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Cops - S01 E05

Crime . Action . Reality . Reality-TV

(SWAT Team) Agents are working out - jumping jacks, pushups, windmills. Sgt. Steve Caulfield says they like to think they are the elites, but some think they hare hot dogs. They wear camo and run through a course, crawl, run on logs, climb walls. Most search warrants they expect them to be armed, that's why they are there. They do a hostage rescue, smoke grenades, and a live fire exercise with Sheriff Nick Navarro. The 365-KBD plate is checked on a car they are going to buy from. The dealer is wearing a red shirt as they pull up to a strip mall, take him down and arrest him. They take him back to the station - he says he’s been using since age 13, did 2 years when he was 17, 3 years at age 22 and crack is the worst drug ever. He was addicted to it 5 seconds after the first time. He’s also addicted to coke, heroin, pot 1st, alcohol, anything. He only commits crimes because of drugs, never had a job his whole life, gets money by conning, scamming scheming since he’s a scumbag. He's married, she's in Boston, has 2 kids. She left him because of the drugs. The area is real bad, lots of kids on the beach with 14 year olds dealing. He cries because he wants to get his life straight. Deputy Linda Canada is in her car. (District 1 Street Patrol) She feels sorry for the whores sometimes. She stops a girl walking the street who says she is just going home even though she's hanging out in front of a saloon all the time. Linda tells her no flagging down cars or loitering and lets her go. She busts another woman as the husband watches. She flags down cars and says she needs a ride or wants to party. Linda takes her back at the station. She says she didn't deal and has no money. She is 33 years old, been doing it all her life and was born in 1952. They are going to arrest her husband and the 2 other girls. Linda wants her to sign a paper against her husband. She says she won't sign something she didn't do and loses anyway. She says her husband battered her, she has no money and can't get away. She says they are making her sign it and wails and moans. It doesn't matter, she’s going to jail anyway. She wants to know why she's getting a $100,000 bond, it’s for lying. Linda doesn't feel anything toward these girls, they cry that they will do better, lie to the judge, then go back out and do it again. She stops a girl in a Guns N' Roses cowboy hat with buttons on it for flagging down a car. Michelle is 19 and says she has a real job and doesn't solicit. Linda looks into her purse and asks when the last time she smoked crack was. Linda finds a mirror with coke residue on it. She doesn't have a license, but she cuts her loose. (2:30PM Start of Shift) Deputy Mike Hoffman is at home with his wife and daughter. She gets in the car and makes a siren noise. He says he's going to Nashville and will bring her back a shirt. She wants a green one, only 1 per trip. (5:45 pm Injured Animal) It's a brown dog, but seems to be all right. (6:03 pm Bomb Threat) They go to a restaurant and everyone is outside, it could be a hoax, but you never know. They go inside and check it out. He jokes about an alarm clock there. (8:15) Mike drives to a church and he is supposed to be inside. Two people meet them outside. Mickey goes in the front and Mike and another go in the back. He is a scruffy black man in the last pew. They take him out without incident. He was supposed to have a gun. They check him and it's a giant hair pick. Leroy is upset, says you don't do that in church. He is pissed off. He says someone saw him go into his jacket. Mike brings a pastor over to talk to him. No one knows him and they were just checking.

Episode Title: Broward County, FL #5
Airs: 1989-04-08 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