Barney Miller

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (219)

  • Yemana: Hey, anybody want to work Vice tomorrow? Harris: Me! I'll take it! Yemana: You worked Vice last week. Harris: I'm a policeman, baby! I goes where I'm needed!

  • Barney: A situation like this happens once in a lifetime! You realize what that means? I'm safe for the rest of my life.

  • Chano: (to Chu Chu) You know what I feel like when I hear somebody screaming, 'Help! Police! Murder! Call the cops! Somebody's getting killed!' and I find a Puerto Rican beatin' the hell out of some whitey? I gotta pull out my piece and say... (switching to British accent) 'Hold on there! Hands in the air, police officer, thank you!'

  • Harry: Come on, Wogeehowicz, gimme a break. Wojo: Sure. Whadda ya want broken?

  • Elizabeth: Would you consider not going to work today and taking me for a drive in the country? Barney: Liz, you heard the radio: shootings, bombings. It's my busy season.

  • (Fish tells Barney he put the bomb in the safe) Barney: You know there was petty cash in there. Forty bucks! Fish: Take it out of my check.

  • Wilson: Hey, who belongs to this case? Yemana: It ain't mine. Wojo: Fish, maybe. Wilson: Oh, yeah, it must be Fish's. It's too classy for you guys. (Wojo gives Wilson a Bronx cheer) Yemana: Very well put.

  • Purse Owner: I want that man in jail! And I'm not afraid of reprisal! Marty: Oh, who would want to reprise you?

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Notes (395)

  • This is the first of Chu Chu Malave's three, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season six's "The Architect" and season seven's "Rachel."

  • This is the first of Jane Dulo's two, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. She can also be seen in season eight's "The Tontine."

  • This is the first of Ray Sharkey's two, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season two's "Protection."

  • Gregory Sierra, Barbara Barrie, and Ron Glass do not appear in this episode.

  • The gentleman with sunglasses who sets down the briefcase with the bomb is played by Noam Pitlik, who will eventually come to direct a majority of the shows 168 episodes, and become the show's co-producer for the last two seasons.

  • This is the first of Richard Stahl's three, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season five's "The Indian" and season eight's "Obituary."

  • Guest star Paul Lichtman will return in a new, recurring role in season two's "Heat Wave."

  • First appearance of Max Gail's hairpiece.

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Trivia (13)

  • It seems odd that if the water in the sink is frozen that the toilet water wouldn't also be frozen.

  • Gusek insists that his wings are not "chazerai." This is a Yiddish word meaning junk or trash.

  • One unusual aspect of this episode: Usually the other detectives complained about the way Yemana made the coffee; here, Yemana was the one that first complained about it.

  • This would be the beginning of the 'Harris writing a novel' story arc that would last throughout the entirety of the series.

  • Despite Barney's story about the Sperm Whale being the largest mammal alive, the Blue Whale is actually biggest animal that has ever existed.

  • Fish takes his coat off twice in successive shots.

  • Harris incorrectly identifies the quote "Who the gods would destory, they first make mad" as being by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is actually from Euripides.

  • In the last line of this episode, Fish says he's heard that they're due for some rain next week. The next episode features an unrelenting rain storm.

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Allusions (43)

  • Dr. Strangelove

    A uniformed officer disparagingly refers to Marty as Dr. Strangelove. Played by Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove was manical scientist in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black comedy Doctor Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Although this is intended as a slur on Marty's sexuality, the actual Dr. Strangelove who quite heterosexual suggesting a harem of women be supplied to survivors of nuclear war as they wait out the radiation to die down.

  • Aldous Huxley

    (1894 - 1963) An English philosopher, poet and writer best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World (1932)

  • Harris says, "there are eight million stories in the naked city and I'm going to sell me one," playing on the opening to the TV show, The Naked City.

  • Mr. Jeffers is sarcastically referred to as "The Happy Wanderer," which is a German popular song written in 1953 celebrating the joys of hiking in the outdoors.

  • Mr. Gusik breaks into an impromptu performance of "The Impossible Dream," a song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha.

  • The Green Hornet

    A crusading masked crimefighter created by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle. Secretly playboy newspaper publisher Britt Reid, the Green Hornet daringly battles criminals with the aid of his valet/chauffeur Kato and a wide array of gadgets. He first appearedon radio from 1936 to 1952, although the character has also been adapted for television, movies and comic books.

  • Harris: They must have seen Blazing Saddles by now.

    Blazing Saddles (1974) was a blockbuster satiric comedy directed by Mel Brooks. A spoof of movie westerns, the film featured a black sherriff played by Cleavon Little arriving in a steroetypical white breadOld Westtown.

  • Albert Anastasia:
    Barney tells Wentworth that one of the crimes Lenny the Confessor 'confessed' to was 'the murder of Albert Anastasia.' Barney is referring to a member of the Mafia. Anastasia ran the organization known as Murder, Inc. and was also the boss of the Gambino crime family in the 1950's.

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