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'Law & Order: Svu': Richard Belzer's John Munch says goodbye

16 October 2013 7:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Richard Belzer's final episode of "Law & Order: Svu" as Detective John Munch could use more of him.

The Wednesday (Oct. 16) episode, "Wonderland Story," opens with a collection of characters bidding farewell to Munch at a roast in his honor. All NYPD detectives have to retire by their 63rd birthday. (Belzer, who has played Munch in a record 10 different shows over 20 years, is 69.)

Though the detectives always wear jackets and shirts with collars and ties, they are spiffier in this episode as they gather to roast their friend. Munch is the spiffiest of all, entering in a white dinner jacket and black bow tie. He looks as if he's in Vegas, not Brooklyn, where the scene was shot.

"I have to admit I did underestimate you at first," Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) says. "And I have to admit Detective Munch is not just a brilliant detective but a very, »


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Greatest Series Finales: Homicide’s “Forgive Us Our Trespasses” exemplifies the devastating impact of speaking for the dead

12 September 2013 4:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Homicide: Life on the Street

Episode 7.22 “Forgive Us Our Trespasses”

Written by Tom Fontana

Directed by Alan Taylor

Aired 5/21/1999 on NBC

Homicide: Life on the Street was created as a show about “thinking cops” with actors who didn’t fit the typical mold for network TV. They were overweight, balding, and dressed like real cops. The landmark television series was highly influential and set the stage for captivating shows like The Wire and The Shield. By the time it reached its seventh season, Homicide had changed dramatically from its original format. The basic model of investigating murders remained, but the cast was younger and prettier. Even so, original cast members Clark Johnson (Lewis), Kyle Secor (Bayliss), Yaphet Kotto (Giardello), and Richard Belzer (Munch) kept it from feeling too much like a departure. The final season was its most inconsistent and had low points that you wouldn’t expect. The killings were more sensational, »

- Dan Heaton

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