Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 14

The Young, the Beautiful and the Degraded (25 Feb. 1982)

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Goldblume finds a witness in the DA murder cases that seems way too good to be true. Furillo considers kicking LaRue of the force after he almost ruined a major bust by showing up drunk. ... See full summary »

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Goldblume finds a witness in the DA murder cases that seems way too good to be true. Furillo considers kicking LaRue of the force after he almost ruined a major bust by showing up drunk. Hill quits the Black Officers Coalition. Belker feels over the hill after being outrun by a suspect. Written by Anonymous

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

A disgusted Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, splendidly calm and commanding) demotes LaRue (extraordinary work by Kiel Martin) to the motor pool. Belker (a bang-up turn by Bruce Weitz) loses a suspect in a foot chase. Bogus witnesses try to collect reward money for information pertaining to the arrest of Pam Gillian's killer. This episode offers a spot-on message about how justice isn't always justly served: Pam Gillian's cocky and unrepentant killer Wilbur Harmon (a chilling performance by Eric Lanueville) gets away with shooting Gillian and winds up receiving a slight three year sentence for a lesser murder charge. Veronica Hamel as Davenport has a strong scene expressing her dismay over the botched investigation. Martin as LaRue likewise has a powerful moment in which he confesses to his psychiatrist that he's afraid of how his ever worsening alcoholism is destroying his life and career. Moreover, Esterhaus (the always affable Michael Conrad) has a lovely conversation with Grace Gardner (Barbara Babcock, radiant as ever) about having a longterm relationship with her. Hill (Michael Warren) and Renko (Charles Haid) have a touching reconciliation after Hill steps down as Vice President of the Black Officer's Coalition. This episode further benefits from sound guest contributions by Dennis Lipscomb as bogus witness cab driver Mr. Vosca and George Wyner as shrewd Assistnt District Attorney Irwin Bernstein.


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