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Homicide: Life on the Street - The Complete Season 3 (Disc 2 of 6) back to product details

One of my favorite episodes
written by oldkingcole October 11, 2004 - 3:38 AM PDT


This is one of my favorite episodes, not just of the season but of the entire series. "Crosseti" provides ample evidence that James Yoshimura was one of the best dramatists writing for television in the 1990s. What makes this show uniquely satisfying, at least to me, is its perfectly constructed emotional architecture. Meldrick Lewis is in denial and clings more and more desperately to his version of reality. In an exquisite confluence of superb acting with dialog that perfectly lays out the emotional issues for the audience, Yoshimura expertly guides us through the emotional collision between Meldrick's need for denial and a sad reality which cannot be denied. The body language in this scene between Clarke Johnson's Meldrick Lewis, and Ned Beaty's Stanley Bolander, is dead-on and captures the essence of the push-pull/fight-flight crisis. It's a great scene. In a lesser show, it would be *the* great scene, but in Homicide, it's only one of many. Keep watching this one all the way to the end, because there is another very emotional, redemptive moment right before the closing credits. I am in awe of writing this good.

"The Last of the Watermen"

A solid episode, but coming after "Crosseti", it can't help but be a little bit of a let down. Still, it's a nice showcase for Melissa Leo as Kay Howard. I think is also the first episode where Beau explains the difference between a "killing" and a "murder", a distinction which comes up again later in the series.

"A Model Citizen"

An ok episode. Nice monolog delivered by Andre Braugher about how he was led over the line, accompanied by some great camera work.

"Happy To Be Here"

Another ok episode. This one plays up the soap opera elements. Some nice acting from Daniel Baldwin.


(Average 9.17)
18 Votes
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