Baretta: Season 1, Episode 2

The 5½ Pound Junkie (24 Jan. 1975)

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After Baretta's childhood friend Eddie is killed, he takes on the obligation of a pregnant widow who is addicted to smack. He "kidnaps" her in an attempt to wean her off drugs to prevent ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ayn Ruymen ...
Sue Lee
Sarah Cunningham ...
Jessie Perino
Mario Roccuzzo ...
Joey Perino
Rick Parrish
Abe Polo (as James Louis Watkins)
Rudolph Willrich ...
Randy Cole
Harry Caesar ...
Cliff Johnson
Richard Branda ...
Michael Lieberman ...
State Police Officer (as Mike Lieberman)
John Shay ...
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After Baretta's childhood friend Eddie is killed, he takes on the obligation of a pregnant widow who is addicted to smack. He "kidnaps" her in an attempt to wean her off drugs to prevent the baby's being born addicted as well. His CI helps Baretta get justice. Written by jeaneva

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24 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Sue Lee: How did you become a cop?
Det. Tony Baretta: Well that was kind of a promise I made to my old man. See my folks came over on a boat, and they didn't know nothing just ignorant. My mother did whatever she had to on the streets to support us. She died when I was 10, she sure loved me a lot, I never could figure that one out. Now my old man, my old man was the greatest street hustler in the history of the world. He had himself the sweetest little book. He ran numbers, and on a pool table, he can just shoot the eyes ...
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Episode holds up pretty well 30 years later
15 November 2006 | by (New York,NY USA) – See all my reviews

I remember this series as a child.I thought it was cool then even though I didn't fully understand the issues involved.Now as an adult in my late thirties re-watching this I am really surprised at how much I'm enjoying this series on DVD.It's not just about nostalgia.The stories and Robert Blake's acting are just amazing.

The Five-And-A-Half-Pound Junkie episode Has Baretta protecting the pregnant junkie girlfriend of a murdered boxer.I won't give any more of the story away but to say that it's really exciting television viewing.In this episode we get to see Robert Blake's Baretta persona go undercover in a very different Los Angeles than exists now and it's a lot of fun.

Great episode!

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