Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 5, Episode 7

The Heart of a Saturday Night (15 Nov. 1996)

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Survivors discuss, in a grief-support group, the circumstances of three murders one Saturday night in Baltimore: a girl strangled in an alley on her 16th birthday, a mother who dies as the ... See full summary »

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Survivors discuss, in a grief-support group, the circumstances of three murders one Saturday night in Baltimore: a girl strangled in an alley on her 16th birthday, a mother who dies as the victim of a carjacker who drives off with her 3-year-old daughter, and a man who was attacked in the Waterfront Bar in the presence of several uncooperative witnesses. One of the cases remains unsolved. Written by jeaneva

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1 July 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

Another episode of this most excellent series is played in a sort of staggered time set where the incidents of the crimes--all murders--are played around a victim's therapy meeting. The people gathered:a grieving widower(Chris Eigeman),who not only lost my wife but his toddler daughter in a carjacking,a pretty widow(Rosanna Arquete),whose crumbling marriage was typified by her husband's demise at a bar and an elderly couple(Polly Holiday and Tom Rath),whose wayward daughter is killed on her birthday,all recount their experiences to a faceless therapist,voicing their anger,sadness and general discomfits,which all happened on the same Saturday night as it were.

The differences in question lie predominantly in the fact that this show is filmed in two different(actually,on second thought,it was three)lights:the normalized light of the squad room where the detectives track each aforementioned case,the surreal colors of each testimonial's memories,and the grim,grainy light of the therapists room. Solid guest turns by actors playing the victims,added with the usual performances by the detectives on duty--Gee in particular,tackling the bar single-handedly,make this show a quiet gem.


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