Hill Street Blues

Season 1 Episode 3

Politics as Usual

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 22, 1981 on NBC
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Hill and Renko decide to split up, only to reconsile after a breakdown; LaRue is offered a bribe by a drug dealer who turns out to be a cop; Furillo tries to negotiate with the Bloods and Shamrocks to ensure a peaceful Presidential tour; Belker agrees to a blind date; Fay is arrested in a hot tub.moreless

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Taurean Blacque

Taurean Blacque

Det. Neal Washington

Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Officer Bobby Hill

Charles Haid

Charles Haid

Andy Renko

Michael Conrad (I)

Michael Conrad (I)

Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (1981-1984)

Veronica Hamel

Veronica Hamel

Joyce Davenport

Daniel J. Travanti

Daniel J. Travanti

Captain Frank Furillo

Art Evans

Art Evans

Driver #2

Guest Star

David Moody

David Moody

Driver #1

Guest Star

Gary Van Orman

Gary Van Orman

Sneed

Guest Star

Dan Hedaya

Dan Hedaya

Ralph Macafee

Recurring Role

David Caruso

David Caruso

Shamrock

Recurring Role

Bobby F. Ellerbee

Bobby F. Ellerbee

Blood

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Frank: What is that stuff?
      Howard: Oh, that's my tobacco. It's imported from Indonesia.
      Frank: Great aroma.
      Howard: You might start thinking about Indonesia, Frank. Some little dugout up in the bamboo. If I were you, I'd consider it.
      Frank: Why is that, Howard?
      Howard: Judas Priest, Frank! You've got the Commander-in-Chief on the front burner and you're standing around here with your pants around your support hose!

    • Belker: (answering his phone) Hill Street, Detective Belker... hi, Ma... I'm booking a pick-pocket... Ma, you're not having a heart attack, so why don't you just give it to me straight...chuckles "Standing in the window with binoculars?" Why is that such a bad thing? So what if he's a peeping tom, the man is 83 years old! All he's got left is his peep! … Ma…Ma…Ma! I am not arresting my own father, and that's that!

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Howard: (speaking about the President, who's due for a visit to the precinct) I don't support the man's gutless politics, but he's still our Commander-in-Chief.

      Allusion: Howard is alluding to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, and widely criticized for his impotent foreign policy. Interestingly, this episode aired just two days after Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, was sworn in as the nation's 40th president.

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