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Cops - S01 E09

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(8:15 PM Tuesday) Deputy Jim Fondo asks Kelly where her mother is. She says she’s getting out of jail today the 27th, then asks what day is it. It’s the 26th, so she’s getting out tomorrow. Her mom is 37, she’s 16, she lives with her grandma on Johnson street or lives in a hotel. She was arrested for prostitution 2 weeks ago. He asks what is she doing for money now. She says don’t ask, she gets it from people she knows. What does she do? They like her company. He tells her if she hangs out on Federal Hwy she’s going to jail. You tell them over and over to stop, but they never do, they need to get money. (7:10PM Wednesday) Street Patrol District 9 - Jim talks to Kelly's mom Susan after she gets out. She told Kelly in jail not to do it. She’s whoring for the drugs, she’ll do anything to get it. She misses her old daughter, she’ll sit on the bench and cry her eyes out watching her. She’s worried about Kelly, worried about herself, going to jail and it’s not fun. (10:00 PM Thursday) Jim stops an old man who picked up Susan in his car. He tries to say he’s giving her a ride. He asks him why he’s parked there. He says he wasn’t, then he says he was going across to the store to get furniture. Susan says she met him last night. He says he stopped and she jumped in the car. She’s freaking out, says she has to go to court for CPS for Kelly tomorrow for resisting arrest. He says he can charge her with loitering right now. He tells the man she’s probably going to jail, he needs to drive off and go home and not be seen picking up girls. He tells Susan he’s got her red handed and she has to go to court for her daughter tomorrow for the same thing as she is. She needs to talk to the judge, get off this and get out of here. She’s digging her grave being out there on the street. He doesn't arrest her so she can go to court. (7:30 AM Friday) Broward County Courthouse - Kelly is in front of the judge and Jim is there. He asks what she is going to do about the violation of probation. She wants to plead guilty and go back to the program she was in. She understands if she quits she’ll get escape charges and she’ll be back. He says she’ll be put in a program not nearly as nice as Starry Place and he’ll see her in 5 days. He recommends her begging for the program to take her back. (8:30 PM Friday) Jim says to Susan it seems kinda funny with all her talk that she didn’t show up in court today. It shows the judge there is nothing there. She claims all the time she’s been by Kelly's side and she knows she has no guilty conscience, her conscience is clear. She’s done everything she could for Kelly, she’s been doing this since she was 12. (Warrant Briefing) Drug Task Force – Sgt. Robert Deak says for everyone to come around. Dave is conducting surveillance, and the suspect is home. He bought a quarter of pot. Does he have coke? He does have 9 pounds of grass and a cigar box of powdered coke. They have a map of his place, he’s been ripped off a few times so he's armed. They hit the door with knock and announce. They have to pry the lock off and Kathy inside says OK, she’s trying to open it. They get in and make her sit down. They catch John trying to escape out back with no shirt on. He says he isn’t John. They search the house and find a scale in the kitchen, a paper with figures and a bag with a pound of weed. They lift up the couch and find another bag of weed. Rob talks to Kathy. He tells her to not answer instead of lying. She says she’s not lying. John runs his mouth and tells Kathy not to talk. He claims they smacked him and they tell him he has the right to remain silent, so use it. They tell him Kathy can go down too and take him outside. She’s scared to tell him, John is her boyfriend/fiancé, whatever. She doesn’t know why she should tell how long he’s selling. Her parents are in Florida, they won’t be happy about it. Rob says she’s nice, but John is an idiot. He’s on probation for the same thing. She says she’s tried to tell him, but he won’t listen. They want the truth and they’ll go easier on her. The drugs have got to stop. She says it’ll stop now. They take them to jail. She changes into a slinky black top. He is printed, she’s put in a holding cell. (9:05 PM Traffic Stop) DUI Task Force - Deputy Chris Wagoner pulls over a guy. They ask if he’s having a party in his car. They pull out bottle after bottle of beer and cover the roof with them. They say someone put it there. They also find pot and a bong. All of 3 of the men are under arrest for drinking, delinquency and possession. One guy sticks his tongue out in the back of the car at them. They wouldn’t want to light a match within 10 feet of the car. (9:51 PM Accident Investigation) They see an ambulance go by and follow it. They are always amazed that the drunker you are the less hurt you get because your body is relaxed. They load them into the ambulance. The Mexican guy was so drunk he said the traffic light was blue. They hit a guy on a motorcycle who was DOA, every bone was broken. (11:41 PM Traffic Stop) Deputy Baron Philipson says there’s no one special thing you look for with DWI. He spots a car weaving and then he hits the curb. He has the driver step out and the passenger pours a drink out. The guy says what drink? Was there alcohol in it? He says it was a drink, he didn’t pour it out. He has an empty cup and there are ice cues on the ground. It’s not cold enough for them to exist there and it was dry when he pulled him over. He makes the driver do a field sobriety test. He starts with 9 steps forward, 9 steps back. He say heel to toe, no gaps, but he can’t do it. He fails and is arrested. At the station he has to take a breath test. The Intoxilyzer 5000 prints out his BAC as .20 (1:38 AM Accident Investigation) Two cars were drag racing the red car was on fire and they hit 2 other cars which are all totaled. One guy has a broken neck. They couldn’t find it the crash at first, only had it on North Federal. In the ambulance one guy is shaking. Later they go to the emergency room to see how many victims there were. Under a sheet is a body. A 17 year old white man was killed from the accident. It’s the end result of many accidents, it’s really a shame.

Episode Title: Broward County, FL #9
Airs: 1989-05-06 at 20:00
  • Marvin Kitman

    Don't miss the pilot. It's the best new crime series of the year, whatever you call it, tabloid TV, exciting TV, real TV. [6 Jan 1989]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    On the one hand, it's absolutely captivating, raw and unpredictable, a bubbling boiler of excitement rendered in the style of CBS' "48 Hours" and unrivaled by conventional cop dramas in prime time...On the other hand, the camera assumes the disgusting role of hanging judge by prematurely filling the screen with the faces of numerous suspects swept up in drug busts, some of whom may turn out to be innocent or may even go uncharged, for all we know. [7 Jan 1989, p.C1]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joseph P. Kahn

    Be forewarned: Cops may not be everyone's cup of tea. The language is raw, the emotions intense, and some of the scenes, like the one where a homicide unit fishes a cadaver out of a canal, are definitely not for the squeamish. But give credit to Cops' producers. They didn't want "pretty," and they didn't want Armani. They wanted the real stuff. What they got makes "Miami Vice" look like a cop-out. [7 Jan 1989, p.30]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    More compelling than the general run of fictional drama, and often funnier, sadder and more poignant, Cops at first seems to be an unassembled jigsaw puzzle...This is a documentary being pieced together before our eyes. There is a strong, undeniable element of tabloid TV in Cops, of sensationalism and exploitation. But there is more. There is a picture of the toll this kind of work takes on the human beings who do it. Cops may also make television stars of its subjects.[11 March 1989, p.C-11]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Sonsky

    An ugly little glimpse into our hometown community...A cinema-verite, hand-held camera walk on the wild side with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.. A televised tour into (Broward's) heart of darkness...It had real energy. It was tense, taut, a video knuckle sandwich. You were with those cops as they chased fleeing perps, wrestled with muscled smugglers. And you couldn't help but be impressed with the heroism and dedication of the men and women on the streets -- Sheriff Nick 'I Never Met A Camera Angle I Didn't Like' Navarro's grandstanding antics notwithstanding. [Jan 1989]

    Miami Herald Full Review