Season 1 Episode 2

The Killing Ground

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

Street's partner, officer Rob Duran, is killed in the premeditated police assassination by two brothers bent on avenging their father's death. That, and subsequent police killings serve to shape the psychology of Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson's newly formed Special Weapons and Tactics team, S.W.A.T. The team's task is to combat high risk, contemporary, urban crime as a strike force. The team consists of James Street, David "Deacon" Kay, T.J.. McCabe, Dominic Luca, and Harrelson. S.W.A.T.'s first assignment is an acid test of their ability to survive as individuals and as a team. Their rigorous training is literally a fight against time.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 (5)

      • The name of the S.W.A.T. truck driver is Sam.

      • The S.W.A.T. team works out of the Police Station - Division 6 building, which is the Hollywood Police Station.

      • Lt. Harrelson tells Jim Street that he understands what he is going through emotionally as, prior to joining S.W.A.T, he lost two partners of his own.

      • Our first glimpse of Dominic is also the only time we see him with a beard.

      • In the opening credits (every episode), the scene of Kay diving headfirst through a window and coming up with a shoulder-aimed M-16 is very noticeably two different people. The stuntman dives through the window behind some crates, and Rod Perry pops up with the rifle, attempting to give the illusion that he did some kind of 'shoulder-roll' behind the crates. The stunt man lands pretty far to the left of where Kay pops up.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Officer Street: (on the radio) Olympic 341 clear.
        Officer Duran: Clear and dragging. Remind me to speak to the Commissioner about these hours, will you? If I'm lucky, I get home in time to see the kids off to school, the wife off to work.
        Officer Street: Well weren't you the one who made the speech when they gave us the morning watch? Huh? The stillness, the serenity, the infinite pleasure of watching a new day born.
        (Officer Duran laughs heartily)

      • Kay: Call was a phony, just like all the others. Ambush. Cold-blooded assassination. Why?
        Lt. Harrelson: Because of the color. Not because they're black, brown or white, because they're blue.

      • (from remarks to S.W.A.T. candidates)
        Lt. Harrelson: S.W.A.T. is elite. We're very particular about who joins the fraternity. The regular jobs are handled by the street cops; when it's big, when it's emergency, when it's unique, that's when we're called in, like right now. Our approach is going to be innovative, our weapons and tactics hard-hitting. You'll be trained in scouting, patrolling, night operations, camouflage and concealment, combat in built up areas, ambushing and repelling. The dossiers we have on each of you show that you've all had some kind of military preparation before joining the force. Well, you ain't seen nothing yet.
        Kay: Amen!
        Lt. Harrelson: You've all met Sgt. Kay here. Brother Deacon is our resident preacher.

      • Luca: You were going to be a priest?
        Kay: Well, I thought so for most of my life. Spent two years in Jesuit training, 'til I got restless and decided that withdrawal from the mainstream was no longer what I wanted.
        Luca: Ah, so maybe you found a better way to save souls.

      • Street: Look, I'm all tuned in to S.W.A.T. saving lives, but I keep thinking about Rob Duran. I have nightmares about what happened to us. And I knew when I saw him dying the street that I had to do something about it, personally. I mean not a vendetta, but something. Now I don't know. Every now and then I have second thoughts about some things. Maybe I'm just not convinced that S.W.A.T. is the way to go. Here I am busting my tail like some college kid (at S.W.A.T. training), and the guys who wasted Rob and the others are still out running free.
        Lt. Harrelson: And you want to know when you're going to get a piece of them.
        Street: Let's just say, Lieutenant, that I don't want to leave my fight in the gym.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Claire Newell's actual role for all epsiodes is Casting Supervisor.

      • Annette O'Toole also guest starred in several episodes of S.W.A.T.'s predecessor The Rookies. She can now be seen playing Martha Kent on The WB's hit series Smallville. She and guest star Geoffrey Lewis also worked together prior to this episode in the 1974 film Smile.

      • Street, Luca and McCabe join the S.W.A.T. team.

      • In one scene Jack is watching an episode of The Rookies on television. S.W.A.T. was a spin off from The Rookies. The Pilot episode was originally a Season 3, two hour telemovie episode of The Rookies.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jesuit training
        Refers to the Society of Jesus, which is a Roman Catholic Church religious order whose members are called Jesuits. The order was founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.