Hill Street Blues/Politics as Usual

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Politics as Usual
Season 1, Episode 2
Airdate January 22, 1981
Production Number 0402
Written by Michael Kozoll,
Steven Bochco
Directed by Robert Butler
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Politics as Usual is the second episode of the first season of Hill Street Blues.

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti (Captain Frank Furillo), Michael Conrad (Sergeant Phil Esterhaus), Michael Warren (Officer Bobby Hill), Bruce Weitz (Detective 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 Callentano), Betty Thomas (Officer Lucille Bates)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: Dan Hedaya (Ralph Macafee)

Co-Starring: David Caruso (Shamrock Tommy Mann), Bobby Ellerbee (Blood), Art Evans (Driver #2), David Moody (Driver #1), Nick Savage (Pickpocket), Bob Harders (Unger), Jonathan Dasteel (Lamonica), Gary Van Orman (Sneed)

with Alma Beltran (Tenant), John Brandon (Lt. John Walsh), Joe Rosario (Puerto Rican Suspect), Julia Calderón (Abused Woman), Lou Joffred (DiCostanza)


Plot Overview

As the gang negotiations continue, cop Johnny LaRue gets in trouble accepting a bribe from a drug-dealing fellow cop, and Furillo's ex-wife is busted on possession.


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