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Screencaps for Ep 4.11 added

The screencaps for Merchants of Death are now available on the episodes' page. Rivalry between two street gangs is getting hot when the Dragons start poaching the Kingsmen's territory. It all happens close to a youth project by street worker Eddie Griffin, performed by famous Greg Morris, who intervenes in a dispute in order to calm down both sides. Giffin's intervention, however, cannot prevent that the Kingsmen's leader, Buddy Winston, stabs one of the members of the Dragons to death, initiating a death-feud. In the meantime, two young boys, Rudy and Billy, who are occasionally washing cars at Griffin's youth project, inconsiderately steel a wooden cargo box out of a pier building, and later discover that the consignment destined for South America contains machine guns and smaller firearms. In an effort to get some money, they are considering to sell off the weapons. Rudy is still unsure, and asks his father - a salesman for pharmaceuticals - if someone who sells something is still responsible for if another one is hurt by what he initially sold. Little does Rudy's father know what his son is actually talking about, so answering as the salesman he is, he neglects any responsibility for the original seller. Rather unintentionally, Rudy and Billy offer the guns to Buddy Winston which turns out to be a dangerous idea. Put under pressure by Buddy Winston, the boys are forced to sell the weapons to his gang, taking the street gang rivalry to a new level. While investigating the original murder case, Mike and Steve are soon pointed to Eddie Griffin's youth project but the rivalry is already close to escalation. Rudy is seeking a second opinion and asks Griffin, who smells a rat. Rudy tells him the whole story but it's all too late. When the young boy does not front up as discussed, Griffin immediately get down to the piers and finds Rudy smashed down on the ground with all weapons stolen - and he already knows who stole them. Winston and the Kingsmen are already setting a trap for the Dragons and another rival street gang, the Centurions, but when police arrives on the scene, Winston's buddies are checking out as no one ever wanted to go as far as their leader and war chief. In all his desparation, Winston even fires at Griffin and Steve, before his is booked by police and taken in custody. This episode is one of many in the series dealing with actual contemporary (social) problems - and is a real winner in my personal opinion.

This episode guides us through old South Beach and Fisherman's Wharf. Griffin's car wash youth project is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, right at Pier 45, where he observes the confrontation between the Kingsmen and the Dragons on a boat stage next to it. Although it is supposed to be in a walking (running) distance, the location of the crime scene (where Winston stabs down one of the Dragon's gang members) is far south in South Beach, the same goes for the warehouse in which Rudy and Paulie are hiding their capture as well as the location where Buddy Winston is chased by the Dragons. Rudy's house is located in the Marina, and Griffin later meets him at the Marina Green. We are also taken to South of Market when Rudy and Paulie are offering the stolen guns to Buddy Winston and his gang. Rudy meets Winston at the Marine Drive close to Fort Point, whereas Mike and Steve are on stake out in the Mission District. Following the attack by angry Buddy Winston, injured Rudy in treated at the former Presbyterian Hospital in the Pacific Heights, and on the final leg of this episode Griffin can convince Paulie to provide helpful info while they are talking at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, right before the Dragons as well as the Centurions are about to walk into the trap underneath the freeway ramps in South of Market again.

Screencaps for Ep 4.10 added

I have just added the screencaps for Dead Air to the episodes' page. A young pregnant girl is found murdered in her apartment. Information provided by a friend who lives next door to the victim lead Stone and Keller to radio host and lady slayer Terry Vine, who has a famous radio live talk program on women's needs. Vine, however, is a rather arrogant narcissist who is interested in his own career and money only, even unable to realize his long-time secretary Penny feels much more for him than just a professional affinity. Vine's relationship to the daughter of a wealthy media tycoon, Mr. Tyler, and his negotiating skills are just about to grant him a huge six-digit contract with one of Tyler's radio stations in Los Angeles but things are getting troublesome when another young girl who tried to blackmail Vine is also found dead. Following an attempt on Vine's and Barbara Tyler's life, he can even increase the contractual salary with Tyler's company, but Barbara starts to realize what kind of man Vine really is. In the end, love turns out to be the lethal motive in this case - and in all his arrogance, and with a little 'help' from his long-time and loyal sound engineer Frank, Vine finally uncovers his real character and buries his future career forever. This is one of my favoruite season four episodes, starring Larry Hagman who delivers a great performance, and an attracting dramatic plot.

Only a handful but rather tough-to-identify filming locations were used for this episode. First off, the initial crime scene (Sharon Farmer's apartment) is located between Buena Vista and Corona Heights Parks, whereas the Tyler mansion can be found in the Pacific Heights. Terry Vine's radio station ('KYOL93') is on Davis Street, and the car accident he and Barbara Tyler have following the bullets shot on her car takes place at the adjacent intersection of Davis & Broadway. Angela meets Terry at Hyde Street Pier, and soon after her dead body is found in her apartment in the Russian Hill District. Steve checks facts at a bank in the Financial District before things clear up, and the final scene was filmed at Walt's Diner at 7th and Townsend Streets which is a recurrent filming location (appeared in season two episode Winterkill already).

Screencaps for Ep 4.09 added

The screencaps for Web of Lies were added to the episodes' page. Bert Morris, an aged and endearing but rather unsuccessful salesman for fashion jewelry, is almost hit by an escape car following a diamond heist and murder of a police officer in downtown San Francisco. Smelling the opportunity of getting his five minutes of fame, Morris decides to enhance the real story by some (imaginary) details when he is asked about his observations by our two homicide detectives. Miscalculating the risk, Morris even agrees to a TV interview concerning the details of the escape he observed, forcing one of the three robbers - Frankie, impulsive, who also killed the police officer - to try and to eliminate the alleged eye-witness. Little do Mike and Steve – and also the now alerted robbers – know that Morris did not actually see the driver of the escape car, but his short-term fame makes him the number one target. Being the unsuccessful salesman he actually is, Morris accepts his fate but in a moment of bravery, he even helps to book Frankie who was about to kidnap and kill him.

This episode was almost entirely filmed in downtown San Francisco, among those Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza, Davis Court, famous Maiden Lane as well as the (now demolished) Transbay Transit Center in South of Market. Bert Morris' apartment is located next to Dolores Park, whereas the robbers are hiding out in the Mission District, and meet dealer Prinz at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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I had to have some heavy maintenance done to the site over the past few days, so please apologise the absence for a couple of days. Good news is everything is up online and running smoothly again.

The screencaps, extended summary and filming locations info for the next due episode are in the works already. I am also about to supplement the media page by a couple of press release and set photography. There will be a new sub-section for photos which have no source given on them, although some of these were probably issued by ABC and other known parties, but when press info sheet (and, thus, the source) is gone it is hard to tell which company actually released the picture in question.

Stay tuned! :)

Screencaps for Ep 4.08 added

I have just added the screencaps for Trail of Terror to the episodes' page. A group of four Navy sailors - Pete, Beau, Doug, and J. W. Flowers - arrives at the pier, seeking their buddy Marty, who was charged with the sale of imperial jade worth some 100,000 Dollars which they had stolen in Asia on their last assignment. The somehow overexcited group soon realises their friend had closed down his shop for good before they landed in San Francisco, so they are urgently looking for some hints on Marty's place. Just the moment Marty is about to leave for the airport - and ready to leave his girlfriend, Nancy Mellon, high and dry, Marty gets the surprise visit from his old blue-dressed Navy friends. First, Marty tries to purport he just got some 10,000 Dollars since the sale was too hot. Of course, his former buddies do not believe in what Marty says. Following a quarrel, which Nancy listens to from the room next door, Marty is knocked down by bad-tempered Doug, resulting in even more trouble when the group realises that Doug had killed him. Nancy makes it out of the house and even out of sight, but the Navy men are alerted and on a lethal mission: finding the money as well as the eye witness to their crime. When homicide is called in to Marty's place, Mike and Steve soon identify Marty's girlfriend, and Mike wants Steve to track down Nancy as she is their prime suspect for murder. Following a search issued by the SFPD, Nancy is arrested for murder at her parents' house in Sonoma County. Little does Nancy know that the four sailors were just about to locate her domicile, but although they cannot intervene they are now keeping close on her trail. When Steve is arriving in the Redwoods, ready to get Nancy back to San Francisco, the sailors are preparing their coup. Following a forced car accident, Steve and Nancy need to flee into Redwood Forest in order to save their own lives. Mike, in the meantime, gets back to Marty's aparment, searching for a lead to what he is still assuming - that Nancy killed her boyfriend. When he finally locates the bag and the money in the chimney, perspectives change and Mike awaits the return of Steve together with the suspect, Nancy. In the meantime, all the action takes place in the Redwoods, with the sailors going crazy - not only madcap Doug but also leader Pete. When the other two of them - J. W. and Beau (who actually is Doug's brother) - realise their buddies are ready for everything, they subsequently resign. J. W. leaves the group but Beau tries to stop his brother. In the end, Steve is wounded and Nancy is saving his life - and it is only the two brothers among the sailors, Beau and Doug, who survive the chivvy, ending up detained by local Sheriff Kenney and Mike who assists the search by helicopter.

The beginning takes us down to Fishermans Wharf where the sailors land at Pier 41, and they are leaving the place westbound towards Fishermen's Grotto and Alioto's. They are arriving at Marty's indian jewelry store by cab in the southern Marina District, and try to locate him in nearby 'Paul's Saloon'. Marty's and Nancy's apartment is located in North Beach, and that's also where the sailors are talking to Nancy's friend in front of a local market. Nancy's escape takes us northbound to Guerneville in Sonoma County where the rest of this episode and the hunt takes place.

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