Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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The Courtesans 

A prostitute threatens harassment charges against Wojo. Rachel wants her own apartment.


Noam Pitlik


Jerry Davis (teleplay by) (as Jerome L. Davis), Chris Hayward (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Barbara Barrie ... Elizabeth Miller
Abe Vigoda ... Det. Phil Fish
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Gregory Sierra ... Det. Sgt. Chano Amenguale
Jack Soo ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Naomi Stevens ... Donna's Mother
Audrey Christie ... Rose
Nancy Dussault ... Linda Fuller
Lavelle Roby ... Miss Duquette (as Lavell Roby)
Shannon Christie Shannon Christie ... Donna
Rosanna DeSoto ... Miss del Fuego (as Rosana Soto)


A prostitute threatens harassment charges against Wojo. Rachel wants her own apartment.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

20 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The episode title "The Courtesans" refers to the women working as prostitutes. The term courtesan has become a euphemism to designate a comforter, escort, mistress or a prostitute, especially one of dignified etiquette who attracts wealthy, powerful, or influential clients. See more »


Linda Fuller: [to Wojo] I hope you're a good cop, 'cause you're a crummy human being.
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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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Nancy Dussault and Rosana Soto
2 February 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Courtesans" marked the turning point for BARNEY MILLER, since the controversial subject of prostitution is always good for ratings. It was also the third appearance for Barbara Barrie, always billed but rarely seen, and only the second for Anne Wyndham as Barney's daughter Rachel, last seen in the two pilots but seen only once more, in 1981's "Rachel." Harris and Yemana are assigned to check out the latest porno flick, where minors have been known to sneak in (titled "A Man and a Woman and Another Woman"). Wojo gets into the habit of busting Rose (Audrey Christie, first of two) and her current crop of showgirls, with the Puerto Rican one, Miss del Fuego (Rosana Soto, first of four), bantering with Chano, who believes he is one of 'New York's Finest' (her response: "me too!"), Harris flirting with Miss Duquette (Lavelle Roby, first of two). Actually, it's the $50 a night newcomer, Linda Fuller (Nancy Dussault), in town only three months, whose irreverence makes it difficult for Wojo to keep his mind on his work. Best remembered as Ted Knight's wife on TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, the adorable Dussault (a gorgeous 38) is a sassy delight, alternately funny and serious as she tries to understand Wojo's infatuation. Fish gets a memorable line when Rose asks him to give her best to Bernice: "I wish I could!" The capper comes when Linda tells Wojo that if he wants to go out with her, it'll cost him the same as any other guy, 50 bucks...and guess who gets stuck for the cash?

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