Barney Miller

Season 2 Episode 17

Fear of Flying

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 1976 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • While Barney, Wojo and Yemana discuss how get the woman who overdosed on sleeping pills to vomit, the shadow of the boom mic is visible.

  • Quotes

    • Wojo: I got a confession to make.
      Barney: What's that?
      Wojo: I got sick on the plane.
      Barney: Oh listen, that happens to everybody. I myself have used those little bags many times.
      Wojo: What little bags?

    • Mrs. Clooney: I could've given him kids. I've got a great body for kids. I'm built like my mother. She had four boys, three daughters and one husband!

    • Mr. Clooney: Personally, I like to sit just behind the wing.
      Wojo: Nobody asked your opinion.
      Fish: People with two wives don't have opinions. They just nod a lot.

    • Wojo: Barn, do you think they'd mind if I drove to Cleveland?
      Barney: Why would you want to do a thing like that? You could fly there in an hour.
      Wojo: I just want to look at the countryside.
      Barney: Take my word for it: It looks better from up there.
      Wojo: Only... It's so high.
      Barney: Well, you got to go up in the air. Otherwise you hit the tree, the buildings...
      Wojo: I guess so. Look, Barn, I don't like to fly. I mean, it's like I'm scared or anything like that.
      Barney: No. Of course not.
      Wojo: Even little kids fly nowadays.
      Barney: Oh sure. Nothing bothers them.
      Wojo: Oh, it bothers some of them. And the rest of them... I guess they're just too dumb to know the difference.

    • Mr. Woolen: (on the $3,500 he found) Obviously, someone lost it, so I'd like to turn it in.
      Fish: Anybody see you pick it up?
      Mr. Woolen: I don't think so.
      Harris: Does anybody else know you found this money?
      Mr. Woolen: No.
      Fish: (looking in packet) There's nothing else in here. No identification. No name.
      Mr. Woolen: I realize that.
      Harris: You know, Mr. Woolen, if you ever decide to run for President, you've got my vote.

    • (after calling the hospital about a woman who overdosed on sleeping pills)
      Wojo: They're gonna be here in about 10 minutes. But in the meantime we gotta get her to empty her stomach. You know, upchuck.
      Barney: All right. Nick…
      Nick: Yeah, I know. Give her some coffee.
      Barney: And keep pouring it in her.
      Wojo: Two cups ought to do it.

  • Notes

    • This is the first of Charles Murphy's appearances as Mr. Woolen. Having turned in a small fortune he found on the street, he is told that is the money is unclaimed in four weeks he can have it. He will next appear four episodes from this (four weeks broadcast time) to claim the money in "The Kid".

    • This is the first of Jack Riley's two, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season five's "The Counterfeiter."

  • Allusions

    • Fear of Flying

      Aside from being used as the title of this episode, Harris gifts Wojo with the book of the same title to read on the plane. Fear of Flying is a 1973 novel by Erica Jong. Infamous for its frank sexuality, the novel tells the story of a married poet who decides to indulge her sexual fantasies with another man in Vienna.

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