John Munch and Kay Howard try to frighten a drug dealer into confessing to murder, by using his love of Edgar Allan Poe's works to their advantage. Meanwhile Munch's date with a beautiful colleague backfires when he meets her roommate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Pembleton
Mike Kellerman
Megan Russert
Meldrick Lewis
Al Giardello
Tim Bayliss
Boomer Mason
Harlee McBride ...
Dr. Alyssa Dyer
Duane Chandler Rawlings ...
Kristin Rohde ...
Sally Rogers (as Kristen Rhode)
Sharon Guinness
Kristen Valerio ...
Serena Boch


A drug dealer tries to make a deal by revealing the whereabouts of a body bricked inside a wall in his basement. The stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe figure in the solution of this 10-year-old cold case. In the meantime, Bayliss leaks the Pembleton pregnancy, and Munch betrays his latest love with her new roommate. When the cold case culprit must be released, Munch invokes "The Telltale Heart," which leads to "poetic justice." Written by jeaneva

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8 December 1995 (USA)  »

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Themes were merged from two of classic mystery author Edgar Allen Poe's stories into "Heartbeat"'s plot: "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Telltale Heart". Also, Poe's gravestone that detectives Munch and Howard visit is actually the real thing. Poe died and was buried in Baltimore, the setting for Homicide: Life on the Street. See more »


John Munch: [waving a black cat in Cardero's face and speaking in a dramatically eerie voice] Remember... all black cats are witches!
Joseph Cardero: I told you, that guy's WEIRD!
Kay Howard: [smiling fondly in Munch's direction] ... He's alright.
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Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Leonard Cohen
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