Saturday, June 22, 2013


Thursday, June 20, 2013


Sally is on an errand and she thinks she is being followed, but she loses the man. However Soup Metzger, who is an old law client of Mac’s from when he was a defense attorney, has come to deliver a warning to Mac and tells Sally to have Mac come meet him when he gets home.

The meeting doesn’t really happen, a man is there along with Soup and the other man is show by Tom, a friend of the McMillans. This is the first of several members of the upper crust of San Francisco that are introduced in this episode. The two things all of them have in common is that they are in financial difficulties and they are going to a costume party that Mac doesn’t not want to attend.

One of the people going to the party has a necklace worth a quarter of a million dollars and she is determined to wear it to the party. Soup was trying to warn Mac about a jewel robbery and this woman’s house was hit the same night, but the necklace was not stolen. Mac has it appraised to make sure it wasn’t switched with a fake, but it’s the real deal and the police chief is convinced they will try again.

So Mac ends up going to the party to be part of the security detail. Just a bit of logic here, Mac is not a cop and has no police experience, although to be fair he did used to be in military intelligence. His costume is very awkward to run in so it was a poor choice and why is the police chief giving him orders anyway? Doesn’t Mac outrank him?

Sunday, June 16, 2013


NBC had a heck of a time finding a fourth detective to round out the Sunday night lineup and this nice fan made video shows the ones they tried to use, only Quincy really took off and it was soon made a weekly series.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


This western series was a little unusual. Hec Ramsey was a lawman, but he was also sort of a pioneer Crime Scene Investigator (CSI). He was good with a gun but also took fingerprints and conducted scientific tests to look for suspects.

This series was broadcast from 1972 to 1974 on NBC. It was part of the NBC Mystery movie broadcast on Sunday nights. The series alternated with Columbo, McCloud and McMillan and Wife.


Richard Boone as Hec Ramsey
Richard Lenz as Police Chief Oliver B. Stamp
Harry Morgan as Doc Amon Coogan

The series was set in New Prospect, Oklahoma, at the turn of the century. The town was modernizing but there was still a lot of the old West that had survived.
Hec was a legendary lawman and still handy with a six-gun. But he had gotten interested in new criminology and came to town with a case full of forensic equipment. The newly elected Chief of Police Oliver Stamp was inexperienced and wary of his new deputy, the older, more experienced Hec Ramsey.

 In the course of the series the Chief grew to trust and respect Ramsey. Ramsey used his deductive powers and forensic science to solve crimes in their part of Oklahoma. But he was ready to use a gun when it was called for, also. Harry Morgan played the local doctor, who became friendly with Hec and helped him on cases sometimes.

The series didn't last that long, it was actually an odd fit for the mystery series. all of which were contemporary series. McCloud had a cowboy lawman, but it was in present day New York. No other mystery series at the time was set in the past, but the show was actually pretty good and it is rerun sometimes on cable TV.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Mac and Sally go to her mother’s apartment for brunch and meet Francesca Fairborne, the down stairs neighbor. Mrs Fairborne is upset because her dog was kidnapped, casually she mentions her husband was taken at the same time.

Mrs. Fairborne gets a ransom note saying that her loved one will be returned for 100,000 dollars. When Mrs Fairborne finds out that mac is the police commissioner she doesn’t want his help. Nothing must interfere with safe return of the Princess Anastasia.

Mac had recently made a big deal about cops not being ticketed for traffic offenses, so when he is stopped by the cops, he insists on being fined.

Now Mac can't drive so Sally ends up having to drive him around. The dog turns up and Mrs Fairborne has to be convinced to go ahead with the ransom, she is not exactly fond of her husband.

Mrs. Fairborne is killed and Sally ends up at a dog show as a decoy for the ransom

This episode reintroduces Sally's eccentric mother, who first appeared in the pilot. She is an Auntie Mame type, Mac's mother isn't introduced for a few seasons and she, in her own way, is just as odd as Sally's mother.

Throughout the series Mac encounters cops who fall all over themselves when Mac reveals he is the commissioner. I'm not sure how realistic that is, I would think the police chief is their real boss. The police commissioner is usually a political appointment and he doesn't solve crimes, but if the show paid attention to that we wouldn't have a series.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Mac and Sally are moving from their house in the suburbs to a townhouse, where they will live for the rest of the series. Sally is organized with her packing and she marks every box and barrel with a smiley face.

But, despite her precautions, she is left a barrel that isn’t hers. She opens it and finds a body. But when Mac comes home in answer to Sally's urgent phone call, the barrel is missing.


So the barrel with the body is missing, but also the barrel with Sally’s Aunt Sophie’s china is missing. So it looks like someone got the china and they got the body. The moving company also stores barrels, so Sally thinks a storage barrel with the corpse was sent to the Mcmillans by mistake.

Mac thinks that someone in the shipping company must be involved, because the barrel was removed so quickly. Mac and Enright start to investigate who put a barrel in storage, eventually they turn up a man named Barteloni who is pretending to be dead and several other suspects.

This episode is the first one in their town duplex. Through the series it varies between renting and owning the house. In this episode, they are just leasing the house. In a later episode when a body falls out of the fireplace, they are considering selling. Maybe they started leasing and then buying or it is a inconsistency.

Mildred makes her first actual appearance in this episode, although she was referred to in the pilot. Mac and Sally also come across 2 women from Mac's past, which happens all the time in this series. Mac was supposed to have been a real ladies man before he met Sally. I don't know if this was supposed to be part of the character or it was thrown in because Rock Hudson was gay. Personally, I think it is rather silly.