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Season: 1 | 2 | 3
Year: 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Promised Land/Pilot

20 September 1985
Spenser is hired by a real estate developer with gambling problems to track down his wife, who's run away. When it becomes obvious that the wife has gotten herself in over her head with some crusading acquaintances, he tries to reconcile the estranged couple and get them both out of the trouble they are in.

Season 1, Episode 2: No Room at the Inn

27 September 1985
Spenser's apartment burns down, but he's allowed to move into an old fire station as thanks for saving a firefighter's life. Meanwhile, Spenser and Hawk are hired to protect the life of grand jury witness. When it starts to look like someone on the inside might be trying to have the witness killed, and that the witness may not be who she says she is, things get convoluted.

Season 1, Episode 3: The Choice

4 October 1985
A old man whom Spenser and Hawk knows is shot. They discover that the killer are a couple who comes from an affluent background, which they hide behind. It turns into a cat and mouse game for Spenser and Hawk, who are determined to take them down.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Patricia Clarkson ... Elizabeth Haller

Sam Robards ... Chip Holmby

Joe Seneca ... Joe Adams

Angela Bassett ... Alice

George Grizzard ... Frank Silverman

William H. Macy ... District Attorney (as W.H. Macy)

Barton Heyman ... Gen. Haller

Season 1, Episode 4: Children of a Tempest Storm

11 October 1985
Spenser kills a would-be thief in the course of thwarting a robbery. He and Susan take in the man's two children while investigating his past. Susan discovers she's pregnant.

Season 1, Episode 5: Original Sin

18 October 1985
Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a young nun, and stumbles onto a corrupt landlord.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Jay O. Sanders ... Father Crawford

Elizabeth Franz ... Mrs. O'Rourke

Eddie Jones ... Michael O'Rourke

Erica Gimpel ... Shelley
Jonathan Moore
David O'Brien

James Eckhouse ... Robert Jordan
Marsha Bagwell

Brina ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Anne Dickinson ... Suicidal Nun (uncredited)

Kevin Fennessy ... Priest (uncredited)
Dan Rimas ... Geoff (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: Discord in a Minor

25 October 1985
Spenser's been hired by a conductor to find his daughter who ran away with her boyfriend. When he finds them, she tells him that her father has been molesting her. Spenser then tells her father what she said which he denies. After Spenser leaves, he calls Hawk, who once did a job for him, to do something for him.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Patricia Elliott ... Edie James

Neill Barry ... Jimmy Broz

Barbara Garrick ... Cathy Lowington

Paul Shenar ... Matthew Lowington
Raymond Serra ... Joe Broz

Jay Thomas ... Tony Broz
Anne Bobby ... Elaine Hebner (as Anne Marie Bobby)

Billy Masters ... Dan Webster (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 7: The Killer Within

12 November 1985
Spenser is hired to protect a woman's identical twin sister from assassins, only to discover his employer suffers from a split personality.

Season 1, Episode 8: Autumn Thieves

19 November 1985
Spenser stumbles onto a ring of thieves while investigating a relic stolen from a museum.

Season 1, Episode 9: Blood Money

26 November 1985
The wife of a kidnapped oil tycoon hires Spenser to deliver $1 million in ransom money to a ring of terrorists while police have the drop-off area surrounded.

Season 1, Episode 10: Resurrection

3 December 1985
Spenser investigates a crooked vice cop involved in the mugging of one of Susan's friends.

Season 1, Episode 11: Internal Affairs

17 December 1985
Marital infidelity and suspected involvement in a gambling ring lead to Lt. Quirk's suspension. Belson is shot during a raid. Spenser works to clear Quirk's name and catch Belson's would-be killer.

Season 1, Episode 12: Death by Design

7 January 1986
Spenser walks into a death trap when a beautiful university scientist who makes so-called 'designer drugs' hires him to track down her gigolo boyfriend and recover $50,000.

Season 1, Episode 13: A Day's Wages

14 January 1986
A young ex-con named Louis Harper steals from his boss, John Brady. Brady hires Spenser to prove it and Harper hires Hawk to protect him from leg-breakers. Spenser and Hawk team up to solve Louis' murder.

Season 1, Episode 14: A Madness Most Discreet

21 January 1986

Season 1, Episode 15: Brother to Dragons

4 February 1986
Spenser is going skiing with Susan, but when he picks her up at Smithfield High School where she works, he finds out one of her students died of a heroin overdose. Spenser gets hired by the superintendent and goes undercover as a teacher at her school to find out where the drugs are coming from. He obviously gets into it with the dealers.

Season 1, Episode 16: When Silence Speaks

11 February 1986


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Phyllis Frelich ... Joan Cugell
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Laura Louise Johnson
Mathieu Carrière ... du Pré (as Mathieu Carriere)
Philip Kraus ... Brad Munson
David M. Berti

Kevin Fennessy ... Postal Worker
JoAnna Rhinehart ... Receptionist (as Joanne Rhienhart)

Rick Rizzo ... Boston Cop (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 17: In a Safe Place

14 February 1986


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Ray Baker ... Matt Wilson
Jaime Sánchez ... Jose Perez (as Jaime Sanchez)
Joe Silver ... Guzman

Jimmy Smits ... Hector Valdes

Victoria Racimo ... Mrs. Rosalez

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Jacob Zaleski
Gerry Cooney ... Angel (as Gerald A. Cooney)

Nancy Marchand ... Emily Garden
Ray Contreras ... Luis Rosalez
Lisa Gage

Kamala Lopez
Joe Torrenueva (as Joseph T. Torrenueva)

Season 1, Episode 18: Angel of Desolation

4 March 1986


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk
Shelly Burch ... Deidra Carlisle
James Patrick Gillis ... Marcus Carlisle
Jack Coulter ... Mitchell Casey

Eriq La Salle ... Jeffrey Miller

Stuart Burney ... Bill Langford
John Carpenter

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Alicia Carlisle (as Leigh Taylor Young)
Leila Danette ... Evelyn Carter
David M. Berti (as David Berti)
B.J. Cotton

Rick Rizzo ... Boston Cop (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 19: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

11 March 1986

Season 1, Episode 20: At the River's Edge

25 March 1986


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk
Karen Carlson ... Lanore Freemont
Paul Sparer ... Walter Billingham
Carrie Kei Heim ... Marcella Harrington
Alexandra Wilson ... Chrissy Pierce (as Laurie Wilson)

John Davidson ... Rev. Bobby Freemont

Season 1, Episode 21: Rage

1 April 1986
When Spenser is trying to locate a runaway. The girl meets a psychotic man but Spenser saves her but the man escapes. He then wants to get back at Spenser and he starts by holding Susan hostage.

Season 1, Episode 22: Hell Hath No Fury

8 April 1986


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Linda Thorson ... Karen Cooper

Lucinda Jenney ... Melissa Brenner
Paul Austin ... Wally 'The Producer'
Mary-Joan Negro ... Maggie Petrie

Stephen Joyce ... Ed Faraday
Paul Butler ... Gordon Rudd
Tom Urich ... Thomas Madden (as Thomas J. Urich)
Gary Howard Klar ... Construction Worker (as Gary Klar)

David Fonteno ... Washington
Paul Dunn
Karol Kostka
Frank T. Wells

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Widow's Walk

4 October 1986
Spenser needing to get over Susan's departure takes a job that takes him out of town. A woman whose husband's a fisherman who died recently, needs his help because another family who wants to shut them is causing them problems. And her young son just wants to get back at them.

Season 2, Episode 2: An Eye for an Eye

27 September 1986
Spenser has just relocated and out of no where, former clients are accusing of trying to shake them down. Spenser is oblivious to what they are talking about. Later a D.A. is threatening to take action against him.

Season 2, Episode 3: Rockabye Baby

25 October 1986
Spenser tries to protect a pregnant girl who is carrying the son of a mobster who wants a son. But it seems that someone doesn't want her to give birth to the child.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

John Cullum ... Anthony Bennett

Susan Hess ... Michelle Gilbert
Norman Snow ... Peter Devane

Clarice Taylor ... Miss Emma (as Clarise Taylor)

Janice Rule ... Mrs. Bennett
Spiro Malas ... George Cannon
James A. Baffico ... Murray Peltzer (as James Baffico)

Jeffrey Corazzini ... Hitman#1 (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 4: White Knight

18 October 1986
When Hawk goes to check on the boxer he owns, he is arrested. So Spenser goes there to try and figure out what is going on. They discover that it might have something to do with a man who is running for public office whom Hawk met a few years ago.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Tom Atkins ... Hatch
Page Hannah ... Laura Findley

Doug Wert ... Benny Haskell (as Douglas Wert)
Joe Lambie ... Theodore Wilkes
Alan North ... Chief Hollis Cushing
Bernie McInerney ... Sam Findley
Pamela Burrell ... Jessie Findley

Samuel L. Jackson ... Leroy Clancy
Jesse Doran ... Joey Thorpe

Jude Ciccolella ... Gus Sloan
Richard Snee ... Assistant DA Kennedy
Marjorie O'Neill-Butler ... Muriel
Jay Blitzman ... Arnold Becker

Season 2, Episode 5: And Give Up Show Biz?

1 November 1986
A young man is found floating in the water. When he wakes up, he claims to have no memory of who he is. Spenser tries to help him. Later, he becomes the prime suspect in a murder. But he claims he can't be a killer.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk
Paul Sparer ... Ernest Galway

Patrick Breen ... Bobby Olak

Gerry Bamman ... Laurence Denning

Paul Herman ... Morgan Evans

Michael Mantell ... Tommy Gross (as Michael Albert Mantel)
Robert Silver ... Manny

Christine Romeo ... Deborah Townes (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 6: The Long Hunt

8 November 1986
Spenser travels to Maine to help hunt down an escaped murderer, but the tables are turned when the man's father stalks Spenser.

Season 2, Episode 7: Home Is the Hero

22 November 1986
Rita asks Spenser to help a youth she's coaching at a youth center. Spenser discovers that the boy is working for a Fagin like criminal.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Tim Guinee ... Kevin Moran

John Spencer ... Joe Moran
Gregory Salata ... Frank Scanlon

Leon Russom ... Brad Stiles

Lauren Holly ... Emily Brown
Frank Scasso ... Mario (as Frankie Scasso)

Peter Maloney ... Red Donnelly

Season 2, Episode 8: One If by Land, Two If by Sea

29 November 1986
Spenser must solve the murder of a good friend, Joe Kelly. He is killed riding as Paul Revere in an annual celebration. There is more to Joe than Spenser knows.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Donal Donnelly ... Mr. Martin

Stephen Joyce ... Michael Kelly
Margaret Hilton ... Mrs. Martin
Suzy Hunt ... Catherine Kelly

Robert Gerringer ... Paul Johnson
Dee Hoty ... Sarah Brown
Casey King ... Beauregard
Peter Boyden ... Maitre D'

James Kiberd ... Lewis Johnson

Eric Bruno Borgman ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)

Janet Borgman ... Battle Re-enactment Spectator (uncredited)
Lincoln Clark ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)

Scott J. Fisher ... Antique Buyer (uncredited)
Carson Hovey ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)
Michael Kaplan ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)
Peter Ricci ... Minuteman Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)
Steven Ricci ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)

Jerry Robbins ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)
George Souza ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)
Mark Vander Berg ... British Rev. War Re-enactor (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 9: Shadowsight

13 December 1986
Spenser tries to find the connection between a 12-year-old's nightmares and the real-life murders they foretell.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore (credit only)

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk
Kim Hauser ... Chrissy Cabot

Kevin Conroy ... Gallagher

Patricia Richardson ... Sarah Cabot (as Pat Richardson)
James Hurdle ... Lucas Cabot

Tamara Tunie ... Nina
Colin Fox ... Father Brendan
Christopher Loomis ... Costigan

Jon Tenney ... Garrett
Nicholas Kepros ... Chaplain

Clayton Prince ... Willy
Fern Dorsey ... Jennifer

Season 2, Episode 10: The Hopes and Fears

20 December 1986
A 13-year-old boy and a pregnant woman glimpse the face of the leader of a masked gang robbing Spenser's neighborhood at Christmastime.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

George DiCenzo ... Dan Chandler

Nancy Travis ... Maggie Ellis

Jack Gwaltney ... Charlie Horn

Seth Green ... Andy Chandler
John Bell ... Tim Sullivan
David S. Chandler ... Hal McGraw

Lynne Thigpen ... Mrs. Jarvis
Stephen Brackley ... Hank (as Stephen J. Brackley)
William Parry ... Tom Sullivan
Cordis Heard ... Jane Chandler
Gilbert Lewis ... Mr. Andre
David Kieserman ... 'Pop' Donnelli

Marian Green ... Mrs. Sullivan (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 11: Among Friends

10 January 1987
Hawk is framed for the attempted murder of Marty Quirk. There is a new gun in town named Tyrone Blackwell. Name looks good on a tombstone.

Season 2, Episode 12: I Confess

17 January 1987
A man who witnessed the murder of a bank officer is now confessing to the crime.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

James Murtaugh ... Morton Fuller
Pamela Payton-Wright ... Karen Fuller
Olivia Virgil White ... Linda Verrain (as Olivia Virgil Harper)

Marita Geraghty ... Elizabeth Canning Anthony
Jon Korkes ... Birney Jessman

Paul Calderon ... Lunza

Stephen Burleigh ... Father O'Conner

Spalding Gray ... Edward Niles

Patricia Elliott ... Vera Canning

John Finn ... Ken Green
Michael Bruce ... Pete (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 13: Murder and Acquisitions

24 January 1987
A man under investigation for insider trading on the stock market is killed before he can turn state's evidence.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

E. Katherine Kerr ... Cynthia Bodman

J.T. Walsh ... Andrew Lawford

Danielle von Zerneck ... Lisa Bodman

Jamey Sheridan ... Todd Wallace

Rob Morrow ... Danny

John Towey ... Bruce Huber (as John Madden Towey)
Dana Hersey ... Big Spin MC (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 14: Personal Demons

7 February 1987
A woman involved in the fight against hunger in Africa hires Spenser to prove that an administrator is stealing millions in contributions.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Blanche Baker ... Carolyn Tomlinson

Laurence Fishburne ... David Mukende (as Larry Fishburne)
Dick Latessa ... George Kendrick
Christine Farrell ... Brenda Reston

Ruby Dee ... Eleanor Simpson

Season 2, Episode 15: Mary Hamilton

14 February 1987
Spenser helps a young woman search for her father, but has to convince Rita and the police that she is innocent of two attempts on her father's life.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Melissa Leo ... Mary Hamilton
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Billy Joe Hamilton

Earl Hindman ... Max Ordella

Patricia Charbonneau ... Linda Shannon

David Leary ... Jackie Coyle
John Christopher Jones ... Fred Taylor
Randall Edwards ... Betsy

Larry Blamire ... Trackhand (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 16: Trial and Error

21 February 1987
Rita has a solid case against a pimp suspected of murdering a teen-age hooker, but Spenser thinks the man is being framed.

Season 2, Episode 17: One for My Daughter

7 March 1987
A video director with gambling debts has passed on a drinking problem to his 16-year-old daughter.

Season 2, Episode 18: My Brother's Keeper

14 March 1987
Spenser searches for the murderer of a war hero whose forthcoming book promised an expose of a Vietnamese crime boss.

Season 2, Episode 19: The Road Back

21 March 1987
When Spenser is protecting someone, he gets shot. He then learns that there a chance that he might lose the use of his injured arm. So he has therapy while waiting for the surgery that could fix it. And at the same time, the man he was protecting, not wanting to let anyone else get hurt is willing to give to the people who were trying to kill him.

Season 2, Episode 20: If You Knew Sammy

4 April 1987
A vigilante named Sammy writes a book and angers the Boston mob. Turns out the Feds, the mob and Hawk all want Sammy dead for different reasons. William H Macy makes an early cameo and Spenser must tie all the loose ends together.

Season 2, Episode 21: The Man Who Wasn't There

2 May 1987
Rita wants Spenser to find out about a man killed in a fire a man she and four classmates fabricated in their college's computer.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk
Richard Backus ... John Thomas

Reg E. Cathey ... Shepard

Paul Guilfoyle ... Ross Bates

David Hyde Pierce ... O'Neill (as David Pierce)

Jay Patterson ... Al Sheen

John Rothman ... Stanley Michaels
Peggy Smithhart ... Lissa Thomas
Tom Urich ... Thomas Oliver

Season 2, Episode 22: The Song of Orpheus

9 May 1987
Hawk is ambushed and dumped in the harbor. Rita is on a hot case with a mysterious hidden source and one mob boss is pulling all the stings. Will Spenser unravel this before he is killed too.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

John Pankow ... Billy Hanratty
George Loros ... Jake Williams
David O'Brien ... Tom Flaherty
Leonard Jackson ... Jock
John Hutton ... Bendix
Roger Serbagi ... Dunleavy
Andrew Davis ... Sonny Lucovick

Olek Krupa ... Latta

Liann Pattison ... Millie
Tom Brennan ... Archie Greco
Angela Logan ... Hawk's Lady

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Homecoming

27 September 1987
Spenser is hired to protect ex-undercover cop, Nick Cavanaugh. As Judge Emmett Cavanaugh tries to make a deal with Crime Boss Gus Harley to safeguard his son and get Cavanaugh's son, Kevin, released from prison, Cavanaugh's other son, Georgie, tries to work his own angle. Along the way, Spenser's ex-girlfriend, Susan, returns from San Francisco. Double dealing and family intrigue lead to a terminal shootout.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk (credit only)

William Hickey ... Gus Harley
George Martin ... Emmett Cavanaugh

Timothy Carhart ... Georgie Harley

Jamey Sheridan ... Nick Cavanaugh

David Patrick Kelly ... Kevin Harley

Harry S. Murphy ... Lee Kazek
Jimmy Nicherson ... Ollie
Michael Bruce ... Officer Shepherd (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 2: My Enemy, My Friend

4 October 1987
Spenser and Hawk are on opposite sides of a case when a hot shot young black teenager tries to be a young "Hawk" - his idol. He is a witness to a double murder. Hawk wants to send him away. Spenser wants him to do his duty. Fireworks erupt.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk

Daniel Beer ... Jack
Cleavant Derricks ... Mac Dickerson

Tim DeZarn ... Harris (as Tim De Zarn)

John Finn ... Monroe

Kadeem Hardison ... Bobby Waters

Samuel L. Jackson ... Ned

Daryl Keith Roach ... Greg Bronson (as Daryl Roach)

David Youse ... Larry

Season 3, Episode 3: Heart of the Matter

11 October 1987
Lt Quirk confronts his own mortality following being outrun by a murder suspect and receiving death threats. While Quirk recovers from a heart attack and contemplates retiring, Spenser and Hawk track down who is making the death threats and shooting at the Lt.

Season 3, Episode 4: On the Night He Was Betrayed

1 November 1987


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson
Brent Collins ... Doc

Giancarlo Esposito ... Ramos
Mary Fogarty ... Harriet

Jack Gwaltney ... Champ
Sean Kemery ... Young Spenser

Thomas Kopache ... Grady

James Rebhorn ... Father Hoyt

Laura San Giacomo ... Sharon
David Seaman ... Charlie Moon
John Paul Urich ... Spenser's Father

Season 3, Episode 5: Sleepless Dream

8 November 1987


Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Trini Alvarado ... Laurie Kincaid

John Bedford Lloyd ... Keith Kincaid

Cherry Jones ... Tracy Kincaid
Ron Ryan ... Harry Slade

Kenneth Welsh ... Lt. Webster Bloom

Season 3, Episode 6: Consilum Abditum

15 November 1987
Spenser breaks up a domestic dispute, and gets charged with assault. Meanwhile, Susan is sexually harassed by her thesis adviser and turns to Hawk. Shortly thereafter an attempt is made on Susan's life. As Spenser deals with the assault charge, he and Hawk also track down Susan's assailant, while Susan must defend her program of study before the same board looking into the harassment charges she filed against her adviser.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Peter Michael Goetz ... Peter Dorian

Hansford Rowe ... Prof. Peters

Ellen Foley ... Ruth
Arnie Mazer ... Stan

David Schramm ... Carl
Leslie Lyles ... Dr. Blackmon

Scott J. Fisher ... Cop (uncredited)

Professor Toru Tanaka ... Phil (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 7: Thanksgiving

29 November 1987
Spenser takes Susan to Plymouth for Thanksgiving and runs into an old Army buddy whose down on his luck. When his friend, Mike Kaminsky, is accused of murdering the young wife of an elderly philanthropist, Spenser tries to prove him innocent. As Susan looks after the Kaminsky family, Spenser and Hawk search out the shifty background of the murder victim, and deal with the controversy conscious step-son. Attempts on Spenser's life ultimately lead he and Hawk to the those responsible.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson
Robert Swan ... Mike Kaminski
Ron Frazier ... George Huntley
Mary-Joan Negro ... Etta Kaminski
George Ede ... Alfred Devon Sr.
Richard Backus ... Alfred Devon Jr.

David Groh ... Tony Romano
Rich Devaney ... Mike Jr. (as Richie Devaney)

Danielle Harris ... Tara
Dan Rimas ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 8: Gone Fishin'

6 December 1987

Season 3, Episode 9: Child's Play

20 December 1987
A hit man kills one of Spenser's friends in a shoot out on the street. Spenser must defend himself after he shoots a kid while attempting to follow the hit man and is accused by a witness of being reckless. While Spenser struggles with the consequences of his actions, and figures out what the real situation was with the kid he shot, he and Hawk track down the hit man for a final showdown.

Season 3, Episode 10: Skeletons in the Closet

3 January 1988
Spenser is hired by a prominent local judge in a blackmail case. When the simple exchange turns complicated things get intriguing. Spenser rescues the judge's daughter from a bad situation, and Susan takes her in. Hawk is hired to go up against Spenser in a showdown. Judge Kingsley, his daughter, Hawk and Spenser all have their little secrets to hide in the end.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Boyd Gaines ... Alfie Gainer

Judith Hoag ... Eileen Kingsley
Elain R. Graham ... Jess (as Elain Graham)

E.G. Marshall ... Judge Jason Kingsley
Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Annie (as Liz Whitcraft)

Ken Cheeseman ... Purse Snatcher (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 11: The Siege

10 January 1988
Susan and Hawk are among the hostages taken by three men during a robbery gone bad at a Post Office. One of the hot headed robbers shoots several people, including critically injuring Hawk. Spenser and Postal Inspector Higgins attempt to help defuse the situation by tracking down the girlfriend of one of the robbers, while Susan and Hawk try to talk the more sensible offenders into surrendering. Sgt Belson struggles to meet the demands of the robbers. In the end, it comes down to Belson balancing the deadline demands of the robbers and the antsy SWAT commander with Spenser taking action of his own.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson
John Shepard ... Mickey

Richard Brooks ... Robert
Andrew Davis ... Sal
MacIntyre Dixon ... Higgins
Leonard Jackson ... Larry
Nadine Hart ... Marsha
Joe Aufiery ... Officer Fielding
George Guidall ... Capt. Samuels
Jack Neary ... Hostage (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 12: Arthur's Wake

16 January 1988
Spenser's old friend and mentor, Arthur, is mugged on the street, losing a large sum of cash. In trying to help his hero, Spenser finds his good intentioned friend not being wholly truthful. The money trail leads to neighborhood renewal, organized crime, political intrigue, possible corruption in the police department, and the murder of the mugging suspects. Meanwhile, Susan counsels a young boy on the loss of his family.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson
Frederick Neumann ... Arthur Reynold
Peter Crombie ... Solomon Trench
Kent Broadhurst ... Brian Melchior
David Cryer ... Barney
Josh Carroll ... Donald Watson
Khalif Bobatoon ... Larry
Eavenly Shin ... Mugger #1 (as Evanly Shin)
David Herman ... Mugger #2

Season 3, Episode 13: To the End of the Line

23 January 1988
When the niece of Sgt Belson dies from a cocaine overdose, he hires Spenser to look into the drug dealers. As Spenser and Hawk work their way up the supply chain, Belson deals with his emotional suffering while trying to stay on the right side of the line with the Police Department. Eventually, they meet some shady businessmen, and make a deal with federal agents whilst Belson must make a choice of moral imperative.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Charles Kimbrough ... Roger Thornwood
Fred J. Scollay ... Fred Mullens
Andrew Bloch ... Ned Cleary

Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Drake

Ron Canada ... Stapleton

Cady McClain ... Laurie

Keith Bogart ... Brian

Season 3, Episode 14: Play It Again, Sammy

30 January 1988
Sammy Backlin returns to Boston and requests Spenser to protect him. After a shootout where Spenser gets shot, a package is delivered to his apartment which leads to an old kidnapping case from when he was a rookie cop. Agent Efrem Connors also returns, looking for Backlin. Eventually, they are all drawn into another kidnapping case.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Sal Viscuso ... Sammy Backlin

William H. Macy ... Efrem Connors (as W.H. Macy)
Jean De Baer ... Dorothy Winsome
Edmund Genest ... Burl Dodds

Kate Burton ... Randy Lofficier
James A. Baffico ... Nash Bodine (as James Baffico)
John Bell ... Max Winsome
Nick Hasomeris ... F.B.I. Agent
Patrick Coppola ... Card Player (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 15: The Big Fight

6 February 1988
Spenser is asked for help by old boxing friend Joey. But when they walk into the warehouse, someone takes shots at them, forcing Spenser to kill the shooter. As it becomes apparent that Joey has deep gambling debts, Spenser takes him to a hotel to hide out, forcing Joey to realize just how dire his situation is. After Joey takes off, Spenser tries sorting out what Joey was into and how to help him. This leads to Spenser contemplating how people change over time.

Season 3, Episode 16: Substantial Justice

5 March 1988
Spenser is hired by a theatre producer to help prove her innocence in a murder charge when even her lawyer believes her to be guilty. Meanwhile, the man Hawk is hired to protect is murdered, in what may be related cases.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Philip Bosco ... David McVane

Dylan Baker ... Sam Reynolds

Harry Groener ... George Lynnwood

Stephen Keep Mills ... Ted Watson
Jack Davidson ... Judge Sorenson

Susan Wilder ... Annie Bucklin
George Loros ... Jimmy Culver

Margaret Whitton ... Janet Cole

Steven M. Gagnon ... Brian Lord

Season 3, Episode 17: Company Man

12 March 1988

Season 3, Episode 18: Watercolors

19 March 1988
Spenser is hired to protect a 14 year old boy after he witnesses a murder in a park by a one eyed man who the police can't identify.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman (credit only)

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson
Pauline Flanagan ... Mrs. Durrant

Jordan Marder ... R.C. Camden

Susan Pellegrino ... Mrs. Friar
Judith Barcroft ... Ms. Charlie Branch

George Gerdes ... Ed

John Juback ... Hatch Donovan
Bobby Orr ... Himself
Angela Logan ... Woman in Car

Stuart Burney ... Coach
James Patrick Gillis ... Mr. Camden

Season 3, Episode 19: Hawk's Eyes

26 March 1988
When an old lawyer friend dies in an traffic crash, Spenser looks into it. A cohort of the lawyer's calls Spenser down to the office to look at some files, but when he arrives the man is dead and two people are ransacking the office files. Later, Susan is kidnapped, an attempt is made on Spenser and Susan's lives, and Hawk is blinded.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Andrea Thompson ... Martha Prince

David Leary ... Willard Prince
Omar Shapli ... Prof. Freed
Cheryl Jones ... Alicia (as Cheryl Yvonne Jones)
Katherine Waters ... Officer Roseland

Brian Howe ... Cab Driver

Season 3, Episode 20: McAllister

30 April 1988
When the daughter of a Navy captain is murdered, suspicion falls on the (black) lieutenant who had been having an affair with her. McAllister, an honorable attorney and an old friend of Hawk's comes to defend him.

Robert Urich ... Spenser

Avery Brooks ... Hawk
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman (credit only)

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson

Victor Love ... Darnell Lewis
John Seitz ... Capt. Warren Sears

Andie MacDowell ... Maggie

Will Lyman ... Lt. Grant

James Eckhouse ... Lt. Cmdr. Carl Westmore

Ving Rhames ... Henry Brown
Tom Brennan ... Capt. Kiparski

William Youmans ... Stefan Smolens

Peter Mackenzie ... Lt. Travis Williams

Susan Gibney ... Molly Sears
Steve Inwood ... Tom McAllister
Tom Urich ... Judge
Robinson Frank Adu ... Ralph Lewis
Jane Fleiss ... Jeanette
Anthony Bontrager ... Officer (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 21: Haunting

7 May 1988
Susan enlists Spenser's help in determining the past of a young amnesiac woman who had been sexually abused as a child. The inquiry brings Spenser back to the case of a young girl who was kidnapped from her wealthy family, the case that he resigned from the police force over. When someone puts out a contract on Spenser, and the shady acquaintance she's been living with is killed, he must determine if it has anything to do with the true identity of the young woman.

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