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General Information

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  • Directed by

    Stephen Gyllenhaal

  • Written by

    Tom Fontana, David Simon and David Mills

  • Season/Episode

    Season 2, Episode 1

  • Original Air Date

    January 6, 1994

  • DVD Release Date

    May 27, 2003

  • Production Companies

    Baltimore Pictures, Fatima Productions, MCEG/Sterling Entertainment, NBC Studios

  • Distribution by

    NBC-TV (USA)

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Robert Ellison

  • Melissa Leo

    Det. Sgt. Kay Howard

  • Lloyd Goodman

    Vaughn Perkins

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Matt Ellison

  • Julia Devin

    Abby Ellison


When a tourist is murdered in Baltimore, it's a "red ball" case for Homicide. As suspects are arrested, Robert Ellison, the victim's husband, is forced to deal with feelings of helplessness and guilt, and also with the often-intensive world of veteran homicide cops. When a sweet-faced kid named Vaughn is fingered as the shooter, Howard is convinced he's taking the fall for his friends. As Felton closes down the case, Howard tries one last attempt to get at the truth.

Episode Clip


  • Robert Ellison

    When the trigger was pulled, I lost my wife but I joined a club. It's a very exclusive club. But the funny thing about the club is none of the members want to belong. It's like some sort of secret society where only the initiated can recognize the other members.



Filming Info

  • Locations

    Baltimore, MD

  • International Air Dates

    • Hungary

      April 1, 2007


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    Extra info

    "Bop Gun" was the last episode filmed for the show's second season, but it would be the first one aired. NBC chose to lead with it for a few reasons, most of them having to do with the show's guest star. Robin made a rare television appearance and an even rarer dramatic turn. NBC thought that the presence of a marquee name like Robin's would boost the show's ratings. It did.


    • Emmy Awards

      Nom - 1994 - Outstanding Guest Actor (Robin)

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