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Spenser: For Hire

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by Scott Klobas

Last updated:
Sat, 14 May 2005 03:00

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aired from: Sep 1985 to: May 1988 66 eps, 4 TVMs ABC 60 min stereo closed captioned

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Spenser: For Hire is based on a series of novels by Robert B. Parker, starring his fictional hero Spenser (no last name given). Spenser is a former Boston cop who retired (for reasons unknown to me) and started his own PI business. Spenser often has help from his erstwhile friend Hawk and Boston PD detective Frank Belson.

Spenser's girlfriend Susan Silverman left during the series second season because as she explained, she loved Spenser too much to accept the deadly situations he gets into. Series producers introduced Rita Fiori, a new D.A. who initially clashed with Spenser, but soon grew close to him.

Spenser was filmed in the Boston area, lending it an authenticity absent in far too many LA based programs. The Spenser casting directors did an excellent job, packing the episodes with future movie and television stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Patricia Richardson, Laura San Giacomo, Rob Morrow, J.T. Walsh, Giancarlo Esposito, Charles Kimbrough..and on and on.

Spenser lived on after its cancellation with a series of four television movies shot in Canada, all airing on the Lifetime cable network. A new Spenser movie is scheduled to shoot in 2000, this time without Robert Urich in the title role. After Spenser died in Spring 1988, a spin-off starring Avery Brooks in his Hawk character, A Man Called Hawk aired as a short-lived mid-season series.


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    1st Season 1985

  1. "Promised Land (1)"

    Spenser is hired to find the runaway wife of a wealthy businessman.

    b: 20 Sep 85 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________

    NOTE: Based on a story by Spenser novelist Robert B. Parker.
  2. "Promised Land (2) "

    Spenser is hired to find the runaway wife of a wealthy businessman.

    b: 20 Sep 85 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
  3. "No Room at the Inn"
    gs: Deborah Rush [ Megan Farrell? ], Lisa Banes [ Angela Zemeckis? ], Stephen Keep [ Tom Shanley ], Anthony Head [ Unknown ], Ronn Carroll [ Unknown ], Michael Currie [ Unknown ], John Capodice [ Joe the Cabbie ], Jacques Sandulescu [ Unknown ], Victor Argo [ Unknown ], Robert Milli [ Unknown ], Joseph Pilato [ Unknown ]

    Spenser is hired by the police department to protect a witness who may not be who she claims. The Fire Department gives Spenser an old station to show their gratitude for the help he gave them in a fire.

    b: 27 Sep 85 pc: 185851 w: John Wilder d: John Wilder
  4. "The Choice"
    gs: George Grizzard [ Frank Silverman ], Patricia Clarkson [ Elizabeth Haller ], Sam Robards [ Unknown ], Joe Seneca [ Joe Adams? ], Angela Bassett [ Joe's Daughter ], W.H. Macy [ D.A. ], Barton Heyman [ Unknown ]

    A pair of young thrill-killers target Spenser, accidentally shooting a bystander. Susan's ex-husband visits.

    b: 4 Oct 85 pc: 185852 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Richard Colla
  5. "Children of a Tempest Storm"
    gs: Chuck Connors [ King Powers ], Noah Moazezi [ Unknown ], Judith Tannen [ Unknown ], Roger Serbagi [ Unknown ], Lauren Tom [ Tommy's Girlfriend ], Baxter Harris [ Unknown ], Gregg Baker [ Unknown ], Cristine Rose [ Unknown ], Larry Victor [ Unknown ], Bill McCutcheon [ Unknown ]

    Spenser kills a would-be thief in the course of thwarting a robbery. He and Susan take in the man's two children while investigating his past. Susan discovers she's pregnant.

    b: 11 Oct 85 pc: 185855 w: Robert Hamilton d: William Wiard
  6. "Original Sin"
    gs: Jay O. Sanders [ Father Crawford? ], Elizabeth Franz [ Mrs. O'Rourke ], Eddie Jones [ Michael O'Rourke ], Erica Gimpel [ Shelley ], Jonathan Moore [ Unknown ], David O'Brien [ Unknown ], James Eckhouse [ Jordan ], Marsha Bagwell [ Unknown ]

    Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a young nun, and stumbles onto a corrupt landlord.

    b: 18 Oct 85 pc: 185854 w: Robert Hamilton d: Harvey Hart
  7. "Discord in A Minor"
    gs: Patricia Elliott [ Cathy Lowington? ], Neill Barry [ Jimmy Braz? ], Barbara Garrick [ Edie James? ], Paul Shenar [ Matthew Lowington? ], Raymond Serra [ Joe Braz? ], Jay Thomas [ Tony Braz ], Anne Marie Bobby [ Elaine Hebner? ]

    Spenser is fired from a bodyguard job after his young charge is kidnapped. Spenser suspects the girl he was to protect, arranged the 'kidnapping' to escape her father, a famous conductor, who may have been molesting his daughter.

    b: 25 Oct 85 pc: 185853 w: Janet Kapsin s: David Abramowitz d: Harvey Hart
  8. "The Killer Within"
    gs: Nancy Paul [ Donna/Diane ], David Allen Brooks [ Unknown ], Jon De Vries [ Unknown ], Richard Borg [ Unknown ], Kim Chan [ Unknown ], William Cain [ Unknown ], Gregg Edelman [ Unknown ]

    Spenser is hired to protect a woman's identical twin sister from assassins, only to discover his employer suffers from a split personality.

    b: 12 Nov 85 pc: 185856 w: Robert Malcolm Young d: Don Chaffey
  9. "Autumn Thieves"
    gs: Mark Keyloun [ Unknown ], Alice Haining [ Kay Redfield ], Ron Frazier [ Unknown ], Will Lyman [ Unknown ], Alfred Drake [ Roman St. George ], Gail Grate [ Unknown ], James Arone [ Unknown ], Susan Botti [ Unknown ], John Savoia [ Unknown ], Daniel Van Bargen [ Al (uncredited ) ]

    Spenser stumbles onto a ring of thieves while investigating a relic stolen from a museum.

    b: 19 Nov 85 pc: 185857 w: Jerry Ziegman d: William Wiard
  10. "Blood Money"
    gs:

    The wife of a kidnapped oil tycoon hires Spenser to deliver $1 million in ransom money to a ring of terrorists while police have the drop-off area surrounded.

    b: 26 Nov 85 pc: 185858 w: ______________ d: ______________
  11. "Resurrection"
    gs: Paul Dooley [ Bryce Taylor ], Earl Hindman [ Sgt. Clayton ], Dick LaTessa [ Unknown ], Kasi Lemmons [ Unknown ], Robert Tessier [ Unknown ], D.B. Sweeney [ Unknown ], Martha Bradlee [ Unknown ], Ann Brennan [ Unknown ], Dawn Davis [ Unknown ], Evelyn Moore [ Unknown ], W. Clapham Murray [ Unknown ]

    Spenser investigates a crooked vice cop involved in the mugging of one of Susan's friends.

    b: 3 Dec 85 pc: 185859 w: Richard Collins d: Virgil Vogel
  12. "Internal Affairs"
    gs: Shirley Knight [ Katie Quirk ], Richard Jenkins [ Unknown ], Bruce Mac Vittie [ Unknown ], James Douglas [ Unknown ], James Handy [ Joe ], Jay Blitzman [ Unknown ], Jess Cain [ Unknown ], Walter Covell [ Unknown ], James Huston [ Unknown ], Edward Mason [ Unknown ], Paul O'Brien [ Unknown ]

    Marital infidelity and suspected involvement in a gambling ring lead to Lt. Quirk's suspension. Belson is shot during a raid. Spenser works to clear Quirk's name and catch Belson's would-be killer.

    b: 17 Dec 85 pc: 185860 w: Bruce Murkoff d: Richard Colla
  13. "Death By Design"
    gs: Burke Moses [ Tony Ristelli ]

    Spenser walks into a death trap when a beautiful university scientistwho makes so-called 'designer drugs' hires him to track down her gigolo boyfriend and recover $50,000.

    b: 7 Jan 86 pc: 185861 w: ______________ d: ______________
  14. "A Day's Wages"
    gs:

    Spenser and Hawk blame themselves for failing to protect their respective clients from the clutches of the underworld, and vow to settle the score with a big-time racketeer and his henchmen.

    b: 14 Jan 86 pc: 185862 w: ______________ d: ____________
  15. "A Madness Most Discreet"
    gs: Robert Hogan [ Unknown ], Maria Holvoe [ Anna Maria Kova ], Stefan Schnabel [ Unknown ], Ron Parady [ Unknown ], Walter Gotell [ Max Claus ]

    Spenser is dazzled by the beauty and grace of a former Bolshoi ballerina who appeals for his help and tempts him with her love.

    b: 21 Jan 86 pc: 185863 w: Robert Hamilton d: Ray Austin
  16. "Brother to Dragons"
    gs: Stephen McHattie [ Corbett ], Timothy Carhart [ Jim Gowan ], Michael Zaslow [ Dr. Leighton ], Patrice Colihan [ Betty Thymes ], Ellen Holly [ Amanda Leighton ]

    Spenser goes undercover at a private high school to investigate heroin use on campus, but discovers something far more serious.

    b: 4 Feb 86 pc: 185864 w: Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa d: Sutton Roley
  17. "When Silence Speaks"
    gs: Phyllis French [ Joan Cugell ], Caitlin O'Heaney [ Unknown ], Mathieu Carriere [ Unknown ], Philip Kraus [ Unknown ]

    Spenser is retained to locate a missing scientist who'd just discovered a major breakthrough in laser techniques by a deaf newspaper columnist with whom the scientist had been corresponding.

    b: 11 Feb 86 pc: 185865 w: Robert Hamilton d: Ray Austin

    NOTE: According to a TV Guide article, the role of Joan was not written with a deaf woman in mind. Kudos to the producers for awarding the role on merit rather than a disability.
  18. "In a Safe Place"
    gs: Nancy Marchand [ Emily Garden ], Ray Baker [ Unknown ], Jaime Sanchez [ Unknown ], Joe Silver [ Unknown ], Jimmy Smits [ Hector Valdes ], Victoria Racino [ Unknown ], Jeffrey DeMunn [ Unknown ], Gerald A. Cooney [ Unknown ]

    Spenser and Susan look for a Mexican labor organizer who has suspiciously disappeared. ('On the Waterfront' redux.)

    b: 14 Feb 86 pc: 185866 w: William Robert Yates d: Virgil Vogel
  19. "Angel of Desolation"
    gs: Shelly Burch [ Deidre Carlisle ], James Patrick Gillis [ Unknown ], Jack Coulter [ Unknown ], Eriq La Salle [ Jeffrey Miller ], Stuart Burney [ Unknown ], John Carpenter [ Unknown ], Leighton Taylor Young [ Alicia Carlisle ]

    While working for a wealthy woman, Spenser is caught up in a deadly murder mystery complete with an illicit love story.

    b: 4 Mar 86 pc: 185867 w: ______________ d: ______________
  20. "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not"
    gs: Gail Strickland [ Mildred Frances ], Greg Mullavey [ Unknown ], Jess Osuna [ Unknown ], Ruth Cox [ Unknown ], Mike Nussbaum [ Unknown ]

    Sgt. Frank falls in love with a white supremicist.

    b: 11 Mar 86 pc: 185868 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Virgil Vogel
  21. "At the River's Edge"
    gs: John Davidson [ Rev. Bobby Freemont ], Karen Carlson [ Unknown ], Paul Sparer [ Unknown ], Carrie Kei Heim [ Marcella Harrington ], Laurie Wilson [ Chrissy Pierce ]

    Spenser is hired by a 12-year-old to investigate the murder of her older sister. The brutal slaying of an ex-convict, and the machinations of a popular preacher with political ambitions factor into the investigation.

    b: 25 Mar 86 pc: 185869 w: Robert Hamilton d: David M. Whorf
  22. "Rage"
    gs: Brad Dourif [ Maxie Lyons ], Christie Houser [ Jill Weller ], Trey Wilson [ Unknown ], Adam Philipson [ Unknown ], Barbara Blossom [ Unknown ], Herb Mandell [ Unknown ], Daniel Van Bargen [ Mr. Hurley ]

    A teenage girl's agitated condition following a rape gets her into deeper trouble when she's kidnapped by an ex-con bent on shooting Spenser.

    b: 1 Apr 86 pc: 185870 w: Bruce Murkoff d: None Credited
  23. "Hell Hath No Fury"
    gs: Linda Thorson [ Karen Cooper ], Lucinda Jenney [ Unknown ], Paul Austin [ Unknown ], Mary-Joan Negro [ Unknown ]

    b: 8 Apr 86 pc: 185871 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Virgil Vogel

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    2nd Season 1986

  24. "An Eye For an Eye"
    gs: Charles Kimbrough [ Louis Groton ], Marg Helgenberger [ Nancy Kettering ], Carole Shelley [ Irene ], Kent Broadhurst [ Michael Brimson ], Joshua Mostel [ Leonard ]

    New D.A. Rita Fiori tries to prosecute Spenser for blackmail.

    b: 27 Sep 86 pc: 1866031 w: Stephen Hattman d: William Wiard
  25. "Widow's Walk"
    gs: Ed O'Neill [ Buddy Almeida ], Margaret Whitton [ Ellen Calone ], Neill Barry [ Tony Calone ], Louis Zorich [ Manuel Almeida ], Helen Stenberg [ Velma Almeida ], Spiro Malas [ George Cannon ], James Baffico [ Murray Peltzer ]

    A small fishing family hires Spenser to investigate the death of their father. Spenser suspects a rival fishing family, the Almeidas.

    b: 4 Oct 86 pc: 1866033 w: Juanita Bartlett s: Joe Smoke d: William Wiard
  26. "White Knight"
    gs: Tom Atkins [ Hatch ], Page Hannah [ Laura Findley ], Douglas Wert [ Benny Haskell ], Joe Lambie [ Theodore Wilkes ], Alan North [ Chief Hollis Cushing ], Bernie McInerney [ Sam Findley ], Pamela Burrell [ Jessie Findley ], Samuel L. Jackson [ Leroy Clancy ], Jesse Doran [ Joey Thorpe ], Jude Ciccorlella [ Gus Sloan ]

    While Spenser and Hawk are in a small town to view a boxing match, Hawk is arrested, ostensibly for carrying a concealed weapon, but Spenser suspects racism may be involved.

    b: 18 Oct 86 pc: 1866032 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Virgil Vogel
  27. "Rockabye Baby"
    gs: John Cullum [ Frank Bennett ], Susan Hess [ Michelle Gilbert ], Norman Snow [ Peter Devane ], Clarise Taylor [ Miss Emma ], Janice Rule [ Mrs. Bennett ]

    A mobster's pregnant teenage girlfriend tries to keep her unborn son from his father.

    b: 25 Oct 86 pc: 186034 w: David Abramowitz d: Virgil Vogel
  28. "And Give Up Show Biz?"
    gs: Paul Sparer [ Ernest Galway ], Patrick Breen [ Bobby Olak ], Gerry Bamman [ Laurence Denning ], Paul Herman [ Morgan Evans ]

    Spenser protects a man suffering from amnesia.

    b: 1 Nov 86 pc: 186035 w: Robert Bielak d: William Wiard
  29. "The Long Hunt"
    gs: Drew Snyder [ Paul Martine ], J. Kenneth Campbell [ Deputy ], Michael Currie [ Unknown ]

    A young criminal's father attacks a bus transporting convicts to the state prison.

    b: 8 Nov 86 pc: 186036 w: David Bennett Carren d: Virgil Vogel
  30. "Home is the Hero"
    gs: Tim Guinee [ Kevin Moran ], John Spencer [ Joe Moran ], Gregory Salata [ Frank Scanlon ], Leon Russom [ Brad Stiles ], Lauren Holly [ Emily Brown ], Frankie Scasso [ Mario ], Peter Maloney [ Red Donnelly ]

    Rita hires Spenser to investigate a troubled teenager, yet another 'Spenser helps a misguided youth' episode.

    b: 22 Nov 86 pc: 186037 w: Shel Willens d: William Wiard
  31. "One if by Land, Two if by Sea"
    gs: Donal Donnelly [ Mr. Martin ], Stephen Joyce [ Michael Kelly ], Margaret Hilton [ Mrs. Martin ], Suzy Hunt [ Catherine Kelly ], Robert Gerringer [ Paul Johnson ], Dee Hoty [ Sarah Brown ], Casey King [ Beauregard ], Peter Boyden [ The Maitre'D ], James Kiberd [ Lewis Johnson ]

    A friend of Spenser's is shot and killed while portraying Paul Revere during a Revolutionary War re-enactment.

    b: 29 Nov 86 pc: 186038 w: William Robert Yates d: Virgil Vogel
  32. "Shadowsight"
    gs: Kim Hauser [ Chrissy Cabot ], Kevin Conroy [ Gallagher ], Pat Richardson [ Sarah Cabot ], James Hurdle [ Lucas Cabot ], Tamara Tunie [ Nina ], Colin Fox [ Father Brendan ], Christopher Loomis [ Costigan ], Jon Tenney [ Garrett ]

    A girl who apparently has the unique ability to 'see' through both space and time, enlists Spenser's help to solve a rash of arsons.

    b: 13 Dec 86 pc: 186039 w: Gerry Day d: Cliff Bole
  33. "The Hopes and Fears"
    gs:

    With the help of Hawk, a disgusted Spenser is determined to get rid of thugs who are terrorizing his Boston neighborhood.

    b: 20 Dec 86 pc: 186040 w: __________ d: ______________
  34. "Among Friends"
    gs: Badja Djola [ Tyrone Blackwell ], David O'Brien [ Tom Flaherty ]

    Hawk is the main suspect when Lt. Quirk is shot, due to a recent fracas between the two. Spenser suspects a new man in town, trying to take Hawk down to make a name for himself.

    b: 10 Jan 87 pc: 186041 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Cliff Bole
  35. "I Confess"
    gs: Spalding Gray [ Edward Niles ], James Murtaugh [ Morton Fuller ], Pamela Payton-Wright [ Karen Fuller ], Olivia Virgil Harper [ Linda Verrain ], Marita Geraghty [ Elizabeth Canning Anthony ], Patricia Elliott [ Vera Canning ]

    A wealthy man is murdererd and, surprise, an innocent man is arrested. If you've seen one Spenser, you've seen them all.

    b: 17 Jan 87 pc: 186043 w: Robert Malcolm Young s: Rudolph Berecht d: Winrich Kolbe
  36. "Murder and Acquistions"
    gs: E. Katherine Kerr [ Cynthia Bodman ], J.T. Walsh [ Andrew Lawford ], Danielle Von Zerneck [ Lisa Bodman ], Jamey Sheridan [ Todd Wallace ], Rob Morrow [ Danny ], John Madden Towey [ Bruce Huber ]

    Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a philandering financier about to turn state's evidence to bring down insider trading. Rita has problems of her own when an old boyfriend shows up. Belson hires Spenser to find his missing wallet containing a winning lottery ticket.

    b: 24 Jan 87 pc: 186042 w: Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon d: Harry Harris
  37. "Personal Demons"
    gs: Ruby Dee [ Eleanor Simpson ], Blanche Baker [ Carolyn Tomlinson ], Larry Fishburne [ David Mukende ], Dick Latessa [ George Kendrick ], Christine Farrell [ Brenda Reston ]

    Spenser and Rita go after a corrupt African.

    b: 7 Feb 87 pc: 186044 w: Cynthia Darnell d: Cliff Bole
  38. "Mary Hamilton"
    gs: Melissa Leo [ Mary Hamilton ], Jimmie Ray Weeks [ Billy Joe Hamilton ], Earl Hindman [ Max Ordella ], Patricia Charbonneau [ Linda Shannon ], David Leary [ Jackie Coyle ], Randall Edwards [ Betsy ], John Christopher Jones [ Fred Taylor ]

    A girl comes to Boston looking for her estranged father. Spenser decides to help her.

    b: 14 Feb 87 pc: 186045 w: David Bennet Carren s: Norma Safford Vela d: Winrich Kolbe
  39. "Trial and Error"
    gs: Trey Wilson [ Terry Vogel ], Barton Heyman [ Don Clemens ], Jack Coulter [ Arnie Wexler ], David Patrick Kelly [ Ned Lloyd ], Alice Haining [ Linda Arpel ]

    A pimp is wrongfully arrested for the murder of one of his girls. Spenser agonizes between pursuing the real murderer or letting the pimp take the rap.

    b: 21 Feb 87 pc: 186046 w: Robert Bielak & Nelson Costello s: Nelson Costello d: David M. Whorf
  40. "One For My Daughter"
    gs: Larry Riley [ Bo Braxton ], Pam Potillo [ Jessie Braxton ], David Straitharn [ Doggie Thorpe ], Rocco Sisto [ Sonny Stroud ], Margaret Avery [ Callie Braxton ]

    Spenser and Hawk protect a man who owes money to men of dubious ethics. When their client, Bo Braxton tries to blackmail his creditors, he and his alcoholic teenage daughter go on the run.

    b: 7 Mar 87 pc: 186047 w: Robert B. Parker s: Joan H. Parker d: Winrich Kolbe
  41. "My Brother's Keeper"
    gs: Mako [ Tommy Nguyen ], Michael Countryman [ Nick Griffin ], Fran Brill [ Joan Cahill ], Jordan Clarke [ Brad Griffin ], Isao Sato [ Long Van Lihn ], Beatrice Winde [ Delia Johnson ], Tom Matsusaka [ Phan ]

    Spenser becomes embroiled in the seamy Vietnamese organized crime racket after a Vietnamese crime boss uses Spenser to track down a former soldier.

    b: 14 Mar 87 pc: 186048 w: Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon d: Michael Vejar

    NOTE: Actor Jordan Clarke played a character, Gordon Ganza, named after the writers of this episode in ep #18 of The Cosby Mysteries.
  42. "The Road Back"
    gs: K.P. Niven [ Dan Mahaffey ], David Margulies [ Karl Shore ], Tony Shalhoub [ Dr. Hambrecht ], Heather Menzies [ Miss Westmore ], Frank Whaley [ Evicted Boy ]

    Spenser loses all feeling in his right arm after he's shot while guarding a politician.

    b: 21 Mar 87 pc: 186049 w: Stephen Hattman d: Winrich Kolbe
  43. "If You Knew Sammy"
    gs: Sal Viscuso [ Sammy Backlin ], Kate Burton [ Randy ], John Seitz [ Duke Fallon ], Bill Cobbs [ Larry Sills ], W.H. Macy [ Effrem ]

    NRA poster-boy Sammy Backlin breezes into town for a book signing, unwittingly involving Spenser in a shoot out. Spenser agrees to protect Sammy from gangland thugs.

    b: 4 Apr 87 pc: 186050 w: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin d: Bruce Bilson

    NOTE: Sammy Backlin shows up again in ep #59. Character name Duke Fallon turns up in Diagnosis Murder ep #96, which is written by the same duo that wrote this episode.
  44. "The Man Who Wasn't There"
    gs: Tom Urich [ Thomas Oliver ], Paul Guilfoyle [ Ross Bates ], Jay Patterson [ Al Sheen ], Peggy Smithhart [ Lissa Thomas ], John Rothman [ Stanley Michaels ], Richard Backus [ John Thomas ], Reg E. Cathey [ Shepard ], David Pierce [ O'Neill ], Steve Ahorn [ Camp Officer ]

    Rita and her old college friends are reunited when a fictional person they created 20 years ago is found dead in his apartment.

    b: 2 May 87 pc: 186051 w: Michael Petryni d: Charles Picerni

    NOTE: Actor David Pierce now goes by David Hyde Pierce and stars on Frasier.
  45. "Song of Orpheus"
    gs: John Pankow [ Billy Hanratty ], George Loros [ Jake Williams ], David O'Brien [ Tom Flaherty ], Leonard Jackson [ Jock ], John Hutton [ Bendix ], Roger Serbagi [ Dunleavy ]

    A prison inmate with a grudge against Hawk hires outside muscle to rub him out.

    b: 9 May 87 pc: 186052 w: Daniel Freudenberger d: Winrich Kolbe

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  46. "Homecoming"
    gs: William Hickey [ Gus Harley ], George Martin [ Emmett Cavanaugh ], Timothy Carhart [ Georgie Harley ], Jamey Sheridan [ Nick Cavanaugh ], David Patrick Kelly [ Kevin Harley ]

    Spenser tries to settle a feud between a mobster and a judge. Susan returns from California.

    b: 27 Sep 87 pc: 186231 w: Robert B. Parker s: Joan H. Parker d: Winrich Kolbe
  47. "My Enemy, My Friend"
    gs: Kadeem Hardison [ Bobby Waters ], Daryl Roach [ Greg Bronson ], Samuel L. Jackson [ Ned ], John Finn [ Monroe ], Cleavant Derricks [ Mac Dickerson ], Tim de Zarn [ Harris ], Daniel Beer [ Jack ], David Youse [ Larry ]

    A streetwise young kid gets involved over his head in the underworld. Spenser and Hawk try to protect him from would-be killers.

    b: 4 Oct 87 pc: 186232 w: Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon d: Virgil Vogel
  48. "The Heart of the Matter"
    gs: Shirley Knight [ Katie Quirk ], Kenneth Welsh [ Lt. Nicholas Webster ], William Converse-Roberts [ Clay Roberts ], Gary McCleery [ Sean Winston ]

    Lt. Quirk faces his mortality when he suffers a heart attack. Spenser and Hawk protect him from revenge-minded villains as he recovers.

    b: 11 Oct 87 pc: 186233 w: Norma Safford Vela d: Winrich Kolbe
  49. "On the Night He Was Betrayed"
    gs: Jacmes Rebhorn [ Father Hoyt ], Jack Gwaltney [ Champ ], Giancarlo Esposito [ Ramos ], Thomas Kopache [ Grady ], Brent Collins [ Doc ], Laura San Giacomo [ Sharon Gibbs ], Sean Kemery [ Young Spenser ], David Seaman [ Charlie Moon ], Mary Fogarty [ Harriet ]

    Spenser helps an old friend, an alcoholic priest who tries to help homeless teenagers, when he gets involved over his head.

    b: 1 Nov 87 pc: 186236 w: Michael Fisher d: David M. Whorf
  50. "Sleepless Dream"
    gs: Trini Alvarado [ Laurie Kincaid ], Cherry Jones [ Tracy Kincaid ], Ron Ryan [ Harry Slade ], John Bedford Lloyd [ Keith Kincaid ], Kenneth Welsh [ Lt. Webster Bloom ], John Elijah Bauman [ The Man ]

    Spenser becomes obsessed with an apparently suicidal woman after a chance encounter on the street.

    b: 8 Nov 87 pc: 186234 w: William Rabkin & Lee Goldberg d: David M. Whorf

    NOTE: According to co-writer Goldberg, the Kincaid family were all named after characters from the show The Partridge Family. Actor Kenneth Welsh also appeared in ep #48, both times playing Belson's boss, but with a different character name.
  51. "Consilum Abditum"
    gs: Peter Michael Goetz [ Peter Dorian ], Hansford Rowe [ Prof. Peters ], Ellen Foley [ Ruth ], Arnie Mazer [ Stan ], David Schramm [ Carl ], Leslie Lyles [ Dr. Blackmon ]

    Spenser is arrested when he intervenes in a fight. Susan enlists Hawk's aid after she's harrassed by her college counselor, who contracts a hit man to silence her claims of sexual harrassment.

    b: 15 Nov 87 pc: 186235 w: Stephen Hattman d: Winrich Kolbe

    NOTE: This episode was originally scheduled to air on 25 Oct 87 but was pre-empted for Game 7 of the World Series.
  52. "Thanksgiving"
    gs: Robert Swan [ Mike Kaminski ], Ron Frazier [ George Huntley ], Mary-Joan Negro [ Etta Kaminski ], George Ede [ Alfred Devon Sr. ], Richard Backus [ Alfred Devon Jr. ], David Groh [ Tony Romano ], Richie Devaney [ Mike Jr. ], Danielle Harris [ Tara ]

    Spenser runs into an old friend while visiting a recreation of a Puritan village. Spenser does everything in his power to exonerate said friend when he's accused of a brutal slaying. As he uncovers more and more, Spenser begins to think it might be hard to clear the name of a guilty man.

    b: 29 Nov 87 pc: 186240 w: Walter Brough d: Richard Colla
  53. "Gone Fishin'"
    gs: David Margulies [ Lou De Franco ], Michael Lombard [ Lucas Cantrell ], Rutanya Alda [ Estelle ], Marita Geraghty [ Janet ], Steve Drury [ Thad Wilcox ], Martha Gehman [ Louanne ], Debra Jo Rupp [ Helen ]

    Spenser's fishing trip is interrupted when he has to protect a young man who's not allowed to marry the girl he loves.

    b: 6 Dec 87 pc: 186237 w: Tom Chehak d: Bruce Bilson
  54. "Child's Play"
    gs: Gerry Bamman [ William Reed ], Norman Matlock [ Lt. Grayson ], Helen Carey [ Mrs. Fontana ], Gary Morgan [ Albert ], Peter Smith [ Jimmy ], Jason Kristofer [ Harry ], Michael Santero [ Cabbie ], Jack R. Marks [ Eddie ]

    A sniper takes some shots at Spenser and Susan, and a young boy ends up dead in the crossfire. Spenser sets out to determine why such a tragedy happened and track down the shooter.

    b: 20 Dec 87 pc: 186238 w: William Robert Yates d: Richard Colla
  55. "Skeletons in the Closet"
    gs: E.G. Marshall [ Judge Jason Kingsley ], Boyd Gaines [ Alfie Gainer ], Judith Hoag [ Eileen Kingsley ], Elain Graham [ Jess ], Liz Whitcraft [ Annie ]

    Spenser and Hawk find themselves on opposite sides of the same case. Spenser is hired to retrieve a stolen journal containing information damaging to a judge's career. Hawk is hired by the thief to extort money from the judge.

    b: 3 Jan 88 pc: 186243 w: Don Nardo & Peter Jones & Robert B. Verduccio d: Winrich Kolbe
  56. "The Siege"
    gs: John Shepard [ Mickey ], Richard Brooks [ Robert ], Andrew Davis [ Sal ], MacIntyre Dixon [ Higgins ], Leonard Jackson [ Larry ], Mattie Hart [ Marsha ], Joe Aufiery [ Officer Fielding ], George Guidall [ Capt. Samuels ]

    Susan and an injured Hawk are trapped inside a post office when a disgruntled postal worker (clearly the scriptwriter was ahead of his time) takes hostages. Spenser works from the outside to free the hostages.

    b: 10 Jan 88 pc: 186244 w: Andrew Sipes d: Bill Duke
  57. "Arthur's Wake"
    gs: Frederick Neumann [ Arthur Reynold ], Peter Crombie [ Solomon Trench ], Kent Broadhurst [ Brian Melchior ], David Cryer [ Barney ], Josh Carroll [ Donald Watson ], Khalif Bobatoon [ Larry ], Evanly Shin [ Mugger #1 ], David Herman [ Mugger #2 ]

    Spenser protects an old friend, Arthur, after he's assaulted and robbed. In the course of his investigation, Spenser comes across disturbing information connecting Arthur with racketeering.

    b: 16 Jan 88 pc: 186239 w: Jerome Coopersmith d: Winrich Kolbe
  58. "To the End of the Line"
    gs: Charles Kimbrough [ Roger Thornwood ], Fred J. Scollay [ Fred Mullens ], Andrew Bloch [ Ned Cleary ], Robin Bartlett [ Mrs. Drake ], Ron Canada [ Stapleton ], Cady McClain [ Laurie ], Keith Bogart [ Brian ]

    When Frank's niece dies of a drug overdose, Spenser and Frank go after the men responsible.

    b: 23 Jan 88 pc: 186242 w: Nelson Costello d: Harry Harris
  59. "Play it Again, Sammy"
    gs: Sal Viscuso [ Sammy Backlin ], Kate Burton [ Randy Lofficier ], W.H. Macy [ Efrem Connors ], Jean DeBaer [ Dorothy Winsome ], Edmond Genest [ Burl Dodds ], James Boffico [ Nash Bodine ], John Bell [ Max Winsome ]

    Sammy Backlin calls Spenser for protection when he's being hunted by a 'vicious horde of bloodthirsty assassins'.

    b: 30 Jan 88 pc: 186245 w: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin d: Bruce Bilson
  60. "The Big Fight"
    gs: Cliff Gorman [ Joey ], Austin Pendleton [ The Professor ], John C. McGinley [ K.C. ], Anne De Salvo [ Mildred ], James Shanta [ Mike Walsh ]

    One of Spenser's old trainers lures Spenser to a deserted warehouse where Spenser is supposed to be killed, to get out from under a gambling debt. Spenser survives, then turns around and protects his trainer from the goons now after him.

    b: 6 Feb 88 pc: 186241 w: Jonathan Day d: Winrich Kolbe
  61. "Substantial Justice"
    gs: Philip Bosco [ David McVane ], Dylan Baker [ Sam Reynolds ], Harry Groener [ George Lynnwood ], Stephen Keep Mills [ Ted Watson ], Jack Davidson [ Judge Sorenson ], Susan Wilder [ Annie Becklin ], George Loros [ Jimmy Culver ], Margaret Whitton [ Janet Cole ], Steven M. Gagnon [ Brian Lord ]

    Spenser protects a theater owner from gangsters, but begins to suspect she's not as innocent as she appears.

    b: 5 Mar 88 pc: 186247 w: John Jay Osborn Jr. d: David M. Whorf
  62. "Company Man"
    gs: Louis Zorich [ Jack Delroy ], Eddie Jones [ J.D. Hayes ], Michael Mantell [ William Wright ], Samuel E. Wright [ Dave Watkins ], Graham Beckel [ Sully ], Ching Valdes-Aron [ Dr. Pearson ], Ivar Brogger [ Harold ], Sarah Michelle Gellar [ Emily ]

    Spenser suspects insurance fraud when a building blows up. Susan has a possibly cancerous mass removed.

    b: 12 Mar 88 pc: 186246 w: Norma Safford Vela d: Winrich Kolbe
  63. "Watercolors"
    gs: Pauline Flanagan [ Mrs. Durrant ], Jordan Marder [ R.C. Camden ], Susan Pellegrino [ Mrs. Friar ], Judith Bancroft [ Mrs. Charlie Branch ], George Gerdes [ Ed ], John Juback [ Donovan ], Bobby Orr [ Himself ], Angela Logan [ Woman in Car ]

    Spenser protects a child artist after the child witnesses a mob execution while painting in the forest.

    b: 19 Mar 88 pc: 186248 w: Ronald D. Brown d: Winrich Kolbe

    NOTE: NHL great Bobby Orr appears as himself.
  64. "Hawk's Eyes"
    gs: Andrea Thompson [ Martha Prince ], David Leary [ Willard Prince ], Omar Shapli [ Prof. Freed ], Cheryl Yvonne Jones [ Alicia ], Katherine Waters [ Officer Roseland ], Brian Howe [ Cab Driver ]

    Spenser investigates the death of a friend apparently involved with white supremicists. Hawk is rendered blind by an explosion.

    b: 26 Mar 88 pc: 186249 w: Tom Chehak d: David M. Whorf
  65. "McAllister"
    gs: Victor Love [ Darnell Lewis ], John Seitz [ Capt. Warren Sears ], Andie MacDowell [ Maggie ], Will Lyman [ Lt. Grant ], James Eckhouse [ Lt. Cmdr. Carl Westmore ], Ving Rhames [ Henry Brown ], Tom Brennan [ Capt. Kiparski ], William Youmans [ Stefan Smolen ], Peter MacKenzie [ Lt. Travis Williams ], Susan Gibney [ Molly Sears ], Steve Inwood [ Tom McAllister ], Tom Urich [ Judge ], Robinson Frank Adu [ Ralph Lewis ], Jane Fleiss [ Jeannette ]

    Spenser assists a lawyer in proving the innocence of his client, a Navy seaman accused of murdering the captain's daughter. The only witness is a missing Polish sailor.

    b: 30 Apr 88 pc: 186250 w: William Robert Yates & Steven Hattman d: Harvey Hart
  66. "Haunting"
    gs: Celeste Holm [ Rose ], Barbara Garrick [ Valentine ], Lois Smith [ Elsie ], Caroline Lagerfelt [ Governess ], Alan Vint [ LeClerc ], Sean Kemery [ Young Spenser ], Robbie Neigeborn [ Charlie Moon ]

    Spenser investigates an old child kidnapping case when he tries to track down a teenage girl's biological parents.

    b: 7 May 88 pc: 186251 w: Michael Fisher d: David M. Whorf

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