Hill Street Blues

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 22

    It Ain't Over Till It's Over

    Aired 5/12/87

  • S 7 : Ep 21

    A Pound of Flesh

    Aired 5/5/87

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    The Runner Falls on His Kisser

    Aired 4/7/87

  • S 7 : Ep 19

    Days of Swine and Roses

    Aired 3/31/87

  • S 7 : Ep 18

    Dogsbreath Afternoon

    Aired 3/17/87

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Wyner

    ADA Irwin Bernstein (recurring, 1984-87)

  • James B. Sikking

    Lt. Howard Hunter

  • Jon Cypher

    Chief Fletcher P. Daniels

  • Charles Haid

    Andy Renko

  • Michael Conrad

    Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (1981-1984)

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  • 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.

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  • Quotes (202)

    • Sgt. Esterhaus: Let's be careful out there.

    • Frank: I'm sending in Goldblume, see if we can open communication, diffuse the situation. It's by the book, Howard. Howard: (snorts) Goldblume! Goldblume couldn't diffuse a roll of kosher toilet paper.

    • Phil: But then I met Cindy. Overnight, my life turned around! Fay: (sniffling, drying her eyes from crying) Oh, yeah? All, that's terrific, I'm glad to hear that! Are you thinking of getting re-married? Phil: As soon as she graduates. Fay: She's a college student? Phil: High school. She's a graduating senior.

    • Esterhaus: You look flushed, Francis. I can keep shop; Cindy's at marching band practice until ten o'clock.

    • Dispatcher: Dispatch . . . We have a 911 . . . Armed Robbery in progress . . . See Surplus Store, corner Peoples' Drive, 124th Street . . .

    • Lucy Bates: (to the just-restrained Angel Dust-using suspect) Take it easy, baby, take it easy. Nobody's gonna hurt you, you hear me? We're gonna take you to the hospital, now. You understand what I'm saying to you? Huh? (with only a head-turn, to another restraining officer) Don't think I don't know who was coppin' a cheap feel durin' the fight, huh?

    • Furillo: Look at this! You got the address wrong on the warrant. Esterhaus: (overlapping) Captain, we never shoulda stopped doing these in pencil. Furillo: ...so when the man understandably objects to being arrested, Earps here hits him with a board! Earps: We had to, boss. We couldn't get his attention.

    • Frank: What is that stuff? Howard: Oh, that's my tobacco. It's imported from Indonesia. Frank: Great aroma. Howard: You might start thinking about Indonesia, Frank. Some little dugout up in the bamboo. If I were you, I'd consider it. Frank: Why is that, Howard? Howard: Judas Priest, Frank! You've got the Commander-in-Chief on the front burner and you're standing around here with your pants around your support hose!

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    Notes (118)

    • Originally, the characters of Hill and Renko were supposed to have died in this episode, but they proved so popular that the creators brought them back.

    • Hill Street Blues was the first weekly television series to receive $1,000,000 from the network to film a single episode.

    • The opening credit sequence was shot in Chicago.

    • Co-creator Steven Bochco and actors James Sikking and Joe Spano provided DVD commentary for this episode.

    • Gerry Black is credited in this episode as "Detective." He is not referred to as Detective Alfred Chesley until the second episode.

    • This episode was the series pilot, which was screened for "select" viewers in rooms specially-equipped with feed-back devices which allowed each viewer to signal (dis)approval instantly. The series was the lowest-rated show that was picked-up for the 1980-81 season, and NBC shelved it until its January 17th premiere as a midseason replacement.

    • This episode was aired in 1999 as part of a TV Land salute to Emmy award-winning shows of the past.

    • "Hill Street Station" was the original (or "working") name for the series, during its pre-pickup period. After NBC accepted the series, this name was applied to the pilot episode. Also, the series was originally going to be shot in black and white and in a style quite similar to a PBS documentary, but NBC nixed it.

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    Trivia (24)

    • 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.

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    Allusions (27)

    • Howard: (speaking about the President, who's due for a visit to the precinct) I don't support the man's gutless politics, but he's still our Commander-in-Chief. Allusion: Howard is alluding to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, and widely criticized for his impotent foreign policy. Interestingly, this episode aired just two days after Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, was sworn in as the nation's 40th president.

    • The title of this episode refers to the film "Mean Streets."

    • The title is an allusion to the Cold War novel by John le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

    • none: the name of the episode
      "Some Like It Hot-Wired" refers to the classic 1959 comedy movie "Some Like It Hot," about two 20's-era jazz musicians who don women's clothing to avoid getting rubbed out by gangsters.

    • The thief whom Belker catches stealing the skis gives his name as "Jean Claude Killy." Killy was a legendary champion alpine skier, the pinnacle of his success coming in the 1968 Olympics.

    • Belker: Last name first. Eddie: Dubois. Belker: (looks at him funny but types it) First name? Eddie: Blanche. Allusion: Blanche DuBois was a woman in Tennessee William's famous play "A Streetcar Named Desire."

    • Renko: "I've got to take my morning sit-down"
      After Renko's bowels are put on hold for a marital dispute, he's forced to go to a bathroom where a man's head is wedged next to a toilet. Two months earlier, the broadcast code governing television expression had been effectively declared unconstitutional. One of the prohibitions of the code was against showing toilet bowls. This, combined with Renko's subsequent smashing of the bowl, is a great reference to the artistic and expressive ground that the show was breaking, as well as a slap to the censorship television was and still is being liberated from.

    • Esterhaus: "Your recourse to obscenity will be fresh and vital"
      During roll call, a memo from chief daniels is mentioned that recounts how officers are swearing too much in front of citizens. Alternatives to those words are written on the blackboard, including "gosh," "fudge," "dang" and several others. Ralph Daniels was the head censor at NBC at the time, and this is a dig at the constant battles that Bochco and Kozoll constantly had with NBC censors. Still, they slipped a "slut" and a "bastard" into this, and through the alternatives made all the viewers think of George Carlin's seven words.

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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • The Music!

    By TerryDoyle, Jun 05, 2012

  • The quintessential cop show

    By jawsthecabbie, Jan 08, 2009

  • It is one of best shows ever.

    By brain57, Feb 03, 2008

  • Really best cop show that set the bar of other shows!

    By JPPT1974, Oct 17, 2007

  • Fantastic show

    By halfaulkner, Sep 13, 2007

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