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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.

Sorry - Website down for maintenance!

Folks,

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.

Screencaps for Ep 4.07 added

The screencaps for Murder by Proxy have just been added to the episodes' page. A residential neighbourhood has suddenly seen a remarkable rise of violent crime committed against private homeowners. Leo Steiner, owner of a local printing company, approaches Mike for help since the crime rate has come up to 300% of the city's average over the past few months, including property damage and threat of physical violence. Although it is not homicide's business, Mike tries to help, and soon after our two cops started their inofficial investigation, the case is getting a homicide matter when Leo Steiner is found dead in his printing facility. Mike and Steve find out that the escalation of violence may be tied to the fact that all the homeowners in the neighbourhood had been recently approached by Quincy Lloyd, a local real estate broker, making extraordinary high offers to buy their properties. Although Lloyd appears to be the fly-by-night agent that he actually is, Mike needs the (illegal) help of Leo Steiner's son, Johnny, who breaks into Lloyd's office, searching for hints on his father's death. Officially, Mike books John Steiner for burglary, but actually a short glimpse insinde the documents stolen by Steiner provides another decisive lead: Lloyd is obtaining the real estates on behalf of Communication Consolidated Inc., a major corporation - for which violence seems to be an effective instrument when money does not convince owners to sell off their properties. Just the moment when Mike and Steve are talking to Lloyd in his office, a car shooting and a following turmoil of residents against the perpetrators deliver the final piece in the puzzle, supported by a disagreement between Lloyd and his principle inside Communication Consolidated, Tom Fitz.

Another episode primarily filmed in the Potrero Hill district, starting out at the corner of Mariposa and Texas Streets where Quincy Lloyd's henchmen are threatening grocery store owner Jules Werth and his pregnant wife Sally by trashing their car. Leo Steiner talks to Mike and Steve in front of the Hall of Justice building at Bryant Street, soon after our two cops are driving up to his printing facility located in a (now demolished) warehouse close to 20th and Indiana Streets, whereas Quincy Lloyd talks to homeowner Mr. Buckey on Connecticut Street; later on, Mike and Steve also interview several homeowners (including Mr. Buckey) in that same neighbourhood. Lloyd first meets Tom Fitz in front of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, and later in Fitz' house in the Sea Cliff estate. Following Steiner's refusal of Lloyd's final offer, the latter talks to his henchmen at Aquatic Park and sends them out to solve that problem. The hounding for the henchmen starts with the shooting in front of Quincy Lloyd's office at 20th and Connecticut Streets, then to Werth's grocery store at Mariposa and Texas Streets, downwards Mariposa to the intersection with Mississippi Street where their cruise comes to a sudden end. The hounding continues by foot down Mississippi Street towards 17th Street, and ends on the railroad tracks alongside the Courtesy Auto Wreckers warehouse. Finally, the epilogue takes us South of Market where Mike, Steve and John Steiner observe construction works for the CCI's new headquarters building which actually is the 4th & Folsom block where Moscone Center was built on some five years laters.

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