A bomber targets the 12th Precinct. Fish contemplates retirement.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Miller (credit only)
Marty Morrison (as Jack De Leon)
Alex Henteloff ...
Arnold Ripner
Sgt. Wilson
Jane Dulo ...
Purse Owner
Hold-Up Man
Officer Kogan (as Milt Kogen)


A bomber targets the 12th Precinct. Fish contemplates retirement.

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Comedy | Drama




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30 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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It had been established in the previous episode that Det. Harris volunteered to work in vice which leads to the reappearance of Det. Wilson in this episode. See more »


When Barney is first with Fish in his office, his holster is brown, yet as soon as he steps out of his office, it is black. See more »


Captain Barney Miller: [Barney is trying to convince Fish that he's not too old to be a cop anymore] Fish, I think of you as experienced. In an emergency you would be the first one I would call.
Fish: You should call me first... I need time to put my teeth in.
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Jack De Leon and Alex Henteloff
16 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The second episode, "Experience," establishes the 12th Precinct as the main location, only rarely straying from its claustrophobic confines over its eight seasons. We are introduced to Marty Morrison (Jack De Leon), the gay sneak thief who made seven return appearances, here caught purse snatching (Jane Dulo, first of two), winding up in a cell with mugger Ray Sharkey (first of two). Also debuting is Alex Henteloff as defense attorney Arnold Ripner (six further episodes, five as Ripner), regarded as pretty much no different from the scum he represents, and Milt Kogan's downstairs Officer Kogan, the precursor to Ron Carey's Levitt, seen five further times through his final appearance in episode 18 "Ambush." Returning from the filmed pilot is Rod Perry (S.W.A.T.), as Det. Wilson, the prototype for Ron Glass' Harris, who earns laughs in drag doing vice (sadly no further appearances, though he is mentioned once or twice). Fish is feeling sorry for himself, composing a resignation that Barney refuses to sign. There's also a bomber on the loose (future BARNEY MILLER director Noam Pitlik), leaving behind a briefcase set to go off at 5PM, which everybody assumes belongs to Fish, the experienced one who takes it upon himself to somehow get rid of it. All further episodes follow this same template- we find out about things when Barney does, after the officers in question return to the precinct and settle down for paperwork, apparently the most realistic depiction of life in a police station (humor is rooted in truth). Missing from this episode are Barbara Barrie's Liz Miller, Gregory Sierra's Chano, and Ron Glass' Harris.

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