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Homicide: Life on the Street (1997)

Paul Falsone is a fictional police detective of the Baltimore Police Department on Homicide: Life on the Street and was portrayed by Jon Seda. Born on October 14, 1968, Falsone was introduced as a long-time member of the Auto Squad at the end of Season 5, where his natural talents proved useful in solving vehicle-related crimes. However, when the department began a rotation program, in which detectives would be periodically reassigned to new units, Falsone was transferred to the homicide shift commanded by Al Giardello. After three months, Giardello expressed satisfaction with Falsone’s work and requested that he remain with the unit.

Falsone first appears in the Season 5 finale episodes „Partners and Other Strangers“ and „Strangers and Other Partners,“ then becomes a regular character in the Season 6 premiere „Blood Ties.“ He and his partner, Det. Meldrick Lewis, are shot at by Junior Bunk on behalf of the crime organization run by Georgia Rae Mahoney. Falsone’s investigation leads to a suspicion that the shooting of Georgia Rae’s brother Luther (the original head of the organization) was not legitimate, a suspicion which ignites a long-standing enmity between Falsone and Mike Kellerman, the detective who shot Luther during the previous season.

During Season 7, Falsone begins dating fellow homicide detective Laura Ballard, who joined the unit at roughly the same time that he rotated into it. In the episode „Bones of Contention“, Giardello warns Falsone about the regulations against intimate fraternization among members of the same shift, and Falsone and Ballard agree to stop seeing each other rather than risk discipline or a forced transfer out of Giardello’s shift. However, this agreement merely led to their continuing their relationship in secret. [Wikipedia]