Hill Street Blues/Spotlight on Rico

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Spotlight on Rico
Season 3, Episode 20
Airdate April 28, 1983
Production Number 2422
Teleplay by Jeffrey Lewis,
Michael Wagner,
David Milch,
Karen Hall
Story by Steven Bochco,
Jeffrey Lewis,
Michael Wagner
Directed by Rick Wallace
Produced by Scott Brazil &
David Anspaugh
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Spotlight on Rico is the twentieth episode of the third season of Hill Street Blues, and the fifty-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti (Captain Frank Furillo), Michael Conrad (Sergeant Phil Esterhaus), Michael Warren (Officer Bobby Hill), Bruce Weitz (Detective Mick Belker), James B. Sikking (Lieutenant Howard Hunter), Joe Spano (Lieutenant 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: Dennis Franz (Detective Sal Benedetto), Jonathan Banks (Reggie Orson), Michael Lerner (Rollie Simone), Kathleen Lloyd (Linda Wulfawitz), Jon Cypher (Chief Fletcher P. Daniels), Leonard Stone (Mo Feldstein), George Innes (James Willett Frame)

Also Starring: Marion Kodama Yue (Colette), Dennis Burkley (Sonny Crockett), Robert Hirschfeld (Leo Schnitz), Marco Rodriguez (Rico)

Co-Starring: William Bronder (Impound Attendant), Mike Finneran (Shelter Manager), Gary Miller (E.A.T. Officer Jack Ballantine)

Uncredited: Vincent Lucchesi (Captain Jerry Fuchs)


Plot Overview

The brutal Benedetto comes to the Hill on a loan sharking assignment; Furillo and Goldblume question a murder suspect who may have multiple personalities.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments