The kidnapping of a woman who is married to a wealthy astrologer -- and the appearance of her kidnapper, who claims she is being held in a room with a ticking time bomb -- spur the woman's husband to bash in the kidnapper's head with a vase, leaving McCloud, Clifford and Broadhurst with a limited time to determine where the woman is and who is really behind the kidnapping.
A large Ohio country boy arrives in The Big Apple to collect on a $10,000 debt for services rendered to a New York mobster, who couldn't be less happy about the publicity the visitor (and his elderly mom) are stirring up. Stefanie Powers plays a "model" working both the mobster and the visitor.
When a business magnate already hiding out from his partners narrowly escapes death by bombing (killing an aide who visited his lakeside hideaway), he tries to communicate to his girlfriend that he's still alive -- prompting the associates to try to drive her insane and incompetent to find him via various scare tactics, and take over the company for themselves.
A tip-off from an informant and help from a retired hit man clue McCloud in to the existence of a hit man famed for leaving no traces of his crime, and reveal the nature of his target -- an honest businessman with an extreme talent for abrading everyone in his path.
A very successful mortician has a sideline robbing legitimate drug shipments--he waters them down and puts them in caskets destined for South America. Usually, his two squabbling associates carry out the robberies, but this time he's convinced by his wife to include her dull-witted brother, who goes on a daylight heist and murders a security guard. The associates kidnap McCloud at the Statue of Liberty and hold him for ransom in exchange for the brother.
A former student (Rick Weaver in the first of five annual appearances) is accused of the fatal stabbing of his ex-violin teacher, but the murder was actually a hit -- a "reformed" mobster and his lawyer, ambitious for political office, are trying to smoke out the violinist's identical twin brother, a thug with almost no redeeming qualities, to waste him before he goes honest and spills the beans about other crimes.
When a police patrol officer is killed in a grenade ambush, McCloud finds out the cop was using blackmail -- including a Broadway theatrical producer (Uncle Miltie!) to advance the career of his daughter.