Hill Street Blues/The Best Defense

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The Best Defense
Season 7, Episode 3
Airdate October 16, 1986
Production Number 6412
Teleplay by Steve Bello &
Robert Ward
Story by Steve Bello &
Robert Ward &
Jonathan Lemkin
Directed by John Patterson
Produced by Michael Vittes
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The Best Defense is the third episode of the seventh season of Hill Street Blues, and the one hundred twenty-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti (Captain Frank Furillo), Michael Warren (Officer Bobby Hill), Bruce Weitz (Sergeant Mick Belker), Robert Prosky (Sergeant Stan Jablonski), James B. Sikking (Sergeant Howard Hunter), Joe Spano (Lieutenant Henry Goldblume), Taurean Blacque (Detective Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Detective J.D. LaRue), Betty Thomas (Sergeant Lucille Bates), Robert Clohessy (Officer Patrick Flaherty), Dennis Franz (Lieutenant Norman Buntz)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Also Starring: Jeffrey Tambor (Judge Alan Wachtel), Trinidad Silva (Jesus Martinez), George Wyner (ADA Irwin Bernstein), Lisa Sutton (Officer Robin Tataglia)

Guest Starring: Reni Santoni (Danny Santana), William Edward Phipps (Professor Dynamite), Jeffrey Josephson (Flowers), Megan Gallagher (Officer Tina Russo)

Co-Starring: David Sage (Councilman), Wally Taylor (Uninsured Driver), Ted Harris (Eli Arnold)

Co-Starring: Joe Alfasa (Domarecki), Meshach Taylor (Con Man)

Co-Starring: John Howard Swain (Deputy Mayor), John Wesley (Ed Andrews), Howard Mungo (Summers), Billy Beck (Nut Case)

with Dean Wein (Bailiff), Matt Kanen (Melvin), Tony Montes (Gomez), Fernando Grimaldo (Heavy), Randy Gallion (Echeverra), Terry Brannon (O'Brien)

Dianne Turley Travis (Coucilwoman), Dan Woren (P.D.), Martha Hackett (Carole Greene), David Bond (Gidwitz), Joe Palese (Uniform), Peter Jolly (Bomb Squad)

Uncredited: Conrad Hurtt (Hill Street Cop), Sydney Urshan (Witness)


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