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"Hill Street Blues" Grin and Bear It (1985)

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Original Air Date:
16 May 1985 (Season 5, Episode 23)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gregory Hoblit 
Writing credits
Michael Kozoll (created by) &
Steven Bochco (created by)

Jeffrey Lewis (teleplay by) &
David Milch (teleplay by) &
Mark Frost (teleplay by) &
Elia Katz (teleplay by)

Steven Bochco (story by) &
Jeffrey Lewis (story by) &
David Milch (story by)

Produced by
Steven Bochco .... executive producer
Scott Brazil .... supervising producer
Gregory Hoblit .... co-executive producer
Jeffrey Lewis .... producer
David Milch .... co-producer
Ellen S. Pressman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Heick 
Casting by
Simon Ayer 
Art Direction by
Ned Parsons 
Set Decoration by
Marc E. Meyer Jr. 
Makeup Department
Gus Le Pre .... hair stylist (as Gus LePre)
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
Production Management
Burt Bluestein .... unit production manager
Bernard Oseransky .... executive in charge of production
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director
Jack Philbrick .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator
Willie J. Thompson .... property master
Sound Department
Eileen Horta .... sound editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor
Itzhak Magal .... production sound mixer (as Itzhak 'Ike' Magal)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women
David Rawley .... costumer: men
Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jesse Brewer .... technical advisor
Roger Director .... story editor
Jacob Epstein .... story editor
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to producer
Mark Frost .... executive story editor
Mimi Leder .... script supervisor
Abby Singer .... production consultant
Scott Hamilton .... field publicist (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Steven Bochco  created by
Michael Kozoll  created by

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Additional Details

48 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The title comes from the single panel newspaper comic "Grin and Bear It" that was created by George Lichtenstein in 1932 and can still be found in the papers.See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Conspiracy of Wrong Cops, 30 April 2014
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

Detective Harry Garibaldi (Ken Olin) is in trouble with Captain Frank Furrillo (Daniel J.Travanti) who has been informed that Garibaldi's random drug test came back positive for marijuana. Garibaldi was successful in presenting a legal brief making the results of all the urine tests free from disciplinary action. But Furrillo tells Garibaldi he doesn't trust a cop on reefer.

Furrillo, a recovering alcoholic had minor amounts of booze detected in his sample giving him cause to revisit his own problem following a heated discussion with Deputy Chief Warren Briscoe (Andy Romano). His berating of Garibaldi smacks of hypocrisy but Furrillo has the kind of character that others lack and demands more of himself.

Detective Neal Washington (Taurean Blacque) had amounts of codeine in his sample to treat a knee problem. Like the other cops what is on the test is not grounds for disciplinary action but the information lingers and the way in which it may be used is cause for worry.

Officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid) and Officer Bobby Hill (Michael Warren) draw the nuisance assignment of going to school assemblies with a mascot bear to try to teach kids street safety rules. The unpredictable animal causes problems and an unfortunate incident which results in a public relations nightmare for Renko.

Sgt. Mick Belker (Bruce Weitz) runs a sting to get corrupt cops shaking down a dry cleaner/tailor. He gets the help of Garibaldi and Garibaldi's partner Detective Patsy Mayo (Mimi Muzyk), Officer J.D. LaRue (Kiel Martin) and his partner Detective Neal Washington (Taurean Blacque) but the shocking result of the bust has dramatic repercussions for cops city-wide.

Detective Patsy Mayo (Mimi Muzyk), Garibaldi's partner and Dugan's sometime girlfriend is in danger of guilt by association having known ties to wrong cop Dugan and fading star Garibaldi. Personal loyalties have their place in the lives of these cops but the job is the job.

The biggest crisis for Hill Street's boys and girls in blue in this closing episode to the fifth season is of course the one raised by very corrupt cop Phil Dugan (Stephen Macht) who claims to know things about a network of corruption that could threaten lives of other officers as well as the reputation of the department.

Stephen Macht's mysterious and disturbing arc as Phil Dugan delivered requisite foreboding in both what he said and didn't say. The economic characterization marks one of the most effective of his long career. This storyline eerily predated Iran-Contra.

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