The Best Episodes of Murder in the First
Last Updated: May 22, 2019
Set in San Francisco, Steven Bochco's "Murder in the First" will follow a single case across an entire season. The drama centers on homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan as they investigate the murder of an apparent drug addict. The mystery deepens, however, when the victim is found to have a connection to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt, the celebrated CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm. The timing couldn’t be worse for Blunt, who is preparing to take his company public. He’s also being sued by a software developer who claims Blunt stole his code for a revolutionary new hologram system.
#1 - Number Thirty Nine
Season 2 - Episode 12
Terry and Hildy are gloves-off as they race to close in on a murder suspect, while Fatty B lobbies to take Potrero in a new direction. The Trial of Dustin Maker reaches a climactic verdict.
#2 - My Sugar Walls
Season 2 - Episode 4
Raffi fears Hildy's continued investigation of the grow house murder will blowback on a case of her own. Dustin's defense team enlists the aid of acclaimed attorney Jamie Nelson. When new evidence suggests an inspector was murdered, Terry fears it may be connected to someone within the Hall of Justice.
#3 - Daddy Dearest
Season 3 - Episode 8
Terry and Hildy struggle to collect evidence against their new number one suspect. Terry attempts to repair his relationship with Hildy. The prosecution comes out swinging with an emotional witness who threatens Siletti’s chances at life on the outside.
#4 - Punch Drunk
Season 1 - Episode 6
It's six months later, and the whole world is watching as tech genius Erich Blunt is put on trial for the murder of his flight attendant, Cindy Strauss. Meanwhile, Terry decides to start making amends for his behavior after the death of his wife. Hildy begins reconnecting with her ex-husband, Mike, and soon must confront the temptation to rekindle their romance.
#5 - Rise of the Phoenix
Season 3 - Episode 9
When a promising new clue is uncovered, Terry and Hildy push forward in hopes of finally solving the Normandy Parker conspiracy. Siletti pulls out all the stops in his crusade against the very system he championed as District Attorney. Hildy’s home life continues to spiral downward as one of her own winds up in the interrogation room.
#6 - Normandy Bitch
Season 3 - Episode 1
Season three kicks off for Homicide Inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan when an all-star quarterback is murdered in the middle of a crowded club in front of his pop star girlfriend. D.A. Mario Siletti and his wife are involved in a tragic car accident that could end his career and his marriage. And an untimely diagnosis threatens Hildy's future.
#7 - The McCormack Mulligan
Season 2 - Episode 5
The pressure ratchets up on Terry and Hildy to discover who's behind the cop-killings. Jamie comes out swinging, making an unexpected move in her defense of Dustin. Navarro reunites with his brother, who has been recently released from prison. Meanwhile, an anonymous tip gives Raffi a potential connect for her case against Suger.
#8 - Out of the Shadows
Season 2 - Episode 8
Junior reveals new details which may finally give Hildy and Terry the upper hand in their investigation, while the Trial of Dustin Maker begins with opening statements. Meanwhile, an unlikely source provides Suger with startling new information regarding his sister.
#9 - Down Time
Season 2 - Episode 11
Terry and Hildy take a high-ranking officer into custody; Suger faces a new threat to Potrero; Molk uncovers unsettling information about a potential prostitution ring.
#12 - Tropic of Cancer
Season 3 - Episode 2
As the hunt continues for the prime suspect in the Normandy Parker case, an anonymous tip forces Terry into an officer-involved shooting that sets off public uproar. A desperate Siletti reluctantly hires DUI defense attorney Alfred Arkin but withholds essential trial information. Hildy gets good news for her future, and she and Terry cross a line together.
#13 - Black and Blue
Season 3 - Episode 3
Public pressure on Terry and the SFPD continues to rise for the shooting death of an unarmed suspect. Hildy tracks down the fugitive in the Normandy Parker murder. Arkin advises Siletti to reconcile with his wife, as she might be the key to winning -- or losing -- his case.
#14 - The Barbers of Seville
Season 3 - Episode 4
Disturbing new information about Normandy parker lengthens the list of suspects in his murder. Siletti, fighting for his future, sabotages the D.A. who replaced him. Terry and Hildy face an ultimatum about their secret romance.
#15 - Follow the Money
Season 3 - Episode 5
The murder of a prime suspect in the Normandy Parker case seems to prove Terry's conspiracy theory. Siletti's fragile peace with his family is upended by a ruinous civil lawsuit compounding his legal troubles. And Hildy goes on a date in an attempt to move on from Terry.
#16 - Sam I Am
Season 3 - Episode 6
Terry and Hildy fear they may have lost a prime suspect to his gangster enemies. Terry is left to question his true feelings when Hildy agrees to another date with Burnside. Siletti prepares for the most crucial trial of his career: his own.
#17 - Let's Make a Deal
Season 3 - Episode 7
While the investigation into the murder of Normandy shifts closer to home, a new murder leads Terry and Hildy to revisit an earlier suspect. The trial of Mario Siletti gets underway as the state Attorney General's prosecutor, hell-bent on putting the District Attorney behind bars, unloads the first witnesses against him. Terry and Hildy face the harsh reality that their roles as partners may prevent their personal happiness.
#18 - Kat's Meow
Season 3 - Episode 10
In this thrilling season finale, Terry and Hildy race to close one of their most complex cases. A new grisly murder hits close to home for the inspectors. Siletti learns his victory in court comes with a substantial price.
#19 - State of the Union
Season 2 - Episode 7
The truth about Navarro leads Terry and Hildy to Mexico, as an angry Suger prepares for war. Jamie's casework takes her to Pleasantville, and a particularly painful event from Dustin's childhood. Raffi's investigation into Suger takes an unexpected turn.
#20 - Who's Your Daddy?
Season 1 - Episode 3
The Inspectors search for clues that might link various suspects, including Erich Blunt, to Cindy Strauss' death. Meanwhile, Hildy is confronted by a young witness from a past investigation who worries for his mother's safety after she is physically abused by her new husband.
#21 - Oh, Mexico
Season 2 - Episode 6
Terry and Hildy find themselves investigating people within their own department. Jamie digs into Dustin's past in an effort to better understand his actions. Meanwhile, Suger searches for answers as someone close to him disappears, then makes a shocking discovery.
#23 - Suck My Alibi
Season 1 - Episode 7
After a key witness in the Cindy Strauss murder case turns up dead, Terry and Hildy set out to find the truth before it undermines the prosecution's case. Meanwhile, Erich Blunt's famed attorney, Warren Daniels, sees this as an opportunity to prove his client's innocence.
#24 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1
When a junkie is murdered in the Tenderloin district, SFPD detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan are shocked to discover the case may be related to the city's youngest billionaire, tech genius Erich Blunt. But Terry's ability to focus is troubled as his wife battles stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Just as the inspectors begin closing in on the case, Blunt's beautiful flight attendant is found dead.
#25 - The City of Sisterly Love
Season 1 - Episode 2
As Inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan begin their investigation into the death of Erich Blunt's flight attendant, Cindy Strauss, Terry must also deal with the recent death of his wife and the arrival of his sister-in-law. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when the results of Cindy's autopsy reveal a shocking secret.