I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
1977-78: THE FOURTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 21.4 (17th place)
Abe Vigoda's Detective Fish retires from active duty at the top of
the fourth season, as the series moves into its fertile middle period,
with no creative drop-off in sight. Tony Sheehan is promoted to producer,
and Reinhold Weege assumes the duties of story editor, though both will
continue to write most of the show's scripts. Other memorable fourth-year
stories are contributed by Dennis Koenig, Larry Balmagia, Tom Reeder,
and executive producer Danny Arnold.
58 Good-Bye, Mr. Fish (Part 1) First Aired:
September 15, 1977
Barney tries to quell a neighborhood vigilante group; and Fish fails
to arrive for work on his retirement day.
Fish arrives for work as usual, refusing to acknowledge his forced
retirement from the department.
The long-suffering detective had been dividing his time between the
squad room and Fish, the spinoff that began the previous February,
despite resistance from Danny Arnold, who preferred to keep Abe Vigoda's
blues bottled up as a potent source of laughter in the squad room. It
was a decision Vigoda protested with vigor. "I found myself with a very
unhappy actor on my hands," Arnold remembers. "Abe would walk around
the set like a man in shock. Who was I to deprive an actor of this once-in-a-lifetime
break? Finally I said, 'Okay--just stay through the third year of Barney
Miller, and we'll go with your show, too.'" With this episode, the
senior detective retires to pursue his fortunes full-time in the spinoff
that, ironically, lasted only thirty-four episodes.
The detectives discover that someone has planted electronic bugs throughout
the squad room.
A vigilante environmentalist who's been sabotaging a chemical plant
faces the corporation's high-powered lawyer.
After a suspect steals his best friend's corpse and refuses to tell
anyone where he's hidden it, Fish returns to help Barney find the body.
Prime time's cops and robbers provide inspiration for a criminal who
mimics the felonies of TV police shows; and a drunk attempts armed robbery
without a gun.
The officers are unable to remove a corpse from the station house during
a blizzard; and an eccentric swears that the snow is the start of a
new ice age.
Wojo wrecks a taxi that he borrows to chase a robbery suspect; and
Lieutenant Scanlon enlists the help of a drug pusher to test the detectives'
The automat is the scene of a chaotic dinner when three mental patients
sit down to a Thanksgiving feast.
Wojo gets buried underground on the trail of a burglar who's digging
into the diamond exchange; and Harris desperately looks for a new apartment
The FBI arrives to investigate a college student who built a working
nuclear bomb for his physics class project.
A man with a vasectomy wreaks havoc when he accuses the owner of a
sperm bank of destroying his only remaining sperm sample.
The detectives are skeptical of a man's claim that he's being pestered
by a poltergeist, until a string of unexplainable occurrences gives
An aging bounty hunter and a sugar addict are the precinct's latest
guests; and Yemena is rushed to the hospital after an appendicitis attack.
A woman accuses her husband of raping her; Yemena is thrilled that
New York has legalized off-track betting; and a master of disguise embarks
on a crime spree.
Barney refuses to comply with the court-ordered eviction of the impoverished
residents of a condemned hotel.
Barney intermediates when a SWAT team is dispatched to remove the stubborn
occupants of a condemned hotel.
Wojo's problem is a case of temporary impotence; the squad faces the
jealous husband of their new female detective; and a wheelchair-bound
Mari Gorman debuts as Detective Roslyn Licori. Like those of her predecessors,
her assignment to the precinct would be temporary.
An irate woman demands the closing of an art gallery's nude-painting
exhibit; and marital problems between Barney and Liz reach a standoff.
A prisoner holds the precinct hostage; Harris finds an apartment in
the Village; and a ventriloquist is held responsible for his dummy's
Barney must file an evaluation on each of the men; a mom-and-pop porno
store is vandalized; and Dietrich books a kook who insists he has no
name, only a number.
Wojo's excuse for tardiness is that he was up late the night before
tracking a UFO; and a woman reports her husband for turning all their
possessions into gold.
Harris has to decide whether to leave the squad after he's offered a job in the mayor's office.