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The Baltimore detectives are working overtime on the Redball investigation of "Samaritan of the Year" Catharine Goodrich's murder. New Shift Commander Megan Russert heads the Redball investigation and Giardello is called in to oversee the investigation. Meanwhile, Beau's wife kicks him out, leaving Felton to break into his own house to pick up some clothes. Exhausted by dead-end leads, Russert goes home. Felton shows up, ostensibly to give her information on a suspect, but in fact they are having an affair.
Pembleton takes over the murder investigation just as another victim is found behind a church, naked but for a pair of white gloves. Felton's wife wants Beau back.Beau confesses to Kay that he's seeing Russert. Meanwhile, serial murder groupie Frederick Fuchs tries to buy the white gloves and gives the squad a lead on the investigation. That night, two uniforms discover yet another victim outside another church.
As Pembleton digs deeper into the investigation, a witness, "Pamela" Wilgis, shows up. Pembleton knows Wilgis is the murderer, but when he confronts her with the evidence, Wilgis claims to have multiple personalities. Later, Pembleton, Giardello and Russert must stand by as Wilgis publicly confesses to the murders on television. Meanwhile, Felton decides to give his marriage a second chance, and he and Russert end their affair.
A Model Citizen: Meldrick Lewis meets his dream girl, Emma Zoole, but the spark isn't there for her. When she meets Tim Bayliss, sparks fly everywhere, including her bed- which is a coffin. Munch and Howard investigate the shooting of a teenager by his brother.The City, Pembleton and Russert are sued by Annabella Wilgis for violating her civil rights. Her action pits Pembleton and Russert against each other. When Felton goes home after work, he finds his house is empty, his wife has left him and his kids are gone.
Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the death of an elderly woman who's been decaying in her house for a month. Munch and Bolander investigate the murder of Sam Thorne, a crusader and a good friend of Giardello. Ironically, it's Gee who finds sympathy for the killer, a mentally slow teenager who has been set up. When Felton has no luck in his search for his family, he turns to Russert for comfort. Since Lewis and Bayliss are not speaking to each other, Munch desperately tries to find anyone to invest in the bar.
The squad is shocked when Detective Steve Crosetti is found dead in the bay. Bolander, the Primary on the case, thinks it's a suicide, but Crosetti's partner, Lewis, is positive Steve would never have killed himself. As Bolander tries to find the truth, Lewis interferes with the investigation, hoping the outcome of the case will be wrongful death, not suicide. As the squad prepares for Crosetti's funeral, Bayliss and Pembleton haggle over refreshments, and Munch has a close encounter with his brother. The brass tell Giardello there will be no honor guard for Crosetti. He and Russert try to appeal to the deputy commissioner, but can't even get an appointment.Pembleton, feeling he's had a falling-out with God since the Wilgis case, refuses to go to Crosetti's funeral, but finds his own way to honor the departed police officer.
When Howard and Felton are summoned to a grisly crime scene, Kay snaps and heads home to the Chesapeake Bay. Back home, she's soon investigating the murder of a local conservationist- most likely by a drunken oysterman. Howard thinks the killer might be her old flame, Chick Tawes. Howard still has feelings for Tawes, but her instincts say he's involved with the murder. Haskett's house is searched and an oyster knife and bloody shirt are found. Meanwhile, back in Baltimore, Giardello assigns Pembleton as Felton's temporary partner. To their surprise, they work well together and come to an under-standing.
It's Christmas Eve and the squad is on duty. Munch and Bolander investigate the death of Nicholas McGibney, a street-side Santa Claus. When they go to the victim's residence, they find his 10-year-old son, Fidel, who's waiting for his dad to come home. Meanwhile, Lewis and Russell spend the evening trying to find a young woman's killer, and Bayliss tries to hustle his colleagues in cards during a quiet night in the Squad Room.
Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the shooting of 13-year-old Darryl Nawls. 14 year-old Ronny Sayers confesses but thinks that since he shot the wrong kid, the shooting was accidental, like a car crash. Pembleton is incensed by his lack of remorse. Ronny tells Pembleton he'll feel safer in jail. Frank gives Ronny some advice on how to handle himself in jail, but he wonders what good it will do him. Munch and Lewis encounter nothing but problems while preparing to open the bar.
Lewis and Munch investigate the murder of a biker; Meanwhile, Pembleton is drawn into a cover-up involving Congressman Jeremy Wade. Wade claims that he was kidnapped by his aide, but Pembleton discovers that Wade is gay.Harris tells Pembleton to drop the charges. The press picks up on the deal and the Department, not wanting to appear to play favors to politicians, is pressed to go to trial to save face. Harris denies that Pembleton dropped the charges on his orders, so Pembleton turns in his badge to Giardello. Bayliss begs Pembleton to return to Homicide, but Pembleton says he is through with the force. Meanwhile, Beau hires a private investigator to find Beth and the kids.
Detective Douglas Jones, Russert's former partner, joins Homicide from Narcotics. Later, Natalie Jones is admitted to the hospital with suspicious injuries. That evening, Jones has been shot twice in the chest by Natalie. At the courthouse, Pembleton prepares to testify against James Harris and the Department. Giardello warns him not to seek revenge out of pride. He says he wants Pembleton back not because they're friends, but because Frank is a good Homicide Detective. The Waterfront Bar finally opens. Wild partying ensues.
Dressed in Kevlar vests, Felton, Howard, Bolander, Munch and uniforms descend on an apartment building with an arrest warrant for Glen Holton, a pedaphile and the alleged killer of Billy Borkin. Howard, the primary, insists on going through the door first. As they approach Apartment 201, a silhouette on the third-floor staircase raises two semi-automatic handguns and shoots. Howard, Felton and Bolander are seriously wounded.
Captain George Barnfather has Russert review Giardello's actions in the wake of the shootings. She finds that he initialed the warrant with the wrong apartment number, but she covers for him. Meanwhile, Felton decides not to try and work things out with Beth. He blames himself for Howard's being shot, since he let her though the door first. Finally, he overcomes his guilt and visits her bedside.
Barnfather gives the unit 48 hours to find the shooter. Lewis runs names of the apartment tenants through the computer and finds that Gordon Pratt, who has a record of weapons violations, lives in Apartment 201, the residence the detectives mistakenly tried to enter. Drummond, Walker, Pembleton and Bayliss search Pratt's apartment. They find teflon bullets and heavy-weather gear. Pembleton, Walker, Lewis, Munch, Bayliss and Drummond take turns interrogating Pratt. To get a confession, Pembleton gets the suspect, a racist, to lose his cool over questions of intelligence. But Pratt calms down long enough to ask for a lawyer. He is released on bond for the assault charge. Later, Bayliss responds to a call at Pratt's apartment building. He finds Pratt dead; no other police officer responded to the call.
Bayliss is met with hostility when he has to question his colleagues after Pratt is found dead and finds out no one is interested in helping him solve the case. (The episode's title is a reference to a cameo from Chris Noth as Mike Logan, his character from Law & Order.)
Both Detectives Bolander and Howard return to work on the same day. Kay Howard obsesses over the relocation of her desk while she was out and refuses to assist Pembleton until it has been moved back, but changes her mind after the murderer unexpectedly walks in and confesses. Meanwhile, Bolander and Munch use the "good cop/bad cop" routine to solve the brutal murder of two elderly wealthy people. Bayliss & Felton tackle the case of a skeleton found by a dog digging in a neighbor's backyard, and Lt. Gee hopes for a promotion after leaking to the press the corruption of...
On the eve of his execution, the accused's daughter takes Col. Barnfather hostage, demanding a reinvestigation of the case to save her father. Bolanger, who had originally investigated the murder, discovers links to a recent suicide. BPD races the clock to get a stay of execution. Meanwhile an elderly woman's death in a bathtub leads to a poignant conclusion on a dance floor.
When Crosetti's caseload is to be distributed among the detectives, Howard's 100% clearance rate leads Giardello to assign her his most difficult unsolved case. Her partner Felton's obsession with finding his children causes him to lose key evidence; he turns to Russert for comfort. Bayliss, Munch and Lewis close the deal on the bar only to find that their troubles are just beginning. Giardello exhibits real emotions following a rejection by a friend of Russert's.
When Bayliss' cousin shoots a "crazed" Turkish young man at his door, Pembleton and Bayliss differ on motive. A Grand Jury is called to determine whether it is manslaughter or rightful protection of the home. Was it racially motivated--that is the question. Meanwhile, attempting to increase their bar business, Munch fires the French chef and Lewis hires his grandmother as cook.
Pembleton is oblivious to being relentlessly stalked by "The Gas Man," a man he sent to jail for negligence in a gas explosion that killed a whole family. The stalker steals evidence from a gruesome crime scene--the severed head of a Gypsy fortuneteller and a bloody knife. His plan is to force Pembleton to meet him alone and exact revenge.