Hill Street Blues: Season 6, Episode 9

What Are Friends For? (5 Dec. 1985)

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Buntz and Rodriguez are held hostage by a mental patient who wants revenge on Buntz for putting him away. Belker goes undercover at a dog pound. LaRue and Washington bring in a baseball ... See full summary »

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Buntz and Rodriguez are held hostage by a mental patient who wants revenge on Buntz for putting him away. Belker goes undercover at a dog pound. LaRue and Washington bring in a baseball player for drunk driving and find cocaine in his car trunk. Furillo is upset when he is denied mortgage insurance. Written by Anonymous

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Duvivier: Give me the damn goat, man, stop this nonsense!
Sgt. Mick Belker: Listen barn-breath, no damn picture, no damn goat.
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One of the scariest, tensest, most suspenseful episodes they did
19 September 2010 | by (NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

Hill Street Blues is one of the premier achievements of narrative television, and this episode is in my opinion one of the ten best they ever did. It gives us a villain scarier than around which many movies (without the codes and practices restrictions of network TV) are built, along with many of the usual Hill Street ingredients such as ironic humour, surprise, action and emotion. Like with many episodes, you get the most out of it if you're familiar with the characters and their histories - i.e. if you've been watching previous episodes. However, this is structured so you get a pretty good payoff watching it in isolation, too. Very highly recommended, and one that springs to mind easily years after I first saw it.


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