When Mac and DiMaggio go to meet a police informant at a waterfront setting (Mac complains that DiMaggio's car is not only cramped, but "has the baldest tires I've ever seen"), the ... See full summary »

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When Mac and DiMaggio go to meet a police informant at a waterfront setting (Mac complains that DiMaggio's car is not only cramped, but "has the baldest tires I've ever seen"), the informant's car suddenly starts up and nearly runs them down before plunging into the ocean. The informant is found later slumped in the driver's seat, with an empty suitcase beside him. It looks like he died from the impact, but Mac isn't sure and orders an investigation. Meanwhile, a suave "businessman" named Phillip shows up and starts following Mac around, inviting him and his girlfriend to dinner and gradually insinuating himself into their lives to the point where he becomes a stalker. Police records indicate that Phillip is a hired killer who's never been arrested, because he uses extremely creative ways to kill and set up alibis for himself. Phillip soon confirms that Mac is his target. Mac can do nothing to arrest him and gets increasingly agitated, which is just what Phillip wants -- he plans to ... Written by Peter Harris

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A contract on McMillan
2 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A rather charming hit man played by Tony Roberts is hired to kill Rock Hudson now a widower. He's the kind of man who really enjoys his work, he compares it to how a matador deals with a bull he's readying for the kill. Roberts taunts him on many occasions always careful to stay just inside the law. But who's hired him?

He's got a couple of ideas. Lloyd Bochner a contractor under investigation and in fact the show opens with the death of a witness against Bochner. There's William Windom a college professor whose son hanged himself while in custody. He blames Hudson though rather irrationally. And an old friend who shows up and becomes a McMillan house guest, Shirley Jones becomes a candidate when Roberts is seen in her company.

Topping that all off is an annoyance he has with a San Francisco society grand dame Nina Foch who's bugging him about the location of a new police station. She's a preservationist because I live in a town where if any kind of structure has any age on it a committee will form to save it. As sure as death and taxes where I live. Those folks can sometimes be a pain.

John Schuck gets promoted to Lieutenant, but he still finds time to help out the Commissioner. As for Hudson he's slowly breaking in a new assistant Richard Gilliland. And Martha Raye the housekeeper is forever trying to get the widower McMillan back in circulation.

Fans of the series should be pleased though I think that Roberts more than likely would have been dealt with in an extralegal way.


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