Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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Politics as Usual 

Things heat up between the gangs on the hill as the president plans his walking tour.


Robert Butler


Michael Kozoll (created by), Steven Bochco (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel J. Travanti ... Capt. Frank Furillo
Michael Conrad ... Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
Michael Warren ... Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz ... Sgt. Mick Belker
James Sikking ... Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Joe Spano ... Det. Henry Goldblume
Barbara Bosson ... Fay Furillo
Taurean Blacque ... Det. Neal Washington
Kiel Martin ... Officer J.D. LaRue
René Enríquez ... Lt. Ray Calletano (as Rene Enriquez)
Betty Thomas ... Officer Lucy Bates
Charles Haid ... Officer Andrew Renko
Veronica Hamel ... Joyce Davenport
Dan Hedaya ... Ralph Macafee
David Caruso ... Shamrock


Hill and Renko finally deal with the issues left over from their near fatal shooting. LaRue finds himself under investigation when a dirty cop corners him with a bribe during a bust gone bad. Belker agrees to a blind date set up by his Mom. Furillo's problems with women continue, when his ex-wife Fay first hits him with an attorney's letter requesting more child support, then he has to leave Joyce's apartment late one night to bail Fay out of jail after being arrested for being naked in a hot tub. Written by Spirit

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Release Date:

22 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Color (DeLuxe)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Renko and Bobby are at the scene of the fender bender. Renko goes back to the car to get the form for the accident report. As he returns from the car, he takes a pen out of his shirt pocket. A minute later, he takes the pen out of his shirt pocket again. See more »


Capt. Frank Furillo: I got half a dozen report cards from civilians who seem to think you're a couple of out-patients from county psychiatric; what the hell's wrong with you?
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"Politics as Usual" marked another fine ep of "Hill Street Blues"
5 April 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This third ep of the late Steven Bochco's "Hill Street Blues" continues the planning of the visit of the President as well as Hill and Renko's issues with each other concerning the aftermath of both being shot. Meanwhile, Furillo is also having to deal with his ex-wife's suing for more child support payments and LaRue has to deal with his getting some money from an arrest of another officer from another precinct. Once again, Bochco and Michael Kozoll wrote another fine ep of "HSB" with a nice surprise from Bochco's then-wife Barbara Bosson playing Fay Furillo, Frank's ex, with a little less shrillness after it's discovered what happened to her at the end of this ep, "Politics as Usual". Highly recommended.

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