Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) tries to remain sane while leading the 12th Precinct’s detectives: crochety, nearing-retirement Jewish-American Philip K. Fish (Abe Vigoda); naive but goodhearted Polish-American Det. Stanley “Wojo” Wojciehowicz (Max Gail); ambitious, arrogant African-American Det. Ronald “Ron” Nathan Harris (Ron Glass); philosophical, wisecracking Japanese-American Nick Yemana (Jack Soo); and dauntless Puerto Rican Chano Amanguale (Gregory Sierra).
Rob and Laura find an eccentric house painter and begin to be suspicious about him.
In this episode Jack Benny plays a cop who beats a confession and a Lucky Strike cigarette commercial out of Humphrey Bogart.
Jack has trouble falling asleep because of a leaking faucet, but he’s ready for the burglars who want to ransack his house with booby traps.