On New Year's Eve, a man threatens to jump off a building if peace in the Middle East isn't achieved by midnight, a shoplifting suspect goes into labor in the squad room, and a drunk man has his pocket picked.
The citizenry is in a panic amidst the rumors that the 12th Precinct is being shut down and a repentant hood can't prove that he committed a crime. These prove to be connected when the detectives learn that a protection racket is spreading rumors of the precinct's closing and shaking down shop owners. Wojo brings in a former don to try and get information and Luger says the rumors are true. But things turn when the President says that police and fire will stay open.moreless
A man is convinced that a photo of Jean Harlow is his missing wife; a pair of lady cops makes an overzealous drug bust.
A glimpse at Detective Fish's home life ensues when the detective is forced to go on restricted duty.
During a very rainy day, the squad must endure both the precinct roof threatening to collapse, and bad Bicentennial jokes from a nightclub comedian
Around the New York bicentennial celebrations a hansom cab owner reports his horse missing; a man assaulted in his hotel room insists he was alone; and Wojo arrests a seller of flag clothing.
Two pounds of confiscated marijuana is missing, a homeless man is brought in for spending a night in a department store, and a man is arrested for stealing a police car. Meanwhile Wojo is bitten by a rat, and Fish is brought down by a kidney stone.
Marty claims that a member of the 12th is harassing the gay community; the precinct computers think Fish is dead; a suicidal man reacts poorly to the possibility of being institutionalized.
Wojo and Wentworth pose as marrieds in order to bust a burglary ring set in a posh hotel. They catch the perp, but have to give up the collar when the hotel's security director brings a young man in on a rape charge.
Romance blossoms as Wojo and Wentworth go under cover as a married couple in the honeymoon suite of a hotel experiencing a rash of robberies.
The precinct is on the lookout for an arsonist; Chano brings in a man who used a deadly weapon on a vending machine.
A wife claims spousal abuse; Wojo and Wentworth are bait for a park rapist.
Yemana is shot in full view of disinterested bystanders, and Barney is offered a job in Florida.
Barney, Fish and Yemana feel the crunch when a labor layoff forces them to do without Chano, Harris and Wojo; a manicurist goes deeper than the nail; a morose stockbroker takes to petty theft.
Weary of housework, Liz tries her hand at social work, to Barney's dismay; a master forger fascinates Harris.
A disgruntled man with a belt of dynamite threatens to blow himself and the squad room sky high unless President Nixon agrees to speak with him; the plumbing goes kaput; Wojo arrests a phony man-of-the-cloth.