In Oregon, members of a religious colony have incurred jealousy and ire from residents of a town. The young son of the colony's leader has reported he was beaten. Erskine and Rhodes are thrust into the middle of the situation, which is as combustible as the nearby forests which have endured a 97-day drought.
Erskine and Rhodes are tracking a man who seduces and then kills wealthy widows. Can they reach him before he kills again? It turns out the killer has deep psychological issues about being adopted. Erskine is able to use that fact to his advantage in the investigation.
A defecting Soviet diplomat informs the FBI that a major Southern California defense contractor is the source of a security leak. Erskine and Rhodes assume cover identities. Meanwhile, the leader of a Soviet spy ring prepares to sacrifice one of the collaborators to throw the FBI off the scent.
A U.S. diplomat is approached by the Chinese government to provide sensitive information. The Chinese specifically are seeking the contents of a document known as the Forsythe Memo. Erskine impersonates the diplomat to infiltrate a spy ring organized by the Chinese government.
A mentally ill woman, who is baby sitting an infant, abducts the child. Erskine and Rhodes track the woman across several states. The FBI agents must figure out the kidnapper's motivation and why the date of April 2 is so significant to her.
A man hijacks a plane bound for Seattle. He forces it to fly to Alaska, where it is to refuel before heading to Harbin, China. The hijacker turns out to be a U.S. scientist. Assistant Director Ward tells Erskine the man and his knowledge must not be allowed to reach China -- at any cost.
Chicago businessman Mark Tabor, who has ties to organized crime, is about to go on trial for fraud. Tabor narrowly escapes a hit attempt and is on the run. He is about to be cornered. He has himself committed to an asylum. Erskine poses as a patient to prove that Tabor is faking.
Roger Leroy Mason, a research chemist, cracks under pressure from both his job and personal life. He has sabotaged one facility of a chemical company that is interested in bidding on a process his firm has developed. That incident resulted in a massive fire. The FBI races to find Mason before other chemical facilities are destroyed.
Dr. Gregory Holman is in Washington playing in a chess tournament. He is also an intelligence operative for an Eastern European country and may be ready to defect to the United States. He apparently is killed in an explosion in a night club. However, Erskine determines the badly burned body is not Holman. Now, the U.S. and Holman's country are seeking the operative. If the U.S. can convince Holman to defect, valuable information can be decoded before an upcoming peace conference. Erskine must cope with another chess player selling information to both sides and Korvin,...
Erskine must track down the missing Dr. Gregory Holman while simultaneously trying to convince officials of his government the intelligence operative is dead. He is aided by Holman's wife, who now knows her husband is alive. Yustov, a chess-playing rival of Holman's, also knows Holman is alive and is trying to convince Ambassdor Korvin of that fact. Erskine leads a team of FBI agents that finally locates Holman. But he won't defect until he knows his children, who are still in his home country, are safe.
The son of a rich man, Marshall Winslow, is kidnapped. The leader is the sickly and mentally unstable DuPree, who shows he is more than willing to kill by twice shooting the chauffeur who was driving the boy. DuPress wants $300,000 and has no intentions of letting the boy, Dan Winslow, go free. Erskine must contend with the bull-headed Marshall Winslow, who wants to do things his way. The elder Winslow, after initially cooperating with the FBI, goes public about the kidnapping and offers a large reward for information about the crime.
The murderous Earl Clayton leads four other criminals in an escape from a New Mexico jail. He kills a deputy in the escape and one of the escapees who didn't want to work on a heist Clayton was planning. Eventually, Clayton a young escapee are the only ones still at large. Erskine and Rhodes are sent after Clayton. Before they can reach the killer, Clayton is in a remote lodge with hostages. Erskine, in a desperate bid to prevent more death, changes places with a hunter headed toward the lodge.
A bank in Baltimore is robbed. The crime was obviously well planned. Yet the criminals only steal $12,000 when much more could have been taken. Erskine and Rhodes dig deeper to find a deceased bank robber in the 1940s would rob a small bank as a practice run before striking a richer target. Now, the FBI must comb through all the dead robber's cell mates to find who is adopting his tactics. A missing button from the Baltimore robbery will prove to be a major clue.
Dale Hillman kidnaps and kills the daughter of a police chief. The reason: Hillman had been rejected while applying for a position with the department because of an eye defect. The FBI is called into the case. In the meantime, Hillman joins an extremist group (it's implied it's a neo-Nazi organization, but this specific term isn't used). Erskine infiltrates the group to get the evidence needed to put Hillman away for good.
Erskine and Rhodes are sent to a small town in Oregon with a predominant Asian American population. Evidence has surfaced that one of its residents may have been a traitor during World War II, serving as a Japanese officer without ever renouncing his U.S. citizenship. The one-time officer also was involved in torture during the war. To find the man, the agents eventually must seek the aid of one of the torture victims from the war.
A gang of kidnappers preys on middle-class families. Based in Reno, they identify men who have won money gambling, then kidnap their children. Junior, one of the kidnappers, convinces his brother Casey to spare the life of one kidnap victim. Casey reluctantly does so but tells the boy other members of his family will die if they alert authorities. The FBI receives an anonymous phone call after the boy is returned but the boy's father refuses to cooperate. After Erskine and Rhodes start work on the case, another man's son is kidnapped after the man has won $7,500 ...
Convicted murderer Larry Drake is freed during a brazen escape that results in the deaths of three law-enforcement officers. One of them was a good friend of Inspector Lewis Erskine, who was the godfather to the man's oldest son. Steve Drake, the killer's brother, has organized the escape and another brother, Eddie, was a participant. But Larry, in love with Steve's wife, has his own plans.
Bishop John Atwood, a peace activist, is coming to the U.S. to deliver a speech. He has been targeted for assassination by Anton Christopher, who has never been photographed. The FBI is alerted to the plot by a Manilla police officer, who has been fatally shot by Christopher but lives long enough to tell the FBI what he knows. What neither the FBI nor the bishop knows is that one of the bishop's closest friends is part of the plot.
The FBI is called in to investigate a case of sabotage at a tungsten mine in New Mexico. The bureau is concerned because the metal is vital for U.S. defense and aerospace efforts. But the sabotage has nothing to do with the Cold War. Rather, it is the work of Tom Rule, whose son was killed at the mine and whose grandson wants to work there. Rule, believing the mine will soon close down anyway, wants to prevent his grandson from following the same path he did. What he doesn't know, and one reason the FBI is involved, is that a large deposit of tungsten is near the mine...
Erskine and Rhodes are investigating Johnny Albin, a "juicer," who makes loans to desperate businessmen and then uses his leverage to take control of their companies for La Cosa Nostra boss Mark Vincent. Erskine hopes to use Albin to get to Vincent, who controls a savings-and-loan and other legitimate business fronts. One of Albin's businessmen victims is hesitant to help the FBI for fear his wife and daughter will be killed or injured.
A chemist, facing escalating medical bills because his daughter may lose her leg, steals flasks he thinks contains a new lotion. In reality, he has taken a powerful bacteria that will wipe out all forms of life within a certain area. A spy, Jago, wants to sell the bacteria to a country hostile to the United States. Erskine and Rhodes are dispatched to track down the missing flasks which have the potential to wipe out millions of lives.
Thieves steal an experimental form of nitrogylcerin, which is especially volatile. A guard is killed in the robbery and one of the thieves is also killed because he can't take the stress. The thieves recruit Carl Munger, an experienced truck driver who has hauled nitrogylcerin before. Munger is about to become a father and is nearly broke. Rhodes, posing as an out-of-work truck driver, wins Munger's trust and joins him in hauling the explosive chemical. All Erskine can do is follow behind and hope his partner will survive the ordeal.
Frank Schroeder is hitchhiking and is picked up by a motorist in the Southwest. Schroeder kills the motorist in cold blood. Now, the FBI has launched a manhunt for Schroeder and puts him on the agency's Ten Most Wanted list. The criminal hooks up with a young Mexican woman. He is now in San Antonio, where there are rumors that a reclusive woman has a fortune in diamonds hidden in her home. Erskine and Rhodes try to trace Schroeder's bloody trail, which will result in the death a pawn broker. Can the FBI bring the criminal to justice before it's too late for others?
Karl Schindler, a former Nazi officer who ran a concentration camp during World War II, is now a Communist spy. Otto Mann, a Nazi hunter, nearly arrests Schindler on a cruise ship headed to New York. Mann is a friend of Erskine and wants to assist the FBI. But Mann's wife died at Schindler's concentration camp. Erskine is uncertain whether Mann will attempt to gain personal revenge; the FBI man wants to capture Schindler alive for his knowledge of U.S.-based agents.
A prisoner at a federal prison in Colorado is killed. Dying, he tells the warden that a break-out is about to be attempted. Because the prison houses some of the worst criminals in U.S. custody, the FBI is called into the case. Erskine goes undercover as a prisoner and is the new cell mate of Fritz Moline, a cunning criminal suspected of organizing the escape. But Moline, after planning the escape for five years, may kill Erskine first.
Erkine and Rhodes lead an FBI hunt for Lawrence Underwood, a Communist spy who has stolen secrets from an atomic laboratory in Idaho. Underwood, in the course of the theft, caused an accident involving atomic materials and is now contaminated with radiation. Underwood is in a remote part of Idaho, with Erkine on his trail, unaware of Underwood's condition.
A company aircraft of Colton Industries, a Detroit-based defense contractor, explodes in mid-air. The incident kills one of the parters of the company, who was headed to Washington. He was killed because he was going to blow the whistle about defective aircraft components that Colton Industries was shipping to Vietnam. As Erkine and Rhodes investigate, Assistant Director Arthur Ward takes an interest in the case because he's a friend of Mrs. Colton. The title of the episode is explained by Ward, who likens the story of the camel forcing its way into a tent to the way ...
Istvan Sladek, an agent for a Communist Eastern European nation who is operating in the U.S., has obtained a coded list of opposition leaders in his country. But in getting the list, he fatally shot the editor of a newspaper for Slavic Americans. Erkine and Rhodes lead the FBI's hunt for Sladek. At the same time, Sladek knows agents of his country will liquidate him the moment Sladek gives up the list. Complicating all of this is the fact Sladek, during the preceding six months, fell in love with a woman who immigrated from his country. The woman is torn whether to ...
Jennerson, the captain of a freight ship, loses his vessel when it hits what appears to be an old mine. The event is viewed as a tragic accident, which cost the life of one of Jennerson's crew. But the FBI, led by Erskine and Rhodes, is following up indications the incident was deliberately staged. Indeed, the mine, stolen from elsewhere, was newer than a World War II mine. Jennerson and an accomplice are after $40,000 in insurance money. What Jennerson doesn't know is that his wife is having an affair with the accomplice. At the same time, the sunken ship's cargo ...