Hill Street Blues/Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree
Season 2, Episode 5
Airdate December 3, 1981
Production Number 8005-1409
Written by Jeffrey Lewis
Directed by Rod Holcomb
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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree is the fifth episode of the second season of Hill Street Blues, and the twenty-second episode overall.

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti (Captain Frank Furillo), Michael Conrad (Sergeant Phil Esterhaus), Michael Warren (Officer Bobby Hill), Bruce Weitz (Sergeant Mick Belker), James B. Sikking (Lieutenant Howard Hunter), Joe Spano (Detective Henry Goldblume), Barbara Bosson (Fay Furillo) Taurean Blacque (Detective Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Detective J.D. LaRue), Rene Enriquez (Lieutenant Ray Calletano), Betty Thomas (Officer Lucille Bates), Ed Marinaro (Officer Joe Coffey)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: Barbara Babcock (Grace Gardiner), Jeffrey Tambor (Attorney Alan Wachtel), Allan Rich (Judge Maurice Schilling)

Co-Starring: Ralph Manza (Morris Wine), Essex Smith (Maxwell Jenkins), Mickey Morton (Stanley Felt), Gene Bua (Costa), East Carlo (Coin Thief), Perla Walter (Mother), Claudio Martinez (Brother)

with Fran Tarkenton (Sportscaster), Tony Perez (Perez), Robin Coleman (Coley), Sumi Haru (Public Defender), Michael Leon (Kid), Lydia Nicole (Girl), Marcelino Sanchez (Tall Kid), Dean Wein (Court Officer)


Plot Overview

Washington and LaRue are accused of entrapment, and a major gang war seems imminent when a ten-year-old girl is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting.


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The Show

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