Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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A Wasted Weekend 

Jablonski, Hill and Renko go on a disastrous hunting trip on their day off. Goldblume was supposed to join them, but runs into obstacles of an ever increasing nature on his own.


John Patterson


Michael Kozoll (created by), Steven Bochco (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel J. Travanti ... Capt. Frank Furillo
Michael Warren ... Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz ... Sgt. Mick Belker
Betty Thomas ... Sgt. Lucy Bates
Robert Prosky ... Sgt. Stan Jablonski
James Sikking ... Sgt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Joe Spano ... Lt. Henry Goldblume
Taurean Blacque ... Det. Neal Washington
Kiel Martin ... Officer J.D. LaRue
Robert Clohessy ... Officer Patrick Flaherty
Dennis Franz ... Lt. Norman Buntz
Charles Haid ... Officer Andrew Renko
Veronica Hamel ... Joyce Davenport (credit only)
Lindsay Crouse ... Kate McBride
Mark Arnott ... Wanted Armed Robber


Jablonski, Hill and Renko go on a disastrous hunting trip on their day off. Goldblume was supposed to join them, but runs into obstacles of an ever increasing nature on his own.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

13 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Robert Prosky appeared in 'A Wasted Weekend" (1987), a David Mamet written episode of the television series, "Hill Street Blues" (1981-1987). There are two Mamet written movies featuring actor Robert Prosky. They are: are 'Hoffa' (1992) and 'Things Change' (1988), the latter which Mamet directed. See more »


Sgt. Howard Hunter: [during Roll Call] Sgt. Stanis Jablonski, Metro Police, retired, is going hunting with several of our colleagues.
Sgt. Lucy Bates: They're going out to kill Bambi.
[laughter and murmering from the other cops]
Sgt. Lucy Bates: They're going out to slaughter poor defenceless creatures.
Officer J.D. LaRue: Hey, if you can eat it, you can kill it.
Sgt. Lucy Bates: Wanna keep your personal life to yourself, LaRue?
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Another strong entry from one of the greatest shows of all time, and one of the most stand-alone episodes they did
19 September 2010 | by deasonSee all my reviews

Mark (Twin Peaks) Frost directing a David (The Untouchables, State and Main) Mamet scripted episode of Hill Street Blues! How can you go wrong? Jablonski, Hill, Renko and Goldblume are taking a long weekend to go hunting. It's no spoiler to say things don't turn out as planned.

Three main stories run through this episode; two follow the already-mentioned characters, the third follows Buntz's conversations with a minor character we haven't seen in a while. Each of the three threads in various ways touches (sometimes indirectly) on a common theme of handling situations that are apparently of the kill-or-be-killed variety.

Hill Street Blues has a well-earned reputation for long-running plots and detailed character growth across seasons. This episode, though, may be one of the most stand-alone they ever did. It could plausibly slip almost anywhere in the episode list with very little modification.

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