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The Slave 

Harris objects to the fact that the Burmese chauffeur being arrested for a traffic accident is actually an indentured servant.


Noam Pitlik


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Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Steve Landesberg ... Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
Ron Carey ... Officer Carl Levitt
Manu Tupou ... Philip Azari
Sumant Sumant ... William Nu
Peg Shirley ... Arlene Kenton
Stanley Kamel ... Lance Parks
James Gregory ... Inspector Frank Luger


Harris objects to the fact that the Burmese chauffeur being arrested for a traffic accident is actually an indentured servant.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

18 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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Four D Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ms. Arlene Kenton, started the negotiation with a good faith offer, and was expecting a counter. See more »


Det. Ron Harris: debt bondage is an ancient form of loan sharking; A man borrows money and attempts to pay it back in physical labor, but the way the system is set up the obligation keeps increasing and the debt passes from one generation to another to another.
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Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by James Gregory
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Harris finishes his book "Precinct Diary"
12 June 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Slave" is a relatively serious episode, as both Wojo and Harris become deeply involved with a traffic case where a Mercedes driven by Arlene Kenton (Peg Shirley) is struck by one driven by William Nu (Sumant). His Mercedes is registered to the Burmese Delegation, whose Agricultural Consultant, Philip Azari (Manu Tupou), is revealed through debt bondage to be Nu's owner. Lane Parks (Stanley Kamel, first of two), is the United Nations liaison for Azari, who hopes to dismiss the charges (driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident) by way of diplomatic immunity. Harris defines the terms of debt bondage: "it's an ancient form of loan sharking...what happens is a man borrows money, and then he attempts to pay it back in physical labor...but the way the system is set up, the obligation just keeps increasing, and the debt passes on from one generation to another generation to another" (in this case, 102 years!). Meanwhile, Inspector Luger drops by after attending his late comrade's funeral, worried that he'll be the next to be put out to pasture by the department. The book that Harris has been writing for over a year, "Precinct Diary," is now finished, and submitted to some of the 'better' publishers (Harris: "I'm bracing for a bidding war!" Barney: "they can be messy!").

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