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In the Best of Families
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate September 28, 1991
Production Number 34102
Written by Stephen Kronish
Directed by Gwen Arner
Produced by John Peter Kousakis
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In the Best of Families is the first episode of the first season of The Commish.

Starring: Michael Chiklis (Commissioner Tony Scali), Theresa Saldana (Rachel Scali), Kaj-Erik Eriksen (David Scali), Geoffrey Nauffts (Officer Stan Kelly)

Guest Stars: Robin Gammell (William Sturdivant), Gina Belafonte (Carmela Pagan), Alex Bruhanski (Irv Wallerstein), Linda Darlow (Mayor Louise Hinton), Nicholas Lea (Ricky Caruso)

and David Paymer (Arnie)

Co-Starring: John Cassini (Artie Briggs), Roark Critchlow (Bobby Sturdivant), Dave "Squatch" Ward (Freddie)

"The Main Attraction": Lee Conerly (Tremaine Dickson), Ronnie Rowland (Singer #1), Antowaine Richardson (Singer #2), Anthony Graves (Singer #3)

Featuring: Deryl Hayes (Clayton Marshall), Patti Allan (Clarice Parkhurst), R. Nelson Brown (Jumper), Josh Stimpson (Mark Sturdivant), Bobby L. Stewart (Burglar)


Plot Overview

A reckless driver brought in to the precinct turns out to be the son of one of the town's most powerful citizens, a lawyer, and after the young man commits suicide in his cell, Tony and his officers find themselves involved in a wrongful death lawsuit. He takes on the father, wondering why he didn't take much of an interest in his son's life, and eventually finds out some information that provides motivation for the suicide. Tony and Rachel contemplate moving to a mansion in the richer part of town, and David once again frets about the possibility of a new school. Tony's doctor puts him on medication for high blood pressure, and he also resorts to trickery to keep nosy brother-in-law Artie out of his medicine cabinet.


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