Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 5, Episode 11

The Documentary (3 Jan. 1997)

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On New Year's Eve, Brodie screens his documentary about the detectives that reveals embarrassing lies and hidden truths.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bennett Jackson
Kristin Rohde ...
Zite Bidanie ...
Motorist (as Zité Bidanie)
La Kisha Davis ...
Alice Duncan
Rich Gordon ...
Stan Rogan


On New Year's Eve, Brodie screens his documentary about the detectives that reveals embarrassing lies and hidden truths.

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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

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The dialogue used in the mock interrogations is almost an exact match for the writing of similar introductions to the interrogation process in the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Each speech is crafted from paragraphs in the book where David Simon illustrates the detective's method for getting someone to confess in "The Box". See more »


Many of the shots in Brodie's "documentary" are of scenes where Brodie (and therefore his camera) were not present. See more »


Det. Tim Bayliss: Come on Frank, one neighbor murders another and you don't want to know what it means?
Det. Frank Pembleton: I know exactly what it means: 10 hours of overtime, and if Mr. Jackson is willing to take it to trial, another 20 hours of court pay!
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Written by Rod Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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Not your ordinary "Flashback"episode
15 November 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

This episode breaks just a tiny bit to watch the compilation of film footage(some of which doesn't actually jibe with the continuity,as per what was pointed out on an IMDb on the "Goofs" pinpoint on this ep)accumulated by unofficial squad documentarian Brodie(MAx Perlich,superb here). Weaving a previously undocumented investigation with previous cases,squad down time and even some artistic "flourishes",the video elicits a variety of reactions from everyone watching and creates yet another very human story to this show's cannon.After this season,I feel like the show would pull even further away from these kind of eps,so this show has a sort of bittersweet quality to it upon re-watching it some time after the show's run.

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