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Jack Soo, a Retrospective 

The death of Jack Soo in 1979 marked the passing of both a fine comedy actor and one of TV's most memorable characters: Nick Yemana, the deadpan detective known for his dry wit and wretched... See full summary »


Noam Pitlik


Danny Arnold (created by), Theodore J. Flicker (created by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Jack Soo ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (archive footage)
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
James Gregory ... Inspector Frank Luger


The death of Jack Soo in 1979 marked the passing of both a fine comedy actor and one of TV's most memorable characters: Nick Yemana, the deadpan detective known for his dry wit and wretched coffee. This tribute to Soo features reminiscences by the series regulars as well as some notable Yemana vignettes--Nick's curious response to an ink-blot test administered by a police psychiatrist; his attraction to a Japanese woman who turns out to be a hooker; and his inability to stop singing after he innocently eats brownies laced with hashish. Written by Anonymous

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In lieu of a typical story line, the cast reminisces about Jack Soo, who passed away earlier that year. At the end they all toast Jack Soo with his character's famous coffee. See more »


Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich: What about you, Nick?
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana: Huh?
Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich: You ever feel any longing to return to your home, back to the ancient cultures and traditions, back to the shrines and temples of your ancestors, back to the terraced hillsides and cherry trees?
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana: I was born in Omaha.
Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich: We got a city in Nebraska sounds just like that.
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References Barney Miller: Hash (1976) See more »


Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
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The cast and crew pay their respects to the late Jack Soo
25 May 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

At the conclusion of the fifth season, BARNEY MILLER creator/writer/producer Danny Arnold decided not to trade on the untimely death of Jack Soo, whose iconic Nick Yemana was a major reason for the show's popularity. Instead, he gathered together regular cast members Hal Linden, James Gregory, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Steve Landesberg, and Ron Carey, to reminisce about working with Jack, none of which was scripted, with most of the half hour show dedicated to the funniest bits performed by Yemana, especially the episode "Hash," where all but Barney devoured brownies laced with hashish. Uncertain how to behave stoned, Jack decided to start singing, which brought a concerned Barney out from his office (Barney: "how many of these have you had?" Yemana: "mushy mushy!"). From the episode "Ms. Cop," Nick uses a pencil for a chopstick as he listens to a caller reporting a stolen Studebaker. From "Horse Thief" comes his classic phone conversation with the victim of a pickpocket: "you'd better dig up some more money, or you're gonna get picked up for vagrancy!" In "Quarantine," Nick doesn't recognize the cups after Ray Stewart's Darryl Driscoll has scrubbed them: "I thought it was a pattern!" The famous "Werewolf" depicts a rare occasion where he loses his cool ("down Mr. Koepeknie!"), and we get to hear much of his whimsical Oriental philosophy ("many things look bleak at the moment of occurrence, but at least we ain't got locusts!"). From "Evacuation" comes his famous confrontation with maintenance man Paul Lichtman: "this isn't a squint...this is a squint!" The retrospective concludes with everyone raising their coffee mugs in honor of their fallen comrade. In actual fact, Jack Soo's last words to Hal Linden as he was being wheeled into the operating room: "it must have been the coffee!"

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17 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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