Hill Street Blues (1981) – Life, Death, Eternity, and I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin

Gregory Hoblit and Lee David Zlotoff penned Life, Death, Eternity which first aired on 14 March, 1981.

Hey look! There’s Dwight Schultz!

There’s no heat in the precinct (and the repairman has dropped dead) while Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) continues the investigation of the murdered prostitute, which may interfere with his chances of being promoted to commander, especially when the suspect that they have in custody tells them that the murder was committed by a high-profile politician. Schneider (Dolph Sweet) laughs it off, but Davenport (Veronica Hamel) and Furillo think there may be more to it.

And when evidence comes out connecting the politician and the young underage girl, the politician, McAurley (Dennis Holahan) attempts to get out ahead of it by spinning it to his benefit.

Belker (Bruce Weitz) is dealing with an anti-semitic cop, Ludwig (George McDaniel) and his partner, Carmichael (Schultz). But he’ll only take so much before he strikes back, and Furillo and the rest will have his back.

LaRue’s (Kiel Martin) business dream, opening a salon-dramat (a bar where you can do your laundry) comes closer to fruition, as long as he finds the right investors.

And through all of this, Furillo’s ex-wife, Fay (Barbara Bosson) continues to deal with harassing phone calls which seem to be escalating to physical intimidation.

Lots of story threads, and sure there’s lots of melodramatic humor, but the series is already cooking. It’s not dealing with all the subject matter it should yet, but hey, early days, let’s see where it goes.

I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin was written by Anthony Yerkovich and originally aired on 21 March, 1981.

Against Furillo’s better judgment, Howard (James Sikking) is given the okay by the commissioner to deploy his new Urban Tank on the Hill, and take a run through a dangerous end of town known as ‘Sniper Alley’. But don’t worry, Howard will muck it up somehow. He’s cast as such a Republican, and definitely not the smartest of them. He’s also more than a bit racist.

All this happens while Furillo continues to jeopardize his run for commander by investigating the prostitute murder and its connection to the politician, McAurley. But while it’s still in the air, a number of officers are looking for a transfer off the Hill believing Furillo will get the position, including Belker. Furillo is not going to stop pushing on the case though, and it may cost his run, and keep him stuck on the Hill.

LaRue’s salon-dramat seems to be in jeopardy already, with something he didn’t check, because the building got demolished.

The Hill commemorates the memory of their lost electrician., and LaRue hits on some of the mourners and Fay learns who her harasser is.

What’s real trouble is that Phil (Michael Conrad) is dating two women, one his age, and another that just turned eighteen. That’s a little disgusting.

There’s more stuff coming next week, until then, let’s be careful out there.

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