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Forgive Us Our Trespasses 

Giardello receives a surprise visit from his daughter, Bayliss and Shepard try to bring a criminal to justice and Lewis and Falsone investigate a stabbing.



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Marianna Alacchi ...
Lois Freeman
Dale Richert
Robert Carlson ...
Off. Byron Denys
Tim Colmus ...


Giardello receives a surprise visit from his daughter, Bayliss and Shepard try to bring a criminal to justice and Lewis and Falsone investigate a stabbing.

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21 May 1999 (USA)  »

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The show was never a favorite of the bosses at NBC because it's ratings were so much lower than the network's mega-hits of the 1990's, especially "ER", but ironically the overall power of NBC allowed the show to last for 7 seasons and over 100 episodes, because it was one of the best-reviewed and generally admired NBC programs by critics and other writers and directors and actors. "ER" even helped the show simply by drawing such a huge rights-renewal fee that NBC stated that some of that revenue was going to be used to keep "Homicide" for its 6th and 7th (and final) seasons. See more »


Det. Rene Sheppard: [Bayliss shoves Danvers head-first down the court house steps, where he collides with the railing and sidewalk] Danvers!
Stuart Gharty: Danvers!
[rushes forward to help him]
Stuart Gharty: Are you alright?
[looks up at Bayliss]
Stuart Gharty: What are you, NUTS?
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"...It ain't got nothing' to do with life."
7 August 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

The summary line comes from a line spoken in this episode. I was going to say where or when it's spoken,but that'd probably be considered a spoiler,so I'll refrain from it. If you've already seen this episode,you'll know EXACTLY what I'm referencing and meaning.

The last show of the reasonably successful,brilliant and (dare I say)innovative NBC crime drama series wraps innocuously enough as pretty close to business as usual: Shepherd and Bayliss(particularly Bayliss)are flummoxed by the technicality release of Luke Ryland,a.k.a. the Internet killer from about ten episodes previous;Munch is finally ready to tie the knot with Billie Lou;Lewis is still having difficulties forgiving Shepherd for the "beat-down" incident that put his life in danger and put her in the hospital;and Gee is finally promoted to Captain. But as the show plays out,you the viewer,particularly anyone already familiar with these characters and story lines,will sense that this show is wrapping up.

The following Winter NBC would release "Homicide:the Movie",which was to sew up any loose ends left over. I've only seen about a third of it,but what I know about the story lines and their treatment had me displeased(OK,someone accidentally gave away the ending)and wishing that producers Levinson,Attanasio,Finnerty and Fontana had either re-worked the movie or not made it at all. As arguably weak as the last season of the series was(and even as such,it STILL wasn't a total wash),it still didn't merit having an extra "coda" that the movie was implemented to do. It could be argued that this ep could've sufficed.

Back to this ep,it was arguably the best way to conclude this series,staying completely "in character" and knowing how to use its writing to finish a brilliant accomplishment.

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