Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 7, Episode 20

Lines of Fire (7 May 1999)

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Giardello and Gharty get involved in a hostage situation in which a man holds his children at gunpoint and threatens to blow up an apartment building.



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Episode credited cast:
John Munch (credit only)
Lt. Al Giardello (credit only)
Terri Stivers (credit only)
Det. Rene Sheppard (credit only)
Laura Ballard (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary D'Addario ...
Emmet Carey
Jon Garcia ...
Uniformed Officer
Lucy Carey
Lt. Wennington
Matthew Bernard Nuti ...
Zack Carey


Giardello and Gharty get involved in a hostage situation in which a man holds his children at gunpoint and threatens to blow up an apartment building.

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Never trust a man who gives you a cold coffee
15 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Season 7 was terribly disappointing, with weak characters and sloppy writing. Still, there were a few bright points, like this episode directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Mike Giardello (Giancarlo Esposito), son of Gee and FBI agent, along with Gharty (Peter Gerety), faces a desperate man (Ron Eldard) who threatens to kill himself and his children, and insists on having Mike as the negotiator. Gee Jr has to talk him out of the increasingly dangerous situation.

Lines of Fire features solid writing and interesting performances by Esposito - who is much better here than in the rest of the season - and Eldard as the suicidal father. Although the excuse to put Gee Jr in the spotlights does feel contrived... just like in the rest of the season, after all.

The Mike Giardello-Gharty duo once again works well - the confident, self-righteous young man and the bitter bigot - like in the surprisingly good Shades of Gray, and the uncompromising ending is memorable.


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