Hill Street Blues: Season 1, Episode 5

Double Jeopardy (31 Jan. 1981)

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Davenport begins to assist Furillo and Washington in their attempt to clear Larue's name. They probe deep into Macafee's personal life but are having difficulty finding anything dirty on ... See full summary »



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


Davenport begins to assist Furillo and Washington in their attempt to clear Larue's name. They probe deep into Macafee's personal life but are having difficulty finding anything dirty on him. 'Operation Duckling' puts many of the officers in drag as they go undercover to apprehend the St. James Park rapist. After responding to a call on a jumper Henry has a flat tire in a bad neighborhood and is harassed by a gang of youths and Phil is beginning to show signs of weariness trying to keep up with two women. Written by tomtrekp

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Per the title double jeopardy is the unlawful attempt to try someone for the same crime twice after having been acquitted. See more »


Capt. Frank Furillo: J.D. you lie the way the rest of us breathe.
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Engrossing episode
2 August 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti in typically fine form) continues to exonerate LaRue (Kiel Martin). Hill (Michael Warren) and Belker (Bruce Weitz) go undercover in drag to catch a rapist who's been terrorizing a local park. Esterhaus (a terrifically engaging portrayal by Michael Conrad) asks advice from Fay (Barbara Bosson) about Grace Gardner (the fabulously vivacious Barbara Babcock). Dan Hedaya manages to muster up some sympathy for his shifty corrupt cop Ralphn Macafee, who we find out has two wives and eight children. Gilmer McCormick likewise shines in her brief role as Macafee's unsuspecting wife Maureen. But it's Joe Spano who wins the top acting honors in this particular episode as the compassionate Goldblume, who's forced to deal with his own innate softness and wimpiness after he has a harrowing confrontation with an intimidating gang of street toughs. Moreover, it's a hoot to see the rough'n'tumble Belker in a dress. And this particular show offers some keen insights on how making compromises is part and parcel to everyday police work, especially when it comes to striking deals with slick and self-serving lawyers who are more interested in advancing their careers then they are in the innocence of their clients.

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