Renko gets upset when the lie detector test for his shooting suspect comes up inconclusive. Esterhaus meets with a criminal that he helped put away. Furillo feels that the news crew is to ... See full summary »

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Renko gets upset when the lie detector test for his shooting suspect comes up inconclusive. Esterhaus meets with a criminal that he helped put away. Furillo feels that the news crew is to blame for convincing local merchants form a crime watch union. Written by Anonymous

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

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, terrific as usual) has to deal with angry store owners who have formed their own vigilante group because they feel that the police haven't down enough to protect them from local criminals. Esterhaus (marvelously played by Michael Conrad) receives a cryptic note from an ex-con he busted. Renko (Charles Haid in excellent angry form) gets steaming mad when the lie detector test for the shooting suspects proves to be inclusive. This episode delivers a few genuinely surprising moments; for example, when Esterhaus confronts ex-con Kermit Trench (a nice portrayal by Ron Feinberg) he turns out to be a repentant born again Christian who in an unexpectedly touching scene asks Esterhaus to forgive him for his past indiscretions. Moreover, this particular show makes the valid point that the media can be a negative catalyst for stirring up the general public by distorting the news they report. Renko has a few strong moments in which he gets on his partner Hill's (Michael Warren) case for shutting him out of his life. Popping up in nifty guest roles are Andrea Marcovicci as trouble-making TV news reporter Cynthia Chase, the ravishing Gale Nash as Belker's (Bruce Weitz) hot date Debbie, Nick Savage as the pickpocket Belker is always busting, and Mark Metcalf as cocky rookie Officer Harris, who in a truly shocking scene meets an abrupt violent end when a hooker he has underestimated cuts his throat with a concealed knife.


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