Hill Street Blues: Season 2, Episode 13

Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement (18 Feb. 1982)

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Renko gets upset at Hill for temporarily leaving him to head up the Black Officer's Coalition. On the eve of a huge PCP lab bust, LaRue turns to the bottle. Furillo learns that a suspect in... See full summary »

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Renko gets upset at Hill for temporarily leaving him to head up the Black Officer's Coalition. On the eve of a huge PCP lab bust, LaRue turns to the bottle. Furillo learns that a suspect in the murder of a district attorney may go free due to a technicality. Written by Anonymous

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The title is based on the 1974 book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values' by 'Robert M. Pirsig' about a voyage of self exploration on a motorcycle trip. See more »

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

The gun in the Gillian murder case is thrown out as evidence because of a minor technicality. LaRue (a terrific Kiel Martin) falls off the wagon and shows up at a major drug bust drunk. Renko (Charles Haid in sturdy form) gets upset when Hill (a fine Michael Warren) spends more time with the Black Officer's Coalition than with him. This episode delivers a few funny moments: Belker (Bruce Weitz) takes a big bite out of a punching bag and Hunter (a delightfully dry and deadpan James B. Sikking) relates a hilarious story about a bungled drug bust. Moreover, it's a real treat to see Goldblume (able work by Joe Spano) get tough and come down hard on cruel slum lord Mr. Sosa (a marvelously despicable portrayal by Al Ruscio). Barbara Babcock once again lights up the screen as the always radiant and ravishing Grace Gardner, who has a few nice moments talking with Esterhaus (the ever engaging Michael Conrad) about her colorful sexual history. Renko has a moving scene talking to his gruff and estranged ailing father John (excellently played by veteran character actor Morgan Woodward) in the hospital. Hamilton Camp contributes a sidesplitting turn as obnoxious shrimp Buck Mullins. And this particular episode offers some interesting insights into racial politics and makes a valid point about how the system doesn't always work.


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