Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 4, Episode 12

For God and Country (9 Feb. 1996)

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In the second part of a story started on Law & Order: Charm City (1996), Bayliss and Pembleton work with Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis to find the people involved in the NYC subway ... See full summary »


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In the second part of a story started on Law & Order: Charm City (1996), Bayliss and Pembleton work with Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis to find the people involved in the NYC subway bombing and the Baltimore church bombing five years earlier. Written by dav3id-2

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J. K. Simmons would later return to Law & Order as psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda. See more »


John Munch: [to Briscoe] You're either divorced or you hate who you're married to.
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You will be MY murder, for the truth
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In this solid cross-over Pembleton (Andre Braugher) and Bayliss (Kyle Secor) cooperate with NY detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) while investigating two terrorist attacks.

As someone who never followed Law & Order, Bratt's character and performance left me unimpressed, but Orbach's Briscoe holds his own well, utters trademark Homicide dialogues with glee and shares a couple of funny scenes with Munch (Richard Belzer).

Both humorous sequences - a Tarantino-like discussion in a diner with the camera circling around the group of Balto/NY detectives - and darker moments are handled deftly. The ending is bleak in typical Homicide fashion, and it's all the more memorable as it shows self-confident Pembleton at his most vulnerable.

Stealing the show, however, is J.K. Simmons as the racist terrorist - it's the kind of performance which makes the skin crawl. Simmons never strikes a false note and is marvellously understated. I was familiar only with his comedic works, and his turn here impressed me.


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