Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 18

Invasion of the Third World Body Snatchers (13 May 1982)

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Belker goes undercover as a wino to nab a killer. Davenport puts her and Frank's vacation on hold to defend a man accused of rape who she believes is innocent. After Renko's dad dies, the ... See full summary »

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Belker goes undercover as a wino to nab a killer. Davenport puts her and Frank's vacation on hold to defend a man accused of rape who she believes is innocent. After Renko's dad dies, the car with his body is stolen and chased in hot pursuit around the city. Washington pleads to Furillo to get LaRue back as a partner. Written by Anonymous

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After the lineup, we see Donald Lilly's hands being cuffed behind his back. Yet when Maria Hernandez's father attacks Lilly, his hands are free. See more »

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Satisfying closer for the second season
13 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Belker (a pleasingly scruffy Bruce Weitz) poses as a bum to catch a slasher. Davenport (fine work by Veronica Hamel) defends Donald Lilly (a sound performance by Thomas Carter), a young man who's been wrongfully accused of rape. The van containing the corpse of Renko's father is stolen. Washington (Taurean Blacque, cool as ever) asks Furillo (the always splendid Daniel J. Travanti) to give LaRue (well played by Kiel Martin) his old job back. This episode neatly mines an amusing line in inspired offbeat humor: Hunter (James B. Sikking, the master of deadpan) discusses surviving a nuclear holocaust, Renko (Charles Haid in excellent form) has a hilarious scene at a funeral home in which he tries to pick out an appropriate and affordable casket for his dad, and Belker inadvertently eats a cooked cat. Moreover, there's some nice verbal sparring between Bates (Betty Thomas) and Coffey (affable Ed Marinaro) and an exciting car chase involving the stolen van and several police cars. But it's the fierce loyalty and firm camaraderie amongst the people on the Hill that makes this episode so touching and effective: Washington goes to bat for LaRue, Renko confesses to Hill (Michael Warren) that his pop was a mean and unloving man, and Goldblume (an engaging portrayal by Joe Spano) has a lovely conversation with Fay (the sweetly neurotic Barbara Bosson) in a singles bar. Gail Strickland has a juicy guest role as formidable lawyer Gail Kennedy. A worthy wrap-up for the second season.


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