The Best Episodes of Hill Street Blues

Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

#1 - Fruits of the Poisonous Tree 8.54

Season 2 - Episode 5

Night court interferes with ""Monday Night Football"" as LaRue and Washington are accused of entrapping a mugger; Bates and Coffey look for gang members responsible for the drive-by shooting of a child; Fay announces that she's getting married again.

Directors: Rod Holcomb
Freedom's Last Stand

#2 - Freedom's Last Stand 8.10

Season 2 - Episode 11

Bates plays in the interdepartmental poker finals; Fuchs refuses to help out one of his own men caught forging prescriptions; Henry goes undercover on a smash-and-grab purse snatching detail; Delgado admits he's afraid of testifying before the commission; Joyce chides Furillo for being naive about his supposed innocence protecting him against the commission; the scam saloon closes down after a gun battle; and a furious Furillo testifies before the commission and offers his resignation to Chief Daniels.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
Blood Money

#3 - Blood Money 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 2

Goldblume meets a lonely woman while driving a cab undercover; LaRue and Washington use a desperate snitch to solve a prostitute murder; Virgil reports on Hudson's takeover of the Black Arrow gang; and Furillo and Joyce meet socially after splitting up.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich
Pestolozzi's Revenge

#4 - Pestolozzi's Revenge 7.89

Season 2 - Episode 9

The Captain meets LaRue and Washington when he returns from a purse snatching; Renko (who has lost his service revolver) and Hill are rear-ended by a wedding party; Bates gets mad at Coffey when he stands her up for a breakfast date; Lou threatens again to remove his vending machines from the precinct house; Daniels tells Furillo to initiate a scam saloon in the South Ferry Precinct as a preemptive move against the corruption-seeking Sullivan Commission.

Directors: Randa Haines, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
Hill Street Station

#5 - Hill Street Station 7.88

Season 1 - Episode 1

Precinct Captain Furillo tries to defuse a hostage situation despite the advice of his gung-ho Emergency Action Team leader and the temperament of a self-absorbed gang leader; public defender Joyce Davenport tries to find a client who has been lost in the bureaucratic maze; Detective LaRue gets a lapful of coffee; Sgt. Esterhaus confides to Fay about his teenage sweetheart; Officers Hill and Renko are shot in the line of duty.

Directors: Robert Butler
Fecund Hand Rose

#6 - Fecund Hand Rose 7.82

Season 1 - Episode 13

Esterhaus faces immense pressure as his wedding day to Cindy dawns and Grace shows him what he's giving up; Furillo resents providing protection for Ralph Macafee, who's now a state witness; Belker busts an entertaining professional cat burglar; and everyone scrambles to get ready for the wedding ceremony.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
The Spy Who Came in from Delgado

#7 - The Spy Who Came in from Delgado 7.80

Season 2 - Episode 10

Hunter uses pedigreed hounds to track wild city dogs; the scam saloon begins producing results, despite Captain Freedom's help; Fay fixates on cemetery plots; Frank becomes incresingly disgusted with his lawyer and Chief Daniels over the actions of the Sullivan Commission; and a suspicious Calletano learns the truth about a gorgeous new khaki officer.

Directors: Georg Stanford Brown, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
Chipped Beef

#8 - Chipped Beef 7.73

Season 2 - Episode 7

Furillo pushes Hill about his support of Nash; Belker goes under to catch a gang preying on automatic bank tellers; Fay's engagement ends abruptly; and a good samaritan faces arrest on old out of town warrants.

Directors: Georg Stanford Brown, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue

#9 - The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue 7.69

Season 2 - Episode 3

Hill and Renko handle a domestic call involving an old man threatening his neighbors with a shotgun; Hudson looks for the informer in his gang; and Joyce asks Furillo for advice about the Downey case.

Directors: David Anspaugh, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich
Presidential Fever

#10 - Presidential Fever 7.68

Season 1 - Episode 2

Hill and Renko meet again for the first time since their shooting; Esterhaus tries to avoid Grace Gardner, the new police decorator; two transfer officers get themselves into trouble; Belker pursues rapists in the park; and Furillo must deal with Fay's demands for more money and an impending Presidential visit.

Directors: Robert Butler
Can World War III be an Attitude?

#11 - Can World War III be an Attitude? 7.64

Season 1 - Episode 4

Furillo backs LaRue in the bribery case brought by Macafee; Hill and Renko bust a car thief who's a mechanical whiz; and Esterhaus sees Grace in a new light when they share a crisis at the station house when the Presidential visit is cancelled and gang revenge is feared.

Directors: Robert Butler
Choice Cut

#12 - Choice Cut 7.63

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hector Ruiz takes hostages again, this time at a supermarket; LaRue and Washington try to connect the gun that shot Hill and Renko with addict Eddie Hoban; and Cynthia Chase uses the hostage scene to stir up the local merchants.

Directors: Arnold Laven
Film at Eleven

#13 - Film at Eleven 7.61

Season 1 - Episode 6

A television reporter rides with Hill and Renko; Washington and LaRue find the gun that shot Hill and Renko; and Belker busts Kevin Herman Dracula for biting a prostitute.

Directors: Georg Stanford Brown
Cranky Streets

#14 - Cranky Streets 7.55

Season 2 - Episode 6

Hill covers for an old friend with personal problems who uses excessive force on an arrest; Coffey arrests an old family friend during a visit to his old neighborhood; Fay introduces her fiance; and negotiations breakdown between the police union and the city.

Directors: Randa Haines, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
Gatorbait

#15 - Gatorbait 7.54

Season 1 - Episode 10

Renko gets put out when a Division homicide detective ridicules his efforts to learn who killed a 15-year-old prostitute; Furillo learns that he may be in line for a promotion to commander; LaRue and Washington have a surprise for Hunter during his annual Alligator hunt in the city sewers; and Fay asks Furillo's help with an obscene phone caller.

Directors: Georg Stanford Brown
Rites of Spring (2)

#16 - Rites of Spring (2) 7.50

Season 1 - Episode 15

Furillo and Neal go out of their way to help clear an obnoxious, racist narcotics detective accused of shooting an unarmed black man; LaRue's drinking gets really out of hand; and Hill and Renko try to help a young black woman accused of neglecting her children.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind

#17 - Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind 7.50

Season 1 - Episode 9

The Dekker Avenue Merchants Association continues helping the police; Eddie Hoban finds himself out in the cold; Hill, Renko and Belker all have personal problems; Furillo tries to help a confused Santini decide what to do; and LaRue asks Cynthia Chase along on a dull stakeout that suddenly heats up.

Directors: Arnold Laven, Bill Taub
I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin

#18 - I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin 7.43

Season 1 - Episode 12

Furillo pushes the investigation of Councilman McAuley; LaRue's business dream comes to a bitter end; Lt. Hunter gets his chance to test out an ""urban tank"" in sniper alley.

Directors: Robert C. Thompson
Up in Arms

#19 - Up in Arms 7.38

Season 1 - Episode 8

Furillo gets orders to deal with a neighborhood merchants association; Esterhaus goes out to meet a criminal he helped put away; Harris and Santini get into trouble with the deadly black van; and Hoban's lie detector results are inconclusive.

Directors: Georg Stanford Brown
Life, Death, Eternity

#20 - Life, Death, Eternity 7.36

Season 1 - Episode 11

Furillo's chances for promotion are threatened when a city councilman is implicated in the murder of the teenage prostitute; LaRue continues to look for money for his ""saloondramat""; Fay's obscene caller breaks into her home; and Belker confronts an anti-Semitic cop just transferred to the Hill.

Directors: Jack Starrett
The World According to Freedom

#21 - The World According to Freedom 7.30

Season 2 - Episode 8

Belker meets an eccentric calling himself ""Captain Freedom"" while on a stakeout; LaRue gets more than he bargained for as a cell plant when he overhears an arson suspect taunting an accused child molester; and Furillo issues an ultimatum to the gangs after a savage massacre in a local tavern.

Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Jungle Madness (1)

#22 - Jungle Madness (1) 7.20

Season 1 - Episode 16

Neal continues to investigate the Weeks shooting, despite pressure from the Chief to drop it because of the bad publicity; LaRue goes from one shady scam to another as he tries to raise money; Belker's sham fence operation nets a surprise; Shirrett Anders leaves her children again; Furillo warns LaRue to get help for his drinking problem after he ruins a drug bust; and Joe Coffey, Lucy's new partner, is shot.

Directors: Corey Allen
Politics as Usual

#23 - Politics as Usual 7.18

Season 1 - Episode 3

Hill and Renko decide to split up as a team; LaRue is offered a bribe by a drug dealer who turns out to be a cop; Furillo tries to negotiate with the gangs to ensure a peaceful Presidential tour; Belker agrees to a blind date; and Fay is arrested in a hot tub.

Directors: Robert Butler
Rites of Spring (1)

#24 - Rites of Spring (1) 7.18

Season 1 - Episode 14

Furillo and Neal go out of their way to help clear an obnoxious, racist narcotics detective accused of shooting an unarmed black man; LaRue's drinking gets really out of hand; and Hill and Renko try to help a young black woman accused of neglecting her children.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Of Mouse and Man

#25 - Of Mouse and Man 7.10

Season 2 - Episode 12

Joyce's fellow PD Pam Gilliam is gunned down; Hill's position as VP for the Black Officers' Coalition puts a strain on both him and Renko; Goldblume tries to deal with an abusive landlord; Fay threatens to bring WAD to the Hill; LaRue and Washington trade up from a cocaine dealer to a PCP lab.

Directors: Thomas Carter, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco