after spending ""a lousy"" 12 years in prison for a rape / torture / murder, a young punk returns to san francisco to seek revenge against mike stone who was the arresting officer. for starters, the guy murders a girlfriend of mike stone's daughter..... so the killer is REALLY a sicko. the episode spends quite a lot of time on the supposed legal manuvers of the suspect to harrass without going over the line and getting arrested. its okay for hollywood, but the techniques used were fairly shallow and not really something that could be used and especially today. all ends well, though, and mike's daughter says 'bye daddy' as she rolls out on her busride back to her college in AZ.
Two "Gunsmoke" writers teamed on this modern-day Western set at a rodeo in San Francisco's Cow Palace. A bronc rider dies in what appears to be an accident. A rodeo clown looks around the scene after the police leave and discovers the rider's rope -- which was cut almost halfway through before it broke, leaving the bronc free to throw him. The police come back to investigate the scene, and before long the chief suspect is also murdered in another "accident."
A team of angry fathers, who are fed up with crime in their neighborhood, take a vigilante approach at solving the problem. During one of their rampages, a police informant is killed and the murder is blamed on the group. The murder leads to a narcotics ring and Stone and Keller have to try to link the crimes together.
When a high-ranking hoodlum's son is found murdered he brings in the help of the adrogynously named ""Sydney""--a hit woman who's assigned to murder the three thugs responsible. Stone an Keller are looking for them, too. Somehow Sydney becomes Keller's next door neighbor and a relationship develops during their investigation. When Stone & Keller discover two of the hoodlums have died before they can be brought into custody, Stone suspects the worse: his partner is sleeping with the killer. Sydney is played by Brenda Vaccaro, who at the time was married to Michael Douglas.
Set in a midtown hotel, ""Labyrinth"" tells the story of a prizefighter who was supposed to throw a fight but didn't. Some representatives from the mob meet him to ""discuss the matter"" in his hotel room. He ends up beating up one of the men and throws him out the window. He beats up the other two and is shot in the process, but not fatally. He runs from the room and holding the gun he hides in another room with an adulterous couple. Stone and Keller are called in to investigate the hit man's death. The race is on: who will find the prizefighter first--the cops or the hired muscle? Included in the cast of characters is a traumatized ex-cop who quit the force and became the hotel's head of security.
Against his will, Stone gets a new partner while Keller recovers from a gunshot wound. Hippie-haired narc Al Walczinsky isn't too happy about having Stone as a partner either. Together they try to break up a narcotics ring that's gone murderous -- until Stone suspects that Walczinsky's in on the racket.
Upon learning that a teacher was shot and killed during a student scuffle at a school he once taught at, a retired history teacher (played by Maurice Evans) takes it upon himself to corral a group of his former students and hold them hostage in an empty, condemned school. There, at gunpoint, he proceeds to teach them the finer points of history.
A millionaire's (Duff) daughter (Eilbacher) is raped and murdered at a public tennis court. He finds a suspect and sends handbills over the city, posting a $1 million dead or alive reward for the suspect (Gail). The SFPD has to spend an extraordinary amount of time and manpower on this case when the greed of ""human nature"" takes over, causing innocents to be injured or killed in the process of trying to collect the reward.
A clothing designer (Dorothy Malone) finds herself on the front page news after her daughter (Leslie Ackerman) confesses to the murder of her latest fling. Later, Lt. Stone and Inspector Robbins investigate her daughter's claim only to realize that she's really a witness and not a murderer, but will it be too late now that one of the murders (Jerry Douglas) decides that she may be able to identify him?
A narcotics cop (Beatty) who has only four months to go till retirement, roughs up a drug pusher (Campos) and plants a knife on him. In the cop's efforts to cover this up, blackmail and murder ensue. A parallel story has to do with uncovering the ""Tucson connection"", a major drug ring operating in San Francisco.