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Nichols from Heaven 

Frank Furillo has killed his first man when stopping an armed robbery the night before. Officer Marty Nichols is gunned down by the cop killer, or so it seems. Joyce defends the Rutledge ... See full summary »

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Frank Furillo has killed his first man when stopping an armed robbery the night before. Officer Marty Nichols is gunned down by the cop killer, or so it seems. Joyce defends the Rutledge family against the abusive father, but the court's decision leads to even more tragedy. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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19 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Fine episode
15 March 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Furillo (an excellent Daniel J. Travanti) deals with the fact that he killed his first man. Marty Nichols gets gunned down by the sniper. Davenport (well played by Veronica Hamel) defends the Rutledge family against their abusive father (a frightening portrayal by Don Blakely).

Furillo's guilt over shooting his first man and Officer Robin's (impressive work from Lisa Sutton) fear about the sniper are both well handled. The issue with the rat infestation provides a few good laughs. The plot about the Rutledge family shows how hard it can be for the law to effectively handle an unstable domestic situation and reaches a heartbreaking tragic conclusion. Fay (a fabulously fiery Barbara Bosson) has a hilarious scene in which she tells off a pimp. Moreover, there are stand-out guest contributions from Joe Pantoliano as wormy hoodlum Sonny, Tom Everett as rattled witness Jaeger, and George Wyner as no-nonsense district attorney Bernstein.


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