Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 4

The Second Oldest Profession (19 Nov. 1981)

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Bates makes an error in judgment when she allows a junkie prostitute to shoot up prior to arresting her only to have the hooker nearly die from an overdose. Furillo demands that Davenport become more open about their romantic relationship.

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Bates makes an error in judgment when she allows a junkie prostitute to shoot up prior to arresting her only to have the hooker nearly die from an overdose. Furillo demands that Davenport become more open about their romantic relationship.

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Another fine episode
23 August 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Bates (an excellent Betty Thomas) makes an error in judgment when she allows pathetic junkie prostitute Laurie (a touching performance by Cindy Fisher) to shoot up prior to arresting her only to have Laurie nearly die from an overdose. Furillo (the always splendid Daniel J. Travanti) demands that Davenport (Veronica Hamel in fine fiery form) become more open about their romantic relationship. This episode delivers a handful of strong and affecting dramatic moments: Esterhaus going out to lunch with his longtime friend McPeak (nicely played by Sandy McPeak) who confesses to Esterhaus that he's gay and has a crush on him, Bates admitting to Furillo that she allowed Laurie to fix before busting her, Goldblume (Joe Spano) reconciling with his wife Rachel (a sound portrayal by Rosanna Hoffman), who tells Goldblume that she also had an extramarital fling; and, in an especially sizzling scene, Davenport making her relationship with Furillo public in a most obvious and passionate way by kissing him in front of everyone in his station office. The ever-delicious Barbara Babcock once again burns up the screen as the extremely vibrant and desirable Grace Gardner. And this episode makes a valid point about how police officers shouldn't let their emotions get in the way of their work.


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