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Cops - S01 E06

Crime . Action . Reality . Reality-TV

(Pre Super Bowl Prostitution Stings) Capt. Ron Cacciatore goes to a house #601 called 'Cherry's' with all girl staff. He rings the bell and is let in. He finds three scantily clad women and one who covers herself up and when asked what the place is for she says it is her first day and she is a dancer. He asks what the bed in the living room is for and she says it is not a bed it is a sofa where people sit and get dances. He says she knows a lot for someone whose first day it is. She gets all snotty about it. They dump another woman's purse and it is full of Trojan condoms. He asks if that is for safe dancing? She says she is single and likes to be prepared on dates. They find private champagne rooms for two - pick your lady, house champagne included $69 for 1/2 an hour or $129 for an hour. They also find unused tanning beds and massage parlor rooms. 24 year old says she just dances, doesn't know about other girls. They offer body rubs, you get naked and they rub you down, working their way to your private area. (Pre Super Bowl Drug Sting) Kids are out in the street so they have to get them inside to clear the area of 8th avenue and 10th street. A white guy walks up to the undercover dealer and buys, so they take him down. He's a big guy so he fights and won't turn over. They can't find the rock he dropped. A mother says her baby can't sleep at night because so many people go through, one time someone shot through their window. She is glad the cops are there and it's exciting to watch and hopes they'll come back. They ask one old black guy why he's buying crack and he says he's going to get help. They target areas and buy from them to get rid of them. They have to move around and sooner or later they'll go to jail. One black guy says he studied law at Rutgers for 2 years. Ron goofs on him says he can represent the other druggies. (11:37 PM Drug Operation Sting) They bust a woman and a man in a yellow car with their baby Christopher in a bag. They tell the woman they are going to take the kid and she begs to take her to her moms house. She says she was only driving, her husband was buying. HRS takes the baby, takes their pictures and she cries saying she won't do it again. The guy is cuffed and curses and fights, saying they are treating him like a pig. They ask her if they have diapers in the car because the kid is dirty. The car is so full of trash they have trouble even finding the diapers. They say she lives in the car. She says she lives with her cousin on Dixie Hwy. A female cop changes the diaper and the grandmother says she knows her daughter has a crack problem. She takes the baby to HRS. They ask what she wants and who the cameras are. She says a film crew. The manager wants the camera out, so they go outside and film through the door. They say she has to fill out a report. The cop says there is nowhere for him to sleep. She leaves crying at the conditions there. No crib, no blanket, nothing. Super Bowl Sunday (4:30 Domestic Violence Call) Deputy Mike Hoffman talks to a woman who says her guy isn't scared of jail. She has to file to get rid of him, but won't do it. (5:10 PM Possible Gang Fight) Mike says he'll never finish the shift with only 5 cigarettes. They go and arrest a bunch of guys, check their trunk and find 3 baseball bats, spiked armbands and box cutters. Linda backs him up. Mike then plays Double Dragon with a small black kid in a Circle K store. He gets a call and has to go. (7:16 PM Domestic Violence Call) Mike goes back to the girl from before who says Ward came up and attacked her and ripped her clothes. She is a fat white woman and he is a stringy, wiry black man. He calls her a bitch. She told him she doesn't want to be with him anymore, but the judge let him out. He wants to hurt her and tried to choke her. They can't take him to jail for that. They can fill out a report, but she has to press charges. They take pictures. If they cut him loose, they know he'll come back. After Mike is watching the 49ers and Bengals play on a TV in his car.

Episode Title: Broward County, FL #6
Airs: 1989-04-15 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