Homicide: Life on the Street: Season 7, Episode 17

Zen and the Art of Murder (2 Apr. 1999)

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Bayliss rethinks his spiritual beliefs during the investigation of a Buddhist monk's murder.



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Bayliss rethinks his spiritual beliefs during the investigation of a Buddhist monk's murder.

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That's all I got left...I'm a homicide cop
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In the mostly unwatchable mess that was season 7 - dumb, shallow and populated by obnoxious characters - Zen and the art of Murder shines like a beacon. Finally a good episode with solid dialogues and an existentially disquieting closure.

Bayliss (Secor) and Lewis (Johnson) investigate the killing of a Buddhist monk; Ballard (Thorne) and Gharty (Gerety) deal with a witness who refuses to identify the main suspect of their case.

Characterization is on target, the script is nicely lean and focused and the "new people" are used well - which is more that can be said for the rest of the season. There are also a couple of nice musical montages, which used to be one of the show's trademarks.


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