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Don't Stretch the Rainbow 

Hanson and Hoffs go undercover in a school with a new black principal and a recently integrated student body to investigate escalating racial tension between white and black students. Meanwhile, Penhall aspires to be a stand-up comedian.

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Officer Judy Hoffs (as Holly Robinson)
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Principal George Messiah
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Nicolette Messiah
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Mark Hardy
Alvin Alexis ...
Patrick Riley
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Boyd
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Stand Up M.C.
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Allan Lysell ...
Mr. Bill Haller
Steve H. Wesley ...
Tim Mathers
Shawn Miller ...
Lenny
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Hanson and Hoffs go undercover in a school with a new black principal and a recently integrated student body to investigate escalating racial tension between white and black students. Meanwhile, Penhall aspires to be a stand-up comedian.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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1 November 1987 (USA)  »

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This title is a reference to the 1975 play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. See more »

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[first lines]
Stand Up M.C.: You ever try to argue with little people?
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Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream..." speech is played over the closing credits in place of the regular theme music. See more »

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Racial Tension
11 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Racial Tensions become the theme of the seventh episode of second season entitled "Don't Stretch the Rainbow".Officer Tom Hanson goes undercover at Lincoln High,a school that is coming near to racial violence after an African-American principal was hired.Apparently,a quarter of the population of the students are now black since he came in.Hanson intends to fix the situation before things get worse.

The writers did a masterful job of tackling racism.It only showed that it is pointless and ignorant as nothing comes out of it in the end.It also showed that what is important is the person's character and people should not ought to judge people solely on the color of their skin.In addition to that,the episode also showed the importance of parents instilling the virtue of respecting all people regardless of the color of their skin.For the reasons stated above,this is one of the better episodes of the show.No question about it.


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