Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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Freedom's Last Stand 

An angry Furillo testifies a second time before a grand jury for the Sullivan Commission on police corruption. Goldblume goes undercover in drag to catch a purse snatcher. Bates represents ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
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Officer Bobby Hill
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Sgt. Mick Belker
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Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
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Det. Henry Goldblume
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Fay Furillo
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Det. Neal Washington
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Officer J.D. LaRue
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Lt. Ray Calletano (as René Enriquez)
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Officer Lucy Bates
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Officer Joe Coffey
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Officer Andrew Renko
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Joyce Davenport
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An angry Furillo testifies a second time before a grand jury for the Sullivan Commission on police corruption. Goldblume goes undercover in drag to catch a purse snatcher. Bates represents the Hill in a high stakes poker game against rival departments. Captain Freedom meets an untimely end when he attempts to stop a gang of armed robbers. Written by Woodyanders

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28 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Capt. Frank Furillo: You set me up. You put me in the jackpot. You used me!
Chief Fletcher Daniels: Of course I did, so what? I'm the chief and you're the captain.
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Teetering on the verge of Greatness...
22 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

HILL STREET BLUES was one of those shows that grabbed you the moment it came on the air: that absolutely beautiful opening theme, over a montage of memorable characters- superb. The one and only problem I had with the Captain Freedom episodes was a tendency on the part of the writers and the directors to undercut arguably some of the most DRAMATIC moments in the history of the show with almost senseless tongue-in-cheek humor. This humor served as a kind of disclaimer, a "wink and a nudge," if you will, between the filmmakers and the audience. One can't help but be moved by Freedom's reasons for wanting to go out in costume and "make a difference;" it's one of the best throwaway speeches ever written for the show- but is a THROWAWAY speech because it's followed for no good reason by Freedom's reference to messages from aliens from outer space. Yuck-yuck-yuck... FREEDOM'S LAST STAND is STILL one of the highlights of the series and one of my favorite episodes- but it could've been greater still.


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