S.W.A.T.

Season 1 Episode 3

A Coven of Killers

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1975 on ABC
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Three members of Joey Hopper's "family," including newcomer Judy Collins, engineer Hopper's escape from a prison's hospital ward. After executing an assistant District Attorney, Hopper sends a recorded message to Lt. Harrelson that he will be the next victim and that he also intends to punish the jury that found him guilty of other homicides. Russ Collins, owner of an underground newspaper which has published sympathetic articles about Hopper, refuses to admit knowledge of Hopper's whereabouts until Lt. Harrelson informs Collins that his daughter has become a member of the treacherous cult.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Steve Forrest

    Steve Forrest

    Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson

    Robert Urich

    Robert Urich

    Officer Jim Street

    Rod Perry

    Rod Perry

    Sergeant David "Deacon" Kay

    Mark Shera

    Mark Shera

    Officer Dominic Luca

    James Coleman

    James Coleman

    Officer T.J. McCabe

    James Keach

    James Keach

    Arlie Warren

    Guest Star

    Sal Mineo

    Sal Mineo

    Joey Hopper

    Guest Star

    Belinda Balaski

    Belinda Balaski

    Judy Collins

    Guest Star

    Ellen Weston

    Ellen Weston

    Betty Harrelson

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Lt. Harrelson: Happy Anniversary, darling.
        Betty: Happy Anniversary. Oh Dan, I love my gift.
        Lt. Harrelson: Oh, that's only a down payment. Tonight I'm wining and dining you at a ridiculously expensive restaurant.
        Betty: Can we afford it?
        Lt. Harrelson: With inflation we can't afford to eat here! Thank you for my gift too.
        Betty: I haven't given you your gift yet.
        Lt. Harrelson: Oh yeah. You gave me ten years of your life. That's a lot to waste on a guy that spends too much time at work and not enough at home.
        Betty: You've got the wrong suspect, Lieutenant, I haven't wasted a minute.

      • Lt. Harrelson: Since the history of these escapees is one of extreme violence, we've been called in to take over from the top. Now that every escape route from the city has been buttoned up, S.W.A.T.'s job is to conduct a sweep so thorough that not even a puff of smoke can slip through.

      • Ross Collins: What makes you think I know Joey Hopper's whereabouts?
        Lt. Harrelson: Because he's your meal ticket, Collins. You and this alleged newspaper have been exploiting that butcher into a folk hero for the part two years.
        Collins: Underground papers have a responsibility to air unpopular points.
        Lt. Harrelson: Well, I'm not a Senate Committee, so let's dispense with the platitudes.
        Collins: All right Lieutenant, Hopper is good business. I give the readers exactly what they want.
        Lt. Harrelson: You give them garbage.
        Collins: They read it pal. (laughs)
        Lt. Harrelson: One more time, where is Hopper?
        Collins: Sorry Lieutenant, I just tuned you out.
        Lt. Harrelson: (as he is leaving) Collins, you know what I like about you?
        Collins: What?
        Lt. Harrelson: Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

      • Luca: Do you still think we should have pulled Pam Morgan in?
        McCabe: Ah, the Lieutenant says you've good instincts when it comes to junkies.
        Luca: Well, you go to school with them, you grow up with them, you attend their funerals, you get to know where they're coming from.

      • Street: Lieutenant.
        Lt. Harrelson: Street.
        Street: Sir, the three of us have been talking, me, Dom and T.J.
        Lt. Harrelson: And?
        Street: Sir, we think we're wasting valuable time, tracking down phony leads and interviewing weirdos like Harry. While we're sitting around spinning our wheels, Hopper is...
        Lt. Harrelson: Hold it. McCabe, Luca, front and center. Now, for your information, nobody is spinning their wheels. Every unit in this town has a top priority of finding Hopper and nobody, repeat nobody is more interested in finding him than I am. Roger Forbes was my friend when you three hotshots were still wondering which end of the crayon was up. Now the fact that my friend was brutally murdered makes me want to do a lot of things, all of which are impractical, against regulations or both. 95 percent of police work IS dull, boring and repetitious. We interview weirdos and run down phony leads because we need valuable information. What we don't do is race out and start shooting up houses in hopes that a Joey Hopper will pop up out of the woodwork. Now I suggest that you guys get back to your desk and start looking for that one valuable piece of information that we need.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Matterhorn Ride at Disneyland
        Refers to an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA, which is made up of two intertwining steel roller coasters. The attraction is based on the 14,000+ foot Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps. The attraction opened on June 14, 1959 and is a 1/100-scale of the mountain.

      • The story was no doubt inspired by the vicious real life Manson "family", headed by Charles Manson.

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