Barney Miller

Season 6 Episode 8

The Desk

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 1979 on ABC
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A former master criminal becomes a walking zombie following his lobotomy; a man is unable to use the telephone after being mugged because he's Amish.

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    Hal Linden

    Hal Linden

    Capt. Barney Miller

    Ron Glass

    Ron Glass

    Det. Ron Harris

    Ron Carey

    Ron Carey

    Officer Carl Levitt

    Steve Landesberg

    Steve Landesberg

    Detective Arthur Dietrich

    Max Gail

    Max Gail

    Det. Stan Wojciehowicz

    James Gregory

    James Gregory

    Inspector Frank Luger

    Jeff Corey

    Jeff Corey

    Caleb Webber

    Guest Star

    Don Calfa

    Don Calfa

    Gilbert Lesco

    Guest Star

    Alex Henteloff

    Alex Henteloff

    Arnold Ripner

    Guest Star

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      • Ripner: It's "Cuckoo's Nest" all over again!


        Referring to Mr. Lesco's operation Ripner cites One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Originally a 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, it was turned into an Oscar winning movie in 1976. The story follows Randle McMurphy, a schemer who fakes insanity in order to get out of a prison sentence. Committed to a mental hospital in Oregon, McMurphy finds hismself trapped in the system and in conflict with the hospital authorities. (spoiler) Eventually, in order to control his behavior, the hospital staff destroy McMurphy by performing a lobotomy on him.

      • Dr. Demento


        Ripner insultingly refers to Dr. Prentice as Dr. Demento. Barret Eugene Hansen adpoted the name Doctor Demento in 1970 as the host of aweekly radio show that spotlighted odd, unusual and bizarre novelty songs. The Doctor Demento Show was broadcast from 1974 to 2011 and continues todayin an online version.

      • Ripner: The icepick cometh!


        Confronting Dr. Prentice with his lobotomy of Mr. Lesco, Arnold Ripner paraphrases the title of Eugene O'Neill's classic play The Iceman Cometh (1939). Although he critically acclaimedAmerican tragedy has nothing to do with brain surgery,the ice pick has been stereotypically associated with lobotomies since its earliest days.

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