A small plane crashes on the Hill and an enterprising looter tries to sell a suitcase full of drugs he pulled from the wreckage. Buntz and Sid get a line on the suitcase, but things get tricky when the thief decides to auction off the drugs to the highest bidder. Buntz has to do some fast talking and thinking to save himself and his snitch.
Goldblume gets some help from an FBI agent and a pharmaceutical company bean counter with his investigation into a suspected case of aspirin tampering that brings in all the nuts. LaRue attends his old girlfriend's wedding and is forced to negotiate with the groom who's distraught over her sexual past. Belker goes undercover to look into a hotel owner/manager who's scamming city housing chits from vagrants and gets some help from an INS agent in making the bust. Hunter plans a surprise EATer inspection. Swamped with cases, "The Ice Maiden," a k a Davenport, passes off one of her cases to a struggling attorney. When the subject is stabbed and killed at Michigan Avenue, she fears one of her other clients overheard her discuss his informant status.
guest stars: Jack Kehler (Bobby), Pepe Serna (Arthur), Reni Santoni (Danny Santana), Whitman Mayo (vagrant), Lenka Peterson (Marsha), Jason Wingreen (druggist), Mykel T. Williamson (Officer Ron Garfield), J.W. Smith (Arthur Baker), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Ethan Dillon), Raymond O'Connor (Nate Mornath), Alex Colon (Unknown), Richardson Morse (Unknown), Joel Fluellen (Unknown), Robert Benedetti (Unknown)
story: David Milch, John Romano Darrell Vienna; teleplay: David Milch John Romano; director: Stan Lathan
126. "A Case of Klapp"
Davenport's woes continue as a public defenders strike looms. She and other PDs slow the judicial process by minding the exact letter of the law. Her antics anger Judge Wachtel who cites her for contempt and then resorts to personal remarks. She slaps him, landing herself in jail for battery. Furillo and the blues take up a collection and bail her out. Her courtroom tactics interfere with Belker's attempts to protect some senior citizens from a violent mugger. And when an elderly man dies in a mugging, Belker blames the already emotionally-strungout Davenport.
Hunter happens upon a robbery and is forced to shoot the young perpetrator in self defence. Briscoe smells blood when the kid's gun turns out to have malfunctioned and that Hunter's gun and load weren't department issue. In hopes of saving Hunter's career, Furillo advises him tell IAD he was off duty and puts Buntz on the case. After staking out a luscious young woman suspected of being a fence, LaRue and Washington get a big surprise.
guest stars: Andy Romano (Warren Briscoe), Arthur Taxier (IAD Lt. Jim Shipman), Reni Santoni (Danny Santana), Ernest Hardin (James Wingate), Lawrence Tierney (Sgt. Jenkins); Martha Hackett (Carole Green)
writer: Terry Curtis Fox; director: Scott Brazil
127. "The Best Defense"
Belker and LaRue investigate the elderly mugging victim's death and bust a man fencing the stolen checks. The fence withholds the name of the mugger in hopes of cutting a deal. Meanwhile, Davenport tries to end the PD job action - a task made more difficult by her loud-mouthed compatriot Danny Santana - and walks a tightrope to unofficially help secure a deal for the fence and put away the mugger. The city makes an offer to settle with the PDs and Joyce's cool-headed, idealist approach sways them to accept the deal. With two wins in her column, Joyce and Frank celebrate with dinner and a night away from home.
Furillo recruits the newly demoted Hunter to take over as roll call sergeant. Jablonski undergoes bypass surgery and Belker and Tattaglia pay a visit. The cops cope with numerous bizarre incidents as the PD job action lets chaos reign in the precinct: While on foot patrol Hill and Renko encounter a man sticking bananas in his ears; Bates and newly transferred officers Flaherty and Russo try to defuse a man who promises to blow himself up for money; Buntz and Goldblume round up A-felons accidentally released due to overcrowding and have a little fun with some drug dealers. Goldblume gets the runaround from Chief Daniels as he tries to get money for a new task force.
guest stars: Reni Santoni (Danny Santana), Martha Hackett (Carol Green), Meshach Taylor (Calypso con man), William Edward Phipps (Unknown), Jeffrey Josephson (Unknown), David Sage (Unknown), Wally Taylor (Unknown), Ted Harris (Unknown)
story: Steven Bello, Robert Ward Jonathan Lemkin; teleplay: Steve Bellow Robert Ward; director: John Patterson
128. "Bald Ambition"
With Calletano's station house on the edge of racial meltdown, Chief Daniels asks Furillo to help avert the crisis. Furillo is reluctant to do so, but a visit to his old friend at Polk Avenue produces enough physical evidence to convince him. Calletano doesn't react very well at first, but submits to Furillo's advice. The Hill Street captain later watches as the situation explodes when two white officers fail to back up a pair of black officers in a situation that turns deadly.
Hill is the hero of the hour after he catches a baby that falls out of third-floor window. Russo's undercover arrest is jeopardized and her conduct called into question when the subject's lawyer claims she slept with him. Goldblume is visited by an old friend, writer Steve Merkur, who is mugged and rejected by a publisher. Bernstein saves Davenport from an escaped prisoner and shocks her by confessing he has had a tremendous crush on her for years. A fire at the drycleaners decimates Furillo's wardrobe. Buntz sets out to allay IAD's suspicion after the homes of several of his collars are burglarized while they're in jail. During his investigation, Sid's informant status is revealed and he moves in with Buntz for protection.
guest stars: Ron O'Neal (Stan Williams), Scott Paulin (Steve Merkur), Don Hood (Phil Gresham), Alex Courtney (Weller), Nick Shields (Shanks)
writer: Jeffrey Lewis; director: Ben Bolt
129. "I Come on My Knees"
In the wake of the racial meltdown, Stan Williams is put in command of Polk Avenue and Calletano is made an adviser to Chief Daniels. Calletano feels betrayed when he finds out Furillo voted to relieve him of command and threatens to take his story to the press. Daniels is aggravated with the high-strung latino and Furillo tries to help his friend by urging the paper not to print the story. Hill is wounded and officer James Sanders, just transfered from Polk Avenue, is killed by Goldblume's writer friend who freaks out when he is nearly mugged a second time.
Bernstein assuages Davenport's concerns about his confession of love for her. Jablonski wants to come back to work. LaRue, Washington, Belker and Russo's massage parlor busts are spoiled by a premature vice cop. Buntz uses Bates and Flaherty to try to scare off the guy threatening to kill Sid, but things don't go exactly as he planned. And Bates finds herself playing referee between Buntz and Flaherty. Renko is unsure what to do when his car is stolen as part of an insurance scam. His woes are compounded when his car returns after he has received the insurance check.
guest stars: Scott Paulin (Steve Merkur), James Keane (James Sanders), Nick Shields (Shanks), Harris Laskawsky (Unknown)
writer: David Milch; director: Don Weis
130. "Say Uncle"
Buntz heads efforts to protect a convicted mobster John Petruzzi on his way to jail from a killer hired by his nephew. Bates and Flaherty work backup and Flaherty gets his jollies poking fun at the gangsters. Russo finds herself in another sexually fraught position as she poses as the nephew's girlfriend in hopes of getting specifics on the hit. Things are complicated when a nervous young man with a gun takes Petruzzi hostage.
An alleged gypsy puts a curse on Renko and the patrol officer is convinced it's real after he's stung on the nose by a bee. LaRue sees dollar signs after he and Washington bust a guy who confesses to several unsolved murders. Jablonski helps Belker nab a bus bandit. Calletano resigns from the force after consulting with Furillo. Goldblume discusses his old school pal on "The Don Chesler Show" and meets a nice lady. Frank and Joyce discuss Goldblume's apparent unhappiness.
guest stars: Jake Dengel (Max Emil), Joey Aresco (Dominick Donatelli), Art La Fleur (Mr. Schneider), Steve Vinovich (Hudson), Al Ruscio (John Petruzzi), Anne Curry (Dorothy Walker), Jonathan Caliri (Unknown)
writer: John Romano; director: Gabrielle Beaumont
131. "Amazing Grace"
Furillo faces off with City Councilman William Wade in a session of the Committee on Drug Abuse. Wade later spends the day exposing and exploiting the crack problem on the Hill, foiling a meticulously planned weep in the process. Furillo is furious and butts heads with Chief Daniels. Things get even more interesting when Wade guns down a drug dealer and claims self defense in the shooting.
Grace Gardner returns to the Hill as Sister Chastity and recruits officer Flaherty. LaRue lets out his angst about the new restrictions on making copies and later mediates a dispute between his sister and brother-in-law. Jablonski makes the front page after helping nabbing a bus bandit, but later has another scare with his heart. Goldblume receives an offer to publish Steve Merkur's book and later embarks on a new relationship. Belker goes undercover at a seafood joint serving soul food to locate drug traffickers. The manpower shortage delays Buntz' arrest of a loan shark, costing him a digit.
guest stars: Louis Giambalvo (Rob Nelson), Janet Carroll (Peg), Walter Bobbie (Councilman William Wade), Anne Curry (Dorothy Walker), John Hancock (Cook), David Wohl (Robin Mars), CCH Pounder (Mrs. Jones), Phill Lewis (Parker Jones), F. William Parker (Unknown), Clarence Felder (Unknown), Don Calfa (Unknown), James Andronica (Unknown)
story: David Milch Robert Ward; teleplay: Robert Ward; director: Don Weis
132. "Falling From Grace"
Chief Daniels pushes Furillo to drop the investigation of Councilman Wade who's still claiming self-defense. As the probe progresses, Wade makes a big mistake when he tries to smear Furillo and Washington (exposes details from detective's personnel file). Furillo finds out who gave out personnel file and lays a trap for the cagey councilman and his assistant.
Hill and Renko have numerous run-ins with an obnoxious shirt salesman. Belker goes undercover to bust a chop shop. A literary agent offers Goldblume a chance to write his memoirs. After scouting facilities for an outreach center, Sister Chastity succumbs to "the lure of the flesh" and works her old magic on Flaherty - he beats a quick retreat. Buntz ties up his loan-sharking sting by busting the shylock who cut off his finger, but things don't go exactly planned. Grace, a k a Sister Chastity, bids goodbye to the Hill.
guest stars: Walter Bobbie (Councilman William Wade), David Wohl (Robin Mars), Art Metrano (Al), James Andronica (Unknown), Clarence Felder (Unknown), Terrance Ellis (Unknown), Victor Brandt (Unknown), Frances Conroy (Unknown)
writer: Terry Curtis Fox; director: Dale White
133. "Fathers and Guns"
The day is full of nasty surprises for Furillo whose father was shot during a reported break-in. Frank and Joyce arrive at the hospital in time to learn of the elder Furillo's death. Frank goes from devastated to furious when he learns that everyone but him knew that his father was terminally ill. The downward spiral continues when the police investigation turns up no evidence to support the burglary story. And Frank must soon choose between family and the law after he deduces his father committed suicide and that his mother covered it up. Joyce seeks to comfort a careworn Frank after a day of emotional battering.
LaRue deposits sics the health department on a restaurant owner who had his car towed. Belker has nightmares about nuclear destruction and helps a father find his child. A cemetery plot salesman trys to drum up business on the Hill.
guest stars: Robin Gammell (Lt. Patterson), Penny Santon (Anna Furillo/Frank's mom), Hamilton Camp (Morton Keyes), David Harris (Darnell Karns), Michael Durrell (Joseph Furillo), Lee Kessler (Father Coughlin), Richard Bull (Mr. Furillo/Frank's dad), Raymond Ma (Mr. Chan), Al Fann (Unknown)
story: Jeffrey Lewis Jerry Patrick Brown; teleplay: Jeffrey Lewis; director: Ed Sherin
Racial tensions are high among the Hill Street blues when a white officer kills his black partner. Chief Daniles informs Furillo of a ring of corruption in which both cops were involved. Tensions worsen when Furillo temporarily removes LaRue and Washington from the case to keep from jeopardizing Division's impending bust. The Black Officers Coalition suspects a cover-up. Furillo and Washington loose face when the bust turns out to be, well, a bust. Furillo is further anger when he finds out the chief's actions may have been motivated by personal troubles. He pressures Daniels to apologize to his black officers.
A group of news photographers hang out at the precinct for special "Day In The Life Of" feature. A temporarily blind Buntz goes undercover as a beggar and Belker works backup. Hill and Renko find several skinned bodies of questionable origin. Davenport tries to defend a shopkeeper who displays Nazi paraphernalia in his store to deter robbers.
guest stars: Arthur Taxier (IAD Lt. Jim Shipman), Sam McMurray (Gann), James McDaniel (Mr. Mason), Bill Morey (Mr. Leonard), Frank Dent (Unknown), John Putch (Unknown)
writer: David Black; director: Dale White
135. "She's So Fein"
Public defender Sharon Fein's first day on the Hill spells trouble. Davenport has Fein take over one of her cases when the client finds out Joyce is married to Frank and belives he's been betrayed. An error by the frightened PD allows the dissatisfied client to take Davenport hostage at gunpoint. After making it out of the station house, the young man and his hostage are cornered in a neighborhood shop. Goldblume negotiates for Joyce's safe return with an anxious Frank at his side. And, if that weren't enough, the undaunted Fein asks Washington out on a date to impress and shock her parents.
While taking a test drive, Belker wrecks a care belonging to LaRue's brother-in-law and Flaherty's stolen car radio turns up inside it. Hill and Renko find a child molester.
guest stars: Louis Giambalvo (Rob Nelson), Gela Jacobson (PD Sharon Fein), Jase Santana (Ricardo Diez), David Ralphe (Wilcox), Andy Romano (Warren Briscoe), David Selberg (Raymond), Christopher Cary (unknown)
writer: Marjorie David; director: Christian I. Nyby II
136. "A Wasted Weekend"
A planned hunting trip by Jablonski, Hill, Renko and Goldblume appears doomed on all levels. Goldblume can't seem to get out of the station house - detered by Scouts and a nutty woman _ but when he finally does, he's taken hostage. The other three officers have their own troubles: First, they are pulled over by deputies for looking "suspicious;" next, they break into the wrong cabin; then, Hill steps on a nail while siting a deer.
Buntz reassures Officer McBride about her shooting of an armed robber.
guest stars: Lindsay Crouse (Kate McBride), Mark Arnott (kidnapper), James Gallery (proprieter), Ellen Barber (Unknown)
writer: David Mamet; director: John Patterson
137. "City of Refuse"
A garbage workers strike raises a stink on the Hill as the cops are forced to take out the trash. Hill and Renko ride with hauler Earl Phillips, and trouble ensues when their collection route collides the the funeral procession of a drug kingpin. Hill nearly starts a riot, precipitating a death threat, displeasure from Furillo, a roust of the kingpin's gang and, ultimately, the murder of Phillips.
"Officer Gracie Allen," a cat, finds a home and work in the station house. Hunter gets back into EATer action when Ballantine takes a hostage. Russo and Flaherty try to deal with an angry old man who later meets a tragic end. LaRue and Washington's efforts to pass of Sid as a chemist to keep a cocaine case afloat are scuttled by Davenport. Russo and Flaherty's relationship takes a more intense turn.
guest stars: Moses Gunn (Sloan), Zero Hubbard (Fabian), Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Earl Phillips), Richard Zavaglia (Unknown)
writer: Peter Silverman; director: Don Weis
138. "Der Roachenkavalier"
After listening to some gossip at the Public Defender's Office, Buntz believes Joyce is stepping out on Frank and takes efforts to help the "troubled" couple. Sal the plumber's loose tongue spills the beans on Buntz' suspicions and rumors fly on the Hill. The tales simultaneously shock and amuse the happy couple.
LaRue and Washington search city for a prize winning cockroach. Belker chases down a purse-snatching dog. The public is outraged when some pedestrians are run down by a felon who was just recently released by the police. Goldblume is suspended after an investigation reveals that he knowingly let the man go in direct violation of city council guidelines. Incensed by the unfair rules, Goldblume takes his opinions to the air.
guest stars: Marc Alaimo (Gene Scapizi), Eric Menyuk (reporter), Jorge Gil (Curtis Rivera), Anne Curry (Dorothy Walker), Jack Andreozzi (Sal Benaci)
writers: Christian Williams Bob Woodward; director: Christian I. Nyby II
139. "Norman Conquest"
Buntz' first day of station command has its ups and downs. He and the blues launch a campaign to seize $130,000 worth of illegal drugs in an effort to reinstate overtime pay. LaRue and Washington's antics create friction with a Division detective. The plethora of "hummer" busts prompt Davenport to seek an injuction against the operation. Sid comes to the rescue, along with a disowned snitch busted by Russo, Flaherty and Bates. And to top the day off, Buntz clashes with Scapizi's interior decorator girlfriend.
Furillo and Goldblume sit on an oral exam board for new lieutenants. Belker busts a tough kid who bites and runs drugs. Renko finds his stolen motorcycle. Flaherty and Russo's relationship heats up.
guest stars: Marc Alaimo (Gene Scapizi), Bernie White (Carmelo), Don Sparks (Osgood), Gracie Harrison (Lori Tuttle), Bobby Jacoby (Unknown), Harris Laskawsky (Unknown)
story: Steve Bello, Neil Eglash, Jonathan Lemkin Michael Wagner; teleplay: Steve Bello; director: Dale White
140. "Sorry Wrong Number"
A family is slaughtered in their sleep and a single witness implicates a gang. LaRue and Washington work the scene and canvas the neighborhood to no avail. Buntz and Goldblume tap a former gang member, Alfred Williams, to wear and wire to get evidence the gang leader. Meanwhile, Belker and Russo's bust leads the cops to the killers. Goldblume and Furillo clash over the use of Williams after the youth fears he's been exposed. The two friends later lament the separation in their friendship to their ladies. The evening is shattered as they learn Williams has killed the gang leader.
Russo "turns on" both Flaherty and a voice-activated vending machine. A lady has trouble with her Latin gigolo and Bates, Flaherty and Davenport try to help. Hill and Renko make a bust outside a methdone clinic, revive a choking drunk and deliver a baby.
guest stars: Joe Grifasi (Ronnie Delacroce), Eddie Velez (Ramon Mendez), Micole Mercurio (Sylvia Selsen), Anne Curry (Dorothy Walker), Keith Ames (Alfred Williams), Rudy Lowe (unknown), Joseph d'Angerio (unknown)
writer: Ron Koertge; director: Christian I. Nyby II
141. "The Cookie Crumbles"
Calletano returns to the Hill as a representative of the Latin American Coalition after an innocent Spanish-speaking man is shot by a cop who couldn't understand him. He squares off with Chief Daniels and threatens a suit against the department, unaware Furillo would be on the rack, not Daniels. Joyce advises Frank to tell Calletano.
Flaherty's preoccupation with Russo results in Bates getting cut while trying to nab the Sutton Street Slasher. Kate McBride relives her father's death at an awards ceremony. Goldblume is forced to kill Alfred Williams. Belker copes with a smart-mouthed thief. LaRue makes a fool of himself with a group of cheerleaders who were shot at. Hill and Renko mediate a dispute between a restuarant owner and his neighbor over a noisy marketing gimmick. A jealous Renko believes Daryl Ann is having an affair and considers one of his own. Belker begins invesigating a stolen credit card racket and is shot.
guest stars: Andy Romano (Warren Briscoe), Arthur Taxier (IAD Lt. Jim Shipman), Debi Richter (Daryl Ann), Lindsay Crouse (Kate McBride), Loanne Bishop (Mrs. Metcalf), Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Crumley), Susan Cash (Billie Jo Maxwell), John Dewey-Carter (Pontchartrain), Lawrence Tierney (Sgt. Jenkins), Steven Williams (Sutton Street Slasher), Ren Woods (Unknown)
writer: Robert Ward; director: John Patterson
142. "Dogsbreath Afternoon"
Jablonski and Robin keep a bedside vigil as Belker fights for his life. Buntz spearheads efforts to find the shooter, but his shakedown of a snitch nearly lands him in trouble. Davenport tries to help a young woman caught in the middle of the investigation. Furillo kicks himself over detective's shooting and gets a pep talk from Goldblume.
Russo and Flaherty stalk a reported lion with humorous results. After a blackmailing hooker forces Renko to be honest with Daryl Ann about his infidelity, he and Hill turn the tables on her. Hunter is nervous when the review board calls him in a day early - reinstates his lieutenancy.
guest stars: Debi Richter (Daryl Ann), Loanne Bishop (Billie Jo Maxwell)
story: George Goldsmith, Jeff Melvoin Jerome Portman; teleplay: George Goldsmith Jeff Melvoin; director: Christian I. Nyby II
143. "Days of Swine and Roses"
LaRue, Washington and Davenport work on opposides to protect the rights of a mentally disturbed young man and his frightened mother and sister. Everyone is put through the emotional wringer when the family tiff turns tragic.
A radio contest brings out the nuts, including a man trying to fly with weather balloons, a trio of gang kids who loose a pig in the station house, and LaRue tries to enter an older couple who we're arrested for having sex in a public park. Buntz busts a Russian-born shylock for fencing stolen goods and later helps Sid get out of an arm-busting assignment. Hunter's return to action as the EATer leader fizzles when a hostage situation proves to be non-existant. On the mend, Belker returns to the Hill to do some paperwork. Renko and Hill test out a new computerized patrol car - their bad luck has not waned. Jablonski's badge turns up in a hooker sweep and Belker takes care of matters. Renko and Daryl Ann's marriage troubles persist. Hunter visits a friend who believes he's unearthed an Indian burial ground in his basement and the two are trapped in a cave-in.
guest stars: Debi Richter (Daryl Ann), Don Cheadle (Darius Milton), Beverly Todd (Mrs. Milton), James Saito (Mr. Ashida), Michael Flanagan (Mr. Dahlgren), Anne Haney (Mrs. Nathan Schecter), Terrance Evans (Nathan Schecter), Tim Russ (Ben Childers), Cuba Gooding Jr. (gang kid), Michael Shillo (Unknown)
story: John Litvack David Black; teleplay: John Litvack; director: John Patterson
A football star nearing the end of his career is caught in a hooker sweep after he solicits the undercover Russo. His big gun lawyer cuts a deal to control damage to the player's image and casts the department in a good light.
Prunella returns to the Hill to look for the still missing Hunter. Belker has a rocky return to duty in an undercover at LaScali's Bakery. LaRue forms a syndicate to back Buntz in the departmental firearms competition. Frank and Joyce help his brother, Joe, get a loan to bail out his troubled construction business. The brothers seemingly shore up their somewhat-distant relationship in the process.
guest stars: Keenan Ivory Wayans (Raymond Jackson), Richard Kline (Arnold Resnick), Elizabeth Huddle (Prunella Ashton-Wilkes), Michael Durrell (Joseph Furillo), Sheila John (Mrs. Tonya Jackson), Lawrence Tierney (Sgt. Jenkins), Marshall Bell (Mike Cataldo), Lillian Adams (Mrs. LaScali), Anthony Peck (shylock), Ken Lerner (Unknown), Jon St. Elwood (unknown)
writer: Jody Taylor-Worth; director: Ken Lavet
145. "A Pound of Flesh"
The Hill faces renewed gang violence when Jesus' sister is believed kidnapped on the eve of her wedding to a Gypsy Boy. Furillo calls a gang summit and threatens a crackdown unless the girl is returned. The family saga takes an interesting turn when she shows up with a Shamrock, whom she professes to love. After some tearful persuading, the nuptials go on as planned - except for a groom change. Frank and Joyce attend the reception where more fireworks nearly occur.
IAD investigates Buntz over a kilo of cocaine missing from evidence. Furillo is informed of the probe, but is ordered to keep it under his hat. Buntz finds out anyway after Sid, who's threatening to take his trade elsewhere, sees the cops tossing Buntz' apartment and tells him. The search turns up a large sum of cash and the lieutenant is reluctant to reveal its origins. IAD suspends him. Buntz then rounds up Mary Franken (the girlfriend of Buntz' former partner, the late Tommy Donahue) to explain to Furillo where the money came from. Goldblume's first short story is published and recieves mixed reviews from his colleagues. LaRue rides an emotional rollercoaster after a perp's gun misfires three times in his face. After 11 days, Hunter is found, but the secret to his survival shocks Furillo, Chief Daniels and Prunella. Grace returns to the Hill, this time as a field rep for a condom manufacturing/distribution company. Before long, she and Flaherty succumb to their passions. Sal the plumber renovates the ladies room and continues to woo Bates.
guest stars: Arthur Taxier (IAD Lt. Jim Shipman), Elizabeth Huddle (Prunella Ashton-Wilkes), Nora Heflin (Mary Franken), Lawrence Tierney (Sgt. Jenkins), Jack Andreozzi (Sal Benaci), Kamala Lopez (Lola Martinez), Gerald Castillo (Det. Michael Benedict), Michael Flanagan (Tommy), Joseph R. Sicari (Unknown), Bryan Cranston (Unknown)
writer: Christian Williams; director: Don Weis
146. "It Ain't Over Till it's Over"
The Hill Street blues attempt business as usual after an early-morning blaze damages the station house. Rumors fly about what will happen to the precinct.
While IAD continues its probe into Buntz, he persuades Furillo to do a little investigation of his own. Furillo and Sid's efforts reveal a conspiracy by IAD's Shipman and Det. Benedict to frame the Hill Street lieutenant. Buntz manages to complicate matters when he confronts Shipman and stops him from fleeing. Meanwhile, Chief Daniels publicly vilifies Buntz, who in turn decks the chief in front of the press corps. Joyce later consoles Frank who's kicking himself for not being able to save his officer's career. Hill encounters a face from his past and is confused when he can't remember from where. Belker has IRS troubles. Bernstein announces he's leaving the DA's office for private practice in California. Goldblume teams up with an odd detective to capture the Piano Wire Killer - Davenport gives their investigation a point in the right direction. LaRue decides to beat a TV crew doing a live broadcast from a gangster's cellar to the punch. Bates agrees to go out with Sal the plumber.
guest stars: Arthur Taxier (IAD Lt. Jim Shipman), Steven Keats (Det. Penzickis), Ernie Sabella (Pauli), Jack Andreozzi (Sal Benaci), Kelly Minter (Coho), Lawrence Tierney (Sgt. Jenkins), Marc Alaimo (Gene Scapizi), Mary Jackson (Kathy), Gerald Castillo (Det. Michael Benedict), Charles Brill (Sal DiNapoli), David Selberg (Raymond)
writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch John Romano; director: Stan Lathan
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