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The Curious Case of Detective John Munch

May 14, 2010

Don't be afraid to really glitter things up!

Munch: Who lobbies for nothing?
Bayliss:You do, Munch. Every day, in every way, you lobby for nothing.

From Homicide: Life on the Street S4x02 – Fire (Pt. II)

Detective John “Munchkin” Munch is the hardest working fictional homicide detective in the Fontanaverse, with a career spanning over 18 seasons – 7 on Homicide: Life on the Street and the last 11 on Law & Order: SVU – the only show in the franchise I don’t like!

let's settle this whole thing in the box with Pembleton.

The Portable Munch:

  • Without metaphors, what are we left with? We have a riddle, surrounded by a mystery, wrapped inside of an enigma and stuffed inside a body bag.
  • (on partnering up with Bayliss) I understand. You stayed with Pembleton for six years. He broke your heart, and now you’re just looking for a one-nighter, huh?
  • (answering the phone during the holidays) Ho-ho-homicide.
  • From the tracks on his arms, large caliber wound, proximity to a heroin market… I’d say it was a heated dispute about the symbolism of red and blue in 18th-century French romantic poetry.
  • We have an expression in Homicide: Our day begins when yours ends.

heartbeat, you make me feel so weak...

Munch Fun Facts

  • Brother Bernard owns a funeral parlor
  • got shot in the ass by a suspect
  • Tricked a suspect into believing a copier machine was lie detector contraption called Electrolyte Neutron Magnetic Test Scanner
  • Was married four times
  • had an ex who sought her revenge by slapping a frame around naked pictures of him taken in college and putting them in a gallery across the street from police department.
  • co-owned The Waterfront with Bayliss and Lewis
  • Was heartbroken to discover Det. Briscoe had once dated his ex-wife Gwen
  • got kicked out of an alcohol awareness seminar for back sassing the instructor

Fictional Universe Appearances
As the head ambassador of the Fontanaverse, Munch has spread his good will on seven (well 8 if you count Jimmy Kimmel, which I don’t) different television shows.

  • Homicide: Life on the Streets – first appearance “Gone for Goode”.
  • Law & Order – “Baby, it’s you”, “Charm City”, “Sideshow Pt.1” and I’m blanking on the fourth one.
  • Arrested Development – “Exit Strategy” as a crafting instructor hoping to get Tobias to hot glue the family secrets to an array of whimsical pastel backgrounds.
  • Law & Order: SVU – 300 episodes or thereabouts.
  • The Wire – cameo, arguing about his tab.
  • The Beat – some crap show on UPN or one of those other fakey networks.
  • The X-Files – “The Unusual Suspects”. Shakes down Byers and then some.

Favorite Munch H:LOTS episodes

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2010 8:44 am

    I came to appreciate H:LoTS very late in life — when it was on the air, I had young kids and tended to avoid any programming that didn’t feature singing cartoon animals — but Munch has always been my favorite character on the show. It’s like Belzer was finally given the right venue for his standup routine, which I felt was always a little too cerebral for the comedy club circuit.

  2. May 14, 2010 9:08 am

    Beer nuts and conspiracy theories do not mix.

  3. evmaroon permalink
    May 14, 2010 3:56 pm

    …Or do they?

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