Pembleton and Bayliss look for a gunman who opened fire at a crowded shopping mall, critically wounding a 10 year old boy.

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Two teens, one with a pistol, chase a third through a mall. A random shot hits a ten-year-old boy, leaving him brain dead. Pembleton and Bayliss interview dozens of bystanders and the grief-stricken parents in hopes of finding the shooter. Can anything good come out of this tragedy? For anyone? Written by jeaneva

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This episode takes place from October 7 to October 9, 1995. See more »

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How a Lifetime's Hard Work and Devotion can be Snuffed Out in One, Insane Moment!
29 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Television rarely has seen the likes of a series which produces consistently high quality of work in the field of Drama. Even much rarer are individual episodes that stand on their own as individual works of Art.

The 1950's actually brought us several such series, thank you! We then had the likes of "WESTINGHOUSE STUDIO ONE", "CLIMAX" and "PLAYHOUSE 90", to name a few. On these weekly Dramatic Outlets we saw live, uncut and un edited the likes of such plays as "The Miracle Worker", "Marty". "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and even the world premiere of "NO TIME FOR SERGESNTS".

But in all fairness to the Nostalgiasts (like meself), all of these fine TV Series were anthologies. To find a continued storyline Dramatic Series with regular characters facing up to new and different challenges we have to fast-forward our time frame just a little to find one, true, prime example! (No, Schultz, it's not "THE PRUITTS OF SOUTH HAMPTON.") It is of course "HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET" (Baltimore Pictures/NBC, 1993-99).

WE find many examples of these Hour Long masterpieces. The aptly titled episode: "Subway" (1997), guest-starring Vincent D'Onofrio always comes to mind; having had the distinction of being the subject of a PBS Documentary; being a sort of show within a show. But there were others, and I do have some personal favourites; like that which is discussed in the following paragraphs.

OUR STORY………………….In the episode entitled "A Doll's Eyes", Detectives Bayliss (Kyle Secor) and Pembleton (Andre Braugher) respond to the shooting of a young boy a Shopping Mall. The victim, Patrick Garbarek ( Stephen Francis Quinn), is a happy, healthy and inquisitive 10 year old out on a trip to the Shopping Center with his Parents, Joan (Marcia Gay Harden) and Paul Garbarek (Gary Basaraba). While doing some harmless, innocent window shopping and coming upon a Dinosaur Window Diarama, young Patrick catches a stray bullet; fired by some punk gang bangers, who have gone on a senseless shooting joy ride in the Mall.

Rushed to the Hospital ER and Trauma Center, the boy is rushed into emergency surgery, where all is done for him; but all indications are of the child's having sustained injuries rendering him to be "brain dead." It is to this Hospital that Detectives Pembleton & Bayliss arrive in their conducting of the Serious Shooting (Potential Homicide) and have the unenviable job of interviewing the stunned, shock and horrified, yet still hopeful Parents. AS the family's emotional carousel moves from total disbelief, to shock, to denial and false hope, to grief and finally a reluctant acceptance of the still unbelievable; the Detectives Pair find themselves to be the outlets for the ultimate frustration of Mr. and Mrs. Garbarek.

In the curse of the story (though not done in real time), the Couple realizes that the worst did happen and know that they must have to face up to having the life support systems disconnected; thereby removing all doubt and false hope.

The grieving Parents even give their approval of having their Son's Organs harvested and donated to needy recipients, including one right there at the Hospital. The irony of the whole situation's being underlined to Bayliss by the Father of the local boy receiving a transplant, who posits about why did one child have to die in order for his to live.

Wow! We go from a disgusting and senseless juvenile crime to philosophizing about the Nature of Life and Death itself! Every tool at hand is used to the utmost in painting a fine masterpiece of an episode. The Acting by the Guest Starring parents, Marcia Gay Harden and Gary Basaraba is the very finest and deserved consideration for Emmy! Whereas an abrupt, heavy-handed expositional exchange could well have worked, Director Kenneth Fink chose to inform us indirectly; that, for example that the Garbarek family weren't wealthy; but rather decidedly Blue Collar, Working Folks and Proletariatan, even! We are informed of this, not via the spoken word; but rather in the untold essentials of their life. We see their manner of dress, he with flannel shirt and old jeans; she having an equally "Shabby, but Neat" look. Our visit to their home reveals to us an old, though neatly maintained small, single family cottage; definitely no Summer at the Hamptons for this family Producer Barry Levinson, Writers Tom Fontana, Tom Bromell & James Yoshimura and Director Kenneth Fink all started us down one street and brought us out another in rendering this Police Drama into a tale of understanding for the Victims, their Loved Ones and even those who are sent to investigate.


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