The character of Cotton Hawes was a regular in the novels on which the series was based but this episode marked his only appearance on the TV series.
John Aniston, seen here in small early acting role, is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Robert Colbert had previously played Brent Maverick on Maverick. He would later appear on Time Tunnel and The Young and the Restless.
One difference between the Cotton Hawes character of the novels and the Cotton Hawes character who appears here is that in the novels he was a bachelor but here he's married.
Hawes: I don't mind slumming for a little while.
Carella: We're all nice guys in the 87th.
Dr. Blaney: You can't break your jaw falling on your back.
Hawes: My wife works. As a matter of fact, she makes more money than I do.
Carella: Who doesn't?
Dr. Stagler: (about Murdock) I didn't know he was a murderer.
Linda: You didn't want to know.
Meyer: (to his family) The best police department is one with hardly any manners at all.
Meyer: Cotton Hawes is a dumb cop.
Kling: Anything new?
Havilland: Yeah, you've got lipstick on your cheek.
Hawes: Is there anything I can do?
Havilland: Yeah, relax.
Murdock: How do I know you know what you're doing?
Linda: You just have to take your chances.
Hawes: Is there a back way outta this place?
Hotel Clerk: Yeah, that's why they have to pay in advance.
Carella: Murdock, you've got a manslaughter rap against you now. Don't make it worse.
Havilland: (to Murdock) You're not so tough without a gun, are you?