S4x03 – Autofocus
- Teleplay by Bonnie Marks, Story by Tom Fontana & Henry Bromell, Directed by Alan Taylor
Guest Stars: Illeana Douglas and Fisher Stevens
Generally speaking, H:LOTS episodes have great titles, instantly evoking an iconic scene or piece of dialog. Unfortunately, “Autofocus” is not one of them. This isn’t to suggest it’s not a fantastic episode – it is – but I almost never remember the details of this episode, without first reading a summary. This is the “gas leak” episode, which finds the squad taking their show on the road and across the street into an old bank building and sees Kellerman officially become a member of the “murder police”.
- Lt. Al “Gee” Giardello rimshot: Kellerman, we do not wear jeans in my squadroom. Pants, trousers, Nino Cerutti if you’re feeling fabulous.
From Nearer My God to Gee:
Another new season, another batch of old favorites kicked to the curb and another cheeky bastard joins the cast. Mike Kellerman officially joins the squad and ushers in the golden age of the show in the form of his partnership with Meldrick Lewis (Clark Johnson). The chemistry is immediate and delightful as the two steal a car Pembleton left parked and running in front of the building (budget cuts and limited vehicles).
Kellerman: You know, he shouldn’t leave a department vehicle running like that.
Lewis: Yeah. Could get stolen.
Kellerman: Lieutenant said take the first car in.
Lewis: We shouldn’t.
Kellerman: You’re right.
Lewis: Grand theft auto, baby.
Pembleton: You sons of bitches!
Kellerman and Lewis
- These two cheeky motherfuckers. After stealing a squad car from Frank, thus cementing their status as the pranksters of the squad, they find themselves investigating the murder of an elderly woman found at a bus stop. Fisher Stevens and Illeana Douglas star as a couple on a first date who don’t seem to like each other very much. Funny performances from both actors, and definitely big ups for the writers for crafting some pretty hilarious moments and really welcoming Kellerman into the flock in high style. Kellerman (Reed Diamond) and Lewis (Clark Johnson) have amazing chemistry, rivaling even the great Pembleton/Bayliss bromance, which is looking a bit worse for wear.
- She passed the Sgt. exam and is struggling to find her place in the pecking order. Naturally, she makes a mistake of soliciting advice from the other chick running things – Captain Russert – who still is a bit crispy from their last exchange. Oops. Well, at least Howard got the highest score on the quiz and beat out Munch, who I think overslept and missed the exam.