Furillo has been relieved from command, leaving Calletano and Hunter to share command. Goldblume tells Belker, Washington and Garibaldi (replacing a sick LaRue) to tail William Mullins and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Officer J.D. LaRue (credit only)
Lt. Ray Calletano (as René Enriquez)
Off. Clara Pilsky
William Mullins


Furillo has been relieved from command, leaving Calletano and Hunter to share command. Goldblume tells Belker, Washington and Garibaldi (replacing a sick LaRue) to tail William Mullins and make sure he stays away from Joyce. Jesus Martinez is assaulted by his pregnant girlfriend. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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15 March 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to 'The Nutcracker', a two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky first performed in 1892. The original story came from "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E. T. A. Hoffmann. See more »


When Captain Furillo opens the bottle of Scotch in his kitchen, you can see there are two sets of seals (Tax Paid Revenue Stamps) on the bottle. As he twists the cap off, one long, complete seal spins with the cap. After removing the cap (and the long seal), you see the normal broken seal which is still attached to the bottle from when the bottle was originally opened. See more »


Fay Furillo: How are you doing?
Capt. Frank Furillo: I've been better...
Capt. Frank Furillo: I know, but have you ever been any worse?
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Bang-up episode
20 April 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Calletano (sturdy Rene Enriquez) and Hunter (a delightfully quirky James Sikking) have to run the station after Furillo (a typically splendid Daniel J. Travanti) gets relieved of command. Belker (played with growly gusto by Bruce Weitz), Washington (a strong Taureen Blacque), and Garibaldi (a nicely smug Ken Olin) relentlessly tail Michael Mullins (a fierce and frightening portrayal by Jesse Goins) to make sure he stays away from Davenport (an excellent Veronica Hamel). Martinez (Trinidad Silva in robust swaggering form) has a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend.

Martinez's situation with his girlfriend proves to be quite funny. Furillo has several potent scenes in which he struggles to resist the temptation to start drinking again as well as a touching conversation with his ex-wife Fay (lovely work from Barbara Bosson). Moreover, Officer Clara Pilsky (a sympathetic turn by Jane Kaczmarek) gets killed in the line of duty in an especially startling scene. The persecution and eventual shooting of Mullins demonstrates how sometimes cops have to do ugly things in the name of duty and loyalty. And it's a real treat to see Calletano use hardball tactics against Daniels (a deliciously smarmy Jon Cypher) in order to have Furillo reinstated as captain.

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