Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 4, Episode 5

Hate Crimes (17 Nov. 1995)

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Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the murder of a man outside a gay night club.



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Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the murder of a man outside a gay night club.

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This episode takes place in November 1995. See more »


At the end of episode #4.5, "Hate Crimes", Det. Mike Kellerman addresses Sgt. Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) as "Mel". See more »


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That's the worst part: it shouldn't matter, but it does
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A young man is beaten to death by two skinheads outside a gay bar; Pembleton (Andre Braugher) and Bayliss (Kyle Secor) investigate the murder. Meanwhile, Lewis (Clark Johnson) finds a key witness of an unsolved case followed by his old partner, and he clashes with Howard (Melissa Leo), the new primary.

Hate Crimes is an excellent example of a good Homicide episode, with believable and likable but (often deeply) flawed characters, and a superb ear for dialogues. Also remarkable is the lack of cheesy-eating congratulatory epilogues typical of other cop shows which shy away from bitter, disquieting closures. Seldom banal or heavy-handed, always gritty and realistic, often unsettling, Homicide was really one of the finest series ever aired on TV.

Acting is strong throughout, as usual. Apart for the always awesome Braugher, Secor, Johnson and Leo, who have the key parts here, there is a brilliant guest star appearance by Terry O'Quinn (Lost) as the victim's father. The character could have been a cartoonish, repulsive jerk with a lesser actor, but O'Quinn makes the distraught, petty and enraged man plausible and even somewhat pitiable. Reed Diamond as Kellerman has a minor, but interesting role.

And the final musical montage, with the Barenaked Ladies "What a Good Boy", ranks among the show's bests.


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