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One in this series of police dramas about the personal and professional lives of the officers of Hill Street Station, a precinct located in a run-down urban area. In this episode, political rumblings are evident when a black precinct captain announces his candidacy for mayor. Also, Captain Furillo is ordered to place four officers in a pornographic palace in a different precinct. While the officers deal with the palace's proprietor, Officer Bates is attacked and injured by a customer who is high on drugs. Meanwhile, Officers Hill and Renko are called for backup on a prowler case at an apartment complex; as they arrive they hear gunshots inside and upon entering the apartment they find Officer Perez standing over a dead child. At the precinct, Perez explains the incident to Internal Affairs, saying he saw a gun that happened to be a toy gun. Meanwhile, the undercover officers are narrowing down the targets of their porn palace investigation, but the other cops stationed there are disturbed by the presence of extra law enforcement. Also, everyone is shocked to learn that the mother of the dead child will be charged with negligence and endangerment for leaving her son home alone. Distraught over the incident, Perez confronts the grieving mother to apologize. As the program concludes, Bates heads back to the hospital as her injury worsens, and Furillo receives a phone call about Perez. Commercials deleted.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the Bell Atlantic Foundation, 1998.


  • DATE: November 10, 1983 Thursday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:49:15
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:14598
  • GENRE: Drama, police; Drama, night-time serial
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, night-time serial; Drama, police
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1981-1987


  • Steven Bochco … Executive Producer, Created by, Writer
  • Scott Brazil … Supervising Producer
  • Sascha Schneider … Producer
  • Jeffrey Lewis … Producer, Writer
  • David Latt … Associate Producer
  • Arthur Allan Seidelman … Director
  • Michael Kozoll … Created by
  • Peter Silverman … Writer
  • David Milch … Writer
  • Travanti, Daniel J. (See also: Travanty, Dan) … Cast, Captain Frank Furillo
  • Michael Conrad … Cast, Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
  • Michael Warren … Cast, Officer Bobby Hill
  • Bruce Weitz … Cast, Detective Mick Belker
  • James B. Sikking … Cast, Lt. Howard Hunter
  • Joe Spano … Cast, Lt. Henry Goldblume
  • Barbara Bosson … Cast, Fay Furillo
  • Taurean Blacque … Cast, Detective Neal Washington
  • Kiel Martin … Cast, Detective J.D. LaRue
  • Rene Enriquez … Cast, Lt. Ray Calletano
  • Betty Thomas … Cast, Officer Lucille Bates
  • Ed Marinaro … Cast, Officer Joe Coffey
  • Charles Haid … Cast, Officer Andy Renko
  • Veronica Hamel … Cast, Joyce Davenport
  • Alfre Woodard … Cast, Doris Robson
  • Tony Perez … Cast, Officer Mike Perez
  • Jon Cypher … Cast, Daniels
  • Robert Hirschfeld … Cast, Leo
  • Terry Alexander … Cast, Quincy
  • Olivia Brown … Cast, Vicki
  • Marley Sims … Cast, Liz
  • Arthur Taxier … Cast, the IAD Investigator
  • Jim Edgcomb … Cast, the IAD Investigator
  • Michael Cunningham … Cast, Kolzicki
  • Tony Mumolo … Cast, Dt. Armagast
  • Bumper Robinson … Cast, Jimmy
  • Julie Lloyd … Cast, the Reporter
  • Michael Karm … Cast, the Reporter
  • Ron Ross … Cast, the Customer
  • Kenny Tessel … Cast, the Customer
  • Nomi Mitty … Cast, the Nurse
  • Biff Yeager … Cast, the Cop
  • Sam Groom … Cast, Dr. Stuart
  • Milton Selzer … Cast, Murray Kaplan
  • J.A. Preston … Cast, Ozzie Cleveland
  • Larry D. Mann … Cast, Judge Lee Oberman
  • Ron Parady … Cast, Mahoney
  • George Wyner … Cast, Irwin Bernstein
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