When a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours, Toby becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.
Did You Know?
In the first season episode "In Excelsis Deo", after reading through the script, the Pentagon was very touched by the handling of the story line dealing with the death of a homeless veteran of the Korean conflict. In fact, they were so impressed that they gave the show access to film at Arlington National Cemetery, (ANC is administered by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington). The Department of Defense then supplied the Marine Honor Guard and chaplain, and set up the whole funeral. During the funeral scene, all persons in uniform are members of the U.S. Armed Forces, performing their actual roles in a military funeral. Richard Schiff
, (Toby Zeigler) has said that it was such a powerful and moving story, that after every take, he broke down and cried. See more
This episode was scripted to be on Christmas Eve in Washington, DC. Near the end of the episode, Tobey, Mrs. Landingham, and George Huffnagle arrive at Arlington National Cemetery. The grass in green and the deciduous trees all have green leaves, not consistent with the winter timing of the episode. See more
A man has left himself open to the kind of attack from which men in my business do not recover. Now, if our tactics seem less than civilized, it's because so are our attackers. We don't need your cooperation, Laurie. One of your guys wrote you a check, and the IRS works for me. And anyway, I don't feel like standing here, taking a civics lesson from a hooker.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more