This groundbreaking and award-winning NBC crime drama provided a very realistic view into the lives of the dedicated cops and detectives of an urban police station. From January 1981 to August 1986, the show ran on Thursdays at 10/9 Central, with occasional repeats on Saturdays at 10/9 Central. From August 1986 to August 1987 first-run episodes aired Tuesdays at 10/9 Central.
In this episode Furillo doesn't seem to understand what a gang member means when the man asks what 'the sugar' is (a reward for doing something, usually sex or drugs). In the pilot, however, Furillo had no problem understanding the very same idiom when Jesus Martinez used it.
In the beginning of the episode Furillo is standing in his office talking to Henry and holding a cat. He's holding the cat so that it's draped over his forearm, away from his body facing Henry, but in the split second that it pans from Furillo to Henry and then back to Furillo, the cat is in a different position, nestled against Furillo's chest.
When Howard is demonstrating the miniature tank in front of the chief and the commissioner, the tank changes positions three times in the model of Sniper Alley, in between shots when Howard demonstrates the flame thrower.
We learn in this episode that Phil's middle name is Freemason.
Phil's fiancee Cindy makes an appearance in this episode for the first and last time.
We learn in this episode that Furillo's middle name is Xavier, and that he's just turned 40 years old.
The establishing shot of the restaurant in which Phil and Mac go to lunch is Gene and Georgetti's, a well known Chicago steakhouse which has been in business on the corner of Franklin and Illinois in Chicago since 1941.
This episode aired on Saturday 17th July 1982 at 11pm in the UK by ITV contractor Television South West.