Frank is forced to deal with a hostage situation at a grocery store. The precinct continues to investigate the shooting of Hill and Renko.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Lt. Ray Calletano (as Rene Enriquez)
Panchito Gómez ...
Hector Ruiz (as Panchito Gomez)


Frank is forced to deal with a hostage situation at a grocery store. The precinct continues to investigate the shooting of Hill and Renko.

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14 February 1981 (USA)  »

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When Hill and Renko answer the robbery call, the squad car they are driving is a Chrysler. When the robber fires the shotgun at them and they swerve to avoid being hit and wind up crashing through a sidewalk newsstand, the squad car that goes through the newsstand is a Dodge. A few scenes later the squad car is shown sitting amid the rubble of the destroyed newsstand - it is a Dodge, but a different year than the one that crashed into the newsstand. See more »


Sgt. Mick Belker: [filling out arrest report] What's your name?
Pickpocket: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Sgt. Mick Belker: What's the F. stand for?
Pickpocket: Francis.
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti in customary sterling form) deals with antsy juvenile gang leader Hector Ruiz (a fine performance Panchito Gomez), who has taken two people hostage in a grocery store. Moreover, Furillo has to do his best to keep gung-ho emergency squad leader Hunter (a delightfully kooky portrayal by James B. Sikking) from going overboard with his handling of the situation. Director Arnold Laven tackles the gripping premise in a commendably low-key and understated way without ever getting too overly dramatic. Laven also builds a good deal of suspense and keeps the pace swift throughout. Best of all, Hector isn't depicted as some sneering one-dimensional nasty hoodlum; instead he's shown in a sympathetic warts'n'all human manner. This episode also delivers several nice moments of humor, with Hill (Michael Warren) and Renko (Charles Haid) deciding to steal a side of beef that Hector has bumped a few bullets into. Nick Savage makes another welcome appearance as the pickpocket who's constantly being arrested by Belker (Bruce Weitz); in one of the show's funniest running gags he always gives Belker a totally ridiculous fake name (this time he says he's F. Scott Fitzgerald!). And the episode ends with a lovely reconciliation scene between Furillo and his ex-wife Fay (beautifully played by Barbara Bosson).

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