When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ramon Santos
Anne Wyndham ...
Mike Moore ...
Stanley Mankowitz
Michael Tessier ...
John Hawker ...
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When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.

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Comedy | Drama




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23 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First episode taped at ABC Television Center in Hollywood. See more »


When Ramon holds the detectives hostage in the squad room, the dangling handcuff on his left wrist constantly changes from being locked closed to hanging open. See more »


Barney Miller: What's the weather like?
Elizabeth Miller: It's brown.
Barney Miller: Is it raining?
Elizabeth Miller: Something is coming down but it isn't rain. I think it's a new plague. Isn't it nice?
Barney Miller: A little brown weather is normal for New York at this time of year. When it gets colder, we can look forward to a tan Christmas.
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The first episode
15 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Ramon" was the beginning of BARNEY MILLER, running for eight seasons on ABC, quite an achievement for a midseason replacement. A videotaped remake of the original pilot (THE LIFE AND TIME OF CAPTAIN BARNEY MILLER), shot on film with a mostly different cast, this version introduces Barney's family straight off: wife Elizabeth (Barbara Barrie, replacing Abby Dalton, seen in only ten further episodes), daughter Rachel (Anne Wyndham, seen only twice more), son Davey (Michael Tessier, never seen again), and Rachel's lawyer boyfriend (Mike Moore), who also was never seen again. Both pilots give us a glimpse of Barney's home life (seen again in "Graft"), which does detract from the everyday activities at the 12th Precinct. Already in place are detectives Philip Fish, the 'tired old cop' (the unforgettable Abe Vigoda), Vietnam vet Stanley Wojciehowicz (Max Gail, already chewing gum), prissy Ron Harris (Ron Glass), Chano Amenguale (Gregory Sierra, who left after two seasons), and Nick Yemana (the incomparable Jack Soo). When Fish has his gun stolen by a suspect (Chu Chu Malave, also retained from the pilot, two further episodes), Barney has to reason with the teenage addict so nobody gets shot; the remainder takes place back at the Miller home, giving the wife another round of ammunition to grouse about the dangers involved with Barney's job. The new casting of Chano provides a telling confrontation between Puerto Rican cop and Puerto Rican hood, not possible in the filmed pilot. Our first look at Fish has him complaining that he needs a vacation (taking only one aspirin), while Yemana is quickly established as a gambler who usually picks the wrong horse (no coffee gags yet). The finale is at least back in the squad room, with the sight of Harris in drag doing vice, complete with moustache (in the original this was Rod Perry's Det. Wilson, who does appear in the next episode "Experience"). One other character retained from the filmed pilot is Harry the Bookie, again played by Buddy Lester, who repeated the role in 1975's "Graft" and 1977's "Abduction" (renamed Sidney in this one).

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