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Goodbye, Mr. Scripps 

Chief Daniels' campaign for mayor hits a turning point. Members of the precinct attend the funeral of the boy who was accidentally shot by Perez. Furillo consoles Perez and his family. Hill... See full summary »

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Chief Daniels' campaign for mayor hits a turning point. Members of the precinct attend the funeral of the boy who was accidentally shot by Perez. Furillo consoles Perez and his family. Hill and Renko arrest a mentally ill man who believes that he is running for mayor and is causing disturbances. Written by Anonymous

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24 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Before this episode, NBC posted a message acknowledging the death of Michael Conrad on November 22nd. He would appear in three more episodes that were taped prior to his passing. See more »

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Solid episode
16 February 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Renko (sturdy Charles Haid) and Hill (an equally sound Michael Warren) arrest Randolph Scripps (a lively and funny portrayal by Kenneth Tiger), a mentally ill man who's causing a public disturbance by openly campaigning for mayor. Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, superb as usual) consoles Perez (a brief, but fine turn by Tony Perez) about the accidental shooting of the little boy. Members of the precinct attend said boy's funeral.

The story about Scripps proves to be quite amusing and ultimately tragic. Moreover, it's a hoot to see cross-dressing lawyer Wachtel (the sublime Jeffrey Tambor) do an undercover bust while wearing a dress. The conversation Hunter (a nicely flaky James Sikking) has with a sex worker speaks moving volumes about his lonely plight and desperate yearning for female companionship. This episode also delivers a further dramatic punch with its brave willingness to expose the dirtier and less appealing aspects of inner city politics after the ever-opportunistic Daniels (Jon Cypher in peak slimy form) betrays deputy chief Mahoney (a deliciously venomous Ron Parady). And Furillo's talk with a severely frazzled Perez at the end concludes everything on a heart-breakingly poignant note.


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