Hill Street Blues (1983) – Moon Over Uranus: The Final Legacy, and The Belles of St. Mary’s

The precinct has a lot going on this week in Moon Over Uranus: The Final Legacy. Written by Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Wagner, and David Milch from a story by Phil Combest, Steven Bochco, and Lewis, it first aired on 10 February, 1983.

While Ray (Rene Enriquez) tries out a new toupee in an effort to look younger, Goldblume (Joe Spano) is having a tough time dealing with a gang that is terrorizing a shopkeeper and goes so far as to hit one of the offenders, but Belker (Bruce Weitz) is willing to back him.

Speaking of Belker, things are developing nicely between him and Tataglia (Lisa Sutton), after she pursues Lucy (Betty Thomas) for some advice and info.

Operation Big Broom gets cancelled again, thanks to a court injunction, and despite efforts, the crime they stopped in that one block simply migrated to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) and Davenport (Veronica Hamel) are in a tough spot as her job interview, and the fact that she didn’t stay in a hotel, but in the house of her former mentor weighs heavily on both of them, and Furillo is angry and more than a little jealous, worrying that something may have happened.

I don’t like seeing the static between Furillo and Davenport, but the stuff with Belker makes up for it. Not to mention that Donnelly Rhodes shows up as the local judge (who was also having a relationship with Fay (Barbara Bosson)) again.

Oh, and Renko (Charles Haid) is delighted to be off of traffic duty and that his fire rescue moment made him a bit of a hero. He also thanks Hill (Michael Warren) for going after Benedetto (Dennis Franz) on his behalf.

The Belles of St. Mary’s was penned by Yerkovich, Lewis, Milch and Wagner from a story by Bochco, Lewis and Yerkovich. It was first aired on 17 February, 1983.

While Furillo and Davenport work to figure out what is going on with them, and her potential new job, LaRue (Kiel Martin) creeps everyone out by talking about, and attempting to flirt with, high school girls (including Ally Sheedy!).

Belker and Tataglia hit a little bump in the road when Belker attempts to protect her when they take down a perp. And Coffey (Ed Marinaro) has to step away while a death of a drug addict in a holding cell may have been caused by the force he used during the arrest.

There’s also a subplot involving a pair of older men who get arrested for armed robbery, simply because they wanted to be housed in prison, where they would get regular meals, and wouldn’t have to spend another winter on the cold streets. That’s an important commentary on the homeless problem that continues to plague our society.

There’s still a lot of humour to be had in the series, but a lot of the melodrama feels like it’s been shuffled to the side, which benefits the series greatly.

We’ll see what the hill gets up to next week, but until then, let’s be careful out there!


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