Bayliss is primary on a major homicide of a young girl that gets national press coverage, Howard seeks help from a victim's ghost, Munch and Bolander investigate a homicide involving a couple unhappily married for 60 years while Bolander has a crush on the feisty coroner.
Crosetti and Lewis investigate the shooting of a fellow police officer whom Crosetti regards as a son, Howard suspects a rabid Spiro Agnew fan of murder but ends up solving the Calpurnia Church case meanwhile Bolander makes a friend whose death interrupts his date with Dr. Blythe.
While Giardello is busy sending off an old friend to retirement Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the murder of a dog, Howard and Felton argue over whether Felton finds Howard attractive while dealing with a drug-related homicide and Bolander and Munch take Dr. Blythe's son on a ride along. Meanwhile, Crosetti takes care of the bed-ridden and blind Thormann.
Howard and Felton are in court over the Pony Johnson case, Crosetti and Lewis go head to head with the Secret Service and Bolander and Munch argue over drug legalization. Meanwhile, Pembleton gets an unexpected job offer.
Quitting smoking dominates the conversation ad behavior of the homicide detectives even as they solve what may be a gang-related killing of a 14-year-old boy. Lt. Giardello discovers a secret asbestos removal project on the third floor and confronts his superiors on behalf of his squad.
While pulling a graveyard shift on the hottest night of the year (with the AC on the blink) Bayliss brings in a potential suspect in the Adena Watson case, unfortunately he is twelve, Munch is angry after his girlfriend dumps him in the dark, Howard deals with a jumper in a Santa costume who tried to kill his wife with a water pistol while her sister is waiting for biopsy results, Crosetti deals with his daughter's sexuality, Bolander debates whether to ask Dr. Blythe out on a date and Felton and Lewis investigate the case of a mysterious candle lit every night next to the board. Meanwhile a baby is found in a cage and the team has to take care of it.
Bayliss and Pembleton investigate the murder of a much-loved woman, only to find that she worked at a phone sex company. Meanwhile, a depressed Detective Munch tags along on Bolander's romantic dinner date after being dumped.
Still investigating the murder of Catherine Goodrich, another victim is found with the same clues and Frank is now the primary on the case. Felton is thinking about going back to his wife, Munch and Lewis consider to buy a tavern.
Howard decides to go on a sudden vacation to her hometown, but soon she has to investigate a murder of a conservationist. Meanwhile, Frank has to fill the absence of Howard as the partner of Felton to solve a case.
It's Christmas time, and Lewis gets a case in which the victim's identity is unknown due to heavy burns. Munch and Bolander deal with the death of "Santa" but nothing seems to ruin Bolander's Christmas spirit.
Lewis and Munch investigate the death of Andrew "Monk" Whetherly, a member of the Deacons Motorcycle Club. Whetherly's wife, Bree, leads them to Preacher, the gang's warlord, who says Monk was killed "because he loved his little girl." The case is further complicated when Lewis is approached by an FBI Agent who is also investigating the Deacons. Deputy Commissioner James Harris enlists Pembleton to look into a delicate matter involving a congressman - with disastrous results.
Detective Douglas Jones, Russert's former partner, joins Homicide from Narcotics. Later, when Jones' wife Natalie is admitted to the hospital with suspicious injuries, Russert confronts Jones about possible spousal abuse. Pembleton prepares to testify against James Harris and the department, with his future and friendships hanging in the balance. Bayliss, Lewis and Munch finally open The Waterfront Bar.
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.
The Homicide Unit captures Glenn Holton only to learn that he wasn't the one who shot Felton, Bolander and Howard. Meanwhile Russert is forced to investigate Giardello's work to find out if he should be at fault for the ordeal.
The scene of the crime, Apartment 201, is searched and reveals that the occupant, Gordon Pratt, is a gun freak who once tried to be a cop. A possible suspect is apprehended, but lack of a weapon gets him released. Later, Bayliss returns to the apartment building and is shocked to find that another shooting has claimed another victim. Russert and Howard declare a truce. Still recovering in the hospital, Bolander suffers another relapse.
Pembleton and Lewis investigate the random shooting of a woman, meanwhile Bayliss suspects Munch of going vigilante and murdering Gordon Pratt. Felton tries to get used to being back at work but finds getting around to be difficult.
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 a superior.
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.
The arson-murder scenes now include two teenagers, a boy and a girl, one of whom was killed before the fire. Barnfather agrees to another detective for the Homicide Squad IF they solve the arsons, and Giardello can choose his own candidate. Kellerman turns out to be an excellent interrogator and is offered the job.
Since Lewis has unsuccessfully been partnered with every member of the squad, the newbie (Kellerman) is assigned to him. Their first case involves the shooting death of an elderly lady waiting at a bus stop. A young man has captured the shooter stashing his gun, but he has trouble getting the cops to watch the tape. Howard has made sergeant and is trying to establish her authority in the squad, but irritates her colleagues. The climax is an arrest of the groom during a wedding ceremony.
John Munch and Kay Howard try to frighten a drug dealer into confessing to murder, by using his love of Edgar Allan Poe's works to their advantage. Meanwhile Munch's date with a beautiful colleague backfires when he meets her roommate.
Lewis and Kellerman take a road trip to extradite a Baltimore murder suspect from Pennsylvania. It should be an easy assignment, but Meldrick and Mikey make things hard on themselves by losing the suspect on the way back.
In the second part of a story started on [link=tt0629203], Bayliss and Pembleton work with Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis to find the people involved in the NYC subway bombing and the Baltimore church bombing five years earlier.
A male prostitute offers to reveal the identity of a multiple murderer as part of a plea bargain. He admits to luring in the victims and stealing their rings, but not to being the killer. The Homicide Squad takes turns on a stakeout next door to the suspect. Interactions between squad members and between the couple whose house they "occupy" run the gamut of emotions.
The murder of a young girl revives memories, especially in Bayliss, of an earlier case--Adena Watson, which was not resolved. Pembleton is the primary and is angered by Bayliss' interference and obsession with the old case. A reported sexual assault on a friend of the murdered girl produces a connection but no proof. Will this be another case which has no definitive answer?
The desk clerk at the New Moon Motel hears shots and calls 911. Lewis and Kellerman find the body of an ex-con wearing only one boot. The victim's classic motorcycle is missing, as is his handgun. As they interview motel residents, they find a family of illegal immigrants, a prostitute who swims in the nude, homemade drugs, wads of cash, illegal guns and uncover an unreported self-defense shooting. But what about the killer of Charlie Wells?
Two young black men are found shot to death at a project where Black Muslims have a security contract from HUD. Residents are hostile to the police initially. When one bereaved mother tells Russert that she had called 911 and half an hour passed before help arrived, they find there was a beat cop just a few blocks away. He admits he waited because he was in fear of his safety. Internal Affairs gets involved when the autopsy shows one of the boys bled to death over a period of about 20 minutes. Lewis and Kellerman are alienated over the racial issues.
The body of a 71-year-old world class swimmer is found in a pool where the ME says he was for 24 to 36 hours. A man claiming to be his biological son asks the detectives to test the corpse's blood for a DNA match. The ME discovers cancer in the corpse and massive amounts of steroids. Then a woman from the NSA demands Bayliss and Pembleton help her find her "friend," the purported son. The detectives are flabbergasted when someone comes in and confesses to speeding up the cancer effects with the steroids!!
A drug war is being fought--shipments hijacked, smalltime dealers shot, and even a family in their home are killed, leaving a small daughter hiding in a closet. Kellerman and Lewis catch the case(s) and learn a lot about the strange code of honor involved. The Narcotics detectives bring in a self-confessed killer with the murder weapon, but that's not the "whole truth."
Lewis announces to Kellerman that today is his wedding day and promptly vomits. Because Lewis involves all the squad in the preparations, Giardello and Howard catch the murder of a radio talk show host, which ends with Gee's firing/killing the suspect. Munch is sure the wedding is an elaborate practical joke, but the others work frantically to get flowers, food, etc. for the nuptials. Pembleton's wife makes this day very memorable.
Three people are shot during a robbery at a burger place; two die, a teenage girl and a male customer. Pembleton and Bayliss investigate. They discover the other victim (shot in the knee) was the shooter's friend, and during his interrogation Pembleton has a seizure and is taken to neurosurgery. Meanwhile Lewis and Kellerman investigate "The Bowling Ball Murder"-someone dropped the ball from an overpass.
The arrival of a new Chief Medical Examiner upsets Bayliss at first, but results in an old case's exhumation and correct determination as a homicide. The FBI investigation of Kellerman continues, increasing his frustration. The marriages of Pembleton and Lewis are tested, but with quite different results.
An article in The Baltimore Sun about an investigation of the arson unit upsets Kellerman. Munch catches the case of a woman whose husband discovered her dead in her bedroom and immediately suspects the husband. Brodie gets an offer to stay at Kay's place.
Survivors discuss, in a grief-support group, the circumstances of three murders one Saturday night in Baltimore: a girl strangled in an alley on her 16th birthday, a mother who dies as the victim of a carjacker who drives off with her 3-year-old daughter, and a man who was attacked in the Waterfront Bar in the presence of several uncooperative witnesses. One of the cases remains unsolved.
An outstanding computer genius at a prestigious prep school is found stabbed to death. The incident is believed to be racially motivated as he is one of only three black students. Bayliss and Lewis suspect a student whose protective mother is a powerful judge. Pembleton finally passes the firearms test.
On Pembleton's first case back, a divorced woman is found stabbed to death; her 10-year-old twin boys were shot in the head. He is convinced the boyfriend did it, but Bayliss believes it was the ex-husband. Kellerman is summoned to the Grand Jury. Once again a drug murder implicates Luther Mahoney, but the star witness is intimidated even while in police custody.
A robbery gone wrong kills Danver's bride-to-be while trying on a wedding dress. Once again Pembleton and Bayliss disagree on theories of the crime. Giardello tries to help Kellerman but runs into opposition; Kellerman is "comforted" by the new ME. Danvers confronts a jailed suspect with threats which has unexpected results.
A girl is found with a broken rib which punctured her lung and 26 belt buckle marks on her body. Pembleton and Bayliss question the mother and her live-in boyfriend after a social worker confirms abuse suspicions. Kellerman is exonerated by the Grand Jury but still feels tainted by suspicion. Bayliss reveals his own childhood abuse to Pembleton.
An Asian store owner, a war hero, tried to forbid dope dealers from operating outside his store. His killing leads detectives to Mahoney--again he is too "clean" to catch. Mahoney's parting shot to Kellerman throws the detective into a tailspin of depression. Lewis, his partner, follows up and tries to prevent another partner's suicide.
Pembleton and Lewis are assigned to the brutal murder of a wealthy woman. Each focuses on a different suspect: an angry talented art student from the projects and the woman's brother. A diamond ring with great sentimental value has disappeared from the victim's finger AFTER the body was found, which proves pivotal to the case.
When a police officer is found shot to death, Elizabeth Wu writes an article praising his dedication to the job. An informer calls her with a contradiction: the cop was shot when he demanded his money back in a dope deal. Her source later reveals that he was the shooter but claims self-defense. Meanwhile Kellerman's rogue brothers show up and he winds up in a jail cell with them. Lewis and Julianna to the rescue.
Two bombings near Valentine's Day result in two deaths with no apparent connections. Brodie finds a way to get a confession from a drug dealer who conned a victim into playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun. The Pembletons' marriage seems to be disintegrating in spite of therapy. Lewis and Cox wait outside an office where a third bomb has been delivered.
Munch's high school love interest, Helen Rosenthal, is raped and murdered, leaving Munch and Kellerman trying to solve the case. Grief and 1960's nostalgia engulf Munch, and meanwhile he connects with Helen's mourning daughter.
Chris Thormann must confront the fact that the assailant who shot and blinded him is up for parole, and he might get it. Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the murder of a chef, and the family's background of abuse triggers bad memories for Bayliss.
Autopsy reveals that the death of a recent arrival from Europe was caused by a burst baggie he had swallowed, one of over 70 bags of heroin found in his stomach. Luther Mahoney MUST be involved somehow! Munch gets a tip from a con that a body is buried under the track at Pimlico, but eventually finds the "dead" man. The Mahoney problem is solved.
Just another midnight shift for the Homicide squad, with yet another shooting in West Baltimore. But this time there is a witness who is naming names. And at 4:00 a.m., why are Col. Barnfather and Capt. Gaffney taking such an active interest in the investigation?
Beau Felton's body is found. Was it suicide or murder? Was he part of a criminal operation or...? Megan Russert returns from France to help in the investigation. Pembleton discovers why Bayliss has been missing from the squad room so much.
Felton's murder investigation involves the whole squad plus Falsone from Auto and Gharty from IID (Felton had been undercover). Actually, Howard and Russert are shut out because of their personal involvement with Felton. Gharty and Falsone discover they have both had the same snitch and hone in on his possible role in the murder.
Lewis and Falsone, joined by Stivers, get the case of a woman almost beaten to death and left in an alley. Georgia Rae Mahoney tells Kellerman she has video of Luther's shooting. Frank anxiously awaits the birth of his child, but Mary is unruffled.
An armed robbery at a family Vietnamese restaurant leaves five dead, sparing only two teenagers in the kitchen who implicate an off-duty Baltimore cop. Falsone confronts Kellerman and accuses him of executing Luther Mahoney.
A man is pinned by a train in a subway station, producing a mortal wound that is temporarily suppressed by his situation, the Homicide detectives must determine if the incident was an accident or deliberate.
The stabbing death of a priest in his own rectory becomes a red ball, with Ballard and Gharty in charge. Allegations of sexual abuse complicate the case, and the unit searches for two Guatemalan refugees who were living at the rectory.
An angry driver cuts off a state-owned truck, is rammed from behind and rearends a parked semi. Result? Two deaths and a paralyzed passenger, a lawsuit against the state, and pressure on the ME to alter blood alcohol results.
Pembleton and Falsone investigate the mauling of an elderly man, in his own house, by three dogs belonging to his grandson. At the Waterfront, Bayliss, Munch, Gharty, and Ballard share stories of "goofy cases, senseless killings, senseless suspects."
Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the death of a cancer patient when a relative insists the hospice doctor killed him in a "mercy killing." Stivers and Falsone investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl outside a pizza shop on her way to school.
Bayliss is still having nightmares about the Adena Watson case, so Gee is reluctant to assign the case of another girl, murdered in 1932, to him. Therefore, Falsone is assigned the "oldest unsolved slaying still officially on the books."
Bayliss and Pembleton are handed "the mother of all red-balls," the stabbing of a judge on the sidewalk in broad daylight. It doesn't take them long to connect Georgia Rae Mahoney's feckless nephew to the murder. But unlike their previous contacts with him, he doesn't go easily this time.
The Homicide Unit takes down the remaining Mahoney organization, but not without collateral damage. Stivers tells Gee that Luther Mahoney's shooting is the reason for all the carnage in the past 24 hours.
The homicide detectives have to cope with some huge changes in their life. The squad room has been renovated and painted blue, Munch is dating Billie Lou, and Pembleton has resigned. Meanwhile a grisly murder arises, connected to Giardello.
After being shot at, a wealthy doctor shoots an intruder in his garage. Homicide determines the body is his sister-in-law. Two sets of fingerprints are found on her gun; the money trail (gambling debts, forgeries, insurance) leads to an unlikely conspiracy.
A popular author of thrillers is missing; his wife has a video in which he warns that his agent may kill him. Discovering that he had a mistress and finding his car at the airport, she is ignored UNTIL the mistress reports him missing as well. No body, no weapon... can the two probable killers be charged?
Bounty Hunter Dennis Knoll tracks down fugitive Joe Errico in Florida, meanwhile Bounty Hunter Jerry Lichte nursing a broken arm in a car accident in a Baltimore Homicide detective car and a random driver, is relegated to a desk job at Patriot bail bonds. Bounty Hunter P.J. Johnson is excused by the Baltimore Police in the Shooting death he was accused of.
Investigation continues on the case of the newborn baby found buried behind a motel. The teen mother's parents employ a P.I. to frighten her into accusing her boyfriend. Police and prosecutors proceed to the Grand Jury, hoping to pressure one of the young parents to make a deal by letting them experience jail time. It works!
Even though the young mother of the suffocated newborn has made a deal to testify, her boyfriend is convinced she will not wrongfully accuse him--because of their love. Falcone tries to talk sense to him, but he remains convinced she will not betray him. He is shocked at the turn of events in court.
A white bus driver is beaten to death after he drives into a West Indian woman. In a nearby alley, a young black man is also found beaten to death. Racial tensions divide the Homicide squad as well as the city of Baltimore, but the true causes are not what they seem.
A skeleton of a young woman is discovered, leading to the solution of a long-forgotten bank robbery. Finding her killer is more difficult when one suspect is dead and the other two accuse each other. Meanwhile, Gee lays down the law about detectives on the same shift being romantically involved. Which is more important, relations with police partners or a lover?
A murderous webmaster announces on a website run by a homicide detective that he will kill women live and on-line at specified times and taunts the Baltimore police force to try and stop him from perpetrating the crimes.