Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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The Recluse 

A man who hasn't left his apartment since World War II is brought in for refusing to serve jury duty. A prophet claims the end is near, i.e. 5:30 p.m.


Bruce Bilson


Reinhold Weege (teleplay by), Danny Arnold (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Abe Vigoda ... Det. Phil Fish
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Jack Soo ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana
Florence Stanley ... Bernice Fish
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Graham Roberts
Ivor Francis ... Mr. Unger
John Cassisi ... Victor Kreutzer
Denise Miller ... Jilly Papalardo


A man who hasn't left his apartment since World War II is brought in for refusing to serve jury duty. A prophet claims the end is near, i.e. 5:30 p.m.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

11 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Det. Phil Fish: What did he do?
Victor Kreutzer: Nuthin', nuthin'. I didn't do nuthin'. I just came in here with her. Ask the colored guy.
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana: I wasn't paying attention.
Victor Kreutzer: Not you. Him.
[Points at Harris]
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana: He's black. I'm colored. Everybody else is blank.
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Jilly and Victor
27 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Recluse" brings back Denise Miller's Jilly Papalardo (from "Evacuation"), with John Cassisi playing her new friend Victor Kreutzer, in their final tuneup prior to the Feb 1977 debut of the FISH spin off series. Add to that, we have Bernice making a rare appearance (fourth, third for Florence Stanley), and it's difficult to accept the weak premise in store for Abe Vigoda's sendoff. Trying to escape the group home, Jilly and Victor escape persecution by claiming to be Fish's grandchildren, which naturally alarms Bernice: "what grandchildren?" (Fish: "I wanted to surprise you!"). Turning to more interesting matters, a religious maniac (Arnold Soboloff, previously seen in "Grand Hotel") makes doom laden proclamations from the bible in his cell, announcing that the world will end by 5:30PM (Yemana: "there goes our overtime!"). Wojo brings in a man (Ivor Francis, 4 episodes) who refuses to perform jury duty, barricading himself in his apartment since Pearl Harbor, 35 years before ("are we still at war?"). Imagine him getting his first look at a woman in 35 years, and it's Bernice and her perfume! (his fate is a genuine surprise). Florence Stanley's Bernice next appears in "Abduction," preceding the debut of FISH by two days (Feb 3 1977).

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