Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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Of Mouse and Man 

A public defender is brutally murdered. Hill is elected as VP of the Black Officers' Coalition. LaRue and Washington nab a cocaine dealer who has knowledge of a large PCP lab.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Lt. Ray Calletano (as René Enriquez)


A public defender is brutally murdered. Hill is elected as VP of the Black Officers' Coalition. LaRue and Washington nab a cocaine dealer who has knowledge of a large PCP lab.

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11 February 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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J. D. references the "Duncan Royal Yo-Yo man". Duncan was a company that made yo-yos and had a character "Mr. Yo-Yo". There was a rival yo-yo company called Royal Tops. See more »


Lieutenant Hunter calls a pistol a Walther PPK even though it is clearly a revolver. See more »


Sgt. Mick Belker: [about his pet mouse, Mickey] Have you ever noticed how some dogs immediately take to fire engines? Well, this little guy's got a real talent for police work. I met him on a stakeout. Just the two of us, up in an attic alone for nine hours. The whole time this little guy never made a peep.
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Actor Gary Miller is credited as 'Webster' even though he plays Ballentine. The character is even referred to as Ballentine on screen. See more »


References Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

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Solid episode
3 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendid as usual) is determined to catch the killer of a young public defender. Hill (a fine Michael Warren) gets elected vice president of the Black Officer's Coalition. LaRue (Kiel Martin in inspired and supremely sleazy form) and Washington (neatly essayed with engaging cool by Taurean Blacque) bust a coke dealer with knowledge on a large PCP lab. Veronica Hamel has several moving and powerful scenes as the shaken Davenport, who expresses profound dismay and disillusionment over the brutal murder of her colleague. Moreover, it's a hoot to watch LaRue work undercover as a slick big time garment manufacturer with a massively Afro-wigged Washington as his fey gay partner. Belker (Bruce Weitz) also has a cute and funny scene with a pet mouse who meets an abrupt untimely end (Belker holds an impromptu funeral service for the rodent in the men's bathroom at the police station!). Popping up in nifty guest appearances are Edward James Olmos as crusading law student Joe Bustamonte, Jeffrey Tambor as slippery slimeball lawyer Alan Wachtel, Jonathan Frakes as smooth drug pusher Eddie Simms, and Al Ruscio as browbeating slum lord Mr. Sosa. And this episode offers some spot-on insights on how compromises and plea bargains are essential yucky means to the right end pertaining to enforcing the law and nabbing top criminals.

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