HILL STREET BLUES: QUEEN FOR A DAY (TV)

Summary

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, Belker continues his undercover operation, as do Betty and Patsy, who are posing as prostitutes. Hill is still angry about Renko's dangerous mistake, and Hunter pesters Furillo about a certain useful "prototype." Goldblume angrily confronts Garibaldi over his aggressive flirtation with Fay in the squad room, and Belker is annoyed when Renko is reassigned to work with him. They soon meet with Teddy, the informant who is helping to set up an important drug buy with a dangerous dealer, Alonzo. Davenport tells Furillo that she may soon have her job back after all, revealing that Chapman is going to be fired because of her drug use. Furillo then realizes that he has forgotten their wedding anniversary and Goldblume, happily in love with Gina, advises him about appropriately romantic presents. Alonzo is suspicious of Renko's presence and they soon come to blows, though Belker manages to smooth things over without blowing their covers.

Davenport meets with Bernstein and tells him that, despite her frustrations with the police department, she has decided not to stay in the D.A.'s office because of "the system's" unfair treatment of the poor. Chief Daniels checks up on the female officers, and the other cops then arrest Arnold Solomon when he attempts to hire Betty for a "date." Coffey, also undercover as a sex worker, is upset when he is forced to arrest his former high school football coach, Beasley, for trying to pick him up. Hunter meets with Corporal Shellcop, a somewhat unhinged veteran who sells him a modified military tank for "urban peace enforcement," heartily approved by Daniels. Chapman, summoned to represent Solomon, is annoyed to learn that he is not indigent and merely wants to spare himself the embarrassment of calling the family lawyer. She furiously accuses Davenport of getting her fired, but Furillo pulls her aside and calls her out on her cocaine addiction. She protests that she needs the drugs to cope with her highly stressful duties, but he firmly urges her to enter a rehabilitation program. Beasley begs Coffey not to ruin his life by charging him with solicitation, and Furillo hunts for an affordable gift at a jewelry store.

Rivera asks Hill about his "breakup" with Renko and offers to be his new partner, but he is then mildly injured thanks to a miscommunication with Hill as they chase an armed thief through an alley. Solomon attempts to dodge charges by providing information about a possible drug den, and Jablonski advises an uncertain Coffey to "lose Beasley's paperwork" only if he is truly sure that he is not a criminal. Furillo learns that the location mentioned by Solomon is in fact where Belker and Renko are stationed, and everyone is shocked when Hunter drives his new tank straight into the building and makes the arrests. Furillo chastises him, upset that he went over his head and got permission from Daniels, feeling that using military equipment against civilians is "just plain wrong." Goldblume asks Garibaldi to bring Fay along to dinner with himself and Gina to bury the hatchet, and Coffey decides to book Beasley after all. Hill apologizes to Renko, stating that he made a dangerous mistake of his own with Rivera and admitting that his inability to forgive easily has negatively affected his other relationships. Davenport notes that Furillo went "the extra yard" to help Chapman, and she is delighted when he surprises her with an elegant anniversary gift. Goldblume and Garibaldi's double date goes surprisingly well and Goldblume reflects on the meaning of happiness. However, his joy is shattered when a gunman suddenly appears and murders Gina in cold blood. Commercials deleted.

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: April 11, 1985 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:48:37
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: B:66595
  • GENRE: Drama, police/detective
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, police/detective; LGBTQ+ Collection - Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1981-1987
  • COMMERCIALS: N/A

CREDITS

  • Steven Bochco … Executive Producer, Created by, Writer
  • Gregory Hoblit … Co-Executive Producer, Director
  • Scott Brazil … Supervising Producer
  • Jeffrey Lewis … Producer, Writer
  • David Milch … Co-Producer, Writer
  • Ellen S. Pressman … Associate Producer
  • Michael Kozoll … Created by
  • Mark Frost … Writer
  • Jacob Epstein … Writer
  • Elia Katz … Writer
  • Mike Post … Music by
  • Daniel J. Travanti … Cast, Capt. Frank Furillo
  • Michael Warren … Cast, Officer Bobby Hill
  • Bruce Weitz … Cast, Sgt. Mick Belker
  • Robert Prosky … Cast, Sgt. Stan Jablonski
  • James B. Sikking … Cast, Lt. Howard Hunter
  • Joe Spano … Cast, Det. Henry Goldblume
  • Barbara Bosson … Cast, Fay Furillo
  • Taurean Blacque … Cast, Det. Neal Washington
  • Kiel Martin … Cast, Officer J.D. LaRue
  • René Enriquez … Cast, Lt. Ray Calletano
  • Betty Thomas … Cast, Officer Lucy Bates
  • Ed Marinaro … Cast, Officer Joe Coffey
  • Mimi Kuzyk … Cast, Det. Patsy Mayo
  • Ken Olin … Cast, Det. Harry Garibaldi
  • Charles Haid … Cast, Officer Andrew Renko
  • Veronica Hamel … Cast, Joyce Davenport
  • James Tolkan … Cast, Coach Beasley
  • Jon Cypher … Cast, Chief Fletcher Daniels
  • Jennifer Tilly … Cast, Gina Srignoli
  • George Wyner … Cast, Irwin Bernstein
  • Frances McDormand … Cast, Connie Chapman
  • Felton Perry … Cast, Alonzo
  • Richard Yniguez … Cast, Officer Rivera
  • Ernie Sabella … Cast, Paulie Shellcop
  • Steven Franken … Cast, Arnold Solomon
  • J.E. Freeman … Cast, Teddy
  • Robert Hirschfeld … Cast, Leo Schnitz
  • Ellen Blake … Cast, Natalie DeRoy
  • Brian Greene … Cast, John
  • Barry Dennen … Cast, Salesman
  • Robert Hanley … Cast, Attorney
  • Richard Green … Cast, Chauffeur
  • Elias Jacob … Cast, Store Owner
  • Brent Jennings … Cast, Man
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