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

The Documentary (3 Jan. 1997)

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Trivia

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 »

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

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Det. Frank Pembleton: Hey Hey Hey!
Det. Mike Kellerman: Whoa! You guys solve your case?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Yep
Det. Tim Bayliss: Nope
Det. Mike Kellerman: Well, which is it?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Tim's tormented again, by the "why"
Det. John Munch: Tim's always tormented by the "why". I got a why questions for you, Bayliss. Why do you always need to know the "why"?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Well, we got our "why". The husband's having an affair, he doesn't want the wife to know. The neighbors are snooping around, so he shoots them down. Bada Bing!
Det. Tim Bayliss: There's more to it, Frank. I think that we should go talk to Mrs. Jackson.
Det. Frank Pembleton: Mrs. Jackson is in a Glen Burney ...
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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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