Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 15

Some Like It Hot-Wired (18 Mar. 1982)

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Esterhaus is up in arms after his car is stolen. Washington believes that LaRue has changed after seeing him for the first time since his demotion. Hill, Renko, and Goldblume go undercover ... See full summary »

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Esterhaus is up in arms after his car is stolen. Washington believes that LaRue has changed after seeing him for the first time since his demotion. Hill, Renko, and Goldblume go undercover to catch a scheme perpetrated by prostitutes and phony cops. Davenport has a meltdown in court. Written by Anonymous

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Nice episode
8 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

A disillusioned Davenport (Veronica Hamel in fine fiery form) has a meltdown in court and contemplates quitting being a public defender. Belker (Bruce Weitz) and Washington (a pleasingly cool Taurean Blacque) bust a stolen car ring. Esterhaus (a wonderfully engaging Michael Conrad) is furious about his car being boosted. Goldblume (an excellent Joe Spano) is upset that he wasn't promoted to lieutenant and gets shot while working undercover. This episode makes an interesting observation on how the thankless nature of law enforcement can take a heavy toll on one's spirit: Almost everyone is at their wit's end over something or another and ready to throw in the towel with the ever collected and rationale Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti projecting his customary quiet grace and authority) doing his best to maintain some semblance of order amid all the chaos. Moreover, it's sad to see a humbled LaRue (Kiel Martin) working as a tow truck driver for the motor pool. In addition, we've also got several folks doing praiseworthy work in notable guest roles: Talia Balsam gives a solid portrayal of sultry prostitute Sally, Meg Tilly delivers a touching performance as a naive and sickly hooker, Jon Cyphers sleazes it up well as the perpetually slimy and hateful Chief Fletcher Daniels, and John Ratzenberger has a nifty bit as a phony vice cop. And Renko (superbly played by Charles Haid) has one of season two's single most poignant and powerful scenes when he breaks down and cries after learning that his ornery father John (a memorably gruff Morgan Woodward) has terminal cancer.


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