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SOSF S03E22: Labyrinth ★★★★
Original air date: February 27, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writer: Del Reisman

Three hoods show up at the Pierre Hotel -- Harry (Michael McGuire), Jack Vincent (Felice Orlandi) and a syndicate muscleman named Dominick (uncredited actor). Vincent is recognized by Al Ginnis (Michael Strong), head of the hotel's security, who tells the desk clerk (Dave Willock) to call the cops because he expects trouble. The trio go to room 717, where welterweight figher Tony Fabrieze (Don Gordon) has been holed up for two months. They want to talk to Tony about a fight in St. Louis where he took a fall which caused some important people to lose a lot of money. Dominick moves towards Tony with the intention of giving him a good workover with brass knuckles, but Tony picks him up and throws him through the window to the street seven floors below. Harry pulls out a gun and wounds Tony, but Tony punches out both Harry and Vincent and flees to the floor below where he encounters Pete (Shelly Novack), who is leaving his room (#610) where he has been having an affair with Judith (Julie Adams). Tony forces Pete back into the room and hides out. He later tells Judith to go downstairs and call his wife and child and get them to come to the hotel. Judith does this, but despite the fact she tells Tony's wife Marian (Claire Brennen) that her husband is badly wounded, Marian says that she couldn't care less. Judith tries to return upstairs, but the cops who have arrived don't let her. Stone wants all the exits to the hotel sealed and later orders the place to be evacuated. This is a very large hotel; Daly the manager (Ben Hammer) is freaking out. Harry and Vincent hide out in a bar on an upper floor, but when they try to escape via the parking lot, the cops are there and their driver Gogo Friezell (Tony Young), is shot dead ... by Harry! When the police start a room-to-room search, Pete takes the opportunity to get away, leaving Tony in one of the bedrooms of the suite, passed out on a bed. Ginnis, who was a cop for 20 years until a brutal attack which killed his partner caused him to lose his nerve and retire, earlier was watching the three hoods and Fabrieze, but did nothing. Ginnis looks like he is going to jump out the window where Dominick went flying because he thinks he is a coward and inadequate at doing his job, but Stone and Keller talk him out of this. Harry and Vincent, who have gone back up into the hotel and have been hiding out in the steam room of the hotel's gym, decide to split up after the cops tell them to leave. Keller and Ginnis chase Vincent down a stairway, with Ginnes finally capturing Vincent after doing a flying leap. Harry goes to the hotel's laundry room where he pretends to be an employee until he is confronted by Inspector Landers (Bing Russell). Rather than take Harry out of the building, Landers brings him to the fifth floor where Harry grabs some elderly man and threatens to break his neck. Stone offers to take the man's place as Harry requests a police helicopter to come to the roof and take him away from the scene. As Stone and Harry are just about ready to get in to the helicopter, Keller shoots Harry.

EPILOG:

Tony's young son shows up at the hotel as his father is taken away in an ambulance. Keller talks to Judith and says that Tony will survive. She has been concerned that her affair would be publicized if she got involved, but when she asks Keller if she needs any more information for his report, he says that they have everything they need. She looks very relieved. As Stone and Keller are leaving, Stone tells Keller the cops should consider having the policeman's convention at the hotel since they know the floor plan so well. Keller grudgingly says this sounds like a good idea, but he intends to take a vacation during that week if it happens.

REVIEW:

This is a very good show, which makes effective use of the "set" (the hotel). The acting from all hands is exceptional, right down to the smallest parts. Michael Strong gives an excellent performance. We can sense that this guy probably hasn't had to contend with any real "crime" at his hotel security job, and when he is faced with actually dealing with something really serious, he totally falls apart. The only thing I found kind of weird was why does ... or maybe how does ... Tony's kid show up at the end? His mother is nowhere in sight! There is a very good score as well, even though it is stock music.

MORE TRIVIA:

• IMDb spells Strong's character's last name "Ginnis," whereas the subtitles on the DVD set use what we would expect: "Guinness." As well, the subtitles spell Vincent's last name as "Vinson." Vincent's real name is "Vince Tenny," according to Keller.
• The way Ginnis goes flying over the hole in the stairway to grab Vincent is pretty remarkable, considering prior to this, the defeated Ginnis had all the energy of a wet noodle.


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... and the Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche. I remember when we (the Flyers) got Eric Lindros from the Nordiques back in the day and he was going to be our superstar, our Wayne Gretzky, for years to come. Didn't quite work out that way. He was on fire at first but then quickly got bogged down with injuries. In his later years he barely even played. I think he was on the bench most of the time.

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Ringfire,

I'm glad I'm not the only one to like the "Here Today" episode. The simulated helicopter flight idea was really dumb, but it did not detract the rest of the episode for me. Besides, I'm a sucker for any Madlyn Rhue episode. Same goes for Marj Dusay and Sharon Acker among others.


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I have added the main shows we were discussing in the previous forum format to this page:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/phpBB-archived/OtherShows/


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Ringfire
I would give School Of Fear 3 stars. It was an interesting episode. Mr. Summers was a sympathetic figure who lost his wife and his job. Pretty much his entire life. I like you Ringfire enjoy these creative stories. Deadly Courier HFO Season 11 for example.
Honestly, I see some of Mr. Mike's points. This Teacher has these students trying to learn chained up in an abandoned school house. He knows he's breaking the law. An intelligent man. What's the end game? Summers can't chain them up forever and eventually their families would come looking for them. I thought it was smart writing for Summers died falling through the rotted floor of the school house. He had spent so many years educating students at school. There was some good in the end as at least 2 would ho back to learning. Had the teacher survived...Maybe they would have sent him to Rabb PI for evaluation and stay!!!!! JC


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With regard to the "Blazers" hockey team mentioned in The Glass Dart Board, if you do a Google search, you will find a reference to the Bay Area Blazers Hockey Academy:

https://playpass.com/bay-area-blazers-o1045/about

But this is a training program, with no indication how long it has been going on -- I'm sure not for 40 years, anyway.

There was also a Vancouver Blazers hockey team which played around the time of the show:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Blazers

But this team only lasted for two seasons; the last one was 1974-1975, which would not have gone up to September of 1975 when the show was broadcast.

In the early 70's there was a hockey team called the San Francisco Sharks, but they never got off the ground and the franchise was sold to businessmen in Québec and became the Québec Nordiques.


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Fred, as I already told Mike I had a sneaking suspicion that he wouldn't like "School of Fear" and sure enough I was right. I've noticed that Mike typically likes to look at how believable the story is whereas I tend to look more at how original and how entertaining it is. This one sure was original and entertaining (for me, anyway). But yes it IS farfetched and pretty "out there", which doesn't really bother me (it's the same reason why I like Five-O's "Here Today... Gone Tonight"), but clearly these things tend to rub Mike the wrong way. If you start dissecting it then of course the whole thing falls apart. How can a frail old man round up all these energetic (and very problematic) teenagers and hold them captive without them disarming him or busting loose at the first opportunity? Doesn't make sense. But I overlook these things because I was entertained and I found the whole premise very original. Plus Maurice Evans gave a fine performance as the teacher with an almost psychotic passion to reform these troubled youths. He did it all for their benefit, no matter the cost.

Mike, the only Blazers sports team I know is the Portland Trail Blazers and they play basketball. It's the NBA. I don't know any NHL team (past or present) with that name, unless it's supposed to be some local junior team or something.


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HFO & Streets Of SF Fans.
Asylum is a Streets of SF classic. Any Classic episode usually has an outstanding cast. Check that box. Susan (Belinda J. Montgomery) Paul (Michael Anderson Jr.) and RABB (James Olson). Mysterious deaths are occurring at Rabb PI but since many are psychiatric patients with varying degrees of mental stability...A full scale investigation had not been conducted. Somebody getting away with murder. Keller shines in his undercover role as a new patient at Rabb. He tries to befriend the beautiful Susan who's friend Paul had recently went to the police about the death of another patient. He was later found dead by hanging at Rabb. Asylum is suspenseful as Keller must locate the perpetrator inside Rabb before his cover is blown. Gene a Psych Tech Physical Therapy type worker is the murderer. Mr. Watson selects patients who have family with some wealth or have donated $ back to Rabb on their death. I presume insurance policies and things. From what I understood, Rabb PI was hanging on financially. Gene killed some of these patients to keep Rabb PI solvent with the funds from the deceased. There probably was a little psycho to Gene as well. Very interesting episode. I would give Asylum 3.5 stars. Kudos to Michael Douglas on his acting and the brilliant acting scene when he arrives at Rabb. It has to be seen to be believed. JC


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S03E21: Asylum
Original air date: February 20, 1975
Director: Robert Douglas; Writer: Larry Brody

Susan Howard (Belinda J. Montgomery), a woman suffering from schizophrenia, witnesses the drowning of a patient at the Rabb Psychiatric Institute in a hydrotherapy tub. Another patient, Paul Bierce (Michael Anderson Jr.), sees the aftermath of this. Soon after, Bierce escapes from a field trip he is taking with several patients from the institute at the California Academy of Sciences. Bierce goes to the cops, and tells them about what he has seen, but because of their interrogation manner, he freaks out and winds up back at the hospital where he is heavily doped up. Later, Bierce is found dead, having hung himself. Pretending to be Stone's nephew, Keller goes underground at the institute as Steve Henderson to investigate after being given some drug by Lenny Murchison (Fred Sadoff), the consulting police psychiatrist, to induce symptoms which temporarily make him into a raving lunatic. Keller vacillates between violent outbursts and attempting to ingratiate himself with Susan and find out what happened with Bierce, finally telling her that he is really a cop. Unfortunately, his conversation with Susan is overheard by Dr. Hamill (Bettye Ackerman), who immediately tells the boss of the place, Jonas Rabb (James Olson), who up to that point has been a major suspect. Stone, interviewing the relatives of another patient who died under suspicious circumstances, figures out the killer is physical therapist Gene Watson (Robert Walker Jr.), an angel of mercy type who hastened the deaths of some patients that were considered lost causes. Following this, Watson accepted large donations to the hospital fromn their relatives for his "services." Stone shows up at the institute just as Watson slips some substance to Keller in the form of fruit punch which ends up with Keller walking around on the building's roof in a delirious state. Fortunately, Susan is able to coax Keller inside, where he is grabbed by Rabb.

EPILOG:

Stone apologizes for the charade with Murchison who was giving Rabb the runaround as to whether or not Keller was a cop, and Rabb is glad that the hospital is now in the clear. Keller says goodbye to Susan.

REVIEW:

Douglas does some intense acting, including screaming hysterically as he is brought to the institute in an ambulance. He manages to be pretty confrontational after this, even with his "uncle," Stone. The show does turn in an almost clichéd direction like where a journalist or cop goes underground in a mental institution and they find themselves in even more peril than when they were admitted. Most of the other patients are kind of faceless, except for Tim Yuro who plays Robert, committed as someone of unsound mind after he raped and murdered his own daughter; he is very protective of Susan, who he has "adopted" as his own child.

MORE TRIVIA:
- Stone and Keller have a good exchange. Stone: "Are you thinking of going undercover in that mental institution?" Keller: "Yeah." Stone: "Well, now just between you and me ... you're crazy!" Keller: "Well, that makes me a natural, right?"
- The institute's address is 1850 Keary Street, San Francisco 94133. A letter with a donation was received by them dated November 5, 1974 from Mary Wilcox, who lives at 2543 Broadway Avenue.


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Oh no Ringfire!

Mike did not like "School of Fear"! I had mentioned that you had to forget the ridiculousness of the situation. Because you are right, somewhere down the line, it should have been very easy to overpower Summers and escape.

I like "Glass Dartboard". But I'm not as great a fane of "Poisoned Snow" as you guys are. Why could Hamill use his blaster to get the cash he needed? He said he was good with it against the womp rats. :)


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Sheesh, do I have to do all the reviews in numerical order? :!nerd:

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What happened to your "Men Will Die" review?

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S04E05: School of Fear ★½
Original air date: October 9, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writers: Brad Radnitz, Gordon Basichis & Marcia Basichis; Music: John Parker

When Walter Randolph, a teacher at Manual High School, attempts to break up a fight between two students, he is shot dead. One of the students, Jim Riley (Don Stark), is busted, but the other, Richie Martino (Bob Hegyes), flees the scene. A few days later, Martino still has not shown up, and some other students have also gone missing. Leopold Summers (Maurice Evans), an older teacher who was fired from the school because of his disciplinary methods, has kidnapped Martino and three of his other former students and chained them to desks in a classroom at the abandoned Thomas Paine Academy where Summers himself went to school many years before. In addition to the Chicano-looking Martino, the others are the black Billy Jeffers (Erik Kilpatrick), Randy Pruitt (Mark Lambert) from the poor side of town and the mouthy Judy Harris (Barbara Stanger). Judy was reportedly the one who "ratted out" Summers after he struck a student (Jeffers) which resulted in him getting canned, but Summers says that he won't hold this against her. Summers wants to improve his captives' education on topics like world history, literature and so forth. Keller manages to track Summers down to his old neighborhood and goes to the abandoned academy where he finds the room where the kids are being held, but gets knocked out by Summers and also chained to a desk. When Keller starts to question Summers' methods, the teacher tells him to shut up. Prior to Keller's arrival, Judy got Martino to throw her purse out of the building with a message for help. It was found by some neighborhood bum, who called her father (Geoffrey Lewis) with hopes of getting a reward. The father arrives at the school with a gun and starts fighting with Summers after Judy suggests that the teacher molested her. Stone then shows up and punches Harris out. Summers escapes to the upper floors of the building and Stone pursues him, as hallucinatory audio flashbacks are heard on the soundtrack. Summers falls through a part of the floor which is rotten and dies when he hits the ground below.

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller find themselves back at Manual High. Billy, who was the only student of the kidnapped four to show interest in what Summers was trying to do, has re-entered the curriculum for his final semester. Billy says, "If old Summers thought I was worth dying for ... well, I can try." The school's principal (John Lehne), says "Some good has come out of all this." Pruitt is back and Martino might return, though Judy Harris has dropped out. As they leave the building, Stone talks about how much Summers cared for his students despite his other faults and Keller says while he was chained up, Summers had the kids listening.

REVIEW:

This show sort of has an interesting premise, which these days might form the basis for a dystopian movie like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games. But I thought it was ridiculous. One of the major problems is the students, who are supposedly around 17-18 years old. They are typical "high school students" portrayed by actors who are much older, and it shows. As of the date of the episode's broadcast, Hegyes was 21, Lambert was 23 and Stanger was 26! (I can't find a date for Kilpatrick; Stark was 24.) There is no indication how old Summers is supposed to be, but Evans was 64. Considering he sometimes walks with a cane, he seems very agile in kicking Pruitt down the stairs of the building where he lives and forcing the students to do his bidding, albeit at knife or gun point. But think -- how many times have you seen a film or TV show where someone has a gun pointed right in their face and manages to disarm the person holding the gun? You would expect the street-smart Martino to be able to do this, especially while Summers is standing right beside him in the classroom where Martino is chained up. Just because Summers is a "person of authority" doesn't mean the students have to be terrified of him! Another issue has to do with "people going to the bathroom." Summers tells them that they are "rested, fed and allowed personal hygiene." During all of these, the kids might have an opportunity to escape, though when he lets Jeffers go to the toilet, Summers makes sure that the door is locked while Jeffers is inside. Evans does give a good performance as the kindly "old-fashioned" teacher who is seriously deranged because of the death of his wife 10 years before as well as his dismissal from the school system, but it is all for nothing!

MORE TRIVIA:

- Summers drives a vintage Mercury, model "61-03," which, according to Mike Timothy, is a 1954 Mercury Monterey 2-DR Hardtop. If you watch the one scene where the camera is inside the car, Maurice Evans drives as if he is someone who is not used to driving.
- When Summers looks like he is making a eulogy for Randolph in the funeral home, he is reciting a passage from Thomas Hobbes' Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, specifically Chapter XIII, Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery.
- It seems very odd to me that when Harris comes to the police station after Summers calls him to say that Judy is being held captive but she will not be harmed, that the one major clue to Summers' identity that might help the cops -- that he has an English accent -- is not mentioned.
- One of the books which Summers is forcing the students to read looks like it is called "Adventures in Appreciation."
- Harris's father's phone number is 362-0024.
- As Stone and Keller approach their car which is parked on the school grounds at the end of the show, a couple of students are looking in the car like they want to steal it!


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"The Glass Dartboard" (cool title!) is definitely a season 4 highlight, one of the best from the season. Not only do Stone and Keller have to catch a sniper psycho but also need to put up with the bureaucratic B.S. of their superior. Tensions are certainly high here. I can't remember what the PERT did but I've worked at companies where I had to deal with crap like this. Like Stone, I like to come in and get my work done. It frustrates me to no end when there are deadlines we need to meet and instead of just letting us do the job we were hired to do we get sidetracked by having to participate in various B.S. sessions. Then we get presented with graphs and charts, bars and lines, percentages and other numbers. Things that I couldn't give a rat's rear end about because they don't expedite my work but only slow it down and waste my time. It's all just clutter and mindless overhead. I always say that less is more.

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I have revamped the format of the reviews. See this page for an example:

http://www.thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-4.htm

It will take a while to revise what I have already done, aside from season one, which will require a major overhaul already.


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In the PERT show, Keely was obviously ahead of his time, much to the annoyance of men in the department who found his methods to be counter-productive. But I dunno how advanced computers of the day were. For example, Keely tells Keller to check out the 2,500 people who work in the building. Then in the next scene we see Keller with Stone in their car and Keller holding a large pile of printouts (not a "paperless" solution already), which suggests that they got this information very quickly with the help of computers. I don't think SOSF was like Five-Zero where you can log into a Supercomputer and, starting with a facial recognition search, come up with obscure information in a few seconds like the results of a suspect's driving test 20 years ago. I think that Keller got this printout via the manager of the building (so some time was left out here), not through any facilities at the police station, but you have to wonder if this list of past and present employees would be so detailed and all-inclusive, even if the building is only a year old.

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S04E03: No Place to Hide ★★★
Original air date: September 25, 1975
Director: Virgil W. Vogel; Writer: Robert Malcolm Young; Music: Richard Markowitz

When a young woman is shot dead in a laundromat, Stone and Keller find themselves involved with the world of gangs at the fictional and nasty Holton Prison, including those outside who have been paroled but have connections to two bosses in the jail, Carl Metzger (Todd Martin) of the White Brothers and Lafayette Delacroix (Ji-Tu Cumbuka), leader of the black Cadre. Jennifer O'Brien, the murdered woman, was refusing to co-operate in a plan devised by Metzger to smuggle drugs into the prison via her incarcerated husband Robert (Michael Bell). Taking advantage of the fact that Robert now feels his life is over because of his wife's death, Delacroix slips him a shiv and tells him to knock off Metzger, but O'Brien himself is murdered. (Metzger and Delacroix are surprisingly chummy in a meeting in the prison shower room later which suggests that the murder of O'Brien was planned between the two of them.) The next prospect for Metzger's smuggling plan is Lou King (Paul Carr), who is in Holton for embezzlement. King's wife Rita (Stefanie Powers) is visited by Holton parolee Jack Constantine (Chris Robinson, giving a totally slimy performance) who convinces her to co-operate if she wants her husband to remain healthy. Keller enlists the help of Pepper Collins (Stan Haze), a black guy out on parole from Holton who he has had dealings with in the past, to give him the scoop on members of the White Brothers who are possible suspects in Jennifer O'Brien's murder. Collins is only to glad to co-operate to "get back at the honkies." Rita, who was pals with Jennifer O'Brien, meets with Constantine at some out-of-the-way location which looks like a garbage dump to discuss the dope smuggling. Joe Max (Ben Frank), another ex-con from Holton who Constantine has "contracted" to knock off Collins also shows up and is shot dead by Constantine when he complains about his assignment. Rita flees the scene but some guy at the dump makes a note of her car license plate, which leads Stone and Keller to her. Rita refuses to talk unless Stone makes a deal to have her husband released, otherwise he is as good as dead. Stone makes the deal with a judge late in the evening and he and Keller go to see Rita to tell her, just as Constantine, who has broken into her place, is threatening her with a knife in a sequence which seems out of a slasher film. Constantine is taken away and soon after this, Rita spills the beans. It is an odd coincidence that Metzger has the same last name as Tom Metzger, described by Wikipedia as an "American white supremacist, skinhead leader and former Klansman [who] founded White Aryan Resistance [and] was a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s."

EPILOG:

Stone and Keller escort the Kings to a bus depot in downtown San Francisco which will take them to the airport and a new life under the Witness Protection Program. Keller gets to imitate Marlon Brando in The Godfather (not very well) when he says that Rita made "an offer that [Stone] couldn't refuse." As they are leaving the scene, Stone tells Keller that King's new name is "John Louis Smith," which Keller thinks is pretty lame.


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I was curious those who watched The Glass Dartboard Streets SF. Did you like Keely's PERT chart to find the perpetrator? Keely was ahead of his time.
Enjoyed I Ain't Marchin'Anymore. Keller was the perfect undercover man. Steve attended Berkeley a younger man, and seemed to be a progressive type. He had some empathy for the draft dodgers but Keller had a job to do.


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Big fan of The Glass Dart Board. That PERT chart makes me laugh every time. Truax is an unlikely criminal to look at him. I love the episode because Stone becomes very angry at Neely and his methods. They almost apprehended Truax in the night helicopter patrol. The nut job file and letters was a quick way to end the episode. Truax looked like a lonely man who could have used some lovin'. On a conventional 4 star scale,I would give The Glass Dart Board 3.5 stars.

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S04E02: The Glass Dart Board
Original air date: September 18, 1975
Director: Harry Falk; Writer: Sean Baine

Martin Truax (Lou Frizzell) is taking shots at the 35-story Balboa Towers using a high-powered German "Handel" rifle. As we find out later, he is aggrieved because his property was expropriated to get land for the building, and he feels he was not compensated enough. Truax wants $1 million or he will keep up his attacks on the place, even threatening to "destroy" it. When one of Truax's shots kills an accountant, the cops get even more interested than just investigating the shooting angle. Unfortunately, Stone has to contend with an old pal of his, Jacob Keely (Patrick Wayne), who has been promoted to captain while Devitt is on sick leave. Keely is a "squint," according to Keller, meaning someone who never leaves the office and squints when he goes outside and sees the sun. Stone uses tried-and-true methods including triangulation from high up in the building to try and catch Truax, but finds himself constantly frustrated by Keely, who micro-manages things and interferes with Stone's work. Keely uses a management technique for complex programming he developed called P.E.R.T. (Program Evaluation and Review), which consists of a large flowchart where data relating to the case is entered. When Keely shows this method to the men, some of them roll their eyes. Stone and Keller have a good chance of capturing Truax one evening, but Keely takes command in the helicopter being used to follow the suspect and sends everyone in the wrong direction. This causes Stone to go totally ballistic, telling Keely that he is "what went wrong" with the operation, because he let the shooter escape. Shortly after this, using P.E.R.T., Keely has a suspect named Harlan Jeffers (Paul Pepper) picked up, and everything about him falls into place except the fact that he does not own the rifle being used. With the help of the Balboa Towers' building manager Eli Mason (Joel Fabiani), Stone and Keller add to the lists they already have of people connected to the skyscraper, including those who were responsible for the building's construction. Their last resort is the architectural firm which designed it, and there they find a "nut file" with letters from cranks including Truax, who was complaining bitterly about having to sell his property. Stone and Keller go to Truax's place, where the shooter is undone by the fact that his 1953 Lincoln (license number AXO 995) won't start and his Airedale Terrier dog named Scruff. Truax ends up wounded by Keller and is taken into custody.

EPILOG:

Devitt returns from the hospital and Keely is promoted to Research and Planning. Keely tells Stone that he is an example of The Peter Principle, having risen to the level of his own incompetence. Stone says the fact Keely is being promoted would negate this criticism, suggesting that Keely planned this all along.


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JACOB'S BOY
This is a pretty good episode, but far from great. Probably on par with "One Chance to Live". Brock Peters is very good (as always) as Jacob Willis. Peters always has this crazy intensity in everything I see him in. Whether it's the sympathetic defendant Tom Robinson in the classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or a baddie in a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE episode he's always intense. There's just something about him. He also has these huge nostrils which are always flaring lol. I don't get any gay context between him and the boy because I basically see Jacob as a father figure to the boy. If the real father wasn't around and Jacob had to raise the boy as his own then of course there's going to be a strong bond between them, and as we see it's stronger than between the boy and his real father.

FLAGS OF TERROR
This is one of the best in the series! It's a suspenseful hostage drama and those are always great. Katherine Cannon plays the loose cannon in the group who definitely is the trigger happy one. Her Five-O equivalent is probably the chick from "Tsunami" or the chick from "A Woman's Work is with a Gun". Both crazy chicks! One correction, Mike, is that Dick Roth (played by Tom Hallick) is not the military guy hostage but one of the cops or feds that Stone coordinates with on how to diffuse the situation. I also wondered what happened to Elliott Street at the end. When the shooting starts he just disappears. I wonder how you would compare this episode to "Voice of Terror" on Five-O. Both are hostage situations and both feature a group of revolutionary wackos with Marxist ideas (even though Dellam claims to denounce Karl Marx).

POISONED SNOW
I agree that this is a very good episode. It's a really interesting (and highly original) premise. Clu Gulager is a cop on the edge who's had it with all the scum on the streets. He's gonna clean up the streets once and for all - by killing as many dealers and junkies as he can. Of course we saw in advance how the Mark Hamill character would play out by the episode's end, but it was still a highly engrossing episode. As with season 3, season 4 opens strong! The next episode is even stronger.


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S04E01 - Poisoned Snow
Original air date: September 11, 1975
Director: William Hale; Writer: Paul Savage

Clu Gulager is Inspector George Turner, a narcotics cop, whose girlfriend (also a cop) Maggie Collins (Janis Hansen) is shot dead when she attempts to make an arrest during a drug transaction. The hotheaded Turner, who describes the people he deals with "slime" and "human garbage," accuses his partner Phil (Alan Fudge), who was with Maggie at the time, of bungling the operation. Stone himself says that they shouldn't give women this kind of work, it is too dangerous. Turner was going to marry Maggie soon, after a divorce from his wife was finalized. He seeks vengeance, attempting to track down her killer, a guy named Cajun (Tony Geary, later of General Hospital). Turner gets a tip regarding Woody Parks (George Sawaya), distributor of the heroin. He and Phil attempt to bust Parks, but Turner pretends he didn't find any dope in Parks' car and they let him go. In reality, Turner does find the hidden drugs and laces it with rat poison. This has the desired effect of killing Cajun, but it also kills around 30 other junkies with the cops totally run off their feet dealing with this sudden epidemic of death. Turner's action also has extreme consequences, because his own son Andy (a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill) is a dope addict who dies after purchasing some of the contaminated heroin. I could see this plot angle coming a mile away, given that Andy was sniffing from a "cold" during a meeting early in the show with his father. This is a very good episode, with Stone being very intense, interesting photography including sequences with the camera in the back of Stone and Keller's car (no process shots) and extreme closeups when Stone is grilling Turner after the latter's scheme is revealed, some pretty crazy driving by Keller, interesting music (albeit stock tracks) and a great cast including several character actors. There is a reference to Captain Devitt, the Tim O'Connor character (though he is not seen) and a "real" phone number -- 386-8271 -- is mentioned.

EPILOG

Phil, Stone and Keller encounter Turner in the basement of the cop shop as he is being taken away in a paddy wagon. Turner, who is unrepentant, says "Nothing's gonna change," and there's "a different kind of poison" on the street now. When Turner asks his partner "How's it goin?" Phil responds, "I'm still trying", and shuts the paddy wagon door. Phil tells Stone and Keller,"He's wrong, you know. Things are changing all the time. Sometimes just not for the better, that's all."


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Ringfire & Mr. Mike
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore is a Classic. Keller has sympathy for those draft dodger types but has an investigation to do. Love the house and the spread of land in Northern California. Enjoyed the episode. Suspenseful. Didn't know how Keller would get out of there alive.
Jacob's Boy.
Very good episode. The Peter kid idolized Jacob as his mother died when he was 3 or so. The end of Jacob's Boy sure makes your eyes water. The way the prisoners were treated and such. Jacob was rehabilitated and made a compelling case to the judge.
Flags Of Terror an incredible episode. One of the best in the entire series. Capturing Keller was a smart move. Escalating the suspense quotient. Also, ypou could see what was happening through Keller's eyes. Impressive!


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I AIN'T MARCHIN' ANYMORE
After a great start to season 3 with four very strong episodes we get the first average episode. Mike, I find it interesting that you call this episode "suspenseful" (in regards to whether Keller will be unmasked) because I think overall this episode has less suspense than the typical SOSF episode, including the previous four. I probably enjoyed it a bit more this time around than when I first saw it but I'd still call it pretty average. Good catch on Paul Stanley having directed the similarly themed draft-dodging Five-O episode "To Kill Or Be Killed". I wonder if his getting the job on this episode had anything to do with the other one. I think so. I doubt it was just a coincidence. In any case I was never exactly a huge fan of that episode either. I think the Five-O episode overall is stronger and packs quite a wallop at the end (it just takes a while to get there) but it's not one I choose to revisit often. Also you mention that both Douglas and MacArthur were the same age (29) when they went undercover as draft dodgers. This is not quite accurate. JMac, born in 1937, would have been around 33 when the Five-O episode aired.

ONE CHANCE TO LIVE
Mike, I see you're calling this one "awful" but apart from a few nit-picks you don't really explain why you think it's so bad. I personally don't think it's particularly great either but I probably enjoy it more than the previous draft-dodging episode. It's definitely far from awful. For starters we have this nasty creep played by Steven Keats (who always excels at these types). He then really gets under Keller's skin and accuses him of police brutality, even going so far as to get a bunch of thugs to beat him up to lay the blame on Keller (this is right out of DIRTY HARRY where Scorpio does the same). He's definitely a sick pup. I agree that Joanne Linville's character is kind of grating, though I think she's supposed to make you feel that way. She's a sorry-looking loner type, all the more strange that a high ranking Canadian politician would have any interest in her. In her peformance here she actually reminds me in some ways of Zohra Lampert, who I think could easily play a part like this. A somewhat sorry, somewhat off-kilter, odd duck type of character that Zohra excels in. Oh, and of course Keller knows who Downing is. We Americans know every single Canadian politician out there ;) We watch their speeches religiously!


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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.

EPILOG

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.

EPILOG

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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