Hill Street Blues (1984) – Ewe and Me, Babe, and Blues for Mr. Green

David Stenn pens Ewe and Me, Babe from a story by Floyd Byars, and it was first aired on 8 November, 1984. There are a couple of familiar faces in the guest cast this week, Hector Elizondo and Miguel Ferrer. Oh! and watch for a brief glimpse of Tim Russ in an uncredited role as a paramedic.

The investigation for a priest killer continues, while Fay (Barbara Bosson) tries to find a way to help his widow, Mrs. Simons (Janet MacLachlan). Howard (James Sikking) has a bit of a flirtation with one of the hookers that were brought in during a raid, and Belker (Bruce Weitz) is working undercover in a garage/chop shop that is involved in criminal activities, including, possibly, a connection to the reverend’s murder.

Renko (Charles Haid) and Hill (Michael Warren) are called in to investigate a complaint about an apartment and find a dead body, and a sheep.

Joyce (Veronica Hamel) deals with an underage prostitute and Jesus (Trinidad Silva) seems to have turned a new leaf, leaving behind his gang life and has begun practicing law (kind of), and his first client is the hooker Howard was flirting with.

This episode feels a little more soap opera-like than some of the previous episodes. In fact, there’s a lot of melodrama coating this episode and the more things that Jablonski (Robert Prosky) says the more I really don’t like his character.

Sure, there’s some political stuff going on, character beats and such, but this one feels a little off from the usual style, perhaps it’s the lack of input from the usual bunch of writers.

Blues for Mr. Green was written by Elia Katz from a story by Steven Bochco, Jeffrey Lewis and David Milch. It had an original airdate of 15 November, 1984.

This episode sees Belker on his way to Vegas to escort a prisoner back to Hill Street. J.D. (Kiel Martin) is a little envious, but he may get a chance when he and Washington (Taurean Blackque) bust an illegal airline ticket ring. And that may mean a lot of the male officers from the precinct are taking a quick vacation alongside him.

Floyd Green (hey look it’s Forest Whitaker) is a convicted murderer who is being released from prison. Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) assigns Garibaldi (Ken Olin) and Mayo (Mimi Kuzyk) to keep an eye on him. In fact, this is the story thread that I enjoy the most because Whitaker is, as always, amazing. It also allows for a discussion on whether or not what Furillo does could be defined as harassment by letting Green see that there are cops watching his activities all the time. But they are also able to protect him when the old neighbourhood he moves back to turns against him. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to end easily, or right, for him.

Some melodrama continues with the news that Hill is being audited, and Bates (Betty Thomas) is trying to keep an eye on the fate of a young shoplifter (Zero Hubbard), so much so that she applies to be his legal guardian.

We’re blazing through the fifth season, but remember, until next time, let’s be careful out there.

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