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S1x05: A Shot in the Dark

March 22, 2010

DIRECTED BY: Bruce Paltrow
WRITTEN BY: Tom Fontana
Edie Falco, Zeljko Ivanek

The character partnerships are starting to gel and the writing here is exceptionally great. Belzer and Baldwin are stand outs in this episode. Truly doing strong, yet understated work. Felton also has wonderful chemistry with Pembleton and they have some delicious scenes together. Bruce Paltrow once again demonstrates why he was one of the best. Masterful direction. Still no appearance of the “Homicide: Jump on the Cut” camera work yet. I can’t wait!

Bolander’s date with Blythe does not go well and he wanders around the squad room snapping at people and avoiding her phone calls. Munch manages to misplace the witness they discovered hiding in a doghouse. When they track her down she flirts with Bolander and discover she’s a professional woman in a fur chubby sort of way. She says, “You’re not a man to be flirted with or conned.” as she flirts and attempts to con him.

Bayliss and Pembleton trade snips while debating the next move in the WATSON case before going off to follow their separate hunches. Barnfather harshes Bayliss’s mellow and is rewarded with “butthead” and an introduction to Bayliss’s friend Tone – dial tone.

Lewis gets a suspect in the THORMANN case in the box (the interrogation room) and starts to doubt his guilt and instead refocuses on a witness who won’t stop bitching about his migraines. And he’s gonna need more than Advil to get over the headache that Crosetti’s about to administer.

Danvers stops by and Howard chats him up while he reviews Bayliss’s warrant for a suspect in the WATSON CASE. Felton and Pembleton catfight over MLKJr BLVD that Felton insists on calling by its previous name. Felton attributes this to a personality quirk, which still has him using Rosanne Barr and Burma instead of their current names. Felton also decides the Repo-lot they shake down during an investigation is the perfect place and time to test drive a new set of wheels.

Barnfather shits in Gee’s cornflakes when Gee asks who might be next shift commander. With both WATSON and THORMANN redballs not moving forward, Gee’s chances are about as good as mine of ever making Captain. Barnfather interrupts his evening to tattle on Bayliss for calling him a “butthead”.

S1x01 Pilot: Gone for Goode
S1x02 Ghost of a Chance
S1x03 Night of the Dead Living
S1x03 Son of a Gun

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2010 9:48 am

    I really like the screen caps and captions… even with a show I’ve watched a lot (and I’ve only seen a handful of H:LOTS episodes) I have a hard time remembering all the characters’ names.

    Oh and on previous names: I think that’s also partly a NYC thing. I remember when Sixth Avenue was officially renamed “Avenue of the Americas,” for years afterward the only people I ever heard call it that were out-of-towners and news announcers.

  2. March 22, 2010 1:52 pm

    Yay, I’m glad you’re enjoying the screen caps and captions. I always wondered what street was the Ave of Americas!

  3. msjacks permalink
    March 22, 2010 2:31 pm

    I have got to start watching this show. I’m obsessed with The Wire so it’s got to be worth it. Remind me to tell you my Meeting Andre Braugher story.

  4. March 22, 2010 9:09 pm

    Omg! I can’t wait to hear it 🙂

  5. hsofia permalink
    March 23, 2010 4:19 am

    WTH … the real name of Sixth Avenue is the Avenue of Americas?
    Gosh, I’d forgotten what a pain in the ass Barnfather was ….
    Andre Braugher is my famous actor dad.

  6. March 23, 2010 6:58 am

    Re: Sixth Avenue (from Wikipedia)

    Although the Avenue’s official name was changed to Avenue of the Americas in 1945 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia New Yorkers remained faithful to the old name. After the name change, the street signs carried a unique design and the streetlights were adorned with “Avenue of the Americas” medallions (many of these were removed in 1992 when the majority of the streetlights were replaced). Since New Yorkers seldom use this term, calling the avenue by that name has even become a shibboleth of sorts for something a tourist in the city might say (such as mispronouncing “Houston Street”). To avoid confusion among visitors, the street was signed as both Avenue of the Americas and Sixth Avenue in the 1980s.

    I didn’t realize the name “officially” was changed well before I was born. And I left NY in the early 80s so I didn’t realize the city finally backpedaled on it.

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