Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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Ratman and Bobbin 

Police officers are the target of a cop killer on the streets and are pestered by rats inside the precinct. Frank and Joyce are looking to buy a bigger house. Belker is undercover disguised as a bag lady.

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Police officers are the target of a cop killer on the streets and are pestered by rats inside the precinct. Frank and Joyce are looking to buy a bigger house. Belker is undercover disguised as a bag lady.

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Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)
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Written by Wladimir A. Timm, Jaromir Vejvoda and Lew Brown
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Stury episode
8 March 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Belker (Bruce Weitz bringing the growly gusto once again) works undercover as a bag lady. Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, superb) and Davenport (well played by Veronica Hamel) look into buying a bigger house. A cop killer pumps off cops on the street. The Hill has problems with a rat infestation.

The stories about Belker decked out in a wig and drag as a bag lady and the rat infestation serve as prime sources of uproarious humor, with Belker's encounter with a crazy bag lady (a funny bit by Connie Sawyer) who asks Belker if he's a Martian rating as a sidesplitting highlight. Furillo's difficulty with keeping his personal life out of his professional one concerning the fact that Goldblume (a fine Joe Spano) is involved with his ex-wife Fay (a sympathetic Barbara Bosson) gives this episode plenty of solid dramatic backbone. A subplot pertaining to an abusive father who beats his kids proves to be quite poignant and powerful; it culminates in a touching scene in which Hunter (an excellent James Sikking) talks the scared and guilt-ridden mother (a moving portrayal by Barbara Alston) out of jumping off of a building. Ron Rifkin contributes an amusing turn as eccentric accordion-playing exterminator Monty while Joe Pantoliano smarms it up nicely as wormy hoodlum Sonny. The conclusion with Furillo shooting an armed robber while off duty packs a powerful wallop as well.


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