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
A surly teenager throws acid on the back of another student (played by a teen-aged Jan Michael Vincent), then crashes a party armed with a live hand grenade.
Friday and Gannon are the first responders to a man who barricaded himself inside a room in his home and apparently committed suicide because his estranged wife spurned his repeated attempts to reconcile. An otherwise ordinary investigation takes a dramatic turn when forensics reveals the gun found in the man's hand couldn't have fired the bullet that killed him.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
Friday goes undercover with the Department's chaplain in order to break up a gambling ring.
An elderly man and woman are killed in a marked crosswalk by a hit and run driver. Friday and Gannon do an extensive investigation. He receives a light sentence, even though he has a drunk driving record dating back to his high school days. Their frustration is compounded when they have another unfortunate run in with the man several months later.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
Over $200,000 worth of Imperial Jade is reported stolen. Friday and Gannon determine the burglary was an inside job.