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Homicide: Life on the Street Season 7 Episode 17

Lewis and Munch begin to investigate the death of a Buddhist monk beaten to death. Lewis isn’t interested in working the case with Bayliss, whom he feels, may become too emotionally involved. Ballard and Falsone agree to call their relationship quits. Ballard and Gharty’s case involves a man who was shot down in the street; the three witnesses that saw the shooter all have different recollections of his appearance. As a result, their prime suspect cannot be charged. Gee asks for Bayliss’s assistance in the Buddhist murder and to Lewis’s dismay, Munch abdicates his position in the investigation to Bayliss. Lewis and Bayliss take different approaches to the investigation. Bayliss’s approach leads him to the man who committed the crime, but cornering his suspect leads to a showdown with guns and Bayliss fires a fatal shot. Later Bayliss tries to reconcile the shooting with his own feelings about being a Buddhist and being a cop.

Episode Title: Zen and the Art of Murder

Air Date: 1999-04-02

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