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Esterhaus decides to propose to Grace. Martinez claims to know the whereabouts of the governor's kidnapped dog but wants something in return. Teresa breaks up with Renko and has her eyes set on Coffey. A homicide charge against a key suspect is put in jeopardy when the coroner accidentally cremates the body of the victim. The mysterious "Phantom of the Hill" continues to terrorize people from the sewers. Written by Anonymous

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The title is based upon the novel 'The Phantom of the Opera' by Gaston Leroux, which has been used for many plays, movies, musicals and operas. See more »

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2 June 2015 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Esterhaus (the delightful Michael Conrad) asks Grace (marvelous Barbara Babcock) to marry him. Martinze (robustly essayed with swaggering bravado by Trinidad Silva) claims to know the whereabouts of the governor's kidnapped dog, but wants something in return for disclosing the information. Theresa (sultry Helen Shaver) breaks up with Renko (an excellent Charles Haid) and goes after Coffey (likable Ed Marinaro). Irascible coroner Nydorf (ably played with peppery aplomb by Pat Corley) accidentally cremates a body needed for a homicide investigation.

Director David Anspaugh keeps the eventful and absorbing story moving along at a snappy pace. The compact script by David Milch and Michael Wagner offers some neat insights into the severe damaging consequences of gross incompetence concerning the cremation of the corpse. Moreover, there's some funny business about a prank involving the "phantom of the hill" that's played on a bunch of rookies and scruffy Belker (Bruce Weitz in top growly form) has a hilarious scene in which he goes to a jewelry store to run an errand for Esterhaus. Washington (a superb performance by Taureen Blacque) has a stand-out speech in which he candidly talks about shooting an innocent man by mistake. In addition, Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendid as usual) has a touching moment with Esterhaus when Esterhaus comes to talk with Furillo after Grace turns his marriage proposal down.


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