Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 7

Chipped Beef (17 Dec. 1981)

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Frank decides to attend a dinner for Fay's new love interest. Renko stands up for a guy who has a warrant out for his arrest after the guy saves his life. Belker goes undercover to catch ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Lt. Ray Calletano (as René Enriquez)


Frank decides to attend a dinner for Fay's new love interest. Renko stands up for a guy who has a warrant out for his arrest after the guy saves his life. Belker goes undercover to catch ATM robbers. Hill and the other cops' account of what happened with Nash are questioned. Written by Anonymous

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Despite the show not being set in any particular town, in this episode the famous Los Angeles Coty Hall building (the "daily planet" building) can be seen in the background of the chase scene See more »

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Sturdy episode
27 August 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, terrific as usual) questions Hill (fine work from Michael Warren), Renko (Charles Haid in inspired huffy form), Bates (Betty Thomas), and Coffey (Ed Marinaro) about their attempted cover-up for Officer Jerry Nash (an outstanding Stephen McHattie). Belker (Bruce Weitz deliciously attacking his role with trademark growly gusto) goes undercover as a Hasidic rabbi to catch a gang of ATM thieves. This particular episode makes some interesting observations on loyalty and morals: The group's lying for Nash because he's a fellow police officer only makes things worse instead of better and several folks try to get helpful and amiable good Samaritan William Teacher (well played by Art Evans) off on a felony warrant for his arrest in another state because he's essentially a good guy who did one thing wrong. Nick Savage makes a welcome reappearance as the ubiquitous pickpocket and Dori Brenner contributes a funny performance as Renko's equally fierce sister Luane. Moreover, there's some amusingly business involving a box of stolen sex toys. A car chase with Belker hanging off the back of a van driven by the ATM bandits is quite exciting and well-staged. And the scene with Davenport (a fine Veronica Hamel) consoling the shattered Fay (a moving portrayal by Barbara Bosson) about the sudden death of her fiancé is extremely poignant and effective.

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