Goof: During the interview that Chief Matthews conducts with car painter Frank Handley, actor Broderick Crawford looks directly into the camera numerous times during the delivery of his lines.
At approximately 17 minutes into the episode, Dr. Leonard and Chief Mathews talk at the squad car. The ranch they are at is supposed to be in an extremely remote location. Yet loud super highway sounds can be easily heard in the background, indicating that the shooting location was just off one of the busy California freeways. Also seen in the background is car traffic when the scenario is a washed out road just after a flood. Finally, during the same scene, a semi can clearly be heard using engine brakes to slow down (also known more recently as Jake Brakes.)
The license tag number on the suspect's car that Mathews calls into dispatch is 2X49010.
The address number on Siddon's house is 1233.
Screenplay for this episode was originally credited to Robert Wesley, which was a pseudonym Gene Roddenberry used.
During the final scene of this episode, a Highway Patrolman is seen dangling from a helicopter and then finally drops into the bed of a truck. This stunt was actually performed on camera by the main helicopter pilot himself, Bob Gilbreath.
After the first criminal is shot in the back and nearly dies, there is never any blood seen on his back, his clothing, the bed he is lying on, or when Mathews turns him completely around after breaking down the door to his bungalow. When the second criminal is shot and Mathews is seen checking him out to see if he's still alive, again, no blood or bullet wound is ever seen.
Before passing a slow moving truck on the highway, a close up of Harry Brent's car speedometer clearly shows two thousand, forty eight, point 5 miles on the odometer. After Harry passes the truck the speedometer close up shows two thousand, forty eight, point 0 miles on the odometer, less mileage than before passing the truck.
This is the only episode of the series where a lieutenant is utilized.
This is the only episode in which Broderick Crawford does not give a driving safety tip in his parting shot scene before the closing credits.