Barney Miller

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 30, 1976 on ABC

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  • A box of brownies makes for some wild times at the 12th precinct.

    Wojo brings in a box of brownies made by his new hippie-esque girl friend. Everyone in the room except Barney eagerly indulges, not knowing they contain hash. All of Barney's guys get stoned, resulting in some hilarious quotes and antics. I could list some of them here but actually seeing the facial expressions and demeanor of the guys is what makes them truly funny. Yemana, Fish, and Harris really stand out in this episode. In an aside, two elderly gentlemen of eastern European descent (apparently from one of the old "Iron Curtain" countries) are brought in for dueling out on the sidewalk with swords. One of the gentlemen is an actor and the other is a theater critic. The actor was angry at the critic's harsh review of one of his performances. Barney sits them down and explains to them how they really need each other to best do their jobs. The actor apologizes profusely to the critic, who is genuinely touched and apologizes in return. After the critic leaves the office, the actor turns to Barney with a triumphant smile and says "Now that was a performance!" TV Land ran a "Barney Miller" marathon a while back and this episode was among the ten most requested ones. Not surprising to me- this is a true classic!
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