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S3x14: Dead End

April 15, 2010

  • AIR DATE: 2/03/1995
  • TELEPLAY: Jorge Zamacona & Julie Martin
  • STORY: James Yoshimura
  • DIRECTED: Whitney Ransick

Tensions are all over the place in the wake of the QRT debacle resulting in the chief suspect the in the shooting of Detectives Howard, Bolander and Felton manages to give the police the old slip. There are several things going on during this tightly written episode ranging from doubts as to the viability of the initial suspect as a suspect. Everyone scrambles to find enough palm to cover their own asses, while leaving their fingers free to point blame at someone else.


  • After having nearly crashed the family truckster, Beth is able to get to Felton’s side and he finally gets to see the kids. Of course, this would have been fantastic if it hadn’t taken a shooting. In addition, Felton grapples with guilt over Howard’s more serious injuries, going over what steps he could have taken to prevent her from being shot. The squad is finally brought up to speed on as to the extend of Big Man’s injuries and his prognosis. Big Man’s ex-wife, played by the incomparable Dana Ivey, shows up to lend support, but finds herself afraid to actually see him. Meanwhile, Howard’s life hangs in a balance, if I can be so trite for a moment.


  • Walker and Lewis team up to reinterview witnesses and seem to be equally bad drivers. Munch and Drummond chase down leads, which bring them closer to the realization that perhaps they are on the wrong trail. Pembleton and Bayliss find themselves at odds over the degree to which they wish to be keep abreast of the latest prognosis updates. I really like the inclusion of the characters Drummond and Walker.


  • Russert is tasked by THE BRASS to unravel the mystery of the clerical error, as the Mary Pendergast angle, while accurate, doesn’t satisfy THE BRASS’s appetite for blood. When it turns out GEE signed off on the typo’d report, Russert finds her loyalties scattered, smothered and covered. GEE acts as the welcome wagon for Bolander’s ex-wife and coordinator for status updates on the wounded detectives.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Regina permalink
    April 15, 2010 5:33 pm

    Everyone scrambles to find enough palm to cover their own asses, while leaving their fingers free to point blame at someone else.

    This is a fantastic image. 🙂

  2. April 15, 2010 6:19 pm

    Thanks, Regina!

  3. April 16, 2010 7:06 am

    When Pembleton lights his cigarette it always looks like he’s getting down to serious business.

  4. hsofia permalink
    May 2, 2010 10:32 pm

    All that smoking indoors – not today! Amazing how much things have changed just since I’ve been an adult. Russert was having some serious emotional ups and downs in these few days, between Beau and Gee. Barnfather’s quiet buck-passing was interesting.

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