Hill Street Blues: Season 3, Episode 8

Requiem for a Hairbag (18 Nov. 1982)

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Fay's house is burgled, and some unspecifiedly private movies involving her and Frank, along with usual items of value, are also, suspiciously, pinched. Dominique Dunne guests as a teenager... See full summary »

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Fay's house is burgled, and some unspecifiedly private movies involving her and Frank, along with usual items of value, are also, suspiciously, pinched. Dominique Dunne guests as a teenager abused by her mother. Scummy narcotics cop Stan Mizelll's autopsy shows he died full of illegal drugs, and his safe deposit box turns out to have a couple of ounces of coke, $40,000 in mint 100s, and a pair of fur-lined handcuffs. At the funeral, Councilmember Detweiler tells Furillo, who he'd previously demanded choose sides, that he's going to bury him and Chief Daniels with the Mizell revelations, but Furillo argues for Fuchs anyway, even after dressing him privately down about Mizell's lack of supervision. Detweiler's further drunk driving problem resolves the issue in Daniels', and thus Furillo and Fuchs' (and the city's) favor. Joe and Bates get a baby abandoned in their back seat. Mick's decision to pay for home nursing his abusive father instead of getting him in a nursing home proves ... Written by dave94703

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Dominique Dunne required little makeup to guest star as a victim of abuse, as her bruises were real. The night before filming she has been beaten by her boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney. See more »

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Lt. Howard Hunter: What's it like to be a hebrew?
Det. Henry Goldblume: I don't know, Howard. What's it like to be a human being?
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22 May 2015 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Bates (an excellent Betty Thomas) tries to help out Cindy (a heartbreaking performance by Dominique Dunne), a troubled teenager who's afraid she might start hitting her baby just like her mother hits her. Councilman Detweiler (a marvelously oily Michael Fairman) threatens to use information on corrupt narc Mizell to thwart Chief Daniels' (a perfectly smarmy Jon Cypher) plans to run for mayor, so Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendid as ever) advises Daniels to beat Detweiler to the punch by releasing said dirt on Mizell to the public. Meanwhile, Hill (likable Michael Warren) has his boil lanced, Renko (robustly played by Charles Haid) wins a turkey in a raffle, and Hunter (a pleasingly loopy James Sikking) clashes with his girlfriend Linda (a sound portrayal by Kathleen Lloyd) over her religious beliefs.

Director Bob Kelljan, working from a compelling script by Mark Frost, keeps the absorbing story moving at a swift pace and maintains a generally serious tone throughout. Hill's problem with his boil provides a few laughs while the whitewashing of Mizell's shameful past at his funeral service offers some neat insights into how people try to sugarcoat bitter pills in order to make them easier to swallow. However, it's the story about Cindy which makes the most potent and poignant punch here, as Dominique Dunne was tragically murdered by her abusive boyfriend before this episode was even aired (it's dedicated at the start to her memory).


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