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

The Documentary (3 Jan. 1997)

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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 »

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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. Tim Bayliss: I think this case is a slam dunk.
Det. Frank Pembleton: A case being writ in black even as we speak.
Det. Tim Bayliss: Well, I'd be wrong.
Det. Frank Pembleton: No, you'd be right! We got the shooter, we got his gun, we got beaucoup eyewitnesses, and the man's giving it up.
Det. Tim Bayliss: [Whispering to the camera in the back seat] We need the "why".
Det. Frank Pembleton: No, you need the "why",I don't need to know the man, or any more about his problems than this: He shot his neighbors and then waited on his swing for the police to arrive so that he might surrender his freedom. Mr. Jackson ...
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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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