Hill Street Blues: Season 1, Episode 3

Politics as Usual (22 Jan. 1981)

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Things heat up between the gangs on the hill as the president plans his walking tour.



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


Hill and Renko finally deal with the issues left over from their near fatal shooting. LaRue finds himself under investigation when a dirty cop corners him with a bribe during a bust gone bad. Belker agrees to a blind date set up by his Mom. Furillo's problems with women continue, when his ex-wife Faye first hits him with an attorney's letter requesting more child support, then he has to leave Joyce's apartment late one night to bail Faye out of jail after being arrested for being naked in a hot tub. Written by Spirit

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Fay Furillo: You know, I had an erotic dream about you the other night. Do you ever dream about me?
Capt. Frank Furillo: [smiles] I've been known to.
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Another solid episode
29 July 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Captain Furillo (the always terrific Daniel J. Travanti) has his hands full making negotiations with various street gang leaders about the President's impending visit. LaRue (smoothly played by Kiel Martin) gets himself into trouble when he accepts a bribe from crooked drug-dealing detective Ralph Macafee (Dan Hedaya in top slimy form). Meanwhile, Renko (Charles Haid) and Hill (Michael Warren) have tremendous difficulty getting their acts together and working as a team. The plot concerning the fraught relationship between Renko and Hill culminates in an especially moving scene in which the cops make amends; the acting by Haid and Warren in this striking scene is simply topnotch. Moreover, LaRue has some nice moments with his partner Washington (the supremely engaging Taurean Blacque) and Belker (Bruce Weitz growling it up with customary teeth-gnashing gusto) has a few funny bits when his mother sets him up on a blind date. Better still, this episode concludes with a lovely scene between Furillo and his bitter ex-wife Fay (Barbara Bosson doing a bang-up job again with a potentially annoying and unlikable character) that speaks volumes about their complex relationship. Nick Savage as the bald black pickpocket from the pilot makes an amusing encore appearance and a very young and baby-faced David Caruso pops up as Irish gang leader Tommy Mann. Director Robert Butler stages a couple of exciting foot chases with genuine skill and aplomb. But this episode scores strongest with the way it illustrates how police work can intervene with one's personal life (Furillo is having a hard time getting any decent downtime with Veronica Hamel as his patient, but increasingly fed-up lawyer lover Joyce Davenport) and the great peril the average patrolman puts himself in every day on the job.

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