The Rookies (1972)

Season 1 Episode 3

Dead, Like a Lost Dream

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 1972 on ABC
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Dead, Like a Lost Dream
The Internal Affairs department is getting reports of police shakedowns. Among the accused is Officer Webster and some of his classmates from the Police Academy's recent graduating class. After the investigation begins, Lieutenant Ryker receives an anonymous phone call claiming detailed proof of the corruption in his squad. When he arrives to meet the accuser, he is shot.moreless

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  • Deep Emotional levels reached with great care and sensitivity.

    This episode is quite possibly the best of the series. What makes the episode so unique is it presents a full dimension to the 'bad guy" in this case, a scared, lonely, starved for love young man who was rejected from the police force for having too rigid a mind. The scene in which he visits his old father, in an old age home, is one of the most caerefully done and sensitive scenes Ever on television. You can't help but feel sympathy for both the rigid old man and the love abandonded son.So disturbing. The kind of television they do not make anymore.moreless
Mark Slade

Mark Slade

Don Richardson

Guest Star

Tom Tully

Tom Tully

Joe Richardson

Guest Star

William Mims

William Mims


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lt. Ryker: Webster, Gillis. (Webster and Gillis stare at the Lieutenant and smile) What are you looking at me like that for?
      Webster: You're in a suit, Lieutenant.
      Lt. Ryker: Well that's not exactly front page news, Webster.
      Gillis: Yeah, but it's a suit like regular people wear. I mean, uh, civilians.
      Lt. Ryker: Gillis, I don't want to shake you up, but I am a regular person. And it just so happens that I'm the second guest on the Feedback talk show tonight, in an effort to publicize the new program which brought you rookies into the department. Any other questions?
      Gillis: No. Have a good time Lieutenant.

    • Lt. Monroe: Yeah, I must say, I don't know much about you new cops. They way Ryker went on and on about you on TV last night, I just had to see for myself. I mean, I figure, you know, you two guys must have a nice big red S across your chest. First heavy phone call comes in, you go racing for a phone booth to change your outfits, you know?

    • Webster: Well, if you've got any questions, anything you'd like to learn, please feel free to ask.
      Lt. Monroe: There's not much you can teach me, Officer Webster.
      Webster: No? Then how come you're riding with us?
      Lt. Monroe: Because some of the people in Internal Affairs are getting a little bit worried over the fact that, uh, we may have created a problem with all this new cop nonsense.
      Gillis: Well, what kind of a problem, Lieutenant?
      Lt. Monroe: A problem concerning an elite corps on the force, some young cops thinking they know all the answers, thinking they're better than men who've been on the force for 20 years, that's what kind of a problem.
      Webster: Then you don't agree with the program?
      Lt. Monroe: Well, it doesn't matter whether I agree or not, I wasn't consulted.
      Webster: But if you had been?
      Lt. Monroe: Well, I would have told them they're getting all hot and bothered because people don't like cops. So what? Who said people are supposed to like cops? Nobody likes anybody with power; and cops have the power. So nobody's going to like cops and that's all there is to it.

    • Webster: Can I ask you a question, sir?
      Bomb Squad Officer: What?
      Webster: How long have yo been on the bomb squad?
      Bomb Squad Officer: About two ulcers and a mild coronary.

    • (upon successful apprehension of the culprit)
      Lt. Monroe: You know, Webster, you're still not Superman.
      Webster: Yeah, I know.
      Lt. Monroe: Captain Marvel maybe, but not Superman!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Superman
      Refers to the fictional comic book superhero created in 1932 by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster, while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June 1938, and subsequently in various radio and television programs, movies, newspaper strips, and video games.

    • Captain Marvel
      Refers to the fictional comic book superhero, created by artist C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker in 1939. Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a young news reporter. Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted to film, in 1941's The Adventures of Captain Marvel.