Beau Felton

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Beauregard D. 'Beau' Felton
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Det. Beauregard Donald 'Beau' Felton
First appearance January 31, 1993
(1x01, "Gone for Goode")
Last appearance May 5, 1995
(3x20, "The Gas Man") (HLOTS)
February 13, 2000
Homicide: The Movie
Created by Tom Fontana
Portrayed by Daniel Baldwin
Information
Nickname(s) Beau
Gender Male
Occupation Deceased
Undercover Cop for IID (formerly)
Homicide Detective (formerly)
Title Detective
Family Zack Felton (son)
Alley Felton (daughter)
Unnamed baby
Spouse(s) Beth Felton (widow)

Det. Beauregard Donald 'Beau' Felton is a fictional character on the television drama series Homicide: Life on the Street portrayed by Daniel Baldwin for seasons 1-3. He was loosely based on Det. Donald Kincaid, from David Simon's nonfiction book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, on which the series was based.[1]

Beau Felton was born on October 22, 1960.[2] He is a hardheaded tough guy from the Billytown area of Baltimore; his partner in the series is Det. Kay Howard. The two of them are friends, and insist that there is no sexual tension between them.

Felton is married to Beth Felton, though by the beginning of series their marriage is on the rocks. They have three young children - a boy, Zack; a girl, Alley; and an unnamed baby - to whom Beau is very close. Beth, who is emotionally unstable, eventually empties out their house in the third season, disappears with the children, and does as much as she can to prevent him from seeing his children. About this time, Felton begins an affair with Lt. Megan Russert, although she soon breaks it off. After Beth leaves, Felton begins to drink heavily and his police work suffers as a result; Howard becomes disgusted with him following a binge in which he loses crucial evidence for a seemingly unsolvable case, assigned to her from the late Steve Crosetti's caseload.

In spite of an office dress code, Felton never wears a tie unless required to for a special occasion like testifying in court; Homicide executive director Barry Levinson said this was a "big character point" for Felton.[3]

During a raid in the third season episode "The City That Bleeds", Felton is shot, along with Det. Howard and Det. Bolander. Beau is wounded in the neck and leg, but the bullets miss all major organs and arteries; Howard and Bolander, meanwhile, are far more seriously injured. Felton is the first to recover, though he carried a lot of the guilt over Kay being hit. He is the first to go back on duty, but his recovery, coupled with Beth leaving him for good, worsens his drinking problem. After Felton loses his temper over a minor incident, and blames it on his recovery, Lt. Al Giardello bluntly tells him he had never been good enough for Homicide, even before he was shot, citing Felton's drinking and personal problems.

Due to unsuccessful contract negotiations with actors Daniel Baldwin and Ned Beatty, Felton and Bolander were written out of the series after Season 3.

The narrative reason for the characters' absence is given in the Season 4 premiere, in which Giardello reveals that Felton and Bolander got drunk and engaged in embarrassing and grossly inappropriate behavior while attending a police/firefighter convention in New York City. Both are suspended for 22 weeks without pay, a reference to the then-standard length of a network drama's TV season. Bolander chooses to retire when his suspension is up, while Felton drops out of sight. During Season 5, Giardello often complains about Felton's unknown whereabouts, and rumors began to spread that he had resigned in disgrace following his suspension.

In the two part season finale of Season 5 ("Partners and Other Strangers" and "Strangers and Other Partners"), Felton is found dead in his house, a shotgun blast having destroyed most of his skull. The evidence first points to suicide, but M.E. Julianna Cox soon determines that he had been murdered with a pistol shot to the back of the head; the killer then used the shotgun to stage the suicide. He was murdered on May 9, 1997.[4]

Giardello soon learns that Felton had actually spent the last six months working undercover for Internal Investigations Division (IID), under the direction of Detective Stuart Gharty. Felton was helping the IID and the FBI build a case against a massive auto theft ring, but an information leak led to his cover's being blown. He was personally murdered by the auto kingpin, who managed to evade capture. Beth wants nothing to do with Beau's funeral, so Howard and Russert have to make the arrangements. A memorial for Felton is established in the police headquarters, and attended by then-Maryland Governor Parris Glendening and then-Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke.

The investigation of Felton's murder leads the detectives to remember Felton, although most of these memories prove unpleasant. The episode illustrates these memories with flashbacks consisting of brief clips from the first three seasons; these clips are Felton's only appearance on the show after Season 3 (although Baldwin would later provide a cameo as Felton in the TV movie following the show's cancellation).

The last "appearance" of Felton was in the 2000 TV movie Homicide: The Movie, wherein he and Detective Crosetti are seen in a kind of afterlife playing cards in the squad room and waiting for the next arrival - who turns out to be Giardello himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Van. "Homicide, Revisited," Baltimore City Paper, December 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Homicide: Life on the Street episode "Strangers and Other Partners", originally aired May 16, 1997.
  3. ^ "Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (1993)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  4. ^ Homicide: Life on the Street episode "Strangers and Other Partners", originally aired May 16, 1997.