Rewatching 21 Jump Street! 21 Jump Street rewatch! The show’s teen/youth audience must’ve loved this story about union contract negotiations in season three, episode eight, “The Blu Flu.”
What’s goin’ down: When management doesn’t meet the police union’s demands, all the cops call in sick at once, which then becomes a full-on strike.
Here’s Hanson: Hanson’s girlfriend, Jackie the D.A., gives him some pointers on contract negotiations.
Penhall’s prerogatives: Penhall is still dating Dorothy, who gives him a list of things to do around the house since he’s not working. He later busts her boss for lighting up a joint in front of him. This, understandably, strains their relationship.
Book ‘em: Booker befriends an old-timer sergeant, and they have a heart-to-heart about what it means to be a cop, and the lengths they’ll go to win the strike. Booker later stands up for the guy when he’s accused of slashing Captain Fuller’s tires.
Undercover blues: While everyone else is picketing, Captain Fuller has to don his uniform and do the “beat cop” thing. He gets partnered up with a klutzy rookie for some cheap laughs.
Goin’ to the Chapel: With the Jump Street chapel all to himself, Fuller gets to take power naps between shifts.
Trivia time: Recognizable character actor Kevin Dunn has a guest spot as Penhall’s girlfriend’s boss. Among his many roles, Dunn played the clueless dad in the Transformers movies. He also played a colonel in the 1998 Godzilla, and, like a pro, he reprised the role in the follow-up animated series. Meanwhile, Fuller’s rookie cop partner is played by Robert Romanus, arguably best known as Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Romanus had a recurring role as a different character in the show’s Booker spinoff.
Torn from today’s headlines: There are a couple of references to a failed air traffic controllers’ strike. This would appear to be the PATCO strike of the 1981-1983, but I don’t know. I got a headache after reading just a few sentences about how complicated that was.
Jumpin’ or not? Labor negotiations just don’t make for gripping television. There’s some interesting fish-out-of-water stuff with Penhall playing house-husband and Fuller hitting the streets, but all this talk about unions and pensions are just dull, and didn’t go anywhere. Not jumpin’.
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