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S3x13: The City That Bleeds

April 14, 2010


ATTENTION: This recap contains SPOILERS so if you wish to avoid them please read another one of my entries. Remember, I warned you!

  • AIR DATE: 1/27/1995
  • STORY: James Yoshimura & Bonnie Mark
  • TELEPLAY: Jorge Zamacona & Julie Martin
  • DIRECTOR: Tim Hunter
  • GUEST STARS: Gary D’Addario, Gloria Reuben

A clerical error results in the biggest event of the third season – three officers shot while executing an arrest warrant. Dynamic acting, writing and direction. I’m serious, Tim Hunter is FIERCE. Big ups to the producers for casting the technical consultant and inspiration for GEE, Gary D’Addario as head of QRT (Quick Response Team/SWAT). Fans of The Wire will also know him as Prosecutor Gary DiPasquale.

Before we turn the gun on our beloved characters let’s review the ten rules of Homicide as observed by David Simon in Homicide: A Year on the Killing Street:

  • Everyone lies. Murderers lie because they have to; witnesses and other participants lie because they think they have to; everyone else lies for the sheer joy of it, and to uphold a general principle that under no circumstances do you provide accurate information to a cop.
  • The victim is killed once, but a crime scene can be murdered a thousand times.
  • The initial 10 or 12 hours after a murder are the most critical to the success of an investigation.
  • An innocent man left alone in an interrogation room will remain fully awake, rubbing his eyes, staring at the cubicle walls and scratching himself in the dark, forbidden places. A guilty man left alone in an interrogation room goes to sleep.
  • It’s good to be good; it’s better to be lucky.
  • When a suspect is immediately identified in an assault case, the victim is sure to live. When no suspect has been identified, the victim will surely die.
  • First, they’re red. Then they’re green. Then they’re black. (Referring to the money that must be spent to investigate a case, and the colors in which open and solved murders are listed on the board)
  • In any case where there is no apparent suspect, the crime lab will produce no valuable evidence. In those cases where a suspect has already confessed and been identified by at least two eyewitnesses, the lab will give you print hits, fiber evidence, blood typings and a ballistic match.
  • To a jury, any doubt is reasonable; the better the case, the worse the jury; a good man is hard to find, but 12 of them, gathered together in one place, is a miracle. (Referring to jury trials)
  • There is too such a thing as a perfect murder.

MUNCH, BOLANDER, HOWARD and FELTON

  • While executing a warrant Detectives Howard, Bolander and Felton are shot and critically wounded. In the symphony of bullets Munch stumbles, hesitates and is unable to return fire, which haunts him throughout the episode. Rushed to the coolest named hospital on the planet – Maryland Shock Trauma – the extent of their injuries and reactions by their fellow officers are unknown until after the opening credits and first commercial break.

GEE and THE BRASS

  • For once THE BRASS is actually of some damn use as GEE tries to juggle the media, the officers’s families and the other detectives. He sets his lasers on Mary Pendergast, a sneezing, overworked swivel servant whose typo dooms the detectives to their bullet riddled fate. As a person who is often typolicious, this scene gave me tremendous pause. I am seriously going to reduce the number of Pendergasts in my non “professional” work.

LEWIS, BAYLISS, PEMBLETON, DRUMMOND and WALKER

  • Pembleton’s assigned the primary and sex crimes sends Dr. Theresa Walker to assist in locating the suspect, believed to be a sex offender. Bolander’s old partner Mitch gives quite the performance in Gee’s office and is thus allowed to assist on the case as well. Lewis, Bayliss and Pembleton are shown in the opening tossing a football and also listening to Lewis’s oft told joke (we never hear the actual joke, only the punchline) with the rimshot – So the bear says, “You didn’t really come here to hunt, did you?”.

To be continued…

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