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The City That Bleeds 

Detectives Howard, Bolander and Felton are shot during an ambush and left in critical condition. Pembleton feels obligated to get justice, Munch becomes traumatized and shocked, and Giardello faces an investigation of his work.


Tim Hunter


Paul Attanasio (created by), Julie Martin (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Daniel Baldwin ... Beau Felton
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Andre Braugher ... Frank Pembleton
Melissa Leo ... Kay Howard
Clark Johnson ... Meldrick Lewis
Kyle Secor ... Tim Bayliss
Ned Beatty ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
Yaphet Kotto ... Al Giardello
Isabella Hofmann ... Megan Russert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos C. Campbell Carlos C. Campbell ... School Officer (as Carlos Cambell)
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Wesley Howard
G. Lee Fleming ... Porn Shop Owner
Michael Gabel ... Mr. Yeaton
John C. Hansen John C. Hansen ... Josh Howard
Jay Hillmer Jay Hillmer ... Dr. Diller (as Jay Hilmer)


Bolander, Munch, Howard and Felton all meet to serve a routine warrant, but are caught in an ambush when a gunman opens fire, critically wounding three of them. Pembleton is assigned as the primary in the investigation and is partnered with Detective Theresa Walker who specializes in the psychology of their prime suspect, a pedophile. Bolander's ex-partner Mitch Drummond from the bomb squad offers his help on the investigation.

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Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Munch: [staring down at his blood-covered shoes, looking shocked and traumatized] There's blood all over my shoes... they wrecked my shoes...
[tries to wash off the blood with a Kleenex, only to find in horror that it won't come off]
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Where it really "picked up" for me
1 July 2008 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

I'd already been familiar with this show,and had been trying to catch up with it again when this episode,part of a three-part arc,kicked off. The energy and urgency of this story invigorated my interest in this show,giving the central characters of this brilliant show a vulnerability that was never quite fully addressed before(save the episode "Crosetti"),though it was always lurking beneath the surface.

Detectives Bolander,Munch, Howard and Felton are charged with serving a warrant on a suspected child-molester and murderer when they are ambushed by a gunman one floor above the apartment they are staking out. All but Munch are seriously wounded,and the Homicide unit is thrust into crisis. Soon,this becomes a thinly-veiled hunt for vengeance as well as a manhunt for an established suspect. All of the detectives in the unit are touched,whether from mere association or from abject guilt(Munch is particularly disturbed and haunted by not only surviving unscratched but not reacting the way he THINKS he should). Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss are primarily charged with the search and capture,with Bolander's former partner(Tony Lo Bianco) and a sex crimes expert(Gloria Reuben,pre-ER)aboard to aid. Lt.Giardello is particularly despaired by this event and relates to Det.Lewis an incident from years before that brings the pain back.

A sequence of events that will have reverberations for the rest of the show to come--though,in truth,this series was one of the best in keeping a memory of past events--I got to see these shows again for the first time in(I'm figuring)over thirteen years,and the emotional distress and tangibility was STILL strong even though I KNEW how the events would turn out! THAT'S the sign of a TV series that is effective as well as affecting.

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