Barney Miller (1975–1982)
Season
5
Episode
23

Graveyard Shift (10 May 1979)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama


The squad face the late shift with an irate tourist and a man who believes that he is being frequented by a succubus.


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Director:

Noam Pitlik

Writers:

Tony Sheehan, Danny Arnold (created by), Theodore J. Flicker (created by)

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7 June 2014 | kevinolzak
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| Lee Kessler and Raymond Singer
"Graveyard Shift" was the final story from the fifth season, which concluded with a compilation tribute to Jack Soo's Yemana. Harris carries a miniature tape recorder in his breast pocket, determined to come up with a story that will sell (he calls it "Precinct Diary"). Lee Kessler (second of two) plays Natalie Bleier of Youngstown OH, whose sad tale of woe is conveyed to Barney by Harris: "she came to the city for the weekend, lost her luggage at the airport, cabbie brought her into New York by way of Connecticut, and then she was robbed outside her hotel!" It certainly wasn't what she'd expected: "you know, I watched all those 'I Love New York' commercials back in Youngstown, you know the ones with the Broadway actors singing and dancing, everything is so exciting and colorful...they never mention the people with knives!" (Harris: "well they only have a minute!"). Sports crazy Wojo is still rehashing the recent Super Bowl (Steelers over Cowboys), before heading out on a call with Dietrich (Barney: "you and Staubach!"). Raymond Singer (first of two) plays Philip Bart, who blames his lack of success with women on a succubus, which Dietrich explains: "a succubus was a female demon who was thought to enter the bodies of men as they slept, and have physical relations with them!" (guess who visits him as he slumbers in his cell, before asking for the requisite post coital cigarette?). A bomb scare turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by the 12th Precinct's next door neighbor (Paul L. Smith), who thought it would be safe to live there, only to get robbed seven times, complaining how they took 20 minutes to get there! Inspector Luger drops by to examine the 'bomb-barooni scare': "Frank Luger ain't gonna lay cozy under the covers while his men are being blown halfway to the Poconos!"

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