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Season 2 Episode 13

Murder by Fire

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 1975 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Murder by Fire
Marco, an arsonist-killer posing as a fireman, engineers a fire during Southern California's dry season in the area's most affluent neighborhood, Sherwood Heights. While looting the evacuated home of a wealthy couple, one of Marco's men shoots a fireman. When S.W.A.T. is called in to locate the sniper, McCabe is shot and gravely wounded. S.W.A.T. kills one of the snipers but Marco and the rest of his gang escape with a truckload of stolen merchandise.moreless

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    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)

      • Goof: Helmet shields on the LA County Fire Department helmets are generic shields that say WCFD - despite showing LACoFD Crown Firecoach apparatus. They are not the real design of that time, as depicted on shows such as EMERGENCY! However, the rest of the gear is accurate: tan turnout coats, dark blue work pants, black helmets of the correct style and black leather work boots.

      • Even though T.J. McCabe is shot and in the hospital, he is seen inside the S.W.A.T. van in what is presumably a library shot during the final scene at the fur warehouse.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Luca: You know, I used to hunt up there in Tortuga Canyon (location of the fires), bow and arrow.
        McCabe: Yeah, did you ever get anything?
        Luca: Poison oak.

      • McCabe: Yeah, fireman, that's a, that's a tough way to make a living. They can have that duty. Me, I like a nice easy going job like S.W.A.T.
        (the team laughs)

      • Renee Lavelle: I must say, you don't look like a typical policeman. I was expecting a gruff old man in a baggy suit with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.
        Lt. Harrelson: So was I.

      • Lt. Harrelson: Miss Lavelle, you have this painting insured for $150,000. Now let's suppose that someone offered it to you for $100,000. You would save $50,000, wouldn't you?
        Renee Lavelle: I can't argue with your arithmetic.
        Lt. Harrelson: Well, insurance companies have been known to do that, haven't they?
        Renee Lavelle: Arithmetic?
        Lt. Harrelson: No, buy stolen property, it's ransom.
        Renee Lavelle: Well, paying ransom is not against the law.
        Lt. Harrelson: It should be.
        Renee Lavelle: Spoken like a true policeman. Let me put it this way, no one's offered to sell the Mercier painting to us.
        Lt. Harrelson: But someone might.
        Renee Lavelle: Anything's possible.
        Lt. Harrelson: Well, I'm not here to argue the ethics of the insurance companies, but a...
        Renee Lavelle: Then, why bother?
        Lt. Harrelson: Because the law was broken, Miss Lavelle, and half the county could have been burned out, and because one of my men is lying in the hospital with a bullet hole in his neck. He was shot by one of the thieves who stole that painting. That's why I'm bothering. That's why I want to know the who, the when and the where if you are contacted.
        Renee Lavelle: I understand. If I hear, you'll hear.
        Lt. Harrelson: Thank you. Good bye.
        Renee Lavelle: Good bye.

      • (at the hospital to visit McCabe)
        Luca: Lieutenant. Listen, ah, if I ever get shot, do me favor and pick another hospital.
        Lt. Harrelson: Why, what's wrong with this one?
        Luca: Too many male nurses.
        Street: I hear the food's pretty bad too.
        Lt. Harrelson: You guys are pretty hard to please.
        Kay: I'm glad we came. It can get awfully lonely in the hospital room.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)