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The Documentary 

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


Barbara Kopple


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 »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place from December 31, 1996 to January 1, 1997. 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. Frank Pembleton: Hey Hey Hey!
Det. Mike Kellerman: Whoa! You guys solve your case?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Yep
Det. Tim Bayliss: Nope
Det. Mike Kellerman: Well, which is it?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Tim's tormented again, by the "why"
Det. John Munch: Tim's always tormented by the "why". I got a why questions for you, Bayliss. Why do you always need to know the "why"?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Well, we got our "why". The husband's having an affair, he doesn't want the wife to know. The neighbors are snooping around, so he shoots them down. Bada Bing!
Det. Tim Bayliss: There's more to it, Frank. I think that we should go talk to Mrs. Jackson.
Det. Frank Pembleton: Mrs. Jackson is in a Glen Burney ...
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References Baseball (1994) See more »


Boom Boom Boom
Written by Rod Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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Not your ordinary "Flashback"episode
15 November 2008 | by KUAlum26See 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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