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S2x02: Black and Blue

March 28, 2010

AIR DATE:1/20/1994
DIRECTED BY: Chris Menual
WRITTEN BY: Tom Fontana
GUEST STARS: Julianna Margulies, Isaiah Washington

Julianna Margulies and Isaiah Washington guest star in roles completely different than the TV roles which made them both household names – Margulies as a sassy waitress and Washington as a cheeky street thug. Carol Hathaway and Preston Burke are a long way away. So many actors should wear shirts – similar to babies in hospitals – that say, “I got my start on H:LOTS”.

Oh man, Pembleton is really catching breeze doing his job trying to figure who the hell shot this kid – friend or foe. There all kind of ins, outs and whathaveyous. Police officers turning in guns and taking lie detector tests. Suspects fleeing the scene and neighborhood residents slamming their doors like the officers were collection agents. But then there’s magic. Pembleton gets into the box with the suspect and fans get their first taste of why H:LOTS often is called “The Best Show on Television”. Bayliss makes use of his newly found powers of judgment by getting the hell out of Pembleton’s way.

Munch gives his off screen girlfriend a gift that keeps on killing. And since they seem to be on opposite sides of the see-saw of love, Bolander finds his love stocks rising when he meets a lovely violin playing, gum smacking waitress. I’m pretty certain they had real police work to do, but my investigation did not reveal any evidence of work being accomplished. At least nothing Danvers could take to a grand jury.

Howard has ties to one of the officers involved with the dodgy shooting and at first seems to be sniffing around Pembleton’s investigation with less than honorable intentions. But eventually we get to the truth, which involves the obligatory tawdry affair complete with wistful words of remorse spoken into a clear night sky. Felton, hell, what was he doing in this episode? I think he had his hands full last episode and decided to wander the squad room as a human clown horn to everyone’s two drink minimum comedy routines.

Another team MIA, save a few moments of screen time in service of keeping the squad room looking full – seat fillers, if you will.

Oh Gee. Gee fights with Pembleton, gets live with the BRASS and manages to push a month’s worth of warrants off his desk. What the hell did those unsigned warrants ever do to him? This officer shooting thing is really got his hackles up and it’s mostly because as a Sicilian he’s all about family. Unfortunately, Pembleton doesn’t quite share this world view, particularly when applied to dirty cops.

S2x01 See No Evil

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hsofia permalink
    March 28, 2010 4:25 pm

    I like how BRASS is like a character of its own. I really wish H:LotS was on Netflix streaming.

  2. March 28, 2010 5:25 pm

    Ha. I know, right. Well they change fairly often during the first season, despite not changing in perspective or message much at all.

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