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Screencaps for Ep 3.17 added

I have just added the screencaps for Endgame to the episodes' page. When veteran street cop John Baker is found dead, the police department as well as the D.A.'s office are alerted since the suspected self-murder is just another one in a row recent suicides (or what looked like) among the force, suspecting a mole in the department since Baker had made an agreement to make a testimony in front of the Grand Jury about local mobster Al Doyle's businesses and corrupted people, including police officers, involved. Due to Baker's primary district, the red-light patch around Broadway, young vice officers Rogers and Hill are being involved in the investigation. When Mike and Steve are going to see and to talk to a hooker who had offered information on Doyle, the prostitute is also found dead in her apartment - but Mike spots the killer, and in the following chase Steve is side swiped by the fleeing henchman. To Mike's surprise, Jeannie is showing up in the hospital after she heard on the radio about the severe injury of Steve - but she is not allowed to see him. Little does Mike's daughter know that her father and Captain Devitt contrived a plan to have Mike being downgraded to street service for a faked disobedience and making him look a disgruntled cop looking for compensation against the department he served for decades. Mike immediately needles all the businesses Doyle is involved in and soon receives the response they wanted. Their entire plan is put in danger when unsuspecting Jeannie discovers that Steve is actually doing well, playing cards by himself under police protection in his hospital room. It is her intuition, though, which finally provides the decisive proof that cops Rogers and Hill are involved and performing as moles to Doyle. Nonetheless, an unsuspected move of the young vice officers puts their plan - and the life of Mike - in immediate danger.

This episode provides a good insight into San Francisco red-light district of the 1970's around Broadway. In the opening scene, Sergeant Baker talks is Doyle in the heart of his district. Apart from several other street scenes filmed around Broadway, we are taken to Russian Hill where Baker's apartment is located, as well as to Romolo Place where Mike and Steve find hooker Lily Marlene dead in her apartment. Doyle's yacht is anchored at the Marina Yacht Club, and Steve is hidden at the San Francisco General Hospital. We are also taken to Mike's house on Potrero Hill, and Mike is picked up - allegedly drunk - by Rogers and Hill in a bar after they left Roland's Cocktails at Lombard and Fillmore Streets. The key scene in which Rogers discovers that Mike and Captain devitt are obviously trying to set a trap for the mole was filmed inside the actual San Francisco Police Department headquarter building on Bryant Street.

Help needed with Unidentified Locations!

Folks,

I just made an update to the unidentified locations quiz page and would appreciate all your help. I have put together an illustrated list of yet unidentified filming locations discovered in the first three seasons of the series (up to season 3, episode 16, 'Letters From The Grave'). All screenshots were taken from the official DVD in original size (768 pixel), so what you see is what is possible at the best (no larger view or anything like that, unfortunately).

Plus, I have added some (hopefully helpful) notes concerning the specific scenes and plot of the episode and the location in question - to the best of knowledge. If you got a clue or just hints or ideas, please let me know.

The next update including screencaps and extended summary for Endgame maybe delayed by a couple of days due to the Easter holiday season. Have a great one. :)

 

Screencaps for Ep 3.16 added

I have just added the screencaps for Letters From The Grave to the episodes' page. When the skeletal remains of a human body are found during construction works below the former cell building of former federal prison Alcatraz, police crime lab investigation soon identifies the dead body to be former inmate Lew Kovic. Mike immediately recalls that Kovic was supposed to have escaped 'The Rock' some 20 years ago, so the unsolved escape case turns into a homicide matter. Stone also recalls that Kovic's now grown son, Lew Kovic Jr., is a Deputy D. A. and a conscientious lawyer. Interestingly, when talking to Lew Kovic, Mike is told that Kovic's mother frequently receives letters from South America, doubtlessly in his father's handwriting and with his signature. We are also introduced to Lew Kovic's uncle - his father's brother - Jon Kovic, who immediately comes to see his nephew and mother. After Mike has left the house, we also learn that Lew Kovic in fact took the rap for mobster Nick Lugo in a murder several years before. While investigating on Alcatraz Island and checking the interview protocols following the alleged escape, Mike and Steve discover certain discrepancies, so that their focus is set on former prison guard, Herb Stebbins. Meanwhile, Kovic Jr. is also trying to find out the truth but Stebbins – or the person he is running across at Stebbins' shabby apartment – would not talk to him. Soon after Lew Kovic Jr. has left the house, the man is is hit by a car and dies; it turns out that he was mistaken for Stebbins but actually is a fellow bummer of his, Homer Wilcox. When Kovic confronts mobster Lugo, and the actual Stebbins is found dead in the Bay, things are pushing on – and with Kovic asking for a valid motive to someone, and interviewing an inmate who was involved in Lugo's former business, it becomes evident that an unexpected third party gets involved: Lew Kovic's uncle, Jon, who raised him as he was his own son. But with his nephew being very close to his uncle's secret – who still has his contacts to Nick Lugo, and whose life now depends on his nephew's search – Jon Kovic does not seem to have a choice – or does he? The final fate is being decided on a location where it started: Alcatraz.

A good portion of this episode illustrates Alcatraz Island at that time the federal penitentiary had been closed for some 20 years, and the area was designated a national recreation area just three years before this episode was filmed. I will try and include this episode on the locations page soon, so you can compare the look of Alcatraz now and then. We are also taken to Dolores Heights where the Kovic house is located, and down to the Embarcadero and Nick Lugo's office building at Lombard and Battery Streets. Former guard Stebbins is living on a shabby apartment at the western border of South of Market, and a couple of scenes were filmed inside the actual SFPD headquaters building on Bryant Street. I am still trying to identify the location of Phyllis Stebbins' apartment building; please check out the Unidentified Locations Quiz page. Last but not least, Lugo picks up Jon Kovic in his classic Mercedes 600 Pullman at 111 Sutter Street and takes him for a short ride around the Financial District and Uion Square, before this episode's climax takes us to Alcatraz Island again.

Production Stills gallery extended!

Folks,

I have supplemented the productions stills gallery on media page by another five colour production stills covering nice pictures of Mike, Steve and Captain Malone of the pilot episode, another group still of Mike, Steve and Jeannie in Mike's bureau from Beyond Vengeance, a nice portrait of Mike and Wally Sensibaugh-performing actor David Wayne out of episode In The Midst of Strangers, a scene shot taken during One Last Shot of Leslie Nielsen as well as a nice picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hillary Thompson taken during filming of Dead Lift in the Golden Gate Park.

Next update will include the screencaps and extended summary plus filming locations for 'Letters from the Grave', due next week. Until then, please enjoy the photos added. :)

Screencaps for Ep 3.15 added

I have just added the screencaps for False Witness to the episodes' page. Jimmy Vega, a diligent but also a zealous police officer who graduated at the same time as Steve did, is on a personal vendetta against Roberto Perez, a local drog dealer, who is responsonsible for the death of his friend. While searching Perez' car for a traffic offense, Vega discovers a package of drugs under the seat coating, however, in a meeting with D.A. O'Brian it turns out that searching Perez' car was an improper measurement compared to the perpetration which led to it - Perez had passed a red traffic light. Therefore, O'Brian shoots the drug find down in order to protect the police force against arbitrariness. In return, Perez sets a trap for Vega, using a well-known drug addict offering allegedly 'water-proof evidence' against Perez to the cop. When Vega goes and meets the informer in the dark, a group of Perez' henchmen is waiting for him and beats him down. In an improvident reaction, Vega calls Perez and threatens the drug dealer - who has got his attorney right beside him and a tape ready to record the call. Vega finally asks Steve for help as he got word about a drug delivery to arrive at Vega's house by night. Steve decides to help Jimmy booking Perez; however, when the cops get into Perez's house, the latter manages to let the delivered package disappear. Nonetheless, Jimmy is well-prepared and, after being shot by Perez, he places a drug package in Perez' kitchen draw in order to convict the drug dealer. Steve finds the package - unaware of the fact that Vega had placed it there - and everything seems to be 'safe'. In the following trial, Perez' attorney attacks the police force and unveals the tape with Vega's threatening call. He also casts doubt on Keller's honesty, and D.A. O'Brian warns Steve of being involved in a faked drug find. In the meantime, seriously injured Jimmy Vega dies in the hospital but Steve would not give up. He tries to team up with a friend of Jimmy, Dorothy Silveira, whose brother was also killed by Perez; interestingly, Dorothy now is Perez' girl friend. Nonetheless, and despite her fear, Dorothy finally agrees to Steve's suggestion and helps to set a trap for Perez.

This episode's opening sequence was filmed south of Market, where Vega and Bryce are following Perez' car on Folsom Street with Perez making the illegal right turn on red onto 4th Street. They are observing Perez making another right turn where he finally meets Chico on Shipley Street. After having thrown the drug pacakge away, Chico is finally booked by Bryce at Clara and 5th Streets (the building with that unique facade is still there). The vega house as well as Chico's apartment are located in the Duboce Triangle/Mission District area, whereas Parez' mansion is a frequently used mansion at Marina Boulevard. Vega asks Steve for help at the Aquatic Park Pier, and Steve talks to Dorothy Silveira at Alta Plaza Park. Vega meets Chico at the Ferry Pier just south of the Ferry Terminal, and later on, Dorothy walks down Castro towards 19th Street with Perez, slipping him the phone number of an alleged drug dealer. The court trial is being held at another frequently used location, a court room inside San Francisco City Hall (also seen, for example, in episode Jacob's Boy).

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