Barney Miller (1975–1982)
8.6/10
52
1 user

Hostage 

A prisoner holds the squad at gunpoint. A ventriloquist insists he's not responsible for his dummy's insensitive remarks. Harris finally finds an apartment in the Village.

Director:

Hal Linden

Writers:

Reinhold Weege (teleplay by), Chris Hayward (story by) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Jack Soo ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
James Gregory ... Inspector Frank Luger
Oliver Clark ... Vern Bidell
Don Calfa ... Leon Bidell
Alix Elias ... Louise Helton
Earle Towne Earle Towne ... Oscar Leeds
Mari Gorman ... Officer Rosslyn Licori
Edit

Storyline

A prisoner holds the squad at gunpoint. A ventriloquist insists he's not responsible for his dummy's insensitive remarks. Harris finally finds an apartment in the Village.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four D Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Vern Bidell: Leon, one way or another, they'll get us. It's no use.
Leon Bidell: Don't say that.
Vern Bidell: It won't work, Leon.
Leon Bidell: Well, if you're gonna lose your enthusiasm, give me the gun.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hal Linden directs his second episode
8 May 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Hostage" marked the second time that Hal Linden himself directed an episode, after "Corporation" earlier that season, and "Old Love," toward the very end. Similar to the pilot in that a suspect tries to take the squad room hostage, with the second of three appearances from Mari Gorman's Officer Rosslyn Licori. Habitual criminal Leon Bidell (Don Calfa, third of seven) and brother Leon (Oliver Clark, third of six) lock everybody in the cell while they try to figure out what to do next. Yemana is absent for the second straight episode, but both Luger and Levitt are present and accounted for, with Alix Elias (first of two) as the victim of crude remarks made by a dummy named Sammy voiced by blameless ventriloquist Oscar Leeds (Earle Towne). She herself has a few harsh words for him: "you're a sick piece of wood!" Inspector Luger introduces himself to the 'puppet' (Luger: "what's with the dummy Barney, escape from a lumber yard?"). After some choice words from Sammy, Luger reaches a logical conclusion: "snotty little knothole, ain't he?" (Earle Towne doesn't compare favorably to SOAP's Jay Johnson). Harris is overjoyed to find an apartment in Greenwich Village, though he does admit that Dietrich makes a "damn good quiche lorraine."


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed