Barney Miller: Season 2, Episode 6

The Arsonist (16 Oct. 1975)

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The officers look out for an arsonist. Chano arrests a man who assaulted a vending machine with a deadly weapon.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Miller (credit only)
Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz (as Maxwell Gail)
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
Roger Bowen ...
Francis Lindquist
Jack Somack ...
Mr. Cotterman
Louis Lindquist
Edward Foreman


The officers look out for an arsonist. Chano arrests a man who assaulted a vending machine with a deadly weapon.

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Jack Somack as Mr. Cotterman
3 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Arsonist" begins with a typical exchange between Wojo (late for work as usual) and Fish- Wojo: "penny for your thoughts?" Fish: "save your money!" There is indeed an arsonist on the loose, yet careful not to injure anybody, Harris theorizing it's a new firebug who does it because he enjoys it, and is both 'sexually frustrated and socially inadequate' (he's right, to Wojo's annoyance). It turns out to be a mama's boy (Steve Franken) who must insist to 'Mother' that she can't come with him ("it's NOT all right!"). Chano brings in a man (Roger Bowen) guilty of a shooting... firing six bullets into an unresponsive candy machine refusing to give out 20 cent Butterfingers (Fish: "you can't go around shooting things that frustrate you, a man would wind up alone!"). Jack Somack introduces a new character, Mr. Cotterman (six episodes, next seen in "Protection"), a longtime liquor store owner continuously robbed or vandalized ("I've been robbed so many times, they all look like friends!"); he makes the mistake of wondering if he's going to be the next arson victim, right in front of the now arrested firebug. Again absent from this episode are Barney's wife Liz (fourth straight) and Yemana (third straight).

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