Hill Street Blues: Season 3, Episode 7

Little Boil Blue (11 Nov. 1982)

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Belker goes undercover to try and catch a guy who is using homeless people to commit insurance fraud. Renko gets in hot water after he asks a hospital intern to lie about a patient being ... See full summary »

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Belker goes undercover to try and catch a guy who is using homeless people to commit insurance fraud. Renko gets in hot water after he asks a hospital intern to lie about a patient being dead on arrival. Fearing that it will hurt his chances of being elected to office, Daniels tries to get Furillo to cover up the details of the murder of a dirty cop. Coffey tries to get through to a Vietnam vet suffering from post-traumatic stress who snaps and takes people hostage. Written by Anonymous

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Worthy episode
15 May 2015 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Belker (Bruce Weitz in peak growly form) goes undercover to investigate a scam in which bums are used to collect injury insurance benefits. Coffey (a fine Ed Marinaro) tries to help Vernon Tucker (well played by Larry Riley), a fellow Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who takes a bunch of people hostage. Daniels (a perfectly slimy Jon Cypher) orders Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, superb as usual) to cut off Captain Fuchs (an excellent Vincent Lucchesi) from the murder investigation of dirty narc Stan Mazell. Robert Earll's intricate script offers some interesting insights on friendship, loyalty, and ethics, with the subplot involving Renko (solid Charles Haid) making a bad call supplying a great opportunity for Furillo to take his customary moral high ground on proper policeman conduct. The issue with Hill (likable Michael Warren) suffering from a boil provides a few good laughs while Hunter (a nicely loopy James Sikking) has some neat moments doing his best to control the hostage situation. In addition, there are stellar guest contributions from Michael Fairman as the slippery Detweiler, Jeffrey Tambor as smarmy lawyer Wachtel, and CCH Pounder as Vernon's worried wife Wilma. However, this episode really belongs to Coffey; his closing monologue about how he burned his solder's uniform after returning home from his tour of duty in Vietnam rates as a definite poignant highlight.


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