The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Season 3 Episode 17

Endgame

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1975 on ABC
8.9
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After Steve is injured in a fray with a gangster, Mike is demoted to walking a beat for insubordinately insisting on taking revenge.

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  • Intriguing episode.

    8.0
    A man named Doyle heads a gambling and prostitution ring. A policeman, on the take, is murdered by his own gun by Doyle's assistant,to make it look like a suicide. It appears Keller is seriously injured when hit by a car. Stone suspects the policeman was murdered, and gets demoted to beat policeman for not wanting to follow procedure in wanting to get Doyle. The policeman's suspicious death is not investigated in the episode (he was shot from a distance, what about the gunpowder residue clue?). The big twist is good, Keller was not in critical condition ,as all of this was staged apparently to make it believable to Doyle's leak at the police station that Stone is a rouge police man. Stone, on the beat, plays the part of a policeman who could be on the take . Dwayne and Eddie are from the vice squad. When Eddie visits Stone's daughter Jeanie to find out what is going on with Stone, It appears she reassures Eddie that Stone has not changed to being a bad guy. Which makes the scene that reveals the leaks are Dwayne and Eddie puzzling, as Eddie tells Dwayne that Stone is dirty. Why Eddie would think that after the visit with Jeanie made no sense. Even if he was trying to mislead Dwayne that Stone was dirty, that possible angle did not play out in the following scenes. Also, the scene when Doyle's assistant threatens Stone with a gun, Doyle nods to his assistant, as if to say "yes" or "go ahead", and the assistant takes his gun off of Stone. What? The ending is very dramatic, and not predictable as far as what happens to those involved. I thought this episode did very well in keeping my interest throughout. It had its flaws, but overall an intriguing episode.moreless
  • Contrived

    7.0
    Awfully contrived. And quite reminiscent of that Conrad episode where Frank goes rogue.
  • Karl Malden at his finest.

    9.7
    One of the many very good episodes of The Streets of San Francisco. This episode features Mike Stone being demoted down to beat-cop after his partner, Steve Keller is critically injured while on a case. This episode showcases Karl Malden's fine acting at it's best. After watching this show, and many episodes like this particular one, it is hard to imagine Karl Malden in any other role but that of Mike Stone. Karl Malden IS Mike Stone. CBS is looking to remake this show but it hard to imagine any current actor living in the role of Mike Stone as Malden did. Excellent Episode.moreless
Karl Malden

Karl Malden

Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Inspector Steve Keller

Patrick Conway

Patrick Conway

Al Doyle

Guest Star

Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor

Roy

Guest Star

Paul Mantee

Paul Mantee

"Sailor" Renfro

Guest Star

John Kerr

John Kerr

Gerald O'Brien

Recurring Role

Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley

Bernie, Medical Examiner

Recurring Role

Darleen Carr

Darleen Carr

Jeannie Stone

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