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This is the pilot episode for the series. The McMillan house and interiors were actually Rock Hudson's own house at 9402 Beverly Crest Drive, Beverly Hills. So all the furnishings, carpets, paintings, etc. you see are his.
While tailing Rachel, Mac's car is nearly forced over a cliff by a Mustang, in a proficient night exterior marred at the climax by a rapid tracking pan that produces the same "strobe" effect found in Losey's The Sleeping Tiger, for example. In each case, it may be assumed that the production budget or the shooting schedule (or both) prevented re-shooting.
(SPOILER!) The ending was changed during the filming, as it is McMillan's old boss who is exposed as the sleeper and not Mac's old buddy - the old man's assistant, which is impossible as he was the one who originally called Mac in to find the sleeper in the first place.
From 1984 to 1985, Rock Hudson landed a recurring role on the hit ABC prime time soap opera "Dynasty" as Daniel Reece, a love-interest for Krystle Carrington played by Linda Evans.
Sgt. Enright's first speech to the Academy was titled The Importance of Proper Reporting Procedures in Felony Investigations.
Sally's protest sign read, "NO BREAD FOR BREAD".
Sgt. Enright's second speech to the Academy was titled "The Care and Maintenance of Police Property."
Shaw steps into the "electric eye" while exiting the secure file room.
The exploding yacht scene (see below), owing to the constraints of the shooting schedule, is made up of shots filmed at various hours of the day, from mid- or late afternoon to dusk, without sequence.
There is an apparent conflict of interest. As McMillan points out, he "can't be a police commissioner and a naval officer at the same time: it's against the law." But "old friends can still have conversations," therefore his consultations with Sgt. Enright are not a mistake.
With the departure of Susan St. James from the cast, the show was renamed McMillan for the sixth and final season.