The squad face the late shift with an irate tourist and a man who believes that he is being frequented by a succubus.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
Lee Kessler ...
Natalie Blier
Phillip Bart
Leon Stipanich (as Paul Lawrence Smith)


The squad works the late night shift wherein they get a couple of crazies. First is a man who claims that a succubus is sapping his will to live while he sleeps. Second is a series of bomb threats from a guy named Leon. When Leon is apprehended, it turns out that he's a quiet but frustrated man who lives next door to the station house. He's angry because he's lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and feels that the police have no courtesy. At the sidelines of this craziness is a good-hearted tourist from Ohio who came to New York and immediately got mugged. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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10 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Lee Kessler and Raymond Singer
7 June 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Graveyard Shift" was the final story from the fifth season, which concluded with a compilation tribute to Jack Soo's Yemana. Harris carries a miniature tape recorder in his breast pocket, determined to come up with a story that will sell (he calls it "Precinct Diary"). Lee Kessler (second of two) plays Natalie Bleier of Youngstown OH, whose sad tale of woe is conveyed to Barney by Harris: "she came to the city for the weekend, lost her luggage at the airport, cabbie brought her into New York by way of Connecticut, and then she was robbed outside her hotel!" It certainly wasn't what she'd expected: "you know, I watched all those 'I Love New York' commercials back in Youngstown, you know the ones with the Broadway actors singing and dancing, everything is so exciting and colorful...they never mention the people with knives!" (Harris: "well they only have a minute!"). Sports crazy Wojo is still rehashing the recent Super Bowl (Steelers over Cowboys), before heading out on a call with Dietrich (Barney: "you and Staubach!"). Raymond Singer (first of two) plays Philip Bart, who blames his lack of success with women on a succubus, which Dietrich explains: "a succubus was a female demon who was thought to enter the bodies of men as they slept, and have physical relations with them!" (guess who visits him as he slumbers in his cell, before asking for the requisite post coital cigarette?). A bomb scare turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by the 12th Precinct's next door neighbor (Paul L. Smith), who thought it would be safe to live there, only to get robbed seven times, complaining how they took 20 minutes to get there! Inspector Luger drops by to examine the 'bomb-barooni scare': "Frank Luger ain't gonna lay cozy under the covers while his men are being blown halfway to the Poconos!"

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