Hill Street Blues/Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement

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Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement
Season 2, Episode 13
Airdate February 18, 1982
Production Number 8005-1408
Teleplay by Anthony Yerkovich
Jeffrey Lewis
Michael Wagner
Story by Thom Thomas
Michael Kozoll
Steven Bochco
Directed by Arnold Laven
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Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement is the thirteenth episode of the second season of Hill Street Blues, and the thirtieth 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 (Detective Henry Goldblume), Barbara Bosson (Fay Furillo), Taurean Blacque (Detective Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Detective J.D. LaRue), Rene Enriquez (Lieutenant Ray Callentano), Betty Thomas (Officer Lucille Bates), Ed Marinaro (Officer Joe Coffey)

Charles Haid (Officer Andy Renko)

and Veronica Hamel (Joyce Davenport)

Guest Starring: Edward James Olmos (Joe Gustimonte), Barbara Babcock (Grace Gardner), Alley Mills (Tracy Renko), Morgan Woodward (John Renko), Al Ruscio (Sosa), Kene Holliday (Vernon Lee), George Wyner (ADA Irwin Bernstein), William Schilling (Stan Grebe), Hamilton Camp (Buck Mullins), Howard Witt (Bragg)

Co-Starring: Vincent Lucchesi (Captain Jerry Fuchs), Howard George (Grebey), Nancy Lenehan (Katy Moore), Eric Laneuville (Wilbur Harmon), Gerry Black (Chesley), Robert Hirschfeld (Leo Schnitz)

With Ricco Ross (Tyler Bragg), Leonard Lightfoot (Tibbs), Amanda Harley (Mrs. Malkin), Jason Ross (Black Officer)


Plot Overview

Due to a minor technicality, the murder weapon in the Gillian case must be thrown out as evidence, and La Rue falls off the wagon, jeopardizing Washington's life by showing up drunk at a drug bust.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments