Goldblume heads up his own investigation into the death of Gina. Hill uses his broadcast news connections to help a homeless family. With Bates injured, Jablonski is assigned to ride with ... See full summary »

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Goldblume heads up his own investigation into the death of Gina. Hill uses his broadcast news connections to help a homeless family. With Bates injured, Jablonski is assigned to ride with Coffey. Calletano and Hunter interview for the captain's position. Belker uncovers police corruption while working undercover at a men's clothing store. Washington and Garibaldi get nervous about the station possibly implementing random drug tests. Written by Anonymous

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Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
29 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Morning precinct roll call offers a nasty surprise for Hill Street's boys and girls in blue: a surprise urine test. Detective Harry Garibaldi (Ken Olin) is furious and protests to Captain Frank Furrillo (Daniel J.Travanti) who tells him to comply. Garibaldi used to date Furrillo's ex-wife Fay (Barbara Bosson)n and there is evidently still tension.

Officer Joe Coffey (Ed Marinaro) has a shy bladder and can't go which his colleagues think is hilarious. These grossly underpaid and overworked cops have already given their blood, sweat and tears on the job. It was only a matter of time before somebody came for another fluid.

Sgt. Lucy Bates (Betty Thomas), having sprained her ankle nabbing a purse snatcher switches duties with crotchety old vet desk Sgt. Stan Jablonski (Robert Prosky) who rides with Coffey. There are questions about his health but not his instincts as a cop. After years working inside managing details he finds the prospect of street duty invigorating.

Lt. Howard Hunter (James B.Sikking) and Lt. Rey Calletano (Rene Enriquez) go to interview for promotion to captain. Detective Henry Goldblume (Joe Spano) obsessively goes after answers about his beloved and her death breaching departmental protocol and alienating fellow officers. Officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid) and Officer Bobby Hill (Michael Warren) help a street family.

What this show and other solid ensemble cast series did was bring together terrific character actors, gave them bigger roles with clever dialogue offering erudite assessments on the human condition and watched the magic. The actors looked more like the rest of us and added that authenticity to their characterizations.

Ultimately that authenticity melded with the appeal of the characters. The compassion, the work-ethic, the finiteness, the quirkiness of the people working through the stresses of high pressure jobs at a police precinct in a high crime area all struck an immense chord. Concurrently they showed us how good they were at police work whilst navigating the bureaucracy they answered to.

Lines of dialogue referring to restrictions on personal behaviour and intrusions upon privacy referencing practices in Russia are so old they are new again given Putin's policies. A good, well-written show will find and incorporate lasting truisms like that. But in this case the line should be comically dated.


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