The precinct hosts an open house that attracts only vagrants. Wojo and Harris try to get a lead on an arsonist. Barney's enthusiasm in moving back home is tempered by the hotel manager who refuses to refund him his upcoming month's rent.
The death of Jack Soo in 1979 marked the passing of both a fine comedy actor and one of TV's most memorable characters: Nick Yemana, the deadpan detective known for his dry wit and wretched coffee. This tribute to Soo features reminiscences by the series regulars as well as some notable Yemana vignettes--Nick's curious response to an ink-blot test administered by a police psychiatrist; his attraction to a Japanese woman who turns out to be a hooker; and his inability to stop singing after he innocently eats brownies laced with hashish.
The clerk that sold Wojo a sick bird changes his strict no-return policy when he learns that the detective is a police officer. A suicide hot line operator becomes suicidal. Harris's book publication is interrupted when Dietrich refuses to sign a release.