Hill Street Blues/Can World War III Be an Attitude?

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Can World War III Be an Attitude?
Season 1, Episode 3
Airdate January 24, 1981
Production Number 0403
Written by Michael Kozoll,
Steven Bochco
Directed by Robert Butler
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Can World War III Be an Attitude? is the third episode of the first season of Hill Street Blues.

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti (Captain Frank Furillo), Michael Conrad (Sergeant Phil Esterhaus), Michael Warren (Officer Bobby Hill), Bruce Weitz (Detective Mick Belker) (credit only), James B. Sikking (Lieutenant Howard Hunter), Joe Spano (Detective Henry Goldblume), Barbara Bosson (Fay Furillo) (credit only), Taurean Blacque (Detective Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Detective J.D. LaRue), Rene Enriquez (Lieutenant Ray Callentano), Betty Thomas (Officer Lucille Bates)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: Barbara Babcock (Grace Gardner), Dan Hedaya (Ralph Macafee), Louis Giambalvo (Rob Nelson), Charles Seaverns (Randy Parker), Charles Fleischer (Malibu)

Co-Starring: Trinidad Silva (Jesus Martinez), Jorge Cervera, Jr. (Pimp), David Caruso (Shamrock Tommy Mann), Bobby Ellerbee (Blood), Robert Doqui (Mullenux), Gerry Black (Chesley), Mace (Pagano), Jonathan Dasteel (Lamonica), Gary Van Orman (Sneed), Jake Mitchell (Hingle), Lynn Whitfield (Jill Thomas), Adam Wade (Internal Affairs Officer), Lou Joffred (Discostanzo), Robert Hirschfeld (Leo Schnitz), Guillermo San Juan (Gypsy Boy), Roma Alverez (Spanish Merchant)


Plot Overview

The cops on the Hill face the possibility of an all-out assault from the local gangs after the President cancels his visit and the electricity and phones go dead.


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The Show

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Memorable Moments