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Homicide: Life on the Street: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Two cases have the same suspect but the combined stakeout is made more difficult because two of the cops are trying to quit smoking. Meanwhile, Munch and Bolander have to sort out why a teenager who was beaten to death waited days after the incident to get medical help.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 109
Airdate: Wednesday March 24th, 1993

Director: Wayne Ewing
Story: Tom Fontana
Teleplay: James Yoshimura

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Guest Stars
Sean Whitesell
As Dr. Eli Devilbiss
Steven Marcus
As Detective Russ DeSilva
Dan Moran
As Howell
Joe Fersedi
As Colin Dietz

Co-Guest Stars
Clayton LeBouef
As Captain George Barnfather
Gerald F. Gough
As Colonel Bert Granger
John Waters (1)
As Bartender
Sharon Ziman
As Naomi
Walt MacPherson
As Uniform
Carter Jahncke
As Don Falls
Gavin Goren
As Evan Hess
Naomi Jacobson
As Edith Hamilton
Rachel Schneebaum
As Anna Prager
Main Cast
Daniel Baldwin
As Detective Beau Felton
Ned Beatty
As Detective Stanley Bolander
Richard Belzer
As Detective John Munch
Andre Braugher
As Detective Frank Pembleton
Clark Johnson
As Detective Meldrick Lewis
Yaphet Kotto
As Lieutenant Al Giardello
Melissa Leo
As Sergeant Kay Howard
Jon Polito
As Detective Steve Crosetti
Kyle Secor
As Detective Tim Bayliss
Episode Notes
Cult film maker, and Baltimore native, John Waters makes a cameo appearance as the bartender.

This was intended to be the last episode of season one.

The scene where detectives convince their suspect that a photocopier is actually a lie-detector is based on a real-life Baltimore PD incident.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ned BeattyLove Me Tender 

Episode Quotes
Ned Beatty-Bolander: Murder ain't what it used to be.

Cultural References
Lt. Giardello calls Granger and Barnfather the “Doublemint Twins”. This is a reference to classic TV commercials for Doublemint Gum that featured sets of identical twins.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorPaul Attanasio
Executive ProducerBarry Levinson  |  Tom Fontana
Supervising ProducerJim Finnerty
ProducerGail Mutrux
Production DesignerVince Peranio
EditorCindy Mollo
CastingPat Moran  |  Louis Digiaimo
MusicJeff Rona
Director of PhotographyWayne Ewing
Coordinating ProducerLori Mozilo
Main Title ThemeLynn F. Kowal
Based Upon The Book ByDavid Simon
Warning: Homicide: Life on the Street season 1 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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