Hill Street Blues/What Are Friends For?

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What Are Friends For?
Season 6, Episode 9
Airdate December 5, 1985
Production Number 5422
Written by Dick Wolf
Directed by John Patterson
Produced by Michael Vittes
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What Are Friends For? is the ninth episode of the sixth season of Hill Street Blues, and the one hundred eleventh 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 (Lieutenant Howard Hunter), Joe Spano (Lieutenant Henry Goldblume), Taurean Blacque (Detective Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Detective J.D. LaRue), Betty Thomas (Sergeant Lucille Bates) (credit only), Ed Marinaro (Officer Joe Coffey), Dennis Franz (Lieutenant Norman Buntz)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: James Whitmore, Jr. (Tony Catina), Will Nye (Tommy Joe Page), Jon Cypher (Chief Fletcher P. Daniels), Steve Eastin (Harry Steel), Peter Jurasik (Sidney "Sid the Snitch" Thurston), Del Zamora (Detective Luis Rodriguez), Elizabeth Huddle (Prunella Ashton-Wilkes), Lisa Sutton (Officer Robin Tataglia), Ernie Sabella (Pauli), Judith Hansen (Celeste Patterson), Richard Reicheg (Martin Sallow), Paul Sylvan (Charlie Hecksher), Tom Tarpey (Ralph Eeley)

Co-Starring: Jack Jozefson (Weaver), George Clifton (Richard Sherman), David A. Penhale (Dr. Morton), John Ashley Hamilton (Duvivier), Michael Paul Chan (Smith), Arva Holt (Dr. Walters), Howard Swain (Russell), JoAnne Astrow (Lydia Marks), Raymond Patterson (Ricky Rodgers)

with Shawn Harrison (Kid), Gillian Bagwell (Pound Assistant), John Lafayette (Paramedic), James Metropole (Waiter), Arnold Johnson (Drunk)

Uncredited: Conrad Hurtt (Hill street cop)


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