Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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The Clown 

Street clowns are being attacked by a serial mugger. A hundred inmates are secretly evacuated from holding in the middle of the night.


Alan Bergmann


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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
Walter Olkewicz ... William Krebs aka Bingo the Clown
Howard Platt ... Andrew Landry
Philip Bruns ... Gordon Kaiser
J.J. Barry ... Arthur Duncan
Michael Tucci ... Gilbert Doyle
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Vincent Royer
Jed Mills ... Edward Crenshaw


Street clowns are being attacked by a serial mugger. A hundred inmates are secretly evacuated from holding in the middle of the night.

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Comedy | Drama


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In Barney Miller: Stormy Weather (1981), Levitt said he had a deaf sister, from whom he had learned sign language. See more »


Vincent Royer: Hey a clown, is he for us ?
Det. Ron Harris: Stick with your party.
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Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
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Levitt's Medal of Valor is turned down
23 August 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Clown," known as Bingo (Walter Olkewicz, second of two), is among the latest victims of serial mugger Arthur Duncan (J. J. Barry, sixth of seven), here making his third appearance, progressing from the handicapped to street entertainers (Harris calls him 'Circus Boy!'). Howard Platt (last of five) plays out-of-towner Andrew Landry, whose stag party includes about 30 cops and prostitutes, hoping to lure officers to New Mexico even from his jail cell. A disturbance at an all night diner leads to the arrest of Gilbert Doyle (Michael Tucci, last of four), Vincent Royer (Michael Alaimo, last of three), and Edward Crenshaw (Jed Mills), released from Riker's Island just an hour before. Philip Bruns (last of four) plays Gordon Kaiser from NYC's Department of Corrections, who tries to explain the situation to an incredulous Barney (Kaiser: "what with Riker's being so hopelessly overcrowded as it is, we decided that it would be a very innovative concept to prune back on our misdemeanor offenders...purse snatchers, petty thieves, etc. and thereby making valuable cell space available for the far more despicable and deserving criminals!" Barney: "if it's such a great idea, why'd you sneak 'em out in the middle of the night?" Kaiser: "sentimental reasons?"). Levitt is disappointed that his Medal of Valor has been turned down due to politics, but changes his mind after Barney blasts Kaiser's program, "watching a bunch of punks laughing their way through the system...we should all just pack up and get outta here, leave this stinking city to go to hell and a hand basket because, let's face it, we're in the way!" Out of character but effective (Levitt: "makes the whole wacky ball of wax worthwhile!").

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21 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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