Season 4 Episode 3

The Big Crime

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 09, 1954 on NBC

Episode Recap

Sgt Joe Friday and his partner Frank Smith are on the hunt for a child molester. Twin girls are missing while playing at the park. One dress is found later in the bushes and it belongs to one of the four year old twins. The mother is worried and Sgt Friday can only state "Yes Maam, we're doing everything we can".

The children turn up lost, molested, scared and confuss (the twins are never shown on screen).

They interview a witness (Bernice Hopper - a realtor in L.A.), who leads them to the criminal. She let's us into a great insight - houses are a hot comidity in L.A.

The molester turns out to be a pathetic, drinking, fat slob (didn't even shave in the morning).

A bizzare twist at the end when the molester states if he hadn't lost his knife he would have ended up killing the girls.