11 March 1973
Harry Orwell is a LA cop who is retired due to a bullet in his back. Now a Private Detective, Harry O. is hired by the man who shot him to find the other man who was involved in the shooting. Scheerer is trying to kill Garrison and also keep his heroin business alive. Harry O. wants to bring both to justice.
Season 1, Episode 1: Gertrude12 September 1974
Harry is hired by a beautiful but wacky woman. She wants him to find her brother, who went AWOL from the navy and sent her his left shoe. Orwell's investigation uncovers a gang of smugglers.
19 September 1974
Harry is hired by a retired Navy Admiral to find his missing wife, Andrea. The police think she drowned when her boat broke up and sank but the Admiral does not believe this. Harry begins his investigation by questioning members of the exclusive yacht club that the Admiral and his wife belong to. When the police pull a woman's body from the ocean Harry is surprised when it doesn't turn out to be the Admiral's wife but a friend of hers...and it turns out she was murdered and not a drowning victim. Harry now believes that Andrea Tannehill is alive and in danger somewhere and continues searching with renewed interest.
26 September 1974
Harry is hired by his beautiful neighbor to find out who is trying to kill her curmudgeon father. Paul Sawyer is an eccentric, arrogant architect, considered to be a genius, but the list of his enemies is quite long.
Season 1, Episode 4: Mortal Sin3 October 1974
Harry's friend is a Catholic Priest who asks for Orwell's help in finding a man who confessed to a murder. Unable to break his vow of secrecy, he can't go to the police. Soon, other bodies begin turning up dead.
10 October 1974
A young girl is in need of a kidney transplant, and her estranged father has her rare blood-type. Harry is hired to find her father, who is in hiding from the mob, as two assassins begin following Orwell around as he investigates.
Season 1, Episode 6: Eyewitness17 October 1974
A woman hires Orwell to help her son, who has been wrongfully arrested for murder. During his investigation, Harry locates a witness to the murder--but unfortunately the witness is blind.
24 October 1974
When Harry suspects a young woman is being held against her will in a mental asylum, he investigates and discovers a murder. He pretends to be a patient and goes undercover as a patient.
31 October 1974
A woman hires Harry to locate her missing husband. What Orwell discovers during his investigation is a complex web of lies and deceit--even murder--resulting in his being being shot while working the case.
7 November 1974
A blind woman writes about her psychic visions of death. When they come true, she becomes a suspect. But, also, a potential victim. Her last vision: "I'm next".
14 November 1974
Capt. Jaklin has been trying to nail Joe Kiley for years but witnesses keep disappearing or coming to other tragic ends. Harry is asked to guard a witness against Kiley but someone seems to have betrayed them.
5 December 1974
Harry's friend George Makita is found murdered with a large amount of cocaine in his possession. The police believe he was drug dealer, but his girlfriend hires Harry to look into his death. Discovering evidence that George was framed, Harry travels to Vadero County and meets with a very pretty, very wealthy woman named Glenna Nielson, who owns a large ranch there. Glenna had sold forty acres to George just prior to his death, and Harry suspects this is connected to the murder. When a prominent businessman (Glenna's uncle) is killed, Harry is arrested for his murder.
12 December 1974
Lt. Manny Quinlan travels to Vedero County to help prove Harry's innocence and solve the murder of George Makita. Glenna Nielsen develops feelings for Orwell.
26 December 1974
Anne Virdon is an old friend of Orwell's, and she hires Harry to check on her husband, fearing he is seeing another woman. The truth is something very different, as someone fires a shot at Orwell.
9 January 1975
Lettie owns a gold mine in the desert. Lettie's two sisters, a brother, and a grand-nephew and his wife come for their annual visit. Trapped in the house in the middle of the desert, they start getting killed off, one by one.
16 January 1975
Emily and her boyfriend steal $25,000 in bonds from her boss's safe. She has a change of heart and wants to return the bonds, but her boyfriend and the bonds are gone. Harry is hired to find the missing boyfriend.
23 January 1975
A young man who has been in an institution is tricked into shooting his brother and Harry finds it is a scam by his sister-in-law to inherit a wealthy trust fund.
30 January 1975
Harry is attending a seaside jazz club when he hears a trumpeter playing in tune outside. Suddenly the trumpeter falls into the water - pushed in by a hit man unnoticed by anyone else. Harry, thinking the trumpeter passed out from being drunk, takes him to his beach house to sober up, and the next morning leaves to buy groceries. When Harry returns he finds a bottle of scotch broken and his car gone, stolen by the trumpeter. He also finds a young singer, Ruthie Daniels, waiting for him; Ruthie knows who the trumpeter is - her father, Arthur "Art Sully" Daniels. Daniels went to prison in 1963 for stabbing to death a mobster named Reisman and is now on parole; Daniels was gypped by his record company, led by Sid Hacktel, out of royalties, and is being pursued. Harry smokes out the hit man seeking Daniels and identifies him as Manny "Smitty" Schmicht, a former bouncer for one of Hacktel's nightclubs - and who is left-handed. When Sid Hacktel is found shot to death, Harry's car with Daniel's hat and trumpet are found abandoned in the driveway, but Harry recognizes it to be a setup since he had the hat and horn at his house that morning. Lt. Trench is stuck, since the only hard evidence he has is against Daniels even though he recognizes Daniels is being set up, since Hacktel's company is under FBI investigation for pirating recordings of jazz concerts and festivals, and an FBI agent involved in the investigation was found stabbed to death six weeks earlier. But both Harry and Trench encounter more than they bargained for when a family friend of the Daniels' is found stabbed to death and Ruthie Daniels is taken hostage by Smitty.
6 February 1975
Harry comes to the aid of a deaf mute man accused of setting fire to a building after he was fired from his job as the building's janitor.
13 February 1975
Carl Milland is a legitimate, successful businessman who used to be a big-time gangster. Harry witnesses Mr. Milland's daughter being murdered on the beach, and sees a young man in the vicinity moments later. The police arrest the young man, who is an aspiring actor named Todd Conway, but release him for lack of evidence. Todd then hires Harry the next day after an attempt on his life. Orwell suspects Carl Milland has put a 'hit' on Todd, and strikes a deal with Milland to give him 24 hours to find the real killer of his daughter.
Season 1, Episode 20: Lester20 February 1975
A college student is murdered on campus and the prime suspect seems more interested in the investigation than worried about it. All clues point in one direction, but Harry digs deeper to find the truth.
27 February 1975
Lt. Manny Quinlan drives to Los Angeles in order to help his drug addicted niece. He finds her in a seedy hotel, but it is a setup and he's shot. An envelope full of money is planted on his body to make it appear he was a 'dirty' cop. Before he dies however, he manages to mail the envelope full of money to Harry, and Orwell takes it from there, investigating his friend's murder and trying to clear his good name and reputation.
2 March 1975
When a drug addicted street waif witnesses a murder, she is forced to flee for her life. Harry is hired by her mother to find her before the killers do.
11 September 1975
Lt. Trench is the victim of a frame up. An informant of his is murdered and the circumstances make him appear guilty. It doesn't help his case any when the Captain in charge doesn't like Trench because of his swift promotion over more seasoned officers. Trench reluctantly hires Harry to find the truth and clear his name. Harry's investigation leads him to a ring of heroin dealers.
18 September 1975
Following a high-society dinner, a young woman is run down and left for dead on a lonely highway. High profile attorney and alcoholic, Jennifer Roth, leaves the dinner intoxicated and can't remember driving home. When she learns about the hit-and-run victim the next morning, she hires Harry to find out if she was the driver, and he discovers that her car was used to run down the girl. Orwell investigates a number of other suspects who also left the same dinner, and uncovers an eye-witness to the accident who then disappears before he can identify the driver. Harry is shot at in his own home when it appears he is getting too close to discovering the identity of the hit-and-run driver.
Season 2, Episode 3: Lester Two25 September 1975
Lester Hodges is back, much to Harry's chagrin. Harry's next door neighbor and stewardess girlfriend, Sue Ingham, returns from a flight to Paris. Unbeknownst to her, she has stolen diamonds in a bottle of perfume in her suitcase. Her house is ransacked as the thieves search for the diamonds, and not finding them they kidnap Sue and hold her for ransom. Learning the gems never left France in the first place, Harry and Lester fly to Paris to retrieve the diamonds. Using James Bond type gadgets supplied by Lester, they attempt to free Sue and catch the thieves.
Season 2, Episode 4: Shades2 October 1975
Harry is hired by a wealthy woman to investigate the arrest of her housekeeper for murder. The investigation leads Orwell into a world of blackmail, hidden family secrets and murder.
20 November 1975
A mentally challenged young man sneaks out of his home in the middle of the night to go to a carnival. When a young woman is found strangled the next morning, his parents hire Harry to find out where their son went during the night. All the young man can say is that he saw a lion under the pier, but two other women had previously been strangled in the area, and when a fourth victim turns up, all evidence points to the young man as the killer. Harry investigates and discovers a multitude of possible suspects.
16 October 1975
Harry is hired to find a young woman who will soon turn 25, making her eligible to inherit her family fortune. His investigation leads him to believe she is in the Institute of Religious Psychology. When he manages to sneak into her room and talk to her, he discovers she is being brainwashed, drugged and indoctrinated. She is hiding out there because she believes she murdered someone, and in her befuddled state she is about to donate her fortune to the Institute. Harry must help her.
Season 2, Episode 7: Mayday23 October 1975
Ward Nevins is a pilot whom Harry knew when they served in Korea. He is flying Senator John Elton when their private plane suddenly falters and begins to fall. Nevins radios for help while Elton dons a parachute, but Nevins suddenly passes out and the plane crashes, killing Nevins and injuring Senator Elton. Harry attends the funeral and Nevin's widow Ellen tells him of strange behavior and phone calls by Ward before the fatal flight, and when they arrive at her house it has been ransacked. Harry flies to Fresno and learns that a valve on the plane jammed, but they can't explain why; he also learns the Senator's chute was defective. Harry later learns that Elton is a swing vote on a highway bill that may benefit Northwest Engineering, whose president Hal Follet hates Senator Elton. Harry then learns from Lt. Trench that fingerprints from Ellen's house belong to hit-man Rod Stoner. Another enemy of the Senator is union boss Jake Muller, who has employed Stoner in the past, and Harry realizes the plane was sabotaged, a suspicion confirmed first by an attempt on his life by Stoner, then when he and Ellen discover a safe deposit box owned by Ward that contains over $50,000, and finally when Harry has Ward's body exhumed for a new autopsy and learns from the wrecked plane that Ward had deliberately had the fatal valve frozen to make a crash, and the oxygen tank used by Ward was replaced with a nitrogen tank. Harry tracks down and confronts the mechanic responsible, but their lives at in danger when they are cornered and attacked by Stoner and several accomplices.
30 October 1975
Spence, Harry's auto mechanic, fears his father is being mistreated at the 'old folks home'. When Spence's father dies, he hires Harry to investigate the Doctor at the home.
6 November 1975
The victim of an elaborate frame, Harry is arrested for murder. While awaiting trial, Harry escapes and tracks down the real killer as he attempts to clear his name.
13 November 1975
When members of a therapy group turn up murdered, the group psychiatrist suspects one of the members and hires Harry to investigate.
9 October 1975
A friend of Harry's calls him, saying her husband hasn't been home all night. Her husband is Harry's former partner on the police force, now a P.I., and a known womanizer. When Harry discovers him in a motel, he has been murdered by a blackmailer. Investigating further, Orwell finds he was working for his own ex-wife, Elizabeth, who is now married to a judge. Harry and Elizabeth still have deep feelings for each other, as he tries to protect her and her husband while catching the blackmailer.
4 December 1975
Police Sgt. Frank Brannen is distraught over his runaway daughter, and tracks down her pusher/boyfriend, threatening to kill him for getting his daughter addicted to drugs. Sgt. Brannen's daughter walks into the apartment, and it's obvious she is pregnant. After she runs away, Sgt. Brannen is knocked out from behind, and when he wakes up his daughter's boyfriend is found shot with Brannen's own gun. Arrested for murder, he hires Orwell to find the real killer and locate his runaway daughter. The ensuing investigation leads to the murder of a good friend of Harry's, and more drug-addled suspects and witnesses.
11 December 1975
A man calls Harry Orwell while Harry is asleep, but when the half-awake Harry answers, there is nothing, so Harry hangs up. The next day Harry learns that Frank McDonald, an old friend from his days with the San Diego PD, has been found dead. The death is ruled a suicide but Harry is skeptical, and after learning that McDonald was the man who called him that night, Harry begins backtracking those who most recently knew McDonald. He meets a woman McDonald knew from attending AA meetings, a woman who was married to wealthy businessman Walter Nesbitt. Harry then begins piecing together information on a murder case McDonald was involved in years earlier involving the death of Walter Nesbitt's secretary, Angela Thomas. Several attempts on the lives of Harry, Nesbitt's estranged son-in-law, and Nesbitt's mentally disturbed son lead Harry and Lt. Trench back to the man convicted of Angela Thomas' murder, a man named Bill Henderson, a violent man who was recently paroled but who Harry learns was not the real killer.
8 January 1976
Lester Hodges is back, much to Orwell's annoyance. Gayle shares a class with Lester, and when she is arrested for passing counterfeit money, she calls on Lester for help, who in turn goes to Harry. Gayle got the money from her grandfather, but when he is kidnapped Harry and Lester discover printing equipment in his attic. He is a gifted counterfeiter who has been at it for years. He is being forced to print bogus money for a group of thieves who need a large sum of cash to purchase a shipment of heroin entering the country. The case takes many twists and turns, involving the secret service, FBI and the Mexican secret service.
15 January 1976
Kate owns and runs a gambling nightclub, and one night she surprises a thief in her office, and is shot and killed. A young girl who works for Kate named Jamie, witnesses the murder and flees the scene. Jamie had orders from Kate to contact Harry in the case of her death, taking to him a note revealing that she kept a notebook with the names of important people, which she used for her own protection. This leads Harry down a trail of investigation that involves the blackmail of several important people whose names are in the little black book, resulting in the murder of several individuals and an attempt on Orwell's life.
22 January 1976
Carl Dawes has been in prison for murder, but has been paroled and he goes to see his former girlfriend Sara Webber. Dawes and Webber played confidence games, cheating business types out of their money, but Sara has gone straight. When Carl asks about a suitcase they had kept, Sara tells him it is still at the San Diego apartment of her friend Kate Roberti, which drives Carl into a rage, as he claims the suitcase contains $300,000 from a Syndicate courier he killed years earlier. He smacks Sara, then stabs a bystander who tries to stop him, and flees. Sara is reluctant to implicate Carl, but Lt. Trench tells Sara to hire Harry Orwell else he'll have to arrest her for aiding a fleeing criminal. She hires Harry to find her suitcase in San Diego, but when Harry meets Kate he learns she gave the suitcase to another friend in LA. Harry drives to LA but find Kate's friend dead in her apartment, the suitcase hidden; Harry is also unaware that Granville Coleman and Roy Garvey, two Mob hit men, have assaulted Kate to learn the whereabouts of this same suitcase. When Harry and Trench have Sara search the suitcase, she finds nothing but old clothes and a stack of stamped letters. She nonetheless agrees to stay at Harry's beach house for awhile, but the next day she and Harry are taken at gunpoint by Carl, who tells Harry to get the suitcase from the police and return it to him else he'll kill Sara outside the city. Harry gets the suitcase but when he finds Carl Dawes, the man is dead, shot by Coleman and Garvey. Sara finally tells Harry who owns the suitcase and Harry must reluctantly take Garvey to a millionaire in San Diego while Coleman holds Sara hostage.
Season 2, Episode 17: Hostage19 February 1976
When a robbery goes awry, a standoff with the police ensues and Lt. Trench offers himself as trade for one of the hostages. Harry must find the thief's girlfriend before hostages are killed.
26 February 1976
Harry's old friend and fellow P.I., George Dillard, calls Orwell asking for his help. Harry goes to a meeting place and learns that George has been murdered. He begins investigating his friend's death, and discovers he was working for a woman named Lisa Soong, who is concerned her father is in danger. The case leads Orwell to a U.S. Marine sergeant who smuggled valuable pieces of art out of Vietnam before it fell, and is now attempting to get it into the country.
Season 2, Episode 19: Victim4 March 1976
When Mary Casado returns home one night, she is brutally raped. She reports it to the police and identifies the perpetrator as a man who works with her, even though he was wearing a mask. The case is dropped due to lack of evidence, so she hires Orwell to prove she isn't lying. Harry's investigation sets off a chain of events in which the rapist threatens Mary, and she fires Orwell. He presses on in an attempt to disprove the rapist's alibi.
Season 2, Episode 20: Ruby11 March 1976
Harry goes undercover to infiltrate a ring of car thieves and drug traffickers.
18 March 1976
The fourth "Lester" episode is a pilot for what would have been a spin off "Fong and Hodges" series. (Sadly, the episode's relatively low ratings may have been the tipping point in ABC deciding to cancel "Harry O." Harry receives a note from Simon Applequist, asking Harry to come to a meeting at Applequist's palatial mansion. Applequist is a fabulously successful businessman who made more enemies than even he could count. Applequist greats Harry and introduces him to his various relatives -- one of whom is Lester Hodges. Then he fixes a baleful glare on the group and announces someone has sent him a threatening audiotape. Applequist puts the tape on and sits back as a whispered death threat plays. As the voice hisses: "Wait to die! Wait to die!" that's what Applequist does. Officially he suffered a heart attack, but Lester and his oft-mentioned mentor, Dr. Creighton Fong find that Applequist was poisoned by a venom found in the skin of an Amazon River basin alligator. At the reading of the will, Applequist's attorney reveals that Applequist has left almost everything to his brother-in-law Edward Tabor. Lester pokes around and gets everyone to whisper the same word to him, which he records. Dr. Fong finds that the word was uttered by Tabor. Lester goes to Tabor and confronts him, seeing his lab of various exotic poisons. Sure enough, Tabor has a nearly-empty vial of caimanol, the poison, in his collection. But the moment Lester points this out to Tabor, who is sipping a drink, Tabor drops dead in his tracks -- the caimanol was planted in the drink. As Harry (who is off screen for most of this episode) leaves to check out the backgrounds of the suspects, one heir after another gets a lethal dose of caimanol in various fashions, until only two suspects are left. And Lester is one of them.
29 April 1976
A young widow has a malpractice suit against the doctor who was treating her deceased husband, but after she is threatened by two men to drop the suit, her mother hires Harry to look into the Dr.'s past. Dead bodies begin piling up around Orwell, including Spence, his auto mechanic. The investigation leads Harry into the world of organized crime, hit-men and the safe-deposit box of the deceased husband.
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