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Parting Is Such Sweep Sorrow 

A nervous Lucy Bates takes over as roll call sergeant and finds she has to 'earn' the podium. Whitney Barnes' pimp turns himself in, only to be confronted by a professional hit man inside ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (credit only)
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A nervous Lucy Bates takes over as roll call sergeant and finds she has to 'earn' the podium. Whitney Barnes' pimp turns himself in, only to be confronted by a professional hit man inside the Hill precinct. Frank honors Phil's last wishes by scattering his ashes on the Hill in an informal ceremony attended by most of the day shift. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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16 February 1984 (USA)  »

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The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow." See more »

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Fine episode
6 April 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Bates (an excellent Betty Thomas) takes over as roll call sergeant. Pimp Lester (a stand-out performance by Clarence Williams III) turns himself in only to be confronted by a professional hit-man (a fearsome portrayal by Drew Snyder). Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendid as usual) scatters Esterhaus's ashes on the Hill in an informal ceremony.

The subplot about overcrowding criminals in cells at Hill Station conveys a strong and jarring sense of total pandemonium. The punk extras at a murder site and a gay black male nurse are both total hoots. Moreover, there are funny bits by Diana Bellamy as a fat lady stuck in a bathtub and Lee Weaver as jolly flasher Buck Naked. The strained relationship between Coffey (ably played by Ed Marinaro) and his fragile girlfriend Sandy (a moving Linda Hamilton) is handled with great sensitivity. A conversation between Goldblume (sturdy Joe Spano) and Fay (impressive work from Barbara Bosson) likewise proves to be quite thoughtful and affecting. And the ceremony for Esterhaus concludes everything on a poignant note.


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