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Season 2 Episode 1

It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

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Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1987 on NBC
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It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
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It's the first day back at Benjamin Harrison, the first day there period for smart alec transfer student Snyder. Joe tries to break up a fight between two black students -- one of whom has a gun -- and winds up shot. Mary Caitlin, who got splattered with Joe's blood, feels guilty because she was too afraid to ride in the ambulance with everybody else, but Matthew comforts her by saying Joe's alright. Gus blows up at Mrs. Biederman, and accuses her of being a racist after she bitches about the shooter, Bobby Devlin. Students and faculty alike discuss how Bobby threw his scholarship to Princeton away. One of Sara's students convinces her to have her class write papers about how the shooting affected them personally. Mary Caitlin confesses to Matthew that she wants him. Jack gets cranky when the school board assigns Mrs. Molina, rather than him, to run things while Joe is recovering. Even though he never taught Bobby, Gus visits him in juvenile detention. Bobby confesses that he didn't mean to shoot Joe and the only reason he was carrying the gun was because he was afraid of the rest of the neighborhood, who have been tormenting him and calling him white due to his scholarship. Gus then goes to talk to Tony, who was the one Bobby was fighting with. Tony says the bullet that hit Joe was meant for him, but he refuses to say why Bobby tried to shoot him. Jack drops by Joe's place, but not to wish him well; Jack shows him the letter he's written to the board with his plans to transfer if they don't remove Mrs. Molina. Jack's mention of Joe returning to work in two or three weeks causes Joe to erupt and throw Jack out of his house. Snyder thinks Sara is sot. Gus continues his investigation by talking to Bobby's former boss, who tells Gus he fired Bobby for being a hoodlum. Sara confesses to Harry that she caught Bobby carrying around cocaine prior to the shooting, but didn't report it because she didn't want him to lose his scholarship. Matthew shows Mary Caitlin himself nude. Gus completes his "investigation" by talking with his mother, who says Bobby was afraid for his life. Jack is horrified when his ultimatum backfires -- the school keeps Mrs. Molina there and grants his transfer. Joe decides to drop by the school for a visit, against Carol's wishes. Snyder doesn't know how to write a paper on a guy he didn't even know. Gus is gurious when he finds out Sara turned her back on what Bobby did. Joe's visit to the school triggers some frightening flashbacks -- so much so that he doesn't even notice Roz trying to talk to him. Mary Caitlin burns her blood-splattered dress, then shows Matthew herself nude. Gus attacks Tony to find out the rest of the story -- Bobby was selling him dope and the deal went bad. Due to his violent mood swings, Carol nearly walks out on Joe. Snyder gets caught with someone else's paper on Joe. Roz says in her paper that she thinks Joe is afraid of her now, because she's black. Joe gathers up the courage to return to work.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Gus Butterfield (as Mykel T. Williamson)

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Principal Joe Danzig

Jerry Levine

Jerry Levine

Matthew Littman (episode 3+)

Nicholas Pryor

Nicholas Pryor

Jack Felspar

Kathryn Harrold

Kathryn Harrold

Sara Newhouse

David Wilson (VI)

David Wilson (VI)

Harry Barnes

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Bobby Devlin

Guest Star

Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Ji-Tu Cumbuka

The Drink Guy

Guest Star

Christopher M. Brown

Christopher M. Brown

Tony

Guest Star

Janet Carroll

Janet Carroll

Carol Danzig

Recurring Role

Betty Karlen

Betty Karlen

Mrs. Biederman

Recurring Role

Adam Carl

Adam Carl

Snyder

Recurring Role

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