Hill Street Blues: Season 3, Episode 20

Spotlight on Rico (28 Apr. 1983)

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Sal Benedetto has a plan to take down Rollie Simone and isn't about to do it by the book. Leo is helping a drug addict called Rico get clean. Joyce and Henry interrogate a man with multiple... See full summary »



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


Sal Benedetto has a plan to take down Rollie Simone and isn't about to do it by the book. Leo is helping a drug addict called Rico get clean. Joyce and Henry interrogate a man with multiple personalities who may be a murderer. The TK4600 robot is on loan to the station. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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"Sonny Crockett" was the name of the lead character in Miami Vice, played by Don Johnson. Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues were both popular cop shows, and both on NBC, but Miami Vice had not yet aired when this episode was broadcast. See more »


Det. Sal Benedetto: You want a free shot, hm?
[closes his eyes as if expecting a punch]
Officer Andrew Renko: Maybe some time at night, when your back's turned.
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References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Worthy episode
30 July 2015 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Brutal maverick detective Sal Benedetto (superbly played with swaggering aplomb by Dennis Franz) wants to take down loan shark Rollie Simone (a terrific Michael Lerner) using unorthodox means. Leo (a fine Robert Hirschfeld) helps junkie Ricco (powerful work by Marco Rodriguez) go clean. Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendid as usual) and Goldblume (a sturdy Joe Spano) interrogate Reggie (a bravura portrayal by Jonathan Banks), a homeless man murder suspects who suffers from a multiple personality disorder. A robot is loaned to Hill Street Station.

Ricco's struggle to go cold turkey culminates in a poignant moment between Leo and Ricco at the end while the robot subplot delivers a few solid laughs. Hunter (a nicely quirky James B. Sikking) has a couple of touching scenes in which he talks about his service in Vietnam and comes to terms with his inability to connect with others on an emotional level. Dennis Burkley pops up one last time as hulking brute Sonny Crockett. Moreover, there's a positively electrifying moment in which Sal tweaks the nose of hapless low level loan shark Mo 'Mouse' Feldstein (a wonderfully antsy performance by Leonard Stone) as well as a startling ending where Sal blows poor Mo away. And the fact that Hill (solid Michael Warren) asked Mo for four hundred bucks gives his character some sympathetically flawed extra shading.

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