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When Chief Amy Prentiss receives reassignment requests from her entire department she realizes she has to prove herself capable of dealing with the deluge of problems within the department as well as an ongoing investigation that involves murder, heroin, and possible police bribes within her department.
A man dies of a heart attack while flying his plane, but the town medical examiner, a charmingly eccentric Cuban doctor, is convinced that there was foul play. By chance Ironside and Ed are on their way to visit and soon become involved in his investigations; but between pregnant ducks and volatile banana cocktails they have their work cut out as never before.moreless
Ed gets grounded in Reno while transporting a murder suspect back to San Francisco, and knowing gunmen to be on his tail he hides out in an abandoned bar to await assistance from the Chief. As he soon discovers, however, there are other dangers besides hit men for him to worry about, before he can meet up with his colleagues and deliver his prisoner to jail.moreless
When Frank Chin, an elder in the Chinese community, is murdered, the son of a trusted friend is held to be responsible. The Chief believes the gang in question is not responsible for the crime but is being set-up. In an attempt not to alienate the young and old in Chinatown, Ironside asks an undercover officer to help find out the truth behind the murder.moreless
The work of a quartet of musicians is being pirated, and while Ed and Fran are investigating, a member of the group is murdered in front of them. Their investigations lead them into the backgrounds of all those involved at the recording studios where the three survivors work, but all of the possible suspects appear to be friends with the group, and therefore unlikely candidates.moreless
A robbery goes wrong and one of the thieves is killed, while another, an unlikely sort to be taking part in a robbery, is arrested. The third thief manages to escape with the money, but when the young daughter of the arrested gang member is kidnapped, the ransom being the unrecovered money from the heist, the team faces a race against time to capture the missing man.moreless
A friend of Mark's is being unfairly shaken down by a crooked loan shark with crippling interest demands. Worried for his friend, Mark goes undercover, despite objections from the Chief, and sets himself up as a potential customer in the hope of digging the head of the operation out of the woodwork.moreless
A violent gang kills two men during a robbery, and the Chief enlists the help of a regular informant in order to capture those responsible. The informant, Baxter, is a happy-go-lucky gambler with a wife and child, who has been keeping his duel identity a secret for years. This time, however, it looks as though his secret is going to become known to everybody.moreless
A small boy witnesses a crime, but proves to be an awkward witness due to a mental condition that doctors cannot explain. An attempt is made on his life while he is under the Chief's sole care, and in order to capture those responsible, the story is put out that the boy is dead, and that the Chief has retired through a sense of guilt. Putting it about that he has new evidence, he sits back to wait for somebody to make an attempt on his life, while spurning the efforts of his friends to help him. It looks as though his attempts to make it look as though he is turning to drunkenness and depression might just be costing him his life.moreless
A small boy witnesses a crime, but proves to be an awkward witness due to a mental condition that doctors cannot explain. The murder of political campaign manager Bill Ellis puts the boy in jeopardy when an attempt is made on his life while under the Chief's sole care. In order to capture those responsible, the story is put out that the boy is dead, and that the Chief has retired through a sense of guilt. Putting it about that he has new evidence, he sits back to wait for somebody to make an attempt on his life, while spurning the efforts of his friends to help him. It looks as though his attempts to make it look as though he is turning to drunkenness and depression might just be costing him his life.moreless
Fran's Mexican cleaning lady turns out to be an illegal immigrant, brought into the country against her will by an employment agency who are little more than slave traders. The team tries to help her, but she may be too scared to accept their help before it is too late.
The Commissioner's niece makes a bet that she can sleep for one night in the master bedroom of a haunted house, then disappears without trace. The team decide to stay the night as well, but the Chief also vanishes. He finds himself alone, surrounded by ghostly figures, sinister statues and whispered messages, while Ed, Mark, and Fran try to find out where he has gone.moreless
A scientist disappears, sparking fears at the Gregory Institute, a research center where he works that he might have defected. Suspicious at the nature of the evidence and concerned for a wife clearly devoted to her missing husband, the Chief investigates further, and finds that another of the scientists at the center is developing some very dangerous technology indeed.moreless