The Rookies (1972)

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Quotes (48)

  • Terry: Hey, come on. We're supposed to roll. Willie: Yeah, just give me a minute. Terry: For what? Willie: I want to make sure I've some ideas of the main streets in the neighborhood. I've never been through there; and I, ah, can't think of anything more embarrassing than a cop getting lost. Can you? Terry: Got the perfect out for you. You ride passenger, and I'll drive. Willie: You know that part of town? Terry: Oh, do I know that part of town. Easy area to get lost in, in a lot of ways. Willie: It's a mean place, huh? Terry: (sarcastically) Oh, no. It's just as nice and calm as can be William.

  • Willie: So, how do we log this, disturbing the peace? Terry: Well, take a look around you Willie, not much peace around, just an occasional break in the war.

  • Terry: He in? Officer: He is. Terry: Good mood, bad mood? Officer: His mood. Terry: Very encouraging.

  • (to Jill, arriving as they are in the middle of a loud disagreement) Willie: (opening the door) What do you want? Jill: Well, I didn't come to present either of you with a brotherhood award. Terry: Sorry it got a little loud Jill. Jill: No, no, not a little loud. It got a lot loud, and Mike's trying to do some studying. Willie: Why didn't he come over and tell us himself, huh? Jill: Because I'm also here to ask you to dinner in half an hour when he's finished. Terry: I'm sorry, Jill, I just don't feel like ... Jill: Terry, I'd appreciate it very much if you both said yes; because you can't yell at each other with your mouths full, and I don't like to see nice people yell at each other anyway. I'll see you in half an hour.

  • Lt. Ryker: I don't know, Danko, am I crazy? Danko: In what way Lieutenant? Lt. Ryker: Those two, letting them walk in there like that. They could get their heads handed to them if they're not careful. Danko: Nah, they'll be careful. You can count on them. Lt. Ryker: There's another thing that bothers me. Danko : Yeah, what's that? Lt. Ryker: When I asked if I was crazy, you asked "In what way?" Why couldn't you say "of course not, Lieutenant?"

  • Lt. Ryker: Webster, Gillis. (Webster and Gillis stare at the Lieutenant and smile) What are you looking at me like that for? Webster: You're in a suit, Lieutenant. Lt. Ryker: Well that's not exactly front page news, Webster. Gillis: Yeah, but it's a suit like regular people wear. I mean, uh, civilians. Lt. Ryker: Gillis, I don't want to shake you up, but I am a regular person. And it just so happens that I'm the second guest on the Feedback talk show tonight, in an effort to publicize the new program which brought you rookies into the department. Any other questions? Gillis: No. Have a good time Lieutenant.

  • Lt. Monroe: Yeah, I must say, I don't know much about you new cops. They way Ryker went on and on about you on TV last night, I just had to see for myself. I mean, I figure, you know, you two guys must have a nice big red S across your chest. First heavy phone call comes in, you go racing for a phone booth to change your outfits, you know?

  • Webster: Well, if you've got any questions, anything you'd like to learn, please feel free to ask. Lt. Monroe: There's not much you can teach me, Officer Webster. Webster: No? Then how come you're riding with us? Lt. Monroe: Because some of the people in Internal Affairs are getting a little bit worried over the fact that, uh, we may have created a problem with all this new cop nonsense. Gillis: Well, what kind of a problem, Lieutenant? Lt. Monroe: A problem concerning an elite corps on the force, some young cops thinking they know all the answers, thinking they're better than men who've been on the force for 20 years, that's what kind of a problem. Webster: Then you don't agree with the program? Lt. Monroe: Well, it doesn't matter whether I agree or not, I wasn't consulted. Webster: But if you had been? Lt. Monroe: Well, I would have told them they're getting all hot and bothered because people don't like cops. So what? Who said people are supposed to like cops? Nobody likes anybody with power; and cops have the power. So nobody's going to like cops and that's all there is to it.

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Notes (61)

  • The original TV movie (which ran 2 hours with commercials) that served as the pilot for the series.

  • Additional Credits for all episodes: Wardrobe provided By: THE GAP Automobiles Furnished By: Chrysler Corp. This has been a Spelling-Goldberg Production.

  • Kate Jackson and Gerald S. O'Loughlin took over the roles of Jill Danko and Lt. Ryker, which were originally played by Darrin McGavin and Jennifer Billingsley in the pilot.

  • Dane Clark is billed as a Special Guest Star.

  • Arlene Golonka is billed as a Special Guest Star.

  • Craig Stevens was billed as a Special Guest Star in this episode.

  • Guest star Roddy McDowall is best known as one of the stars of the original "Planet of the Apes".

  • Guest star Belinda Montgomery played Doogie's mother in "Doogie Howser, M.D."

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Trivia (17)

  • The officers work out of Police Station No. 7.

  • During one of the basketball sequences, the Harlem Globetrotters theme song, Sweet Georgia Brown, is played. The song was written by Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (words).

  • Regular Casting Director Bert Remsen is incorrectly billed as Cert Remsen in this episode.

  • When Don fires his revolver into the mirror, it leaves no hole in the wall.

  • It seems a little unlikely that a person could so easily steal a police uniform from the locker room the way Don did.

  • Gillis and Webster's police car code is Ludlow 9.

  • Danko and Webster's police car's code is Ludlow 7.

  • Gus T. Caldwell lives in the Bay Apartments at 1483 Bay Street. He drives a Ford LTD, which is the car that was stolen and used in the commission of the robbery. As a point of interest, the end credits of all shows say that Chrysler Corporation provides the cars.

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Allusions (11)

  • John Wayne Refers to the world famous, Academy Award-winning American actor. Wayne (1907-1979), who epitomized rugged masculinity, is famous for his distinctive gait, voice and physical presence. Randolph Scott Refers to the American motion picture actor who was primarily know for his roles in Westerns. Scott's (1898-1987) career spanned five decades, from 1928 to 1962.

  • Superman Refers to the fictional comic book superhero created in 1932 by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster, while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June 1938, and subsequently in various radio and television programs, movies, newspaper strips, and video games.

  • Captain Marvel Refers to the fictional comic book superhero, created by artist C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker in 1939. Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a young news reporter. Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted to film, in 1941's The Adventures of Captain Marvel.

  • 63 yard field goal by a man with half a foot Officer Gillis is referring to Thomas John (Tom) Dempsey (b.1947), a former National Football League (NFL) placekicker. He was born without toes on his right foot and is best remembered for kicking an NFL record 63-yard field goal in the final two seconds of a game to give the New Orleans Saints a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. The November 8, 1970 kick has remained a record through the end of the 2007 season. In order to compensate for not having any toes, Dempsey wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface.

  • Sir Galahad Refers to one of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table. He is one of the three knights who achieved the Holy Grail and is especially known for his gallantry and purity. Captains Courageous Captains Courageous was originally a novel - written by Rudyard Kipling in 1897 - that follows the adventures of 15-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr. It was made into a movie and 1937 starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney, and John Carradine. Tracy won the Best Actor Academy Award for his work. Two more made-for-TV movies of Captains Courageous followed. The first was in 1977 and starred Karl Malden, Ricardo Montalb├ín, Fritz Weaver, Fred Gwynne and Neville Brand. The second was in 1996 and starred Robert Urich, Kenny Vadas, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Sandra Nelson and Colin Cunningham. Lastly, the novel was also made into an Off Broadway production in 1999. It played at the Manhattan Theatre Club. As an aside, Robert Urich starred in S.W.A.T., which was a Rookies spinoff.

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 Lt. Ryker is quoting the King James Version of the Bible. the verse in full reads: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

  • Physicians heal themselves; Luke 4:23 Lt. Ryker is quoting from the Bible. The full verse (NIV) reads: Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'

  • Welcome back Brother Lazarus Lazarus is the man who had been dead for four days when Jesus raised him from the dead. The story is told in Chapter 11 of the Gospel of John.

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