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The Counterfeiter 

Harris pumps a counterfeiter for his life story. A man takes exception to a cosmetic surgeon's work on his wife.


Max Gail (as Maxwell Gail)


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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 (credit only)
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
J. Pat O'Malley ... Walt Hathaway
Jack Riley ... Robert Lovell
George Pentecost George Pentecost ... Dr. Rene Boudreau
Al Ruscio ... Mr. Becker
Susan Davis Susan Davis ... Lisa Lovell
James Gregory ... Inspector Frank Luger


Harris pumps a counterfeiter for his life story. A man takes exception to a cosmetic surgeon's work on his wife.

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Comedy | Drama


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During the opening scene, Wojo says "Nick had the files all screwed up". This past-tense reference is the first story line indication that the Yemana character was no longer at the 12th Precinct. (Jack Soo had died in January 1979, a month before this episode's original air date.) See more »


Barney asked Harris if he had notified the Treasury Department when it's actually the Secret Service that handles counterfeiting. At the time of broadcast, the Secret Service was part of the Treasury Department, since the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln. In the Post 9/11 era it was incorporated into the Department of Homeland Security. See more »


References Mister 880 (1950) See more »


Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Maxwell Gail directs the third of his five episodes
3 June 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Counterfeiter" marked the third of five episodes directed by Maxwell Gail. We start with Wojo trying to make sense of Yemana's 'screwed up' filing system: nothing under prostitution, 'C' for call girls, 'S' for streetwalkers, 'M' for massages, 'T' for twins! (Dietrich: "that inscrutable little scamp!"). Al Ruscio (second of five) is a concerned citizen dismayed that he won't be reimbursed for turning in $36 worth of counterfeit money (Harris quotes Clarence Darrow, Dietrich quotes Dick Tracy). Once caught, the elderly counterfeiter (J. Pat O'Malley, second of three) confesses to printing his own money since 1963, but only the amount needed. Jack Riley (second of two) plays a concerned husband, accusing a plastic surgeon (George Pentecost, second of two) of mutilating his wife's face. Of course, the woman (Susan Davis, second of two) signed off on it (now sporting a pair of black eyes), in an attempt to recapture her husband's affection, far too busy with work to grant her the attention she desires. Inspector Luger is happy to be back since his heart trouble, still fretting over his fiancée Ag-enes, but none too fond of Dietrich's statistics ("wise guy know-it-all!").

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8 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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