On New Year's Eve, Brodie screens his documentary about the detectives that reveals embarrassing lies and hidden truths.


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Paul Attanasio (created by), Eric Ellis Overmyer (teleplay by) (as Eric Overmyer) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Andre Braugher ... Frank Pembleton
Reed Diamond ... Mike Kellerman
Michelle Forbes ... Dr. Julianna Cox
Clark Johnson ... Meldrick Lewis
Yaphet Kotto ... Al Giardello
Melissa Leo ... Kay Howard
Max Perlich ... J.H. Brodie
Kyle Secor ... Tim Bayliss
Melvin Van Peebles ... Bennett Jackson
Kristin Rohde Kristin Rohde ... Sgt. Sally Rogers
Barry Levinson ... Himself
Zite Bidanie Zite Bidanie ... Motorist (as Zité Bidanie)
La Kisha Davis La Kisha Davis ... Alice Duncan
Rich Gordon Rich Gordon ... Stan Rogan


On New Year's Eve, Brodie screens his documentary about the detectives that reveals embarrassing lies and hidden truths.

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Release Date:

3 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Many of the shots in Brodie's "documentary" are of scenes where Brodie (and therefore his camera) were not present. See more »


Det. Sgt. Kay Howard: The detective wants you to know, and we've been doing this a lot longer than you, so you can take our word for it. Your rights to counsel... aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Det. Frank Pembleton: Once you up and cal for that lawyer, son, there ain't a damn thing we can do for you! No sir, your good friends in the Homicide Unit are gonna have to lock you all alone in this room. And the next authority figure to scan your case will be a no-nonsense prosecutor from the Violent Crimes Unit, with the official title of...
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Not your ordinary "Flashback"episode
15 November 2008 | by S.R. DipalingSee 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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