Hill Street Blues/Santaclaustraphobia

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Season 3, Episode 12
Airdate December 16, 1982
Production Number 2416
Written by Steven Bochco &
Anthony Yerkovich &
Jeffrey Lewis
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
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Santaclaustraphobia is the twelfth episode of the third season of Hill Street Blues, and the forty-seventh episode overall.

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

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: James McEachin (Reggie Hill), Khalif Bobatoon (Herman)

Co-Starring: Gina Gallego (Carmen), Micole Mercurio (Mrs. Moldonaldo), Jan Stratton (Dora the Waitress), Robert Hirschfeld (Leo Schmitz), Earl Billings (Harv), Royce Wallace (Grandmother), Lee Weaver (Buck Naked)

with Julia Calderon (Mrs. Grady), Nick Savage (Pickpocket), Perla Walter (Victim), Gary Miller (E.A.T. Officer Jack Ballantine), Greg Lewis (Cook), Bill Jenkins (Hurley)


Plot Overview

Washington's guilt over shooting a bystander resurfaces; Hill's vagabond father pays a visit; Belker goes undercover as Santa Claus; and Bates spends the holiday in the hospital.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments