Hill Street Blues

Season 3 Episode 21

Buddy, Can You Spare a Heart?

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 05, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Neither Fay Furillo nor Joyce Davenport appear in this episode.

    • In the scene in which Reggie/Carl/T.J. jumps out the window to commit suicide, he is seen falling backwards out of the window, which is at least four stories high. In the next scene, he is talking audibly to Goldblume on the sidewalk before passing away. Even if someone could survive such a fall backwards, how the head trauma would not be such that he'd even be conscious, let alone talking, is completely unrealistic.

  • Quotes

    • LaRue: (presenting a cow's heart, which he tries to pass of as Buddy Gannett's, for the bet) Hey, Benedetto. Check it out. I don't know too much about anatomy, gentlemen, but that sure looks like a heart to me.
      Benedetto: Lame, LaRue, no sale.
      LaRue: Hey, whoa whoa…what are you talking about? We don't dig bookies that welch up here! That's Buddy Gannett's ticker!
      Benedetto: Yeah? And where's his udder?
      LaRue: What's he mean?
      Washington: I think the man means, he believes that's a cow's heart, J.D.
      LaRue: Bull.
      Benedetto: Could be.

    • LaRue: (about Benedetto) The guy's a snail, Neal! He leaves a trail of slime wherever he goes!

    • Benedetto: Let a broad find out she can get away with busting your chops and it's "goodnight nurse."

    • Howard: One might argue that a DJ and a junkie are not worlds apart on the evolutionary ladder.

    • Mick: (watching lustily after the chicken heart LaRue picks up from the butcher) What are you going to do with it, LaRue? I mean, after you're finished snookering Benedetto?
      LaRue: What do you mean, "what am I going to do with it?"
      Mick: Best thing is to boil it. And you grind it into a pate, you stuff blintzes in it…I'm telling you, you never tasted anything so good!
      LaRue: What, do I look like some kind of urban cannibal here? That's Buddy Gennett's heart – a human being!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • LaRue: (sarcastically to LaRue, who is defending Benedetto) Hey, what is this, Brian's Song? Okay, you brought a tear to my heart.

      Allusion: LaRue is alluding to the 1971 film Brian's Song, which depicted a white man and a black man competing for spots on the same team and who end up becoming dear friends.