Friday and Gannon are assigned to investigate complaints from motorists about a tow truck driver who takes advantage of those who are in trouble on the highway.

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John Anzo
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Complaints are being received by the L.A.P.D. from people who are being made to pay inflated prices by a "Wildcat" tow truck driver (a "Wildcatter" is a tow company who is not endorsed by the LAPD and cruise the highways looking for people who are broken down hoping to make a quick buck). The tow company focused on has generated six complaints in one month. In one, the tow driver tows the car of a lady who speaks no English and makes her sign a blank contract. In another a driver runs into a telephone pole while driving drunk and so agrees to a 250.00 tow bill to get it towed before the police can show up. Friday and Gannon investigate further and find out the two owners are ex-convicts, and have been operating under a false permit. As a result of these complaints, the LAPD decides to start an official sanctioning body for tow companies. Written by Anonymous

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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Odd...but good.
22 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The dialog when the episode sounded fake--real fake. Friday, Gannon and the Captain are talking about "wildcat" tow-trucks and their dialog is strictly to educate the viewer. I think they should have taken another tactic, as it just came off as a lecture--not a real conversation. The episode improves greatly after this--fortunately.

Much of the episode consists of Friday and Gannon tracking down complaints about one wildcat operator in particular. A guy named Anzo apparently is quite the chiseler--charging outrageous rates, fixes repairs not covered or preying on people who don't speak English. The problem is that Anzo is slick--always having an out in case there is a complaint. However, after a while, Anzo's towing service goes too far--beating up a rival tow driver AND towing a car where the driver was deceased!! John Sebastian, who had appeared previously on this show, was particularly good as one of the scum-bags working with Anzo.

Overall, an odd show, as the detectives are working on towing contracts--one of the more mundane services done by the police. Still, despite this it is interesting and worth seeing.


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