Season 1 Episode 6

Hit Men

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 1975 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Vincent Ritchie, serving a prison sentence, agrees to expose the secrets of a crime syndicate by testifying before a Senate committee, when he learns of "family" plans to insure his permanent silence. While he is being transported with a police escort from the penitentiary, Ritchie is gravely wounded in an ambush attack which claims the life of a police officer. While doctors fight to save the convict's life, Lt. Harrelson's team and other S.W.A.T. units station themselves throughout the hospital, awaiting an expected attempt to finish Ritchie off.moreless

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  • Great episode for Mark Shera fans

    This episode is an excellent example of Mark Shera's acting ability. In a lot of the episodes his character, Dom Luca was pretty much the comic relief in the unit, very lighthearted and easy going. However in this episode we also get to see him really display some emotion when something is important to him. The scenes of him and the daughter of mobster are very powerful.
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mr. Warren: We thought it was the best thing to do to sneak him into town.
      Lt. Harrelson: You were wrong.
      Mr. Warren: Obviously.
      Lt. Harrelson: Why wasn't S.W.A.T. called in? We were developed to handle situations just like this. We train. Day after day, we train. Now why do you think we do that Mr. Warren, for the exercise?
      Mr. Warren: Lieutenant Harrelson, Vincent Ritchie is alive and I have been authorized to turn his future safety over to you.
      Lt. Harrelson: Some future.
      Mr. Warren: However, it is my personal opinion that they will not make another attempt.
      Lt. Harrelson: Mr. Prosecutor, your personal opinion stinks.

    • Carole Ritchie: You don't know this man.
      Luca: Lady, I know your father inside out. I know what he did to send you to that fancy eastern college, to buy you that 15,000 dollar car and those 400 dollar dresses.
      Carole Ritchie: All you know are the lies that they print in the papers.
      Luca: I saw his pushers turn 11 year old kids on to horse. I saw 15 year old girls hustling in the streets for two years to feed a 100 dollar a day habit. I picked up men with their knees broken because they wouldn't line his pockets. Well, maybe you don't know how he paid for your dolce vita, but I do, and it's something you don't ever forget.

    • Carole Ritchie: I appreciate everything you've done.
      Luca: I'll let you buy me dinner.
      Carole Ritchie: I'll make you dinner.
      Luca: You can cook?
      Carole Ritchie: You're asking an Italian girl something like that?

    • Street: So, what's bugging you?
      Luca: You know, if an Italian landed on Mars, it would be on Page 5. We nail some lousy bookmaker whose name just happens to end in vowel – Page 1.
      McCabe: What about Michelangelo?
      Street: Da Vinci.
      McCabe: Fermi.
      Street: Marconi.
      Luca: Do you guys always have to see the bright side of everything?
      Lt. Harrelson: Just got a report from the prosecutor. Ritchie named names even we hadn't even heard of.
      Luca: Bet you they all end in vowels.
      Lt. Harrelson: Traynor, Brown, Wilson, Rogers, Caputo.
      Luca: See.
      Kay: Nothing's going to cheer him up.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Robert Loggia, who is billed as a Special Guest Star, is a well-known film actor who has appeared in films such as Scarface, Prizzi's Honor and Independence Day.

    • Jess Walton has made a very succesful career as one of the lead actress on the soap "The Young and the Restless".


    • Michelangelo
      Refers to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475–1564), an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. His versatility in his disciplines was of such a high order that he is considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man.

      Da Vinci
      Refers to Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452–1519), an Italian scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. He is one of Italy's most famous sons.

      Refers to Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), an Italian physicist most noted for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor. He is also noted for contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. In 1938, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity. He is regarded as one of the top scientists of the 20th century. Fermium (Fm, atomic number 100), a synthetic element created in 1952 is named after him.

      Refers to Marchese Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), an Italian inventor, best known for his development of a radiotelegraph system. In 1909, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun, "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".

    • Mean Joe Greene and the Steelers defense
      Refers to Charles Edward "Mean Joe" Greene (b. 1946), the defensive leader of the National Football League's (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout the early 1970s, he was arguably the best defensive lineman in the NFL, and one of the best to ever play his position. He anchored the "Steel Curtain" defense, which won four Super Bowls in six seasons. Greene was a 10 time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

    • dolce vita
      By definition, dolce vita is an Italian phrase that refers to a luxurious, self-indulgent way of life.