The remains of an inmate at the Alcatraz Federal Prison was discovered between a wall during some repairs. It was thought that the inmate Lou Kovic escaped 20 years earlier, but Mike and Steve believe he was murdered.
A young patient from a psychiatric home tells the police that an elderly patient at the facility was murdered. After the young man is found dead himself, Steve decides to feign mental illness to gain admittance to the place, fearing that someone may be killing patients.
After a mob enforcer, still wearing his brass knuckles, falls to death from a high-rise hotel window, the police seal off the hotel and hunt for two other mobsters and the down-and-out boxer who was their planned target.
A sniper is randomly shooting people in a high-rise building and threatens to continue doing it until he is paid a million dollars. Stone and Keller try to identify and stop the assailant, but Stone believes the methods of the acting captain in charge of the investigation are wrong for the situation.
The wife of a prison inmate is shot and killed in a laundromat in what looks like a professional hit. Stone and Keller determine that it was the work of a prison gang that is using outside enforcers to force inmates' wives to help them smuggle drugs into the prison. Another wife of a prisoner is now targeted to be made to do what the murdered woman would not.
After Jeannie's friend Nancy kills one of her rapists, Jeannie is furious at the way the justice system works. She becomes involved with an aggressive rape crisis group headed by crusading attorney Catherine Wyatt. Rapist Jack Marlin becomes a target of their efforts.
After one of his fellow teachers is killed on the schoolyard during a fight between two students, a veteran former teacher kidnaps four troublesome students and holds them in an abandoned private school, where he chains them while he forces them to read history lessons.
An old neighborhood has suddenly seen a huge upsurge in violent crime committed against its homeowners, including murder. Keller and Stone find that it may be tied to the fact that all the people in the neighborhood had been approached by a real estate agent making substantially high offers to buy their properties, and that the agent is working for a major corporation.
James Woods plays the perfect homely US Navy sailor in dress blues with a bad temper, along with his Navy buddies they are looking for a jeweler that closed his store a few days before they hit town. There course leads to murder, anchors aweigh.
The murder of a pregnant girl leads Stone and Keller to arrogant radio host Terry Vine, who has a large female fanbase. The dead girl claimed to be pregnant with Vine's baby, giving him a motive for murder, and after her blackmailing roommate also turns up dead, Keller is convinced Vine is the killer.
Stone is assigned to partner on a cat burglary case with an inspector he has become romantically involved with and even proposed to. But when a woman is apparently murdered by the burglar, Stone's relationship with his new partner is strained as he believes the burglar is the killer, and she does not believe the murder fits the burglar's pattern.
Surveillance is the game here. But a break-in ends up with the night watchman dead of a heart attack. Tom Selleck although not in the opening credits, he plays a major role. During the lunch scene they are eating at Sinbad's Resturant at Pier 2 in San Francisco, which is still there even today. I had my wedding reception there in 1984, great place.