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Screencaps for Ep 4.05 added

The screencaps for School of Fear are now accessible through the episodes' page. When a teacher becomes victim of violence among teenage students of rival gangs at a high school, Leopold Summer, a dismissed and old-fashioned teacher kidnaps four of the most troublesome pupils in order to teach them lessons for life in an abandoned school building. His highly-sophisticated methods of getting the students into his 'class-room' as well as his obviously serious effort to help them getting out of the misery they're in, however, impresses only one of the kidnapped guys. The other three are somewhat between anger and hatred, although time tells that in at least two of them a sparkling flame of reason is still burning. Mike and Steve are hunting for Richie Martino - one of the two who are suspected to have shot the teacher to death - but Martino is also chained to the school desk in Mr. Summer's private class-room. Meanwhile, Steve is also approaching the abandoned school while following a tip - and finally gets chained as well. There's an interesting and intriguing development among the students without delivering an implausible plot, and all this peaks in the final leg of this episode when the father of the sole female student, Judy Harris, gets a tip from a bummer as to where he had found his daughter's wallet (Summer had informed Judy's father that he was holding his daughter for good and that he would not do her any harm). Of course, furious Mr. Harris is about to free his daughter - who tells her father (against the truth) that Summer had 'his hands all over her body' - but Mike can impede another crime last-minute. This does not prevent Summer's death, though, who roams around in the old building, hearing voices from the past, and finally crashes through a derelict floor.

This episode starts out at the 'Manual High School' which actually is George Washington High School in the Outer Richmond. Following the death of teacher Walter Randolph, Summer and the school's Vice Principle, bandy words in old Holy Cross Church at Eddy Street in the Fillmore District. Summer's house is located in the Corona Heights, and he first picks up Jeffers at a 'dayworker meeting point' at Eddy and Divisadero, then kidnaps Pruitt in front of his parents' house in the North Panhandle. The abandoned 'Thomas Paine Academy' is supposed to be in the Western Addition (Summer turns into an 'alley' just off Scott and Ellis) but the actual estate was a deserted orphanage located between Ingleside Terraces and Westwood Park (one can recognize the tower of former El Rey Theatre in background when Mr. Harris arrives in his Ford Mustang). Judy Harris' father, by the way, meets the bummer at the corner of Scott and Ellis, the same location where Summer turned onto the alley which is supposed to end up in the estate of abandoned 'Thomas Paine Academy' school. Special thanks to David Gallagher of the Western Neighborhood Project, who finally identified the area which is known as 'Dorado Terrace' nowadays. The remainders of the huge orphanage complex were demolished shortly after this episode was filmed, making space for a condominum project.

Unidentified filming locations identified!


Thanks to the assistance of fellow fans Aaron from San Francisco, and Jonathan from San Clemente (again!), I can scratch two filming locations off the unidentified locations list.

Aaron immediately recognized the unique facade of the "China Man Bar" building in The Hard Breed to be a long-established bar in North Beach on Grant Avenue. Interestingly, the facade of this bar is still intact as seen in the Streets episode more than 40 years ago, just the colour has changed.

Jonathan did another amazing research to solve the mystery of the hospital stills used in season 1 episode Legion of the Lost and season 3 episode Solitaire. Season 4 episode Men Will Die now offered a completely different perspective and a total view of the hospital building as well as an intersection right in front of it. The dark street sign fueled our common suspicion this hospital might have been located in Southern California, and Jon put the pieces together and finally found it. The (former main) building shown in all three episodes does not exist anymore - it was probably demolished around 2006/07 - but the adjacent complex is still existing.

These two identifications bring down the list of yet unidentified filming locations to as low as four! I would like to encourage all of you to check out the unidentified filming locations page so that we can solve the remaining mysteries. I do appreciate your help!


Screencaps for Ep 4.04 added

I have just added the screencaps for Men Will Die to the episodes' page. A rather disturbing story starts out when Nancy, a friend of Mike's daughter Jeannie, is coming to his house after she was raped by two men the night before. Mike as well as Jeannie are trying to provide as much help as they can, and following a line-up - in which Nancy can identify one of the rapists, Jack Marlin, - everything seems to be proceeding well. In order to find mental help, Jeannie accompanies Nancy to a support group for female victims of violence, somehow led by crusading attorney Catherine Wyatt, and learns several details about violence against women and how the women's situation is often complicating just punishment for the offenders. Nancy is threatened by the second guy who escaped the police, and in a condition of panic and fear, she shoots him down. Now the justice system turns against her, treating her like a regular murderer. Jeannie is upset by the way the system works, and her father's explications make her even more furious. She joins Catherine Wyatt and supports the women's activist group, however, a rather irrational leaflet campaign against Nancy's rapist - who was released by the police in the meantime – puts her own life in danger. No need to tell that Mike is totally upset by his daughter's irrational action, but following Nancy's pre-trial and court's decision to accept the district attorney's impeachment for first degree murder, Nancy tries to commit suicide by jumping down City Hall's gallery. Due to this act of desperation and Nancy's severe injuries, Mike asks Jeannie for help: as a really caring woman, he wants her to talk to one of  Marlin's earlier victims (who would not talk about the traumatic event to the police). Little do our two cops know that Catherine Wyatt tries to provoke Marlin in order to finally wipe this piece of scum out. Mike and Steve literally arrive in the very nick of time in order to prevent another murder.

Filming for this episode starts out in North Beach where Jeannie's friend, Nancy, is raped in 'Bill Graham's 1333' on Columbus Avenue. When police approaches the area, Marlin and his fellow try to escape on Beach Street, passing The Cannery, and they are finally booked in front of one of the piers at the waterfront. We are also taken to Mike's house several times as well as to SFPD headquarters building and SF City Hall. Mike and Steve are talking to Marlin's earlier victim, Miss Bennington, in a downtown cafe at Maden Lane, whereas Nancy's place is on Baker Street right across the Palace of Fine Arts. Marlin and his girlfriend are having lunch in the Mission Bay, the same location (famous 'Galerie de Blanche') was used for Marlin's private party. While investigating the case, Mike and Steve are driving up Haight-Ashbury to talk to Mrs. Green. Following Nancy's attempt to commit suicide, she's taken to hospital. The production crew used stock footage for the exterior view of a hospital in Southern California, whereas the actual interior scenes as well as the epilogue sequence were filmed at the Davies Campus of CPMC at Duboce Avenue.


Screencaps for Ep 4.03 added

I have just added the screencaps for No Place to Hide to the episodes' page. Organized prison gangs and drug dealing make up the plot for this episode. Drug dealer Jack Constantine, who has just been released from prison, immediately turns back into his old business. He uses a white gang in Holton penitentiary, leaded by Carl Metzger, in order to put pressure on other - unorganized - inmates and to force them and their wives to smuggle his drugs behind the prison walls. Prisoners who are not a member of a gang are fair game for anybody - and inmates who are not willing to follow Metzger's asking for a favour are threatened with death. Homicide gets involved when a young woman, Jennifer O'Brien, is murdered while doing her washing in a local laundry. The trail leads Mike and Steve into Holton penitentiary - and to the network of organized crime on this side as well as beyond the prison walls. It turns out that Jennifer O'Brien did not follow Constantine's demand so he got her killed by one of his henchman. Her husband, Robert, wants revenge but he finally ends up stabbed down by Metzger on the prison's recreation yard. That's when the white gang approaches another convict, Lou King, who used to be kind of a friend of killed Robert O'Brien. Scared by the killing of both, O'Brien and his wife, King agrees to Metzger's demand and asks his own wife, Rita, to be prepared for a smuggling job. Constantine gets in touch with the attractive young woman, demonstrates her how to get the drugs inside - by putting a balloon filled with heroin under her tongue and then transferring the bubble by kissing her man - and suggestively approaching her. After Rita delivered the first package, Constantine gets back to her, asking her to take the double load next time. Rita, however, is sick of Constantine's threats to murder both her and her husband as well as coming on to her for sexual favours, so she finally makes an indication to Stone and Keller but wants them to get her husband safe first, otherwise she would not tell anything. Constantine, troubled by police permanently talking to Rita, makes a fatal decision that would break his back. He wants to get rid of Rita, so he breaks into her house in order to kill her. Lucky Rita, Mike and Steve are just on their way to her concerning the judge's statement on getting her husband released for protection. Just when Constantine is about to fight her down, Mike and Steve get into her house and bust him. This episode finally wins for two reasons: beautiful Stefanie Powers in her second appearance on the show, and one of those terrific dialogues when Steve rags Mike for Lou King's new, "highy-sophisticated" name under the witness protection program. Steve (laughing): "John Smith? That's very original! Who thought of that?" Mike (dry-witted and looking stonily): "Me!" Steve (hesitantly): "Smith. I like it, yeah! I like it! It’s got a good ring to it!". Mike (still looking stonily): "Just drive, will ‘ya?! Just drive!".

The opening sequence was filmed in a laundromat at Noe Street, close to the intersection of Market and Noe, Steve later talks to the witness on the campus of San Francisco State University. Lots of this episode's filming was accomplished in a complex that served as 'Holton penitentiary', a fictional prison name for the Bay Area. Rita King is working at an elementary school close to Mount Davidson, and the Kings' house is located in Ashbury Heights. Mike drives down to Miraloma in order to question Jack Constantine, whereas Steve interviews former mob henchman Joe Max in front of his house in Ingleside Terraces. Rita meets with Constantine at Candlestick Point - where Joe Max is murdered - and, following Constantine's arrest, Mike and Steve drop off Rita and Lou King at the Downtown Airline Terminal which used to be located downtown at 375 O'Farrell Street.

Screencaps for Ep 4.02 added

I have just added the screencaps for The Glass Dart Board to the episodes' page. Newly promoted Captain Joseph Keely, an old companion of Mike, and his force is challenged by a sniper who randomly fires at the Balboa Towers, a new high-rise office building in downtown San Francisco, killing innocent people. Soon after, the building's manager receives a ransom demand in the amount of a million dollars - threatening him with more attacks and dead people in case he would not fulfill the claim. Homicide designs a broadly conceived observation of the building, however, the new Captain (who is rather a formalist among the force) interferes by applying his own tactical approaches - which is much to Mike's dislike since Keely also moves personnel from the streets and observation spots back to headquarters for research. Keely wants the department to systematically identify and catch the assassin by using 'PERT - Program Evaluation and Review Technique', a method he developed. This is much in contrary to the regular street and observation work pursued through Mike's operation, and the intermediate results aren't convincing either. The disagreement between the two former companions is getting even worse when Keely intervenes in a nightly chase which finally leads the police to lose the scent of the sniper - but following this decisive blowback, Keely pulls back from operations decisions and clears the way for Mike and Steve to go ahead. It turns out that it's not a former employee of the company that actually raised the building or of the hundreds of businesses based in the office towers - but a man who was forced to sell his property to the company which designed and built Balboa Towers and is now seeking payback. Homicide is on a race against the time as Truax already announced additional shooting and possible victims within the next few hours.

This episode has got a nice variety of downtown filming locations - most of which are still existing. In the opening scene, Mike picks up Steve at his house on telegraph hill. They are crusing down Union St towards Washington Square, and passing by Two Embarcadero Center at Sacramento and Front Streets, just before we see Truax shooting at One Embarcadero Center from a rooftop which turns out to be at 500 Sansome Street when he leaves the building. He then changes location, parks his car on California just off Front Street, and enters a building for another rooftop shooting. This area was demolished and rebuilt in the late 1970's, the block east of California and Front houses the office tower at 101 California Street nowadays. Mike and Steve are talking to 'Balboa Towers' (i.e. Embarcadero Center) manager Eli Mason in his office on an upper floor of Two Embarcadero Center, and Truax moves on to the Vaillancourt Fountain for his next shooting on the building (the stairway leading right 'into' the sculpture is still there today). By night, Truax parks his car at the intersection of Clay and Davis Streets, firing at Two Embarcadero again. Following the failed chase due to Captain Keely's decisions, Mike has a debate with him on Ferry Plaza, and the following day Truax fires at Two Embarcadero from a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency. The failed ransom pay & bust takes place at Golden Gate Park, and being on Truax' trail, Mike and Steve are asking questions at the architects' office which is housed in former ferry boat 'Klamath' moured at Pier 5. They are finally arriving at Truax's aparment which is located on a dead end of Green Street - actually just one block away from Steve's apartment.

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