S2x04: Bop Gun
AIR DATE: 1/06/1994
WRITTEN BY: Tom Fontana & David Mills and David Simon
DIRECTED BY: Stephen Gyllenhaal
GUEST STARS: Robin Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal
I hate this episode and I adore it. This is emotionally gripping and it just breaks your heart. This episode and A DOLL’S EYES are two of the hardest H:LOTS episodes to watch. Robin Williams is spectacular. Even little Donnie Darko was wonderful too. I’ve never been able to watch it without feeling that pit in my stomach and quickly have to watch THE DOCUMENTARY or FULL MOON to make myself feel better (those are other episodes of H:LOTS, though I feel that goes without saying). Robin Williams plays a hapless Out-of-towners like tourist whose wife is gunned down while sightseeing. Normally, I don’t think of Seal as the soundtrack of American street crime, but its use in the cold opening was chillling.
FELTON and HOWARD
Felton catches the RED BALL and proceeds to show some of that Baldwin charm with jokes about overtime and how whiny the grieving family folks are. Felton’s behavior is basically dismissed by GEE when confronted by the victim’s angry husband (Williams). That’s where I start feeling sick inside. Feeling the helplessness and rage he feels and seriously, this performance is so understated. I have no idea how many blow dart tranqs to the neck it required to yield this performance, but it was worth it. Howard skillfully toggles between the two interrogation rooms ensuring that nobody puts the suspects through the 2 way mirror head first.
BOLANDER, BAYLISS, PEMBLETON, LEWIS, MUNCH, CROSETTI
Since this is a RED BALL there are none of the usual partnerships. Everyone’s overlapping like a bad summer camp rendition of “Row Row Row Your Boat”.