Hill Street Blues (1982) – Stan the Man, and Little Boil Blue

David Milch penned Stan the Man, which had an original airdate of 4 November, 1982.

Joyce (Veronica Hamel) is assaulted at the precinct by a perp who gets away from his arresting officer, landing her in the hospital after Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) takes the suspect down. And that is just the tip of the iceberg for all of the things that are happening in this episode.

Belker (Bruce Weitz) faces the problems of age and getting old in America when his mother informs him that her father is going to need regular visits from a nurse, something he can’t afford, and loans from the bank are hard to come by unless something happens to change that.

Hunter (James Sikking) is almost recovered from his operation but is having trouble expressing himself to the nurse he’s become romantically involved with.

Goldblume (Joe Spano), Hill (Michael Warren) and Renko (Charles Haid) are helping to remove residents from a condemned and about-to-be-torn-down building, but one old woman refuses to leave her apartment, and one old man threatens to jump from the roof until the city does something to help them find a new place to live.

J.D. (Kiel Martin) runs afoul of a tightly wound, and drugged-up undercover narcotics officer, Stan Mizell (Robert Davi!). While J.D. has been able to pull back from some of the more addictive problems he’s had, Stan doesn’t seem to have been able to do that, and it’s not going to end well, as we learn at the end of the episode.

Little Boil Blue was written by Robert Earll and was first broadcast on 11 November, 1982.

There’s some solid stuff playing out in this episode, Furillo is told he needs to cover up the murder of a dirty cop (see the ending of the previous episode), which is something he won’t do. Belker goes undercover as a homeless man to track down a man using homeless people to commit insurance fraud.

Renko catches it from Furillo when the captain learns that Renko suggested to a hospital intern that a perp be listed as DOA to help save on paperwork. He also tries to help Hill by finding him a doctor to lance the growing boil on his backside.

The best story thread of the episode features Joe (Ed Marinaro) who makes a connection with a fellow Vietnam vet, Vernon (Larry Riley) who is still having a hard time adjusting and dealing with his PTSD. This is adding conflict in his relationship with Wilna (CCH Pounder).

Things escalate, and Vernon ends up taking a number of hostages, but Joe offers himself and Wilna up in exchange for the release of the hostages. Vernon takes the deal, and seals his fate as he forces Joe into a horrible choice.

Loved the layering out of Joe’s character that we see in this episode. More next time, but until then, let’s be careful out there!

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