The Rookies (1972)

Season 1 Episode 2

Concrete Valley, Neon Sky

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 11, 1972 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The officers work out of Police Station No. 7.

    • During one of the basketball sequences, the Harlem Globetrotters theme song, Sweet Georgia Brown, is played. The song was written by Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (words).

    • Regular Casting Director Bert Remsen is incorrectly billed as Cert Remsen in this episode.

  • Quotes

    • Terry: Hey, come on. We're supposed to roll.
      Willie: Yeah, just give me a minute.
      Terry: For what?
      Willie: I want to make sure I've some ideas of the main streets in the neighborhood. I've never been through there; and I, ah, can't think of anything more embarrassing than a cop getting lost. Can you?
      Terry: Got the perfect out for you. You ride passenger, and I'll drive.
      Willie: You know that part of town?
      Terry: Oh, do I know that part of town. Easy area to get lost in, in a lot of ways.
      Willie: It's a mean place, huh?
      Terry: (sarcastically) Oh, no. It's just as nice and calm as can be William.

    • Willie: So, how do we log this, disturbing the peace?
      Terry: Well, take a look around you Willie, not much peace around, just an occasional break in the war.

    • Terry: He in?
      Officer: He is.
      Terry: Good mood, bad mood?
      Officer: His mood.
      Terry: Very encouraging.

    • (to Jill, arriving as they are in the middle of a loud disagreement)
      Willie: (opening the door) What do you want?
      Jill: Well, I didn't come to present either of you with a brotherhood award.
      Terry: Sorry it got a little loud Jill.
      Jill: No, no, not a little loud. It got a lot loud, and Mike's trying to do some studying.
      Willie: Why didn't he come over and tell us himself, huh?
      Jill: Because I'm also here to ask you to dinner in half an hour when he's finished.
      Terry: I'm sorry, Jill, I just don't feel like ...
      Jill: Terry, I'd appreciate it very much if you both said yes; because you can't yell at each other with your mouths full, and I don't like to see nice people yell at each other anyway. I'll see you in half an hour.

    • Lt. Ryker: I don't know, Danko, am I crazy?
      Danko: In what way Lieutenant?
      Lt. Ryker: Those two, letting them walk in there like that. They could get their heads handed to them if they're not careful.
      Danko: Nah, they'll be careful. You can count on them.
      Lt. Ryker: There's another thing that bothers me.
      Danko : Yeah, what's that?
      Lt. Ryker: When I asked if I was crazy, you asked "In what way?" Why couldn't you say "of course not, Lieutenant?"

  • Notes

    • Additional Credits for all episodes:

      Wardrobe provided By:
      THE GAP

      Automobiles Furnished By:
      Chrysler Corp.

      This has been a Spelling-Goldberg Production.

    • Kate Jackson and Gerald S. O'Loughlin took over the roles of Jill Danko and Lt. Ryker, which were originally played by Darrin McGavin and Jennifer Billingsley in the pilot.

  • Allusions

    • John Wayne
      Refers to the world famous, Academy Award-winning American actor. Wayne (1907-1979), who epitomized rugged masculinity, is famous for his distinctive gait, voice and physical presence.

      Randolph Scott
      Refers to the American motion picture actor who was primarily know for his roles in Westerns. Scott's (1898-1987) career spanned five decades, from 1928 to 1962.

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