Return of the Hunter is the 1585th episode of The Bill.
Sgt. Cryer gives a talk about drugs at a local primary school. Cryer and PC Hayward are called back to the school where an angry divorcee, Chris Finnessey, is demanding to see his son. When the boy's teacher warns the police of Finnessey's violent reputation and a possible restraining order against him, he grabs a Stanley knife and takes the teacher and Cryer hostage in an art classroom.
In the end, when Mr. Finnessey leaves with the boy and Cryer, PC Dale 'Smithy' Smith gets an 100% visual and fires a shot. Unfortunately, at the same time, Cryer jumps at Finnessey to free the boy and takes the bullet to the sciatic nerve. Smithy's partner then shoots the attacker in the left lung. Later in hospital, we see Smithy confess to Cryer that he shot him, to which Cryer responds, "Friendly fire? ... It happens.", showing us that he holds no grudge.
- Eric Richard as Sgt Bob Cryer
- Alex Walkinshaw as PC Dale Smith
- Steven Hartley as Supt Tom Chandler
- Ben Peyton as PC Ben Hayward
- Colin Tarrant as Insp Andrew Monroe
- Trudie Goodwin as Sgt June Ackland
- Suzanne Maddock as PC Cass Rickman
- Rene Zagger as PC Nick Klein
- Samantha Robson as PC Vicky Hagen
- Holly Davidson as PC Roz Clarke
- Graham Cole as PC Tony Stamp
- Lisa Geoghan as PC Polly Page
- Jane Wall as PC Di Worrell