleton and other students write this at the top of their worksheets in school. (Extreme Unction)
Johnson, "Pony": (Geoffrey C. Ewing) East Baltimore drug dealer who tortures and kills the mother of one of his associates, in a case investigated by Howard and Felton. (A Dog and Pony Show) Howard testifies against Johnson in court. (And the Rockets Dead Glare) After six years in prison, Johnson is released, and to avoid going back in, he orchestrates a hit. (Fallen Heroes: Part One)
Judy: (Judy Thornton) [1-7] Squad room secretary, who was in many episodes, after first appearing in Ghost of a Chance.
"Jump Cut": Striking editing style of H:LotS. A quick action or line of dialog is filmed from several different angles, and then edited together, to create a multi-part, "stuttering" in a scene. (Sometimes accompanied by a "VVVRRRR" sound effect.) In his documentary (in a notable H:LotS self-parody), Brodie features a much longer version of the jump cut with a shot of Lewis and Kellerman entering the Waterfront (The Documentary)
Kellerman, Mike: (Reed Diamond) [Regular: 4-6 Guest Star: 7] Blond-haired detective under Giardello. Transferred in from Arson (Fire I and II). Divorced: Annie. Two very annoying brothers: Drew and Greg (Wu's on First) Partners with Lewis. Graduated in 1984, making about 31 at the start of season six. (Kaddish) Lives on a boat called "Case Closed". Divorced after he found out Annie was cheating on him. He wonders aloud if he had his gun at the time, if he would have been capable of murder. (Interesting foreshadowing, considering what was to come for Kellerman) (The Hat) Accused of being on the take, when in Arson. (Bad Medicine) Although cleared, he believes people think he's dirty. Unlike Lewis' former partner, Crosetti, who commits suicide because of depression about the world around him, Kellerman considers it in an epic bout of self-pity, until Lewis talks him out of it. (Have a Conscience) Had an on/off sexual relationship with Cox. Despite his recent speeches about honor, he kills Luther Mahoney in cold blood, during an arrest; an act which will have serious repercussions. (Deception) In the new rotation system, Kellerman ends up in auto-theft. Shot in the arm by the sniper, who turns out to be Junior Bunk. (Blood Ties I) Lewis no longer wants anything to do with him, so Kellerman partners with Munch. Georgia Rae Mahoney claims to have a tape of the shooting of her brother. (Birthday) Mahoney was bluffing, but promises to avenge her brother's death. (Closet Cases) Originally a happy, pretty well-adjusted man, the stress of the job seemed to cause Kellerman to grow increasingly out of control; becoming nasty, drinking to excess, and at times, seemingly heading for a nervous breakdown. Finally, in The Box, Pembelton gets the truth from Kellerman about the Mahoney shooting. Gee gives him the option of either being charged (and probably winning, but taking Lewis and Stivers with him), or giving up his badge. He gives up his badge; and implies to Lewis that he's going to shoot himself. We last see him at Miss Irene's, when the realization truly hits him, that he's no longer police. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) After leaving Homicide, Kellerman works as a private detective. He seems to be in a better mental state, but his personal demons are just below the surface. He's hired by the parents of a teenage girl accused of murdering her baby. The case brings him into contact with his old colleges; Falsone, Gharty, Ballard, and Stivers all carry disdain for Kellerman, but Gee, Munch and even Lewis seem slightly more forgiving. (Kellerman P.I.: Part One) Sheppard wants to know the story behind the Kellerman exile from Homicide; but no one wants to talk, particularly not Gharty-- who has an enormous scar for which he blames Kellerman-- or Lewis (who seems to forget he's really the one who set the whole chain of events off by beating Mahoney, and then creating the internal war in the Mahoney organization) Bayliss is the only one totally forgiving, and his warm greeting seems to really mean something to Kellerman. Kellerman feels guilty that he helped get the guilty teenager off, and he tips off the police that his client setup her boyfriend to take the fall. This act leads to show of respect from his nemesis Falsone-- since the hardest part of his leaving Homicide was the fact that his fellow detectives thought he was "garbage," this leads to the return of Kellerman's self-esteem. (Kellerman P.I.: Part Two) Kellerman is still a private investigator; he visits the hospital when he hears of Gee's shooting, and goes with Mike Giardello to investigate leads. He calmly stands by while Mike roughs up suspects, but knowing the consequences, intervenes when Mike pulls a gun on one. Kellerman is at The Waterfront with his former colleagues when word comes of Gee's death. (Homicide: The Movie)
Kooper's Tavern: (1702 Thames St.) Never seen on the show, this bar located a few doors to the left of the Waterfront Bar is still a must-visit for many Homicide fans visiting Fells Point, because it was a frequent hangout for cast and crew. Kooper's is where James Yoshimura watches his episode The Subway in the documentary Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street. (Plus Yoshimura is seen wearing a Kooper's baseball cap.) Castmembers worked several times as celebrity bartenders at Kooper's for charity.
Lange, John: (Vincent D'Onofrio) Salesman, who is pushed in front of a subway train, pinning him between the train and the platform, making him a "living dead man." Pembelton and Bayliss are called to the scene, since he will die when freed. Helpless, Pembelton and Lange, spend his last forty minutes talking about life and death. Lange dies before seeing his girlfriend who Lewis and Falsone are half-heartily searching for. (The Subway)
Lausanne: (Herb Levinson) Doctor seen in Bop Gun through Homicide: The Movie. (He was one of the patrons of the Waterfront when word came of Gee's death.) Played by Barry Levinson's uncle, who also occasionally appears in his films.
Law and Order: Sister NBC show, and partner in many crossovers with H:LotS. In a cameo, Detective Mike Logan from Law and Order delivers an extradited prisoner to Pembleton, and isn't very impressed with "Charm City." He argues with Pembelton and the prisoner about the merits of Baltimore vs New York City. (Law and Disorder) A gas attack on a Harlem subway by a white supremacist group has ties to an unsolved attack in a black church in Baltimore years before; Pembleton was the primary, and he's haunted by the memory of a young girl who saw her father die in the attack. He and Bayliss travel to New York and meet their New York counterparts, and rivals in the investigation; Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Rey Curtis. The suspect is Baltimore resident Brian Egan. Munch stakes out his house, but Briscoe and Curtis arrest him at the train station, just before Pembelton and Bayliss arrive. Pembleton and Bayliss get a confession in the Baltimore crime, but it can't be used. District Attorney McCoy still gets a conviction. Bayliss takes ASA Claire Kincaid to dinner. Egan says he's just the tip of the iceberg, but refuses to name accomplices. (Law and Order: Charm City -1-) Pembleton again tells Bayliss about his memory of the little girl. Almost immediately after being visited by Pembleton and Bayliss, Egan's wife Stephanie is murdered as a warning to Egan to keep quiet. In New York, Briscoe and Curtis are surprised to learn that Egan knows about the murder; he wants the police to protect his son. Briscoe and Curtis head to Baltimore. Briscoe and Munch bond, play pool, (Munch loses $500) and realize that Briscoe slept with Munch's ex-wife: Gwen. Kendall Egan names Alexander Rausch (J.K. Simmons) as his mother's killer. Rausch is arrested and in the box, admits that he contracted malaria in Vietnam; to treat it, he uses Chloraquine; the same thing used to poison Stephanie Egan. Kincaid arrives with a court order to extradite him to New York, and while waiting for Aandahl's decision on who gets to try Rausch first, Kincaid, Briscoe, Curtis, Lewis, Howard, Russert, Pembleton and a drunken Munch, spent time at the Waterfront. Bayliss is still flirting with Kincaid with no luck, Munch laments his loss of Gwen, and all talk about being cops. Aandahl finds a precedent, and sends him to New York. While being transferred, Rausch dies, much to Pembleton's distress, since no one will ever know what he did, and what he was. (H:LotS: For God and Country-2-) Brittany Janaway, a 14 year old fashion model from a wealthy family, dies from toxic-shock syndrome in New York, and the autopsy reveals that it was caused by a violent sexual attack two weeks before. Since the attack probably occurred in her Baltimore home, Briscoe and Curtis ask for help from Munch, who teams with Falsone to check out leads there. The trail leads to Johnny Ramirez, an admirer of the victim. Danvers makes it clear he wants the case prosecuted in Baltimore, as Munch and Falsone travel to New York. Munch and Briscoe continue their friendship, and again discuss Gwen, while Falsone and Curtis talk family. Ramirez is caught and interrogated by the four, and Ramirez claims he saw the attack through the window, and implies it was her father: Dr. James Janaway. (Law and Order: Baby, It's You: Part One) Janaway and his wife return to their home in Baltimore. Janaway is brought to trial, but reveals an alibi on the stand; he was with a woman in a hotel. In separate boxes, James admits that his wife abused Brittany, while she breaks down under questions from Munch and Danvers, and is charged. (H:LotS: Baby, It's You: Part Two) Munch mentions Briscoe to Gwen, which upsets her. (All is Bright) A gay woman named Janine McBride found murdered in New York has ties to Baltimore. Briscoe and Curtis get help with the case from Munch and Sheppard, and eventually come to Baltimore. The woman also has ties to the government, so Munch and Briscoe again partner up and travel to Washington to investigate. Eventually they're joined by D.A.'s McCoy and Danvers, who butt heads with William Dell-- a powerful, Kenneth Starr-like, Independent Counsel. Dell wants McCoy to give up the name of one of his witnesses, which would end up outing the woman as a lesbian. After drudging up McCoy's past, Kincaid's death, and Briscoe's drinking, Dell threatens an Obstruction of Justice charge. A prostitute who killed the woman is charged, but after she is murdered in police custody, evidence comes forth that the prostitute had been in touch with a White House phone number. (Law and Order: Sideshow: Part One) (H:LotS: Sideshow: Part Two) Many Homicide regulars and guest stars have also appeared on Law and Order playing different characters, including: Melissa Leo, Reed Diamond, Zeljko Ivanek, Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Gerety, Ami Brabson, and Michael Willis.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: Producer Dick Wolf's spin-off of Law and Order, focusing on detectives investigating sex crimes in New York City. Soon after it's addition to NBC's fall 1999 schedule, Richard Belzer --while promoting his book on The Today Show and The Tonight Show-- broke the news that he would be joining the cast as Detective John Munch. After several months in the very difficult Monday 9:00 PM spot (vs Monday Night Football, Ally McBeal, and Everybody Loves Raymond), the show moved to Homicide's old spot: Fridays at 10:00 PM -- which returned Munch to his TV home of many years. Lewis mentions that Munch is New York looking for glory. (Homicide: The Movie)
Leaks: Anonymous information given to the press, for various reasons, by someone in the police department. When asbestos removal is done in the station house without telling Giardello, he threatens to go to the press. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) Matt Rhodes probably knows about the white gloves in the Catherine Goodrich murder because of a leak. (Nearer My God to Thee) Someone leaks to Channel 8's Maria Delgado the details of the Congressman Wade incident. (Cradle to Grave) Giardello leaks to the papers that Granger used his relatives in plumbing contracts for the department. Barnfather suspects Gee did it, but since he gets Granger's vacated position, he doesn't pursue it. (The Old and the Dead) Gee leaks information about a Muslim security firm's link to a murder. Pembelton is so impressed, he calls him a "true master of the game." Barnfather again knows it was Gee, but can't prove it. (Scene of the Crime) Leaks work both ways; Giardello who often uses leaks to his advantage, is angered when someone, Ballard, Gharty or Bayliss, leaks to the papers that Melia Brierre's ex-boyfriend isn't a suspect in her murder, casting suspicion on the Wilson family. (Blood Ties II) Cox asks Gee for advice on how to leak information to the papers. (Lies and Other Truths) Gee leaks information to Dawn Daniels about a series of murders by tainted wine, because he thinks keeping the information under wraps is dangerous to public safety. (Red, Red Wine)
Levinson, Barry: Baltimore-born actor, (he was the guy who stabs Mel Brooks with a rolled up newspaper, in the Psycho-parody, in High Anxiety), Emmy-winning writer (for the Carol Burnett Show) Oscar-winning director (Rainman), and producer of H:LotS. Directed 2 episodes: Gone for Goode and The Gas Man. Played himself, when Lewis and Kellerman chase a suspect through a scene he's directing for something called "Homicide." Lewis says his mom went to high school with Levinson. (The Documentary)
Lewis, Meldrick: (Clark Johnson) [Regular: 1-7] Long-time, workman-like, detective under Giardello. Grew up in poverty in the projects at Lafayette Court. Lewis and Kellerman later watched its demolition (Full Moon). Graduated in 1980, making him about 35 at the start of season 6. (The Damage Done) Partners with Crosetti, he is devastated by his suicide, which still haunts him. Later partners with Kellerman. Often tells a joke where only the punch line is heard. ("...and the bear says to the guy..'You didn't come here to hunt, did you?") Marries a woman he never mentioned to anyone. (The Wedding) His marriage is on and off, and he seems very attracted to Stivers. Co-owner of the Waterfront Bar with Munch and Bayliss. A very poor driver; he injures Bayliss in a fender-bender. (Partners) Lewis lets Luther Mahoney know in no uncertain terms, he won't be intimidated by him. (Control) Uncharacteristically violent when finally arresting Mahoney, beating him bloody, before Mahoney gets his gun. Keeps quiet about Kellerman's shooting of Mahoney. (Deception) In the new rotation system, Lewis is transferred to Vice, before returning to Homicide, where he asks Gee for a new partner. Ends up with Falsone. Minor health problems in the last year, have caused Lewis to worry about testicular "droopage."(AKA "Ball-drop") (The Subway) Sued by Georgia Rae Mahoney; he confronts her, and Barnfather orders him suspended. (Shaggy Dog City Goat) Lewis uses information fed to him by Falsone to create a war within the Mahoney organization. (Full Court Press) Now partners with Sheppard, who he's attracted to. Lewis is injured in a accident during a high speed chase. (Wanted Dead or Alive: Part One) He's nearly shot when Sheppard is beaten down, and refuses to let her forget it. (Shades of Grey) Finally in the last episode, after an argument with Bayliss, and after watching a nun forgive her sister's killer, he asks her to partner up. Lewis has Homicide's final line as he and Sheppard search a dark alley for clues to a murder. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Lewis is the only one of the original detecives still with the homicide unit. After Gee's shoting, he and Sheppard invesigate a white supremacist group. (Homicide: The Movie)
Lewis' joke: Several times, Lewis was heard telling the punch line to a joke: "...and the bear says to the guy..'You didn't come here to hunt, did you?" The part of the joke not heard, basically goes as follows: A guy is hiding in a tree with a gun, when he takes a shot at a bear he sees coming down a path. He misses, and the bear comes up to him and says "Did you try to kill me?" "No, of course not," says the guy. The bear replies, "I don't believe you," and throws the hunter over a tree limb, and has sex with him. The next day, the guy returns with a larger gun, and again shoots at the bear. Again he misses, and again the bear has sex with him. The next day, the guy returns with an even larger gun, and he again shoots at the bear and misses...and the bear says to the guy "You didn't come here to hunt, did you?" According to Lewis, the joke is all "about the set-up," not the punch line. (Have a Conscience)
Love Riot: Baltimore band, who are one of a handful of acts (including James Brown, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits and Garbage) to have more than one song featured on H:LotS. Their song Never Change is heard in both Betrayal and Partners and Other Strangers. The band is seen doing an acoustic version of the song Killing Time in the subway, when a man is pushed onto the tracks. Vicki Lewis-esque lead singer Lisa Matthews is interviewed as a witness. (The Subway)
The Lunch Bandit: Mystery person who steals other people's lunch from the squad room refrigerator. Kellerman tries to trap him with a rigged sandwich, but fails. (Map of the Heart) It's revealed in Brodie's documentary that the lunch bandit is Gaffney. (The Documentary)
Mahoney, Georgia Rae: (Hazelle Goodman) [Recurring Character: 6] Luther Mahoney's sister, and mother of Junior Bunk. She takes over the family business after Luther's death. When pushed, her standard move is to kick in the groin. (Blood Ties I, Shaggy Dog, City Goat) Originally handled the money from the family drug empire, from out of the country. Has Bunk shoot at the detectives involved in Luther's murder. Arrested before she can flee the country. (Blood Ties I) From prison, without even making a phone call, she has a Narcotics detective on the payroll kill the man who gave the tip that Bunk was the shooter. (Blood Ties III) Georgia makes bail, and meets with Kellerman, claiming she has a surveillance tape of Kellerman's shooting of Luther. (Birthday) There is no tape of the shooting, she was bluffing to see how Kellerman reacted. She sends him a videotape promising that she'll avenge her brother. (Closet Cases) Brings a sixty million dollar, wrongful death civil suit against Kellerman, Lewis, Stivers, Cox, Giardello, the city and the police department. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) Lewis creates a war within the Mahoney organization, which leads to many deaths; including Georgia Rae's; She's killed by one of her own people. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two)
Mahoney, Luther: (Erik Todd Dellums) [Recurring Character: 4-5] (B: 9-29-65 D: 4-25-97) (Middle name: Marcellus) Charismatic, ruthless, east-side drug lord who keeps leaving bodies for Lewis and Kellerman; he's responsible for at least 13 murders, 9 on Gee's shift. (Deception) He uses some of his drug money to fund neighborhood projects, including the Mahoney Youth Center. Mahoney first appears during a drug war with his rival "Drak" Fortunado, who he has killed during a "Peace on our Streets" rally. (The Damage Done) He pays Carlton Phipps $3000 to kill his new rival, Bo-Jacks Reed, and then has Phipps killed. (Bad Medicine) Mahoney pays $5000 in heroin for a hit, over $300 in heroin being missing, because he's "big on principle." Mahoney's nephew, Junior Bunk, is going to testify against his uncle, until given a warning while under police custody. Lewis doesn't appreciate Mahoney visiting the Waterfront Bar. (Control) Mahoney visits the wife of a Korean store owner who was chasing away his drug dealers, and later has the man killed. (Have a Conscience) The store owner's son uses bombs to kill the lawyer and the jury foreman that let his father's killer go free. He is caught before he kills Mahoney, who he was saving for last. (Valentine's Day) The usually smooth Mahoney loses his cool, when a dead drug courier leads to a major sting operation to bring him down. The Feds, along with Lewis, Kellerman and Stivers, switch Mahoney's heroin with baking soda, creating problems throughout his organization. Eventually, Mahoney shoots one of his own Lieutenants, and an innocent bystander, and escapes to his apartment, though without his ever-present bodyguards. Lewis catches up with him, and beats him, until Mahoney gets Lewis' gun, just before Kellerman and Stivers arrive. With his gun lowered, Mahoney laughs at Kellerman, who kills him in cold blood. The shooting is called justified. (Deception) 300 people show up for his memorial service. (Partners and Other Strangers) Under the orders of his mother, a player in Mahoney's drug empire, Junior Bunk shoots at the detectives involved in Mahoney's death. (Blood Ties I) Mahoney's penthouse suite has been sold, and Georgia Rae Mahoney claims that there were surveillance cameras there which caught his death on tape. (Birthday) Georgia Rae was bluffing about the tape. She had given him the cameras, but Luther never turned them on. (Closet Cases) In a drunken stupor, Kellerman hallucinates that a man is Mahoney. (Something Sacred) For obvious reasons, Mahoney is one of Homicide's few major supporting characters to not appear in the Movie. (Though Pembelton does mention him.) (Homicide: The Movie)
Mahoney Wars: During his suspension for punching Georgia Rae Mahoney, Lewis decides to go on the offensive. (Something Sacred) Lewis creates a deadly war within the Mahoney organization by using information fed to him by Falsone. The death toll among Mahoney's people reached double digits, and Lewis always seems to be close by the crime scenes. (Full Court Press) The war Lewis created spirals out of control; a Mahoney associate, who's like "Switzerland," is murdered. (Secrets) Georgia Rae's son --Junior Bunk-- kills three uniforms, and wounds Ballard and Gharty, creating a second war; between the Mahoney organization and the Baltimore Police. An enraged Gee, vows to put an end to the Mahoney organization once and for all. Heavily armed, the detectives, police and Q.R.T. roust everyone involved in the organization, and search for Georgia Rae. The detectives later find that she has been murdered by one of her own people. (Fallen Heroes: Parts One and Two)
Marans, Tom: (Dean Winters) [Guest Star: 3, 4, 5] The boyfriend of Erica Chilton, the victim in Crosetti's most difficult case. After Crosetti's death, the case is given to Howard. Howard immediately suspects Marans, but he seems genuinely upset about her death, and injuries which she suspected could have been abuse, turned out to be caused by an accident with a horse. Marans gives Felton some old love letters of Chilton's, but he loses them during a night of drinking. Howard investigates every angle she can think of, but seems resigned to the fact that this case will ruin her perfect clearance rate. (Nothing Personal) A year later, Chilton's young daughter, Catherine, is having nightmares about her mother's death; it turns out she witnessed Erica being smothered, and she gives Lewis and Howard a clue, the letters "M" and "T," which leads back to Maranes. Howard is angry with Lewis for trying to exclude her from the interview with Catherine. Maranes is brought into the box "as a favor" to talk about the love letters. Lewis and Kellerman (again without Howard) get him to confess to Erica's murder; he killed her because he felt sexually inadequate compared to the man who wrote the letters. He is happy, that at least he didn't kill Catherine. (Hate Crimes) In prison, the former yuppie Marans is barely recognizable; he's become a drug-using, bleach-blond, homosexual (with "Erica" scratched on his knuckles) who kills to avenge his new "wife". (Prison Riot) Actor Dean Winters will later co-star in Fontana/Levinson's prison drama Oz, and in Law and Order: SVU as Munch's partner.
Martin Luther King Blvd.: Street in Baltimore named for the civil rights leader. It was known as Freemont Avenue, when Felton lived there. When he calls it "Freemont", Pembleton says it's part of his subtle brand of racism. Felton disagrees. (A Shot in the Dark)
Maryland Correctional Agencies Penitentiary: (954 Forrest St.) Prison, where a riot breaks out, with two inmates ending up dead. Both victims, and several of the witnesses interviewed, are inmates who the detectives themselves put there. (Prison Riot)
Memorial Stadium: (Formerly at 1000 East 33rd Street) Former home of baseball's Orioles (until 1991) and football's Colts (until 1983.) Lewis suggests flooding it to make a water theme park. (At this point in time Memorial Stadium was unused.) Crosetti has fond memories of Orioles pitcher Dave McNally on the mound. Munch once lived nearby. (A Ghost of a Chance) The detectives in Giardello's shift are saluted on the field before a Baltimore Stallions Canadian football league game here. (Every Mother's Son) The Ravens played in Memorial Stadium until their new park was completed for the 1998 season. (Note: Memorial Stadium was torn down not long after Homicide ended.)
Medical Examiner: (M.E.) A doctor who perform autopsies. Officially, the M.E. decides if a death is a homicide. (Ghost of a Chance) Scheiner, Carol Blythe, and Alyssa Dyer are all M.E.'s. Julianna Cox and George Griscom are Chief M.E.
Miss Irene's: (1738 Thames St.) A bar, close to the station house, which was an old police hang out. Thomas Finnegan goes here with Falsone, Kellerman and Lewis after finding the weapon in the Clara Slone murder. (Finnegan's Wake) Kellerman comes here after giving up his badge. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Falsone runs into Mike Giardello here. (Brotherly Love)
Morton's of Chicago: (300 South Charles Street) Steakhouse at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Cox has dinner here with some fellow M.E.'s after a convention, and begins telling them the story of a man who was shot while committing suicide. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat)
Munch, Bernard: (Joey Perillo) [Guest Star: 3, 6] Munch's younger brother, an undertaker; John sometimes mentions him when someone needs one. The two don't seem to get along. (Crosetti) Seen in flashback as a child with John. (Kaddish) Bernie owns the Munch Funeral Home. He had asked John to suggest him to potential clients, and John calls in this favor to get his ex-wife a better price for her mother's funeral. When no one shows up, Bernie pays a shill $40 to grieve loudly. (All is Bright)
Munch, Gwen: (Carol Kane) One of Munch's ex-wives. She's about 5-5 with Auburn hair; and she likes to watch professional wrestling. After their divorce, she moved to New York's Hell's Kitchen, opened a restaurant, and slept with Law and Order's Lenny Brisco, a fact Brisco and Munch discover on a case. Munch is disturbed by this, even more so later, when he bemoans her loss in a drunken state at the Waterfront. (H:LotS: For God and Country: Part two) With Munch and Brisco on a stakeout, the subject of Gwen comes up again, much to Munch's chagrin. (L&O: Baby, It's You: Part one) Giardello jokingly suggests to Munch, that he too may have slept with Gwen. (H:LotS: Baby, It's You: Part two) Seen for the first time, when she comes to town after her mother's death, and asks Munch for help with the funeral. Munch mentions Briscoe, which upsets Gwen. Despite the fact that he couldn't stand Gwen's mother, Munch arranges a funeral with his brother Bernard, but no one shows up except author Peter Maas (Serpico), and he just wants to make sure she's dead. To cheer Gwen up, Munch eulogizes her at the Waterfront. (All is Bright)
Munch, John: (Richard Belzer) [Regular: 1-7] Witty, sardonic detective. Divorced three times (and a fourth time after Homicide's last episode.) Grew up in Pikesville, where he was in love with his neighbor Helen Rosenthal. Graduated around 1961, making him about 54 at the start of season six. (Kaddish) Munch was picked on as a kid. (Kaddish, Full Court Press) Tends to dress in black, often with a American flag pin. Says he's been "murder police" for ten years in Gone for Goode. Former partner of Bolander, Russert and Kellerman. Enjoys sharing bits of trivia with the other detectives. He misses Bolander so much, he calls him over and over, wondering when he's coming back. (Scene of the Crime) Co-owner of the Waterfront Bar with Lewis and Bayliss. A former hippy, he apparently still enjoys recreational drugs. (He's something of an expert on marijuana) He was the only one of the four detectives present, who was not shot in the ambush by Gordon Pratt. (The City That Bleeds) His lack of a creditable alibi seems to indicate that he killed Pratt, after he was released. (Law and Disorder) According to Munch, he lives for the moment, which is a problem when the moment is over. (Last of the Waterman) Using Howard as an example, Munch thinks "lives of quiet desperation" can be quite appealing. (I've Got a Secret) Claims to have fallen in love with Dr. Dyer, but immediately sleeps with her roommate, because he's a "weak man." (Heartbeat) Rediscovers his Jewish faith when Helen Rosenthal is murdered. (Kaddish) The only detective not transferred out of homicide in the department rotation. (Blood Ties I) In one week in 1997, Richard Belzer as John Munch appeared on three different shows on two networks; The X-Files (Unusual Suspects) Law and Order (Baby It's You: Part One), and H:LotS (Baby It's You: Part Two) Now partners with Bayliss. Munch is disappointed that according to information gathered on him by the government in his younger days, he wasn't much of a threat to nation security. (Law and Order: Sideshow: Part One) Munch thinks James Woods would be a good choice to play him in a movie. (Homicide: Sideshow: Part Two) In the series' final episode, Munch marries Billie Lou in a Catholic ceremony. He has difficulty performing on the wedding night, and ends up outside the Waterfront having a heart to heart with Bayliss, who brings up Gordan Pratt, and the fact that he always believed Munch killed him. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Shortly after his honeymoon, Munch lost Billie Lou to a fellow detective in his squad (presumably Gharty.) He then took his pension for 20 years service, moved to New York City, and joined the elite Special Victims Unit. He says his time in Baltimore was spent with "intellectual insects," and he swears never to set foot in the city again. (L&O:SVU: Payback) Munch returns to Baltimore to investigate Gee's shooting and reteams with Bolander. We learn --for reasons unknown-- he was lying to the New York detectives about Billie Lou cheating, and that the two are still married. Why he really moved to New York is never revealed (although Lewis said it's for the glory.) (Homicide: The Movie) Munch visits a New York murder scene on Fontana/Levinson's short-lived UPN cop series The Beat. In a familiar, Baltimore Homicide way of speaking, he explains to a pair of uniforms "once a murder police, always a murder police." (The Beat) Munch rarely mentions events from Homicide on Law and Order: SVU. An exception was his describing the time nude photos of him from the 60's ended up in a gallery across from the street from the stationhouse. (L&O:SVU: Secrets)
"Munchkin": Occasional affectionate nickname for Munch; generally used by Howard.
Munchisms: Munch's favorite squad room pastimes are railing on possible conspiracies, and sharing trivia or strange news stories with his fellow detectives: Munch is bitter about a nun winning a million dollars in the lottery. He also reads about a guy arrested for drunk driving a horse. (A Dog and Pony Show) Munch asks a trivia question about which animal has the largest sperm. (Prison Riot) Munch heard about a guy found dead in the middle of a burned-out forest, wearing a wetsuit. Apparently a firefighting plane scooped water out of a lake to dose the fire, and took the man along by accident. (Note: A famous urban legend.) Howard wonders why Munch's "crazy stories" have no point. (Have a Conscience) Pembelton reads a story aloud from the Sun, about a recall of a salad shredding machine, after several incidents of restaurant workers being eviscerated. Gee and Howard wonder why Pembelton is doing Munch's job, by "finding bizarre news on page D-12 of the newspaper and reading it out loud to the squad room," Munch says that Pembleton is merely "apprenticing." (Narcissus) Even after moving to New York City, Munch is still very much Munch, railing to his new partner about the fact that JFK's body was dumped into the ocean, three years after his assassination. (L&O:SVU: Payback) Munch suspects Gee's shooting could be a conspiracy like in The Manchurian Candidate. He also thinks that the Johnstown suicides were actually the work of CIA and the military. (Homicide: The Movie)
Murder/Killing: According to Felton, there is a difference between "murder" and "killing." He tells Pembelton that a "killing" is a meaningless death of someone with a meaningless life. (An example being the death of a "smokehound" with a rapsheet full of assaults and rapes.) A "murder" is the death of someone who didn't deserve it. (The example being a old woman beaten to death in her own home.) As on most topics, Pembleton disagrees, telling Felton that every life has meaning, "even yours." (Last of the Watermen) Ironically, Pembleton would be the primary on Felton's "murder", and he corrects Howard, when she calls it a "killing." (Partners and Other Strangers)
Music Montage: Since Bop Gun opened the second season with the Seal song Killer, over a montage of the events leading up to a tourist's murder, H:LotS has become arguably the best show ever at incorporating music of all styles. (Although NBC has never seen fit to release a soundtrack.) Some highlights from the series have been: John Lee Hooker's I Cover the Waterfront as Crosetti's body is taken from the harbor (Crosetti), Peter Gabriel's No Self Control, as the Homicide unit and the QRT close in on Glen Holton (The City That Bleeds), Joan Osbourne's One of Us, as the detectives return home from an exhausting red ball, (Sniper I) the Iguanas' Boom Boom Boom, which is featured in Brodie's documentary (The Documentary) and the Barbra Lewis oldie Hello Stranger, heard as Bayliss dreams about, and later ponders Adena Watson. (Finnegan's Wake) Danny Newton has a thing for late 70's disco and dance music, which he listens to throughout The Gas Man. The Baltimore band Love Riot are performing Killing Time in the subway, when a man is pushed onto the track. (The Subway) Homicide ends with a montage of Gee with his co-workers to The Smashing Pumpkins' Crestfallen. (Homicide: The Movie)
Naomi: (Sharon Ziman) [Recurring Character: 1-7] Squad room secretary, who's appeared in over 2 dozen episodes beginning with Gone For Goode.
National Aquarium: (501 E. Pratt St.) Aquarium with over 5000 creatures, located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. At the seal tank, outside the aquarium, Arthur Balantine explains to Pembelton and Bayliss why he's been keeping his late wife at his house. (Happy to be Here) Pembleton and Bayliss meet shadowy map-maker Richard Laumer here. (Map of the Heart)
"Natty Bo": (also "a Bo") Short for "National Bohemian", a inexpensive beer brewed in Maryland. Briscoe and Curtis find a clue, when a woman asks for "Natty Bo" in New York. (Law and Order: Sideshow: Part One)
The New Moon Motel: "The motel for felons" according to Munch. A lower-class motel, where Lewis and Kellerman investigate a murder. (Full Moon)
NSA: National Security Agency. Powerful spy organization. Richard Laumer and someone using the name "Felicity Fenwick" work for this agency. When Russert starts asking questions to people in Washington, the agency sends Buster Simmons to take the fall in the Edward Clifford murder. Laumer hired Simmons to kill Clifford, but because of his importance to the NSA as a mapmaker he walks away a free man. (Map of the Heart)
Obrycki's: (1727 E. Pratt St.) Restaurant specializing in crab cakes, crab dip, crab marinara and crab soup. Gharty and Ballard eat crabs here. Ballard later learns that she is allergic to shellfish. (Saigon Rose)
Orchard Street Church: (?) Built in 1837 by enslaved and freed blacks, it was part of the Underground Railroad. Lewis and Falsone visit here while investigating a nearby murder. (Sins of the Father)
Oz: Tom Fontana's brutal, fascinating, follow-up to Homicide. It could be called an unholy combination of Scared Straight, General Hospital (referenced by a death row prisoner in a 4th season episode), and the H:LotS episode Prison Riot, but frankly, there's never been anything on TV quite like it. In the HBO series, set inside a maximum security prison, many actors with small parts on Homicide moved on to much larger ones on Oz, including Zeljko Ivanek (as the Governor), Kristin Rohde, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, Granville Adams, Austin Pendleton, Reg E. Cathy, and Edie Falco.
Partners: According to Gee, you should always know where your partner is, they should be like a lover, "never far from your thoughts." (And the Rockets Dead Glare) In the first episode of the series, Giardello is going to break up the Felton/Howard team because he wants Howard partnered up with the new guy-- Bayliss. This would leave Felton partnering with Pembleton; neither man wants this; Felton doesn't want Pembelton, and Pembelton doesn't want anybody. "The rookie" Bayliss ends up dumped on Pembelton. (Gone for Goode) Bayliss and Pembelton unofficially work much of the Adena Watson case together, and soon after failing to get a confession from Risley Tucker, Gee tells Pembelton to console Bayliss because they're partners. (Three Men and Adena) The other partnerships at this point are Bolander/Munch, and Crosetti/Lewis. Things don't change until season 3 when Crosetti's suicide leaves Lewis partner-less, until teaming with Kellerman in season 4. Bolander and Felton's suspension leave both Munch and Howard without partners in season 4; Munch would team up with the demoted Russert. (according to Munch, only until Bolander's return) Russert's move to France, and Bolander's retirement leaves Munch alone again. During season 5, Pembelton and Bayliss break up, but later re-team. Season 6 brought changes, as Lewis decided he didn't want to work with Kellerman after coming back from the department rotations. Lewis ended up with Falsone, and Kellerman with Munch. Gharty and Ballard have been partners for several months as season 6 begins. Later in season 6, there's an unusual amount of mixing and matching in temporary partnerships in individual cases. As season 7 opens, Falsone is with Stivers, Lewis is with Sheppard, and Bayliss teams with Munch. (La Famiglia) Munch is jealous of Bolander's former partner Mitch, who helps in the investigation when Bolander is shot. (The City That Bleeds) Russert and her late husband were close friends with her former partner, Doug Jones, and his wife, Natalie. Later, Russert correctly suspects that he's beating her. (Partners) Gharty and Pembelton nearly come to blows defending their respective partners. (Sins of the Father)
Pembleton, Frank: (Andre Braugher) [Regular: 1-6] Francis Xavier Pembleton. Based on Harry Edgerton in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Intense, unsociable, yet charismatic loner who is probably the best detective under Giardello. Wife: Mary. Daughter: Olivia. Son: Frank Jr. Partners with Bayliss, who's become the closest thing he has to a best friend, although he claims not to have one. Went to a strict grade school in his New York neighborhood, called St. Bart's for Boys. Went to a Jesuit high school: St. Ignatius. There, the Jesuits taught him to think, and he hasn't felt safe since. (Fits Like a Glove) Moved from New York city because he believed he wouldn't advance in the NYPD. (Valentine's Day) The worst sin in Pembleton's book is "the killer that goes unpunished." (Extreme Unction) He has no peer in the box, and he and Bayliss have reached a point where each knows what the other is thinking there. Sued by the "white glove" killer, for violating her civil rights in the box. (A Model Citizen) Russert asks him to take over as primary in the "white glove" red ball, (Fits Like A Glove) and Giardello makes him the primary in the red ball where three detectives are shot. (The City That Bleeds) Stalked, and nearly killed by a man he put away several years before. (The Gas Man) During one of his typically intense interrogations in the box, he suffers a stroke. (Work Related) Gee calls in favors to allow him back to Homicide, but he has memory lapses and trouble speaking, and it takes time before he's ready to handle a case. (Blood Wedding) A pregnant Mary leaves him, but he later convinces her to come back. Physically, by the end of season five, he seems close to back to normal. Because of all he's seen in his job, he struggles with his Catholic faith; however his belief in God's existence has never really wavered. (Nearer My God to Thee, Fits Like a Glove, Extreme Unction, Kaddish, Something Sacred, Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Transferred to Robbery in the department rotations. (Blood Ties I) While rounding up members of the Mahoney organization, Pembelton freezes, and Bayliss takes a bullet; Pembelton blames himself. Gee asks him to go back on the Mahoney shooting; he grills both Lewis and Kellerman in The Box, finally getting the truth from Kellerman; though Gee won't charge him. All these things combine to cause Pembelton to quit the Homicide unit. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Bayliss expected Pembelton to return to Homicide, but at some point realized he wouldn't. He's only spoken to him twice in the year since Pembelton quit, and Bayliss is obviously floundering without his partner's guidance. Bayliss admits he loved Pembelton. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) According to a young detective, the team of Bayliss and Pembelton have become legendary among Baltimore homicide. Pembelton has become a teacher at a Jesuit college, when he learns of Gee's shooting. He reteams with Bayliss to invesigate, and the pair arrest the shooter. Pembelton says that the reason he quit was because he couldn't stand to hear one more confession, but he has to hear one more, as Bayliss confesses he murdered Luke Ryland. He refuses to bring him in, until Bayliss threatens suicide if he doesn't. (Homicide: The Movie)
Pembleton, Mary Whelan-: (Ami Brabson) [Recurring Character: 1-6] Frank's wife, a successful lobbyist. Mary is stalked by a man who wants to kill Frank. Frank and Mary are trying to have a baby, and meet in a hotel for a romantic tryst. (The Gas Man) Frank wants her away from the windows, while working downtown, during the sniper situation. (Sniper II) Goes into labor at Lewis' wedding reception. (The Wedding) Their marriage has a variety of problems, (many can probably be traced back to Frank's job) and when Frank misses Olivia's baptism, they separate for a time. (Valentine'sDay) They later reconcile, when Frank says that she and Olivia are the most important things in his life. (Strangers and Other Partners) Frank doesn't get along with her parents because of the move to Baltimore. (Valentine's Day) Mary has complications with their second child, but delivers a boy. (Birthday) Mary is by Frank's side when he hands in his badge; he tells her that he should have listened, and never returned to Homicide. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) Ami Brabson is Andre Braugher's real-life wife.
Pembelton's stroke: In a bit of foreshadowing, Gee tells the angry Pembelton not to burst a blood vessel. He gets stressed and very angry several times while investigating the murder of a young girl. (Requiem for Adena) Pembelton says the "press" (reporters gathered outside the site of a shooting) are short for "pressure." He later gets very agitated with Gee, after noting that it seems like there's a new murder every week, and the higher-ups are breathing down their necks. Pembelton is seen taking aspirin, and later complains to Bayliss of a headache. Frank is worried about having enough money to take care of his new-born daughter. During an interrogation in the Box, Pembelton starts to go into his typical fiery routine, but a blood vessel bursts in his head. We see memories and sounds from the present and past through Pembelton's eyes. He sees his own dead body in the morgue and urges himself to "get up." On the floor of the Box, Frank briefly seems to recover, and asks for a cigarette: but he immediately goes into convulsions, and then a coma. Doctors operate to relieve some of the pressure on his brain. Dr. Devilbliss isn't sure Pembelton will ever recover. As Homicide's 4th season ends, we see inside Frank's mind --he's trapped inside a coffin, and can't get out. (Work Related) In the time between seasons 4 and 5, Pembelton recovers enough to return to work on light duty, and Gee pulls strings to get Pembelton back into homicide. The first half of Homicide's 5th season deals with Pembelton trying to recover enough to go back on the street full-time. For the rest of the series we see subtle reminders of the stroke. (For example he sometimes has trouble remembering names.) He still drinks coffee for a time, but later quits. Dr. Roxanne Turner suggests that Frank hates doctors and God because of his stroke. (Mercy) Pembelton can't seem to aim at a gunman during a raid on Mahoney's dealers, and Bayliss has to jump in front of Frank to save him from a bullet. (Fallen Heroes: Part II) Pembelton's stroke came about because Andre Braugher was sick of playing such a super-cop, and wanted to make the character more interesting. Fans however, didn't want to see such a charismatic, verbally-interesting character barely able to speak, so Pembelton recovered much more quickly than he would have in real life.
Pendergrass, Teddy: 70's soul singer. Lewis is a big fan, and calls him "the reason why I lost my virginity." He has a velvet painting of Pendergrass, which he feels is his last link to his past. The painting causes a fight with his new wife, who wants him to take it down, because in their home it's dated and out of place. (M.E., Myself and I) Meldrick apparently won the argument, the painting is still up. (Valentine's Day) Lewis jokingly threatens Thormann when he doesn't show Pendergrass the proper respect. (Double Blind)
Philadelphia: Pennsylvania's "City of Brotherly Love" is located about 100 miles north of Baltimore on I95. Beth Felton leaves Beau and takes the kids to nearby Upper Darby, Pa. (Every Mother's Son) Luther Mahoney hires someone from Philly to perform a hit, and Lewis and Munch travel there to arrest him. (Control) In real life, Clark Johnson was born in Philadelphia, and references are occasionally made to Lewis and Philly: Lewis suggests betting on the (Philadelphia) Eagles is a sure thing (Blood Ties: Part One), the first thing Lewis wants after waking up from surgery is a Philly-specialty-- a cheese steak. (Wanted Dead or Alive: Part Two)
Pimlico: (Hayward and Winner avenues) One of the countries best known horse racing tracks, Pimlico is home to the Preakness Stakes, the second leg in Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. "Punchy" DeLeon tricks Munch into finding a man he wants to kill, Jimmy Pugliese, by telling him Pugliese's body is located in Pimlico's parking lot. Led to the man by an unknowing Munch, DeLeon kills Pugliese, and buries him in the parking lot, which was torn up looking for his body, days before. (Deception)
Poe, Edgar Allan: (1809-1849) Poet and short-story writer, who died of complications of drug and alcohol abuse in a Baltimore gutter. (Although there are theories today that he may actually have had rabies.) Ironically, some scholars believe his Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) was the first detective story. Parts of the episode Heartbeat, featuring the Poe-obsessed, drug dealer Joseph Cardero, has parallels to several of his most famous stories. Cardero killing a man by bricking him up in a wall, is a reference to The Cask of Amontillado, while the black cat is a reference to The Black Cat. Munch and Howard unsuccessfully try to get Cardero to confess in the box by playing a tape of a heartbeat, a reference to The Tell-Tale Heart. (Heartbeat) Baltimore's new NFL team is named after Poe's The Raven. According to Brodie, Gee is in the hospital where Poe "died of rabies." (Homicide: The Movie)
Pop Culture and Homicide: On the CBS series JAG, a Baltimore murder scene featured a quick shot of a bald, black homicide detective in a tan trenchcoat, which was probably a nod to Homicide.--- According to a gossip columnist, Cher stopped Andre Braugher at the 2000 Emmy Awards to tell him she was a fan of him, and of Homicide, and she watched him every night on Court TV. ---
Pop Culture in Homicide: Munch tells a suspect his story has a "Elmore Leonard quality," referring to the author of Rum Punch and Get Shorty. Lewis calls Crosetti a "salami-brain" because he confuses the Gary Cooper movies High Noon and Pride of the Yankees. (Gone for Goode) Crosetti is wearing a Miles Davis t-shirt, and plays some of Davis' music in Chris Thorman's hospital room. (Son of a Gun) Munch claims to hate karaoke, but after a few drinks, he ends up doing a rousing rendition of Mack the Knife at the Wharf Rat. (A Shot in the Dark) Bolander isn't interested in the coming information superhighway; all he wants is the return of Hawaii 5-0. (Nearer My God to Thee) Felton is still bitter that when he was a kid, his name was never called out on Romper Room. (A Model Citizen) Pembelton says he's a fan of Bruce Springsteen, and quotes his song Brilliant Disguise. "God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of." (Partners) Pembelton tells Gordan Pratt he likes Jim Thompson's pulp fiction novels, mentioning The Getaway and After Dark, My Sweet. (End Game) The student shot by Bayliss' cousin was wearing make-up like the 70's rock band KISS. (Colors) While reading information to Pembleton over a two-way radio, Munch imitates radio personality Paul Harvey's trademark line, "Page two." (Thrill of the Kill) Jay Leno stops by the Waterfront for a drink. (Sniper I) Munch says his favorite movie is Raging Bull, ranking it just ahead of 101 Dalmatians. (The Wedding) Lewis' new wife makes him throw out items from his 70's youth, including his Jimmy J.J. ("Dy-no-mite!") Walker poster, his collection of blaxploitation films and his set of original Playboy coasters. Lewis draws the line at taking down his velvet painting of Teddy Pendergrass. (M.E., Myself and I) Bayliss seems to really enjoy the cartoon Mighty Mouse. (Bad Medicine) When the Process Server gives Lewis a letter informing him he's being sued, Lewis asks, "What is this? Fan mail from a flounder?"--a line often used in the cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle before commercial breaks. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) The episode title Something Sacred was a reference to the controversial, short-lived series Nothing Sacred. Munch does a decent imitation of Bogart in The Maltese Falcon; but it baffles Falsone. (The Twenty Percent Solution)
Pratt, Gordon: (Steve Buscemi) Phoney intellectual, racist, gun-nut, who lives in room 201 of a hotel at Madison and St. Paul. He shoots Bolander, Felton and Howard when they go to his door by mistake, in the middle of an arrest. (The City That Bleeds) Pembleton, Lewis and Bayliss were unable to get a confession in the box, and he was released. Several hours later, Pratt was shot in the head, in the lobby of his hotel, possibly by either Gee, Pembleton, Lewis, Bayliss, Mitch or Munch. (End Game). Bayliss is the primary, but no one seems to want to find the killer, since it's very possibly of the Homicide unit. (It seems very likely that Munch did it.) His murder remains unsolved. (Law and Disorder) Munch thinks a dead man resembles, among other people, actor Steve Buscemi; but oddly he never noticed how much Pratt looked like Buscemi. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) In the final episode, years after Pratt's murder, Bayliss is thinking about him, and discuses with Munch the fact that he always believed Munch killed him. It's seems that Bayliss was inspired by this fact to murder a serial killer, who was released on a technicality. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Buscemi directed the episode Finnegan's Wake. Pembelton mentions Pratt after putting out the theory that a cop could have shot Gee. In the script for Homicide: The Movie, Bayliss tells Pembelton that everyone suspects that Munch killed Pratt, but that no one would suspect that he killed Luke Ryland. (Homicide: The Movie)
Primary: The detective in charge of an investigation, and under who's name the victim will go on the board. Generally the person who answers the phone is the primary, but this more often seems to be protocol rather than a rule. Other factors sometimes come into play: Gee takes a murder at the Waterfront, since it would be a conflict of interest to Munch, Lewis or Bayliss. (Heart of a Saturday Night) Some in the department want Bayliss removed as primary in the Adena Watson murder, since it's his first case, and it's getting a lot of press. (A Ghost of a Chance) Robert Ellison wants Felton removed as primary in his wife's murder, because of Felton's insensitivity. (Bop Gun) Howard and Felton argue over which one is stuck as the primary in the death of a homeless man. (Cradle to Grave) Bayliss wants no part of being the primary in the murder of the man who shot his fellow detectives, since the killer is probably one of his co-workers. (Or is Bayliss pretending to not want it, because he killed Pratt?) (Law and Disorder) Even though he took the call, Bayliss asks Pembelton to take a case he believes will turn out to be a stone-cold-who-done-it. (Hate Crimes) Pembleton's first post-stroke case as primary is Danvers' fiancé. (Blood Wedding) Howard wants to be the primary on the Felton murder. (Partners and Other Strangers) The primary in a red ball coordinates the investigation. (Abduction)
The Process Server: (Bob Lau) Unnamed man, who serves a federal grand jury summons to Kellerman in the squad room. (Control) He's back, giving notice of a sixty million dollar, wrongful death civil suit, brought by Georgia Rae Mahoney. At the station house, he gives notices to Giardello, (off-screen) Stivers, Lewis, and his "old friend, Detective Kellerman." He attends Cox's lecture at the Convention Center, and gives her one also. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat)
Prop/Wardrobe Sale: For many people, Homicide really came to an end on March 2 and 3, 2000, when every stitch of wardrobe for the characters and extras, plus almost any prop or piece of furniture you can think of, were sold to the public at a sale in the pier. A huge line on the first morning braved cold winds to get the chance to buy things like Lewis' hats ($150), the wedding dress and painting from A Case of Do or Die ($1500), a Luther Mahoney surveillance photo ($20), character's business cards (.25), the evidence in the Adena Watson case ($1500), prop newspapers ($20), the window with "Homicide" written on it ($1500), the character's framed police certificates (seen all over the walls of the homicide unit)($150), to the character's (and extras) suits, coats, ties, and desks. (Note: I was very happy to get, among other things, Crosetti's overcoat, and Felton's certificate.)
Pulsem, Jimmy: A cop who, in the early 70's, arrested a suspect that killed a policeman. Since he brought the suspect in, instead of killing him as revenge for killing a cop, he was ostracized afterwards. Former cop Augie Distel thinks that Lewis is looking like Pulsem, since he's about to arrest a fellow cop. (Justice II)
Q.R.T.: ("Quick Response Team") Baltimore's S.W.A.T.-like team, led by Lt. Jasper. (The City That Bleeds, End Game, In Search of Crimes Past, Sniper I and II, Hostage I and II, Narcissus, Blood Ties I, Abduction, Lines of Fire)
Rawls, Chris: (Peter Gallagher) Charming restaurateur, who helps Bayliss and Pembelton investigate the murder of a gay man. Rawls is also gay; and Bayliss, who is exploring his sexuality, finds him interesting, and goes out to dinner with him. (Closet Cases) Bayliss is apparently still seeing Rawls, though he's "not in love with the guy." (Secrets)
"Red ball": A situation which, due to public demand or public safety, becomes the top priority of all detectives. Detectives can have their vacations canceled, and may work double shifts. According to Munch, a good urologist can clear up red balls. (Valentine's Day)
Red Ball/Primary/(Episode) (Note: This is only a list of what I think are red balls; the word "red ball" isn't used in every one of these cases, and it could be argued that anytime more than a few detectives were involved, it was a red ball.)
Adena Watson murder/Bayliss (A Ghost of a Chance)
Tourist murder/Felton (Bop Gun)
The white glove murders/Gaffney, replaced by Pembleton (Nearer My God to Thee)
Bolander-Felton-Howard shooting/Pembleton (The City That Bleeds)
I-95 Thrill Kill murders/ Pembelton (Thrill of the Kill)
The snipers/#1 Bayliss/ #2 Pembleton (Sniper I and II)
The school hostage situation/QRT (Hostage I and II)
Prison riot/ none (Prison Riot)
Priest murders/#1 Ballard #2 Pembelton (Something Sacred)
Child abduction/Falsone (Abduction)
Squad room shootings/Mahoney organization roundup/ (none) (Fallen Heroes: Parts One and Two)
Little Italy murders/Bayliss/Falsone (La Famiglia)
L. P. Everett murder/Gharty (The Twenty Percent Solution)
Wine poisonings/Bayliss (Red, Red Wine)
Park Heights riot/Gharty/Lewis (Shades of Gray)
Giardello shooting/ Hall (Homicide: The Movie)
Rhodes, Matt: (Tony Todd) Smooth Channel 8 News reporter. Has an inside source with the police department; since he knows about the white gloves in the Catherine Goodrich murder. He bargains with Russert to not reveal this information if they call him first when the killer is caught. (Nearer My God to Thee) When the killer strikes again, he tells Russert he can't hold the story anymore. Russert lies to Rhodes, telling him that they know who the killer is, so he will leave the glove detail out of the story. (Fits like a Glove) The killer confesses live on TV with Rhodes, who calls her "the most tragic victim," because of her multiple personalities, caused by past abuse. (Extreme Unction)
Robey, Alex: (David Eigenberg ) The second of two snipers; he doesn't know the first, he's just a copy-cat. Kills several people from the Baltimore Arts Tower. (Sniper I) Shoots more people, and is caught when he's seen in the crowd at both crime scenes, which are in his neighborhood. Robey is shooting people because he's a "nobody," looking for attention, and Pembelton plays on this, calling him the most boring man ever to set foot in the box. Russert picks up on it further, and talks him into admitting he's the shooter. (Sniper II) Is shot in the leg during the prison riot. He is not enjoying prison life. (Prison Riot)
Rodzinski, Jake: (Bruce Campbell) Detective from Check and Fraud, who went to the academy with Lewis. Jake's father Edgar, who's a former cop, is murdered. Rodzinski does not take it well: he butts in on the investigation, and beats a man he suspects may have done it. Munch and Russert catch the killer, Kenny Damon, but thanks in part to Darrin Russom's typical sleazy defense tactics, along with a jury that wanted to go home for the weekend, he is found not guilty. Rodzinski warns Damon to "sleep with one eye open." (Justice I) Damon is found dead, and Rodzinski, who is the most obvious suspect, is becoming increasingly unhinged, finally shooting his father's dog, who wouldn't stop barking since seeing Edgar murdered. His partner confesses; he and Rodzinski pretended to arrest Damon, but killed him instead. Unlike Damon, Rodzinski is found guilty by a jury and sent to prison. (Justice II)
Rogers, Sally: (Kristin Rohde) Uniformed officer, seen mostly at crime scenes, and occasionally in the squad room. She appears to be in charge of the crime scenes, up until the time when detectives arrive. Appears in Brodie's documentary. (The Documentary) She also decides which department gets called. (The Subway)
Roland, Matthew: (Stephen Lejnar) Powerful businessman, who has buildings burned down for profit. Son: Mitch A body is found is one of his buildings which was burned, and believing he's behind it, Bayliss gets in his face. As it turns out, he's not involved in this particular fire. (Fire I) Kellerman is accused of taking bribes from the Rolands. (White Lies)
Rosenthal, Helen: (?) Munch's teenage crush, and boyhood neighbor in Pikesville. In various flashbacks we see that the young Johnny Munch worships her, but she only likes him as a friend. Years later, she's murdered in a parking garage, and Munch is the primary. Helen's daughter helps Munch rediscover his Jewish faith. (Kaddish) As a kid Munch had a recurring dream where Helen would laugh at him, because he was naked, except for argyle socks. (Just an Old Fashioned Love Song)
Russert, Megan: (Isabella Hoffman) [Regular: 3-4, Guest Star: 5] Introduced as the new shift commander opposite Giardello's shift. Only on the job for a week, when she gets a red ball in the white glove murders. (Nearer My God to Thee). She drums Gaffney out of Homicide, when he screws up the case, and insults her. (Fits Like a Glove) Widowed: Mike. Daughter: Caroline. Has a military background; graduated 3rd from the Naval academy, and worked in intelligence. Received silver citation while in narcotics. Had a secret affair with Felton while he was separated from his wife. He later ends it, but they remain close, and she never really seems over him. Later promoted to Captain (Baltimore's first female captain) over Giardello, because she's a woman. (The Old and the Dead) When sniper William Mariner kills himself, Barnfather blames Russert, and with a loophole, drums her all the way back to detective, using almost the exact same words Russert used when transferring Gaffney. (Sniper I) She ends up as partners with Munch. The only one of the detectives who seems to have a lot of money, she lives in a nice brownstone, which Munch is impressed with. (Justice I) Moves to France and gets married. According to her nemesis Gaffney, Megan's cousin Tim introduced her to a French diplomat, who got her pregnant. (Hostage I) Seen several times in Brodie's documentary (The Documentary) Returns when told of Felton's death to help in the investigation. (Partners and Other Strangers, Strangers and Other Partners) Bayliss says she's back in France. (Blood Ties II) There's no indication of what Russert is doing, but she apparently again lives in Baltimore, or least close by. She comes to the hospital after Gee's shooting. (In the script, she tells Bolander she married a "bland" TV executive.) (Homicide: The Movie)
Russert, Tim: The real life host of NBC's Meet the Press (and an old friend of Tom Fontana), and on H:LotS, the cousin of Megan Russert. Tim visits Megan at the station house, and meets Felton, who's a fan. (The Old and the Dead) Gaffney claims that Tim introduced Megan to her new husband. (Hostage I)
Russom, Darrin: (Michael Willis) [Recurring Character: 1-7] Sleazy, often-seen defense attorney, who seems to represent everyone in Baltimore, regardless of economic class. He generally uses extreme sarcasm and a blame everyone-else defense. Russom confuses Howard on the stand while defending "Pony" Johnson, but he later makes a key mistake. (And the Rockets Dead Glare) Pamela Wilgis-- the "white glove" killer-- called him before she went to the station pretending to be a witness, and he arrives just before Pembleton can get a confession out of her in the box. She later confesses to 8 murders live on tv from his office. (Extreme Unction) Russom sues Pembleton and the department for his interrogation of Wilgis. (A Model Citizen) He successfully defends Kenny Damon on murder charges for killing Jake Rodzinski's father. (Justice I) Bayliss and Pembleton mock him in the box. When Pembleton later has a stroke, he falls into the lap of Russom, who drops him to the floor. (Work Related) Hired by Luther Mahoney to represent his nephew, Junior Bunk. (Control), He gets Matthew Bridgewell released from custody because of a missing piece of evidence. (Diener) Russom defends L.P. Everett's killers; his summation is a bit too clever for his client's good. (The Twenty Percent Solution) Russom gets the Internet Killer freed on a technicality. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Ryland, Luke: (Benjamin Busch) ("The Internet Killer") Broadcasts himself killing 2 women over the Internet, taunting the police along the way. He's finally caught by Sheppard and Bayliss. (Homicide.com) After Darrin Russom gets Ryland released on a technicality, he gets a visit from Bayliss, who was enraged by his release. Bayliss promises to keep a constant surveillance, but Ryland informs him that he's moving to New Orleans, and that Bayliss will be able to witness his next killing over the Internet. The next evening, Ryland is found murdered, with no clues of any kind; the killer is almost certainly Bayliss. Homicide's final scene is of Lewis and Sheppard searching a dark alley for a clue to Ryland's killer. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Lewis explains the "stone cold" Ryland case to Pembelton within earshot of Bayliss, who he earlier said had "issues." (Does Lewis suspect Bayliss, who left immediately after Ryland's murder?) Bayliss indeed murdered Ryland. He insists that Pembelton turn him in for the crime. (Homicide: The Movie)
Salerno: (Jay Spadaro) Uniformed officer seen from the first season, through the movie.
"Salami-head": (also "Salami-brain") Lewis' affectionate nickname for Crosetti. Crosetti jokingly writes a report to give to Gee, complaining about the "ethnic slurs" and the "vicious verbal attacks" on his ancestry." (Gone for Goode) In the afterlife, Crosetti playfully refers to himself as "the little, Italian salami-brain." (Homicide: The Movie)
Scenes/Dialog cut: All TV shows and movies have scenes and dialog, which for various reasons, are cut or changed. The following is a list of some. In the hospital room, Bayliss's mother laments the fact that Tim's job prevents him from giving her grandchildren (in dialog similar to a conversation Bayliss and Pembleton had earlier about Tim having children in Abduction. (Fallen Heroes II) (All Homicide: The Movie differences noted here come from reading the final draft --October 22-- of the script) The music montage where Gee's fellow Police learn of his shooting is slightly different: Howard is in the Fugitive Unit squad room, Munch in the SVU squad room (reading a Wall Street Journal.) -- Russert and Bolander run into each other in the hospital, and Bolander tells her he's been playing golf, and the cello (The dialog about Bolander's salt-free diet was also originally with Russert.). Russert says she married a TV executive. -- Pembelton tells Bayliss they are taking his car, because it's better; he says he makes $45,000 a year teaching at Loyola. --- Gharty orders Hall to drive Bolander and Munch to the ARM headquarters; Hall complains it's his lunch hour. Gharty threatens him with 3rd shift if he complains to Gaffney again. -- In the white supremacist radio station, the clerk draws his gun on Lewis and Sheppard. --- When Russert is taking Mike Giardello's grandmother home, she passes Kellerman in the elevator. He says "Hey Megan", but she ignores him. -- Lewis is at Saint Zita's hospital, just after the shooter tried to kill Gee a second time. He mumbles to himself "Strange days indeed." -- Cox and Griscome discuss the history of the word "assassin." -- On the pier roof, Pembleton tells Bayliss "There's good, there's evil. Don't be one of those namby-pamby whatever's and start running that oh-life-is-grey-nonsense. That's for weak thinkers." Bayliss mentions that everyone thinks Munch "popped" Gordan Pratt. -- Naomi, not knowing that Gee just died, asks Mike how he is. He doesn't answer, but asks if he can go into his old office. When Gee sees police officers who died in the line of duty, and the victims who's cases they investigated, he acknowledges the three officers killed by Junior Bunk. On the subject of fate being pre-ordained, Felton and Crosetti tell Gee that if he had slept five minutes longer that morning, a series of circumstances would have prevented him from being shot. (Homicide: The Movie)
Scheiner: (Ralph Tabakin) [Recurring Character: 1-7] Elderly, often cantankerous M.E, who has appeared in many episodes. Attends Lewis' wedding reception. (The Wedding) He appears in Ballard's dream on the operating table. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) Scheiner is on the M.E.'s Duck Pin Bowling team. (Self Defense) Scheiner is at The Waterfront celebrating the arrest of Gee's shooter. (Homicide: The Movie)
Schmoke, Kurt L.: The mayor of Baltimore. Appeared in cameos in 3 episodes. (Every Mother's Son, Sniper II, Strangers and Other Partners) Schmoke is to appear at a Inner Harbor rally with mayor candidate Giardello to show his support. (Homicide: The Movie)
Secondary: The back-up to the Primary in a case. Generally the person's partner is the secondary. If the detective is partner-less, whoever is available is used. A particularly brutal crime causes Howard to take a few days off. She hands the case off to the secondary, Felton, who partners up with Pembleton. (Last of the Watermen)
Sheppard, Rene: (Michael Michele) [Regular: 7] Former Miss Anne Arundel County, who transferred into Homicide from the Fugitive Squad. She partners with Lewis. (La Famiglia) Lewis, Falsone, and Bayliss are all interested in Sheppard. (Brotherly Love) Sheppard is beaten down by a suspect, and has her gun taken. (Shades of Gray) Lewis gets her gun back, but has doubts about her as a partner. (Bones of Contention, The Same Coin) Homicide's final scene is of Sheppard and Lewis searching a dark alley for a clue, mirroring Homicide's first scene-- Crosetti and Lewis searching a dark alley for a clue. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Sheraton Inner Harbor: (300 South Charles Street) Inner Harbor hotel located two blocks from Camden Yards. A convention of the National Association of Medical Examiners is held here, and Cox receives an award.
Shivers, Barbra: (Karen Williams) Woman, who's marriage to Lewis takes the detectives by surprise, since he's never mentioned her before. They meet her for the first time at the reception following the wedding. (The Wedding) According to Lewis, the pair had an active sex life until the wedding, but this changes, and the pair separate. (Work Related) They're back together, but fighting over Lewis' Teddy Pendergrass painting. (M.E., Myself and I) They have a romantic Valentine's Day, with the Teddy painting looking over them. (Valentine's Day) From Valentine's Day on, whether Meldrick and Barbara are separated, divorced, or still married is never made clear. In the final episode Lewis does say he "blew it" in his chance at marriage. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Slone, Clara: (?) An eight-year old girl, murdered in 1932; the case would become legendary among the Baltimore police. The murder shook up Baltimore; since at the time, nobody had seen anything so horrific. 66 years later, the killer's son comes forward with new evidence that leads to the closing of the case. (Finnegan's Wake) A woman who believes she may have killed her little brother many years before goes to Falsone because she saw him on TV during the Slone case. (Truth Will Out) (Note: The "Clara Slone" case is based on the real life case of Clare Stone, a little girl killed in 1922. As on the show, the case is legend among Baltimore Homicide. David Simon wrote about the Clare Stone case for Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, but it was removed during the editing process, due to length.) (See also: Finnegan, Thomas)
Station House: (City Pier: 1701 Thames St.) Giardello says the Fells Point pier used as the station house was formally a "big, beautiful ballroom, with a huge chandelier and full orchestra." The city needed the space, so they cut the rooms to pieces, and turned it into a police station. Gee's parents had their wedding reception here, and sometimes, late at night in his office, he thinks he can still hear the orchestra. (And the Rockets Dead Glare) Lewis has to talk a suspect out of jumping off the top of the station house. (A Many Splendored Thing) Asbestos removal is done in the building without telling letting Giardello know. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) A gas leak forces a temporary relocation to an abandoned bank. (Autofocus) Junior Bunk grabs a gun and kills three police in the homicide squad room. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) The city renovates the squad room after the Bunk shootings. (La Famiglia) Two early episodes took place entirely in the pier, (Three Men and Adena, Night of the Dead Living), while two late episodes didn't include the pier at all. (The Subway, Lines of Fire) In real life, the City Pier was built in 1914, and was not only used for the filming of Homicide, but also served as the show's production offices.
Station House Deck: (City Pier: 1701 Thames St.) The deck on the roof of the station house pier is very often seen on the show. The detectives spend time here reflecting about their lives and jobs while overlooking the harbor or Thames Street. A playground with swing set is also located on the deck. After a long hot shift with no air conditioning, Gee takes his detectives here to spray them with a hose. (This scene is also the last shot seen in Homicide, in a montage as Homicide: The Movie ends.) One of the few civilians seen here is a grieving tourist, who's wife was murdered. (Bop Gun)
Stivers, Terri: (Toni Lewis) [Recurring Character: 5-6, Regular: 7] Narcotics detective who, along with Kellerman and Lewis, is after Luther Mahoney. Mahoney apparently doesn't view her as much of a threat, since she has Mahoney's beeper number. There's a definite chemistry between her and Lewis; (Bad Medicine, Deception) she's seen with him in Brodie's film about the detectives. (The Documentary) Despite her feelings of guilt, Stivers keeps quiet about Kellerman's shooting of Mahoney, which she witnessed. Transferred to Burglary, and shot at by Junior Bunk. (Blood Ties I) Later transferred to Sex Crimes. (Birthday) Helps Ballard and Gharty in an investigation. She is one of the people sued by Georgia Rae Mahoney. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) Transferred to Homicide, everyone seems happy to have her there, except Kellerman. (Something Sacred) After Bunk's squad room shooting of five police, Stivers' guilt finally gets the best of her, and she lets Gee know the Mahoney shoot wasn't clean. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two)
"Stone cold who-done-it": A murder case where there's no clear-cut suspect or solid leads. Detectives hate these. Kellerman doesn't really want to bother with a bowling ball through a windshield murder, because it's a stone cold-who-done-it. (Work Related)
St. Stanislaus Church: (700 S Ann St.) Church located around the corner from the station house, a block down from the Wharf Rat. Pamela Wilgis-- "the white glove killer'-- dumps the body of Catherine Goodrich in a dumpster here, setting off a red ball. (Nearer My God to Thee) Pembleton and Bayliss search here for evidence that may have been overlooked, while TV reporter Matt Rhodes reports from the site. (Fits Like a Glove) Crosetti's funeral is held here. (Crosetti) Olivia Pembelton is baptized here. (Valentine's Day) In the final episode, Munch and Billie Lou are married here, in a Catholic ceremony. At St. Stan's Convent, Lewis and Falsone talk to a nun, who is the sister of a murder victim. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Suicide: In a show dealing with death, it's not surprising that many H:LotS characters have taken their own lives. Munch tells country-fan Gaffney, that the country music playing in the background is what drove a woman to hang herself. (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) Crosetti's suicide is one of H:LotS' key events, still mentioned on the show years later. (Crosetti) A Poe-obsessed killer commits suicide by bricking himself up in a wall, as in Poe's The Cask of Amontillado. (Heartbeat) Sniper William Mariner shoots himself in his den, while surrounded by police and the QRT. (Sniper I) Before being caught, a killer hangs himself with a note, which said he wasn't a slacker. (Even though he really was.) (Work Related) Kellerman would almost certainly have shot himself, if Lewis hadn't been there to talk him out of it. (Have a Conscience) Lewis is very emotional after Felton's apparent suicide, coming on the heels of the suicides of Crosetti, the members of A.R.M.) , and Kellerman's near-suicide. Lewis demands to know who was next, and lists various options on how to do it. (Partners and Other Strangers) The man who murdered Danvers' fiancée killed himself in his cell. (Blood Wedding) Felton's murder was made to look like a shotgun suicide. (Partners and Other Strangers) Cox has to decide if the case of a man who was shot while jumping off a building, is murder or suicide. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat) After he has to give up his badge, Kellerman asks Lewis for his gun, and a minute alone in The Box. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two) During a hostage situation, a father kills his son before turning the gun on himself. Mike Giardello is incensed that he would take his son with him. (Line of Fire) Bayliss is considering eating his gun over murdering Luke Ryland. He says Pembelton's turning him in will save his life for the time being. (Homicide: The Movie)
The Horse You Came In On: (1626 Thames St.) Bar down the street from the Waterfront Bar, which is apparently Kellerman's hang-out after resigning as a detective. Falsone comes to see him here twice. (Kellerman P.I.: Part Two)
Titles: H:LotS, like most shows, didn't include the episode's title during the credits. The show's official production titles are not to be confused with the titles which NBC's publicity department sometimes used to promote the show in commercials; they were nearly always different. (The exception being the Blood Ties episodes.) Below is a partial list, with the NBC promotional titles, followed by the production titles.
City of Flames: (Fire I and II)
Lockdown: (Prison Riot)
The Awakening: (Control)
Veil of Tears: (Blood Wedding)
Personal Vengeance: (Partners and Other Strangers/Strangers and Other Partners)
Eyes of a Child: (Saigon Rose)
A Matter of Faith: (Something Sacred)
Homicide: The Movie (Homicide: Life Everlasting)
Thormann, Chris: (Lee Tergesen) [Recurring Character: 1, Guest Star: 5] Patrolman, who is a close friend of Crosetti. During an arrest, was shot and blinded on the corner of Spring and Fairmont by Charlie Flavin. (Son of a Gun) Lewis tells him not to give any information to Bolander about Crosetti's last days. (Crosetti) Lewis meets with him every year to remember Crosetti. The shooting incident is seen for the first time, in flashback, when the shooter is up for parole. Thormann is very well-liked, and many people, from Giardello to Harris write letters, asking that Flavin not be granted parole, despite his saving a prison guard's life. To Thormann's relief, his parole is denied. (Double Blind)
Thorne, Sam: (Joe Morton) Idealistic editor of a small newspaper, he's also a friend of Gee's. He's trying to start a program to trade guns for toys. (A Model Citizen) Thorne has leads on a Colombian drug cartel making inroads into Baltimore. The cartel hires a teenager to kill Thorne; he wanted the $500 to buy a mountain bike. (Happy to be Here)
Tucker, Risley: (AKA "The Araber") (Moses Gunn) Based on "The Fish Man" from the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Elderly araber, and probable killer of Adena Watson. Mentioned several times as a suspect, but never by name. (Ghost of a Chance, Son of a Gun) A lab report reveals that soot on Adena's dress came from the araber's barn. (A Shot in the Dark) Seen and mentioned by name for the first time. He's been interviewed ten times, and brought in twice; Bayliss and Pembelton have one last chance, in a grueling 12 hour session in the box to get a confession, or he will walk away a free man. Tucker is an alcoholic and was once accused of statutory rape. Adena's mother made her stop working for him because he was getting too friendly with her; he claims it was because the barn burned down. He recognizes Bayliss' hidden dark side, in a monologue similar to the one Pembelton would use in A Many Splendored Thing. The two detectives double team Tucker, and catch him in several lies. They play "good cop, bad cop"; Bayliss forces Tucker's face near a hot pipe, and in soothing tones, Pembelton tries to talk him into confessing as "a friend." The two later gang up on him again, but Tucker holds steady. Tucker admits he was in love with Adena, and cries because the love of his life was an 11 year old girl. Pembleton and Bayliss are convinced of his guilt, but the 12 hours run out and Tucker leaves a free man. (Three Men and Adena) Bayliss is still going over Tucker's testimony. (A Dog and Pony Show) Four years later, Bayliss notices Tucker's obituary in the paper. Bayliss laments the fact that Tucker had the chance to die peacefully in his bed. (Note: Actor Moses Gunn died on December 16, 1993--not long after Three Men and Adena aired.) (Stakeout) The murder of a little girl leads Bayliss to re-interview people from the Watson case. A co-worker of Tucker's claims that he was innocent, and that Bayliss' accusations are what led to his death. (Requiem for Adena) Bayliss wonders if in Tucker, he faced absolute evil, and let it get away. (Finnegan's Wake) (See also: Watson, Adena)
Uba, Gerry: Pig-loving loner, who kills his mother. As Bayliss searches for him, he kills several people, and takes hostages at a middle school. (Hostage I) Hours later, after asking only for beer and his pig, Uba kills another student, and starts a fire in which he's badly burned. In his hospital room, Gee tells Uba to "get well soon," so he can pay for his crimes. (Hostage II)
University of Maryland Medical System: (AKA Maryland Shock Trauma or University Hospital) (22 S. Greene Street) After being shot, Bolander, Felton and Howard are brought here. (The City That Bleeds) Pembelton is brought here after his stroke. (Work Related) After being shot by Junior Bunk, Ballard and Gharty are operated on here. (Fallen Heroes: Part One) Bayliss is brought here after being shot. Pembelton gives up his badge in the hallway, outside Bayliss' room. The final scene of season six takes place here, in Bayliss' room. (Fallen Heroes: Part Two)
Vacarro's Italian Pastry Shop: (222 Albmarle St.) A pastry shop frequented by Crosetti. After Crosetti's suicide, Pembelton and Bayliss come here to get his favorite cookies for the reception. The two, reeling from their colleague's death, argue inside and outside the shop. (Crosetti)
Vetter, Claude: (Mark Rogers) Casually confesses to murder in the box. He shot his wife in cold blood. (Requiem for Adena) In prison, tried to recruit Tom Marens for an Aryan group. Stabbed to death by James Douglas for bumping into him. (Prison Riot)
Walters Art Gallery: (600 N. Charles Street) From the Washington Monument, sniper William Mariner kills four people leaving here. (Sniper I)
Washington D.C.: The U.S. capital is located about 37 miles south of Baltimore. Crosetti and Lewis visit the Chinese Embassy here to investigate a murder, and later Crosetti is thrilled to get a tour of Ford's Theater. (And the Rockets Dead Glare) Much of the 3rd H:LotS/Law & Order crossover takes place here. (Sideshow: Parts One and Two)
The Waterfront Bar: (1710 Thames Street) Bar located across the street from the station house, bought by Lewis, Munch and Bayliss for around 205,000 dollars. The three often tend bar, and it becomes a hang out for the detectives and other police. George Washington stopped here in 1793, to use the bathroom. (Every Mother's Son) Pembleton and Bayliss have Richard Lamer meet them here. (Map of the Heart). A murder occurs here, which Gee investigates. (Heart of a Saturday Night) Luther Mahoney comes in, which Lewis doesn't stand for. (Control) Lewis is trying to get Falsone to buy into The Waterfront, since Munch and Bayliss have left all the work to him. (Homicide: The Movie) Filming for scenes here were done at the Waterfront Hotel/Restaurant across the street from the pier that serves as the H:LotS station house. The Waterfront is the oldest brick structure in Fell's Point. (Note: The bar has undergone some unfortunate changes since Homicide stopped filming, and it was bought by a new owner (which is why you only saw certain angles during Homicide: The Movie).
Water Taxi: Boats which take people around the Fell's Point/Inner Harbor area, stopping at 15 different landings. (In real life, a water taxi stop is located right next to the stationhouse pier.) A water taxi can be seen stopped behind Piccolos, when Beth Felton and Howard meet to talk about Beau. (Fits Like a Glove) Prisoner Elijah Sanborn mentions water taxis as being part of the outside world he's not a part of. (Prison Riot) Caroline Widmer met her late husband on a water taxi after an Orioles game. (The Heart of a Saturday Night)
Waters, John: Film director of note, (Pink Flamingos) and life-long resident of Baltimore. He's made 2 cameos; as a bartender Bolander talks to (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), and as R. Vincent Smith, a killer extradited from New York. (Law and Disorder) Munch thinks a little mustache and beady eyes, make a dead man resemble a combination of Waters, Steve Buscemi, and Edgar Allen Poe. (Shaggy Dog, City Goat)
Watson, Adena: (?) Based on "The Angel of Reservoir Hill" --Latonya Wallace-- in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Bayliss' first case, a 11 year old girl, with "the face of an angel." Adena and the case will be referenced very often throughout the seven year course of the series. Bayliss gets the case at the end of H:LotS's premiere episode. (Gone for Goode) The murder becomes a red ball, and Bayliss initially seems in over his head. The press reports that it's Bayliss' first case, so Granger and Barnfather try to pressure Giardello into replacing him. Bayliss tells Pembelton to check out the araber that Adena once worked for; her mother made her quit the job because he was getting too friendly. Pembelton thinks the araber is a waste of time. A suspect is brought in, but it's obvious he didn't do it. Bayliss attends Adena's funeral. (Ghost of a Chance) Another "suspect" is brought in, but he turns out to be a little boy. (Night of the Dead Living) Eight days have passed since Adena's death. Bayliss believes that Adena was murdered in a home overlooking where her body was found; the house is searched, but it's a dead end. The red ball seems to already be pretty much over. (Son of a Gun) Bayliss wants to bring the araber in, but Pembelton insists it's a dead end. Felton has a theory that Adena's body was kept in the trunk of a car after her murder, which would explain why they can't pinpoint a murder scene. Pembelton and Felton search for a Lincoln which was in the alley near the body, but it's another dead end. Barnfather gives up a key piece of evidence to the press during a speech, hurting the case. The strain of the investigation starts to show on Bayliss and he offers to step down; Gee sends him home to get some sleep. Pembelton wakes Bayliss up to tell him that the lab report says the black smudges on Adena's skirt were soot from the araber's barn. Pembelton also brought a warrant for the araber's arrest. (A Shot in the Dark) The araber, Risley Tucker, is brought in twice. Bayliss and Pembelton have one last chance to get him to confess, in a 12 hour, marathon session in the box. Tucker is almost certainly guilty, but they fail to get a confession, and he leaves a free man. (Three Men and Adena) Months later (during H:LotS's second season), we get the first hint that the case is still very much on Bayliss' mind, when he pulls Adena's name out of thin air, during an argument with Pembelton. (We also see that Bayliss still has a framed photo of Adena on his desk.) (A Many Splendored Thing) Bayliss wonders why, if God exists, he didn't save Catherine Goodrich or Adena. (Nearer My God to Thee) Emma Zoole seems almost as obsessed with the Adena Watson case as Bayliss. (A Model Citizen) Four years later, Bayliss says he is still haunted by Adena's face. (Stakeout) A murdered girl reminds Bayliss of Adena, and his obsession with her kicks into overdrive; he tries to find a connection between the two girls, and visits Adena's mother, who has managed to get on with her life. Bayliss tries to get a confession in Adena's murder from a new suspect; who obviously had nothing to do with it. After becoming so consumed with Adena that he begins to hate her, he tries to make a kind of peace with the fact that he'll never make her killer pay for the crime; he seals a photo of her in an envelope, with a flower, and throws it away. (Requiem for Adena) Bayliss claims that not everything with him goes back to the outcome of the Adena Watson case (even though it probably does.) (The Documentary) After Adena, Bayliss always has difficulty with cases involving children; he gets over-aggressive in a case involving a child abused to death. Bayliss' reveals his own molestation as a child to Pembelton, telling him how he relates to Adena. (Betrayal) Bayliss dreams that he and Pembelton are again investigating the murder of Adena Watson, and that he's lost control of the crime scene. For the first time in this recurring dream, he realizes that he's dreaming. The next day, he tells Pembelton that this signals he's turned a corner in his Adena-obsession. The 66 year-old, unsolved murder of a little girl introduces Bayliss to Thomas Finnegan; a retired detective, who has a similar obsession. By the end of the episode, Finnegan has found peace, but Bayliss is drinking by himself, realizing he'll probably never be over the Watson case. (Finnegan's Wake) The Watson case is well known among Baltimore Homicide; even detectives like Falsone, who weren't around at the time, are familiar with it. (Finnegan's Wake, Forgive Us Our Trespasses) Gee throws the fact that Bayliss never closed the Watson case in his face. (Homicide.com) In Homicide's final episode, during an argument about holding on to the past, Lewis points out that Bayliss is still trying to clear the Watson case, which is "deader than dead." Apparently resigning as a detective, Bayliss clears out his desk, and places a photo of Adena with his possessions. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses) After his death, Gee is shocked to see Adena merrily skipping through the squadroom. (Homicide: The Movie) (See also: Tucker, Risley)
Weber, Sister Magdalena: (Pamela Payton-Wright) Nun who helps Pembleton understand the white glove killer, and councils him in his struggles with his faith. (Nearer My God to Thee, Fits Like a Glove, Extreme Unction, Kaddish)
Westby, Jeff: (Granville Adams) Often seen uniformed officer. Westby informs Mike Giardello that his father has been shot. (Homicide: The Movie)
Westminster Cemetery and Catacombs: (519 W. Fayette Street) Edgar Allen Poe is buried here, and Joseph Cardero sells drugs outside. (Heartbeat)
Wharf Rat: (801 Ann St.) Bar/restaurant located around the corner from the station house, close to St. Stan's Church.. During the first two seasons, it was a frequently seen hangout for the detectives--it was replaced as a gathering spot by the Waterfront Bar.
Wilgis, Pamela: ( Lucinda Jenney) The "white glove" killer. Killed 2 women in Butte, Montana and 3 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Kills 3 women in Baltimore, including the winner of the city's Good Samaritan Award, which causes a red ball. (Nearer My God to Thee) Wilgis beats and strangles the women, then puts white cotton gloves on them, leaving them in church dumpsters, and then calling to report the bodies, using a device to disguise her voice. Wilgis comes into the station house, wearing a trampy, "barfly" outfit, claiming to be a witness, but it soon becomes clear that she's the killer. Wilgis claims to have multiple personalities, (Both Gee and Pembleton believe she's lying) and several of them appear to Pembleton in the box: "Sister Mary Maude," an Irish nun, "JMJ," the killer: a seven-year-old, who mimics Pembleton actions, including his holding a match to his hand, and finally "Annabella". Pembelton nearly gets her to confess, but she had earlier called her lawyer, Darrin Russom, who shows up to take her away. Wearing a plain, conservative dress, she goes on tv live with Channel 8's Matt Rhodes from her lawyer's office, to confess to all 8 murders. Rhodes calls her "the most tragic victim," because of her multiple personalities, caused by past abuse, apparently of a sexual nature, by an unnamed male. (She claims that during the abuse, she would look at a crucifix.) Pembleton is angry that she won't be held responsible for her crimes, and he later visits her in jail to try to understand why she did it. All he really learns, is that she was obsessed with white gloves, because her strict, straitlaced mother wore white gloves to church every week. These murders cause Pembleton to question his faith, although he tells Wilgis that, no matter what happens in the case against her, God is going to make her pay for her crimes; Wilgis agrees. (Extreme Unction) She sues Pembleton, Russert and the department for one million dollars, over her interrogation. The case is settled out of court for $100.000. Some paintings by Wilgis are included in an art exhibition featuring the work of criminals. (A Model Citizen) Bayliss says she's in a mental institution. (Law and Disorder)
Williams, Montel: Third-rate, Baltimore-born talk show host, who Munch uses as a metaphor for mediocrity in his very first scene (and H:LotS' most famous moment.) Munch angrily tells a lying suspect "Now I get it. You're saving your really good lies for some smarter cop.. is that it? I'm just a donut in the on-deck circle. Wait until the real guy gets here. Wait until that big guy comes back. I'm probably just his secretary...I'm just Montel Williams...you want to talk to Larry King! I've been a murder police for ten years..if you're gonna lie to me, you lie to me with respect! Now what is it? Is it my shoes? Is it my haircut? You got a problem with my haircut?... Don't you ever again lie to me like I'm Montel Williams! I am not Montel Williams! I am not Montel Williams!" Not knowing who Williams is, Bolander wonders if he's someone from the suspect's neighborhood. (Gone for Goode) In the X-Files episode in which Munch appears, he does a variation of this riff, using Geraldo Rivera. (The X-Files: Unusual Suspects)
Wilson, Felix: (James Earl Jones) Baltimore philanthropist who owns the "Fabulous Felix" snack-cake empire. Giardello is friends with Wilson, and his wife Regina. The body of his maid, Melia Brierre, is found in the restroom of the Belvedere during a dinner in his honor. (Blood Ties I) Wilson admits having had sex with her. Since Wilson is black and rich, the fact that Pembleton and Giardello are treating him as a non-suspect causes tension between Pembleton and Ballard. Someone leaks to the press that the victim's boyfriend is no longer a suspect, putting even more suspicion on the Wilson family. (Blood Ties II) Felix's son Hal killed Melia. He loved her, but was upset that she was sleeping with Felix. He tells Pembleton he did it, but it can't be used as a confession. Hal can't be charged, and Felix says he'll do everything in his power to protect his son. The family moves to San Diego, but Pembleton thinks that eventually Hal will pay for the crime. (Blood Ties III)
Writers: Any discussion of the quality of H:LotS should begin with the writers, and should start with David Simon-- the author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Plots, characters and details are borrowed so often from "the book," that they're too numerous to mention. The other key writers include executive producer Tom Fontana-- who not only goes over every script, but has penned some of the series finest episodes (most notably the Emmy-winning Three Men and Adena); and screenwriter Paul Attanasio, who wrote the first episode, and is credited as the series creator. Future staff writer Darryl LaMonte Wharton (Sins of the Father) played the mountain bike-coveting killer in Happy to be Here. Yaphet Kotto wrote three episodes: Narcissus, Secrets, and Self Defense. Other notables include James Yoshimura, Jorge Zamacona, Henry Bromell, Julie Martin, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, David Mills, and the late Noel Behn.
The X-Files: Frequently excellent, very influential FOX show, about two FBI agents, who investigate cases involving the unexplained. Richard Belzer's Munch character appeared in the November 16, 1997 flashback episode, which dealt with Fox Mulder's first encounter with John Byers, Melvin Frohike, and Ringo Langly; a trio of conspiracy geeks who call themselves "The Lone Gunman." In the story, it's Baltimore in 1989, and Mulder is in the violent crimes division, 4 years before teaming with Dana Scully on the the X-Files. A SWAT team enters a Fell's Point warehouse, where they find Byers, Frohike and Langly, blood on the floor, and a naked Mulder, blabbering "They're here!" In The Box, (where it's unusually dark) Munch interrogates Byers, saying "A warehouse break-in, but nothing stolen....a shootout, but no guns....lots of blood, but no bodies...and an FBI agent who likes to take off all his clothes and talk about space aliens....Fill me in." Byers tells Munch the story, which involves a femme fatale, assassins, and a government plot to experiment on people with a chemical which causes paranoia. After hearing the story, Munch, in a variation on his Montel Williams riff, asks "Do I look like Geraldo (Rivera)?! Don't lie to me like I'm Geraldo! I'm not Geraldo!" Mulder recovers, and corroborates the story. As Munch releases the three, he advises them to wear aluminum hats to block "the government's mind-control rays", and later he pockets one of Langly's illegal cable converters. (The X-Files: The Unusual Suspects) Ironically, when the Friday night opening of the Waterfront Bar didn't attract many customers, Munch mused that people were probably home watching The X-Files. (Partners) Both H:LotS and The X-Files had episodes entitled End Game and Kaddish. H:LotS' Zeljko Ivanek (Ed Danvers) gave one of the best performances ever on The X-Files, as the autistic title character in the first season's Roland.
Zoole, Emma: (Lauren Tom) Death-obsessed woman, who both Bayliss and Lewis fall for. She's so turned on by death, that she assumes Bayliss is a Homicide detective because he must find death "seductive." Zoole is an artist, who builds a model of the crime scene for one of Crosetti's cases. She asks Bayliss out, and later, in her apartment full of crime scene models, the two have sex in a coffin, which Zoole uses for a bed. Lewis is jealous, and because of this, Bayliss feels guilty. Zoole also has a boyfriend she neglected to tell Bayliss about; a patrolman named Andy. (A Model Citizen) Bayliss and Zoole continue to sleep together, but she quickly dumps him for confronting Andy, because he shoved her. (Happy to Be Here)
Thanks to everyone who has sent corrections, additions, and comments. Special thanks to Dennis Kytasaari for his invaluable H:LotS episode guide