Barney Miller: Season 2, Episode 17

Fear of Flying (29 Jan. 1976)

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Although Wojo is afraid of flying, he must escort a bigamist to Cleveland. Meanwhile, the bigamist's New York wife turns up at the precinct. A man turns in an unmarked envelope containing ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Miller (credit only)
Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz (as Maxwell Gail)
Gloria Clooney
Frederick Clooney
Charles Murphy ...
Eugene Woolen


Although Wojo is afraid of flying, he must escort a bigamist to Cleveland. Meanwhile, the bigamist's New York wife turns up at the precinct. A man turns in an unmarked envelope containing $3,500 in cash, anxious to know when he will able to claim it. Written by James D. Lankin

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Jack Riley who plays the fugitive is actually from Cleveland. See more »


When Barney tells Yemana to get coffee for the O.D. victim, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen on Barney's office door. See more »

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Jack Riley and Valerie Curtin
10 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Fear of Flying" is another classic, beginning with Fish now tangling with Bernice because he wants them to take separate vacations ("people who hate each other go on separate vacations, people who love each other should at least be entitled to the same privilege!"). Charles Murphy plays Mr. Woolen, an honest citizen who finds 3500 dollars in a small package and delivers it to the 12th; if no one claims it within 30 days, he can claim it for himself (resolved four episodes later in "The Kid"). The main focus is Jack Riley as Frederick Clooney, a bigamist with two wives (Fish: "Good Lord!"), one in New York, the other in Cleveland. Valerie Curtin plays his New York wife Gloria, who was totally unaware of the 'other woman' (Clooney: "they're taking me to Cleveland by force!" Yemana: "it's the only way I'd go!"). After she swallows a bottle of pills and must throw up to empty her stomach, Yemana's got the perfect solution: "yeah I know, give her some coffee!" Wojo: "two cups oughtta do it!" Fish and his hernia struggle to keep Gloria on her feet until the ambulance arrives (Gloria: "I'm built like my mother, she had four boys, three daughters, and one husband!"). Chano proclaims Nick a hero, saving the woman's life with his coffee (Yemana: "that's in very poor taste!"). It's Wojo who has the 'fear of flying,' but a certain book of the same name takes his mind off the fright. It was very perceptive to cast native Clevelander Jack Riley as the bigamist from Cleveland, following Tim Conway out to Hollywood for double duty as both writer and actor, best remembered for his movie work with Mel Brooks and television work on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (one further episode, "The Counterfeiter").

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