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S4x05 – Heartbeat

May 14, 2010



“Heartbeat” boasts a fantastic script, generally H:LOTS grade acting and wonderful direction by the late great Bruno Kirby fresh from his stint as Pembleton’s vengeful stalker in the season three finale – The Gas Man. Munch really shines in this episode and seems to have made up for whatever rocky start the actor who portrays him – Richard Belzer – was rumored to have. In the forty some odd episodes already blogged watching Belzer come into his own has been a real treat. We’re also seeing Kellerman find his groove as well. Overall I would grade this episode a B+, but individual performances – particularly Belzer’s are A+

Memorable Quotes

    Munch: Don’t tell me you’re watching soap operas again.
    Bayliss: It’s what we have instead of a sex life, Munch. Leave us alone.

    Howard: If you were going to hide a body, where you bury it?
    Munch: In a cemetery.

    Bayliss and Pembleton

      Bayliss blabs about Mary’s pregnancy causing Frank all sorts of headaches as fellow detectives saddle up to him with copious amounts of generally unhelpful advice. Meanwhile, Bayliss is still dealing with his back, though mostly aggravating other detectives by taking informal surveys as to how they would deal with back troubles he’s having. He’s also no longer carrying so much crap in his wallet nor putting it in his back pocket. At some point they most likely will have to put aside babies and fat wallets and investigate some cases.

    Lewis and Kellerman

      The newlyweds of the squad catch a case, which leads to another case, which they in turn pass along to Howard and Munch. So nice of them to uncover a ten year old murder victim’s skeleton and share their good fortune with fellow detectives.

    Howard and Munch

      Their golden oldie victim was buried behind a brick wall – a nod to Charm City’s own Edgar Allen Poe – and was kind enough to scratch out the name of his killer, albeit misspelled. As luck would have it even in Baltimore – Poe’s stomping grounds – there just aren’t as many drug dealing Poe fanatics as one might believe. I suppose that’s a silver lining, if such can be said of the business of investigating ten year old murders. In other news, Munch is sniffing around M. E Alyssa Dyer, but don’t worry, he’ll fuck that up too.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2010 2:07 pm

    Aw I love Bruno Kirby, he was one of my favorite character actors. I didn’t realize he got to be on the other side of the camera! Here’s a great still of him (and some other guy) from one of my favorite cheesy and quotable movies, the Freshman:

  2. May 15, 2010 4:11 pm

    He does a great job here. As do most of Levinson’s Players who make appearances – both in front and behind the camera – throughout the show’s run.

  3. May 15, 2010 4:20 pm

    I forgot to mention how much I enjoyed The Gas Man episode in which Kirby starred.

  4. May 15, 2010 4:56 pm

    Wait. Wait. Woooooooah buddy.

    THERE IS A SERIES FROM WHEN MUNCH WAS ON HOMICIDE?

    How did I not know this before. Why did no one ever tell me. OMFG. He was the only thing that made some of those SVU episodes marginally bearable. Hot Jew-angst ftw, baby. Yes, I have weird taste.

    Awesome.

  5. May 15, 2010 5:24 pm

    Chava, I am right there with you on the subject of Munch.

  6. hsofia permalink
    May 19, 2010 11:11 am

    I liked Howard’s interactions with Munch; he says some of the most outrageous things and she is never phased. I liked her response after he ranted about how women are too smart, too this, too that, etc. – she put the kibbosh on that with only two words. Howard’s plainspokenness is such a foil for Munch’s verbosity.

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