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Thanks for setting this up Mike - I think continuing the page for discussion of other TV shows is a great move. So many classic cop/detective shows from the 60's and 70's. Previously when I saw your post on The Invaders it brought back memories of a show I loved but had not thought about in 25 years or probably more. Great fun reading about it and remembering it again.

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SOSF S03E07: Jacob's Boy
Original air date: October 24, 1974
Director: Harry Falk; Writer: Paul Savage

Brock Peters plays Jacob Willis who works for businessman George Todd (Dabney Coleman), though exactly what his "job" is is a big mystery (at one point, Willis is seen doing maintenance on Todd's yacht). Willis has become a surrogate father (and mother) to Todd's son Peter (Mitch Vogel) because when Todd's wife died, Todd buried himself in responsibilities for his work and from that point on, neglected looking after his son. In 1949, Willis, whose real name is Earl Barnes, was serving time for petty theft in an Tuscaloosa, Alabama prison, where he attacked a guard and then escaped. Recently, Willis was recognized in San Francisco by a fellow convict from way back then named Hoby Shuttleworth (James Griffith), who tells Willis that the guard died and he wants a payment not to expose him. Willis shows up at a bar where he hands over $500 to Hoby, but after he leaves, a scuzzy guy from the bar, Frenchy (Roy Jensen) steals the money, helped by Hubert "Gimp" Franklin (Robert Walden). Toby hits his head on a wall and dies after he is pushed by Frenchy, another SOSF incident where injuries like this would typically not have been fatal. Gimp, interviewed by Stone and Keller, puts the blame for Toby's death on Willis, and the two cops spring into action investigating. Todd is very concerned when he learns about Willis's past, of which he knew nothing, but he offers his full financial and legal support. Willis seemingly spends time at Todd's place looking after the son, but has his own apartment where he appears to be living the life of a respectable citizen. As well, he has a cabin near Santa Rosa north of San Francisco. When Willis decides to leave town after giving the cops his fingerprints which will reveal his past, Peter says he wants to come along, but Willis discourages this. Peter follows Willis to Santa Rosa anyway, but Willis puts the kid on a bus back home. The police in the area, responding to an APB for Willis, shoot and wound him, but Willis manages to get to his cabin. Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, aside from a confession by Frenchy, who gets hit by a car, that he was the one reponsible for Toby's death, Stone and Keller find out that Willis did not kill the guard 25 years before, but merely injured him. In the usual nick of time, the two San Francisco cops arrive at the cabin just as Willis is about to commit suicide and talk him out of it. The relationship between Willis and Peter is peculiar, not helped by the fact the actor playing Peter was around 18 and looks it, whereas he is supposed to be less than 15, the number of years that Willis has worked for Todd. I'm sure that eyebrows were raised about a black man (Willis) looking after a white man's kid in this manner in 1974. As the show went on, I kept wondering about this relationship, whether it was going to have a gay subtext, but that would have been totally rank and there is no way that the show could have gotten away with this.

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Willis makes an impassioned speech before Judge George Gilbert (Bill Baldwin), who says that after what happened and Willis's history for the last 25 years, the judge considers Willis to be rehabilitated and he is recommending that Willis be released with no bail and all charges be dropped, pending a decision by the legal authorities in Sacramento.


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Streets of San Francisco (SOSF) reviews continue...

S03E08: Flags of Terror
Original air date: October 31, 1974
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writer: Jerry Ziegman

In this nail-biter, three terrorists connected with an insurrectionist movement in the fictional African country of Batasi -- Dallam (Carl Franklin), Mary-Beth Hall (Katherine Cannon) and Murray (Elliott Street) -- return from Japan with cameras, each of which contains a powerful explosive which is triggered remotely. When they come through US Customs, suspicion is aroused, but they manage to escape from the building along with Sonny (David Giles), the brother of Dallam who has been waiting with an automatic rifle along with another guy. In the confusion, a young girl is shot dead, witnessed by her horrified father, whose name is Warren (Robert Hogan). Stone and Keller just happen to be nearby investigating smuggling on a cruise ship, so they, along with several other cops, give chase. The terrorists take two hostages, Kerry Martin (Adrienne La Russa), a ballet dancer, and Dick Roth (Tom Hallick), a military man, and flee to the harbor where they hold up on a yacht along with Keller, who they also grab while he is pursuing them plus Nick Solana (Julio Medina), a man who is doing maintenance on the yacht. A team of sharpshooters arrives at the scene along with Mehlman (Timothy Burns), a police electronics geek who tells Stone that in the camera with one of the terrorists on board the yacht is a code which can be used to override its deadly capabilities. Keller, who has a few words with Stone at the request of his captors, gets Kerry to find out the code while he is distracting Sonny, who gets killed by Warren, who has sneaked up onto the yacht by swimming in the harbor. As the terrorists and their hostages move towards a seaplane which arrives to take them to freedom, Keller manages to relay the code number with his fingers back to Stone who is on a barge nearby, co-ordinating things with the riflemen. Warren appears again and distracts the terrorists as the the bomb is disarmed. Mary-Beth is wounded and all the bad guys are all taken into custody. There is some Canadian content in the show: Mary-Beth asks the supplier of the bomb-containing cameras in Japan if they were used in Quebec the previous year, presumably by the terrorist group FLQ (Front de libération du Québec). But t his organization was pretty much finished by the end of 1971. It is not clear what happens to the Elliott Street character during the final confrontation.

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Keller is harassed by Jack Leist (Richard Eastman), an annoying radio journalist who was earlier bugging Stone. He tells the man "Whatever they [the terrorists] talked about , whatever you're talking about, there's only one thing that happened today -- three people got killed [the third was the man who arrived at Customs with Sonny, shot by Keller at the docks]. So whoever ends up saving the world, nothing changes that fact." Keller leaves with Stone.


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