Hill Street Blues/The Second Oldest Profession

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The Second Oldest Profession
Season 2, Episode 4
Airdate November 19, 1981
Production Number 8005-1404
Teleplay by Steven Bochco,
Anthony Yerkovich,
Robert Crais
Story by Michael Kozoll,
Steven Bochco,
Anthony Yerkovich
Directed by Robert Butler
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The Second Oldest Profession is the fourth episode of the second season of Hill Street Blues, and the twenty-first episode overall.

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 Blacques (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 (as Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (as Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: Barbara Babcock (Grace Gardner), Danny Glover (Jesse John Hudson), Sandy McPeak (Mac MacAllister), Jon Cypher (Chief Fletcher P. Daniels), Cindy Fisher (Lorie)

Also Starring: Rosanna Huffman (Rachel Goldblume), M.E. Loree (Samantha McBride)

Co-Starring: Robert Hirschfeld (Leo Schmitz), C.C.H. Pounder (Jasmine)

with Barbara Jane Edelman (Vera), Odette Mitchell (Tamara), Steven Kavner (Dobbs), Bill Gentry (Obradovitch), Charlene Jones (Buffy)


Plot Overview

Bates makes an error in judgment when she allows a junkie prostitute to shoot up prior to arresting her only to have the hooker nearly die from an overdose. Furillo demands that Davenport become more open about their romantic relationship.


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The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments