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This episode focuses on the ordeal of a man who’s wife has been killed in front of him, during a botched robbery. Guest star Robin Williams, who had previously worked with Barry Levinson on the big screen, was featured in a dramatic role, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 204
Airdate: Thursday January 06th, 1994

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Antonio D. Charity
As Kid Funkadelic
Caron Tate
As Renee Perkins
Jake Gyllenhaal
As Matt Ellison
Julia Devin
As Abby Ellison
Kay W. Lawal
As Rose Landry
Lloyd Goodman
As Vaughn Perkins
Robin Williams
As Robert Ellison

Co-Guest Stars
Herb Levinson
As Dr. Lausanne, M.E.
Jay Spadaro
As Officer Salerno
Judy Thornton
As Judy
Mel Proctor
As Grant Besser
Richard Pilcher
As Sergeant Mark Deutch
Sharon Ziman
As Naomi
Shawn Woodyard
As Suspect
Fredella Calloway
As Uniformed Officer
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
Robin Williams appeared in (Executive Producer) Barry Levinson's films Good Morning Vietnam and Toys.

This episode was intended to be the fourth episode of the season, but NBC insisted on showing it first.

This episode received an 18.0 rating.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal makes an early (age 13) appearance in this episode which is directed by his father.

Cultural References
“Bop Gun” is the title of a song by Parliament Funkadelic.

One of the the street thugs is named “Kid Funkadelic” after the group “Parliament Funkadelic” whose song inspired the episode title.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorPaul Attanasio
Executive ProducerBarry Levinson  |  Tom Fontana
Supervising ProducerJim Finnerty
ProducerGail Mutrux
Associate ProducerDebbie Sarjeant
Production DesignerVince Peranio
EditorCindy Mollo
CastingLouis Digiaimo  |  Pat Moran
MusicJeff Rona
Director of PhotographyJean de Segonzac
Story EditorJames Yoshimura
Main Title ThemeLynn F. Kowal
Based Upon The Book ByDavid Simon
Warning: Homicide: Life on the Street season 2 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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