You can't debate Joe Friday; he'll beat you every time.
Anyway, I imagine the storyline in this episode does not involve an unusual problem with cops; having frustration boil over sometimes at working your butt off to nab a criminal only to have a slick DA get the guy off on some technicality. It has to happen a lot, but how do you handle it? That's the story in this one.
We we see how a series of these type of "frustrations," coupled with personal loss (the man lost his wife two years earlier) lead one cop to go on a drinking binge and probably bring to a crashing halt to 12 years of a good career.
As it turns out, the only hope "Sgt. Carl Maxwell" can have his job saved is if Friday and Gannon can find the cop, who has gone missing and is precariously close to being fired.
There are two very good speeches near the end of this show: one by "Maxwell" (John Lupton) and one by "Friday" (Jack Webb). Boy, no matter how good you sound, Webb will always put you in your place with a better "sermon."
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