Friday and Gannon are working the night watch out of the Detective Headquarters, Field Investigative Section on this, the last, episode of Dragnet. They show us and a new cop the importance of field officers and help us feel the pain of the victims and their friends. The plot lines include two robbery murders, a purse snatching, and the robbery of a man who lost all the money he had in the world. Gannon show us how large and tender his heart is for his fellow man.moreless
During a nighttime patrol, Reed instinctively returns fire in the dark and kills a teenage sniper who attacked the patrol car in a residential area. He is immediately subjected to an intensive interrogation as part of an investigation to determine if the shooting was justified.moreless
Joe stops at an all night launderette to buy cigarettes and interrupts a burglar working the coin changer. When he shouts "Freeze," the criminal comes up shooting. Joe returns fire, hitting the man, who flees with the help of his girlfriend. He's later found dead. When SID tries to find the bullet fired at Joe, they come up empty and Joe faces a shooting board with no proof the man ever fired at him. A great surprise ending.moreless
Friday and Gannon are temporarily assigned to the West Valley Division, which is being overwhelmed by juvenile crime due to the population explosion and lacking sense of community and morality. They focus their attention on a number of recently formed underground organizations run by privileged teenagers who initiate new members by requiring them to steal items, ranging from shoe strings to automobiles, from area merchants.
Someone senselessly murdered a Japanese widow, leaving her very young and small daughter an orphan. Friday has a hard time controlling his emotions while seeking the killer.
After Friday appears on a television program to discuss how swindlers operate, he and Gannon are approached by a member of the production staff who tells them of a supposed Vietnam veteran with a Medal of Honor who has convinced his elderly wife to purchase $85 in magazine subscriptions.moreless
An officer investigating a nearby liquor store robbery takes a shotgun blast to the abdomen at point blank range by one of two men in a parked car. Friday and Gannon's investigation goes nowhere for three months until an informant requests to meet Joe at the middle of the football field in Los Angeles Coliseum.moreless
An elderly, widowed apartment manager has been beaten to death with a hammer by a 19-year-old tenant who robs him of his wedding ring and life savings – all $6.58 of it. Friday and Gannon's investigation requires them to travel to Cottonwood, Arizona.moreless
Friday and Gannon help an employee rescue her kidnapped boss.
Friday and Gannon are introduced to a new drug called LSD when they receive a call of young man known on the street as "Blue Boy" who has a painted face and is chewing the bark off a tree in a vacant lot. Several months pass before legislation is passed that allows them to start combating the sale and distribution of the drug, which turns out to be too late for at least one user.