Barney Miller

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1975 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • Buckholtz:: I'm a very sick man. But I've got a lot of class.

    • Fish: (on the phone) Lady, who you gonna listen to, me or your computer?
      Miller: (to Yemana) Doesn't look good.
      Fish: (to Miller) You won't believe this, but according to their records I'm deceased.
      Miller: It's probably a mistake.
      Fish: I wonder.

    • Barney: That coffee's a funny color.
      Yemana: It's maroon.
      Barney: How'd it get to be maroon?
      Yemana: It's the color spectrum. You mix brown coffee with yellow water and you got maroon.
      Barney: Why is it fizzing?
      Yemana: It's the air sneaking out of the cracks out of the cup.

    • Driscoll: You know, you look exactly like Boris Karloff.
      Fish: That's because we're both dead.

    • Yemana: It takes all kinds to make a world. That's why we're not all Chinese.

    • Barney: Look, Mr. Driscoll, if you got hustled, I guarantee you it was nobody from this precinct!
      Driscoll: All I know is, he showed me his badge, he said he was from this precinct, and he gave me a choice. Either pay through the nose or bleed through it. And, God, I already have a deviated septum.

    • Yemana: Hey, just out of curiosity, what's it feel like being dead?
      Fish: Frankly, I expected it to be much quieter.

  • Notes

    • This is the first appearance of Ray Stewart as Darryl Driscoll, the friend and implied lover of Marty Morrison. In this episode, Darryl is dressed rather flamboyantly, in a colorful sweater, shirt and pants. In later episodes, Darryl would be dressed more conservatively, usually in a shirt and tie, in contrast to Marty's outfits, which would continue to be more flamboyant. Darryl would later become a recurring character.

    • This is the first of Philip Sterling's six, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season four's "Inauguration," season five's "The Spy," season six's "The Judge," season eight's "Games," and the series finalé.

  • Allusions

    • Driscoll: You look like Boris Karloff.

      Mr. Driscoll remarks on Fish's resemblance to famous horror movie actor Boris Karloff (1887-1969). Actually born William Henry Pratt, Karloff's career stretched from the silent movie days to the 1960's. He is best rememberedfor his iconic portayal of the Frankenstein Monster.

    • Fish mentions watching a movie where old people are turned into crackers to be eaten by young people, referring to Richard Fleischer's 1973 film, Soylent Green.

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