Hill Street Blues (1981) – Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind, and Gatorbait

Anthony Yerkovich alongside series creators Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll pen the teleplay for Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind from a story by Bill Taub. It was first broadcast on 28 February, 1981.

Renko (Charles Haid) and Hill (Michael Warren) deal with problems in different ways when the suspect in their shooting is released. Hill focuses on the work, and Renko starts to lash out and rebel, falling more in line with LaRue (Kiel Martin) who makes mistakes of his own in this episode – taking a reporter along on a stakeout that goes sideways.

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) and Davenport (Veronica Hamel) work on getting Hector (Panchito Gomez) the young hostage taker into a better rehabilitation facility, but the young man is going to have to make an effort on his end.

Belker (Bruce Weitz) runs into issues with his current paramour, and Santini (Jeff Seymour) reconsiders his career as a police officer following the murder of his partner in the last episode. As the episode closes out, we learn that one of the members of the business association that wasn’t quite verging on vigilantism but was very much pursuing justice when they felt the police weren’t helping, ends up dead. Killed by a gang member.

And the shooting suspect turns himself back in, being persona non grata on the streets, and confesses to the shooting, those his testimony indicates that he doesn’t remember any of it. Was he high, is he just making it up to get off the streets?

There’s a lot going on already in the series, lots of little story threads, all presented by a helluva ensemble, and while there is still lots of melodrama, and Howard (James Sikking) is made to look like a right-wing fool on the regular, the show is finding its footing, putting forth strong stories, characters, and while racism and sexism aren’t being dealt with yet, I can hope that they will be.

Gatorbait was written by E. Jack Kaplan and debuted on 7 March, 1981.

Furillo is on a short list to be promoted to area commander, though he’s not sure he wants to give up the precinct. Renko and Hill run afoul of a homicide detective (Dolph Sweet) and his young protege (Tim Daly) when they find themselves investigating the murder of a fifteen-year-old prostitute with connections to an influential sex club.

Goldblume’s (Joe Spano) latest animal rescue a homeless cat, is making the rounds of the building, while LaRue and Washington (Taurean Blacque) plan a prank on Howard who is conducting his yearly patrol of the sewers for alligators.

And to add one further complication, Fay (Barbara Bosson), Furillo’s ex-wife has been getting harassing phone calls, and so she insists on staying with Frank until it gets resolved… so much for spending any time with Davenport.

The stuff with Howard in the sewers, and the prank played on him are great, and I hope we see more of this investigation that Renko and Hill got involved with, because it feels like something more is going on there, and that the lead investigators may be covering. Furillo even gets warned off!

Here’s hoping that thread is picked up next week as I continue my patrol with Hill Street Blues!

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