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I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin 

Furillo continues to push the investigation of a well-respected city councilman even after it become apparent that it will cost him a promotion. LaRue's dream for a business gets destroyed.... See full summary »



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Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Lt. Ray Calletano (as Rene Enriquez)
Dolph Sweet ...


Furillo continues to push the investigation of a well-respected city councilman even after it become apparent that it will cost him a promotion. LaRue's dream for a business gets destroyed. Hunter gets Chief Daniel's approval to use an "urban tank". Belker considers a transfer. Written by Anonymous

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21 March 1981 (USA)  »

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The title is a rhyming parody of the 1971 song "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" written by Joe South and sung by country singer Lynn Anderson reaching number one on the country chart. See more »


Sgt. Phil Esterhaus: Your uncustomary silence testifies amply to the esteem in which we hold the subject of this last item. Now we all know who's in here.
[points to a green urn]
Sgt. Phil Esterhaus: To most people this would seem just a common urn, but we know it holds one of the premier phone installers of the country: Officer Marvin Oliver Box, or simply Marve, as we knew him. Born, 16 May, 1946, deceased, just last Tuesday, in this very room, with uniform on, and drillbit in hand. Marve must have known that he would be leaving us ...
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Another on the money episode
12 August 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Hunter (a sublimely screwy James B. Sikking) gets an "urban tank" only to have said tank stolen when he leave the keys in the ignition. Belker (Bruce Weitz) considers getting a transfer. Furillo (the outstanding Daniel J. Travanti) ruins his chances for a promotion by continuing his investigation into a councilman's involvement with an underage prostitute who was murdered. LaRue's (Kiel Martin) business plans completely fall apart. This particular episode ably mines a rich line in sharp offbeat humor, with plenty of spot-on sidesplitting laughs delivered at the expense of Hunter's trademark overzealous attitude towards police work. Moreover, there's some extremely funny stuff concerning several insanely gorgeous women arriving at Hill Station to mourn the untimely death of Marve the telephone repairman (buxom B-movie starlet Angela Aames has a memorable bit as Marve's luscious grieving widow). The opening roll call which includes Marve's poem about his job is simply priceless and the recording of Fay's (Barbara Bosson) obscene phone caller is likewise hilarious. However, this show isn't just all giggles and silliness. We also have a touching scene in which Hill (Michael Warren) and Renko (Charles Haid) deliver a baby in a back alley. Dolph Sweet contributes a stand-out performance as the no-nonsense Lt. Emil Schneider, who was forced by his superiors to place the blame of the murder on someone else besides the councilman because he owed said superiors a favor. And this episode makes a strong and serious point about the professional sacrifices one must make for the sake of one's personal ethics.

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