Harry is reunited with his ex-wife over a case of blackmail and murder. Through flashbacks, we see Harry and Elizabeth fall in love before breaking up over his spending too many hours on the job.





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Episode cast overview:
Jim Bracken
Jessica Shannon
Robert Carson
Kermit Murdock ...
Dr. Swift
Sgt. Roberts
Fred Scheiwiller ...
John Shannon


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. Written by Clintessence

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Action | Crime | Drama




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9 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. K.C. Trench: [speaking to a police officer at the scene] Where was the body found?
[sees Harry walking up to him]
Lt. K.C. Trench: Morning, Orwell. How is it that I can't be called to a simple homicide without running into you?
Harry Orwell: Any identification on the body?
Lt. K.C. Trench: Private detective, John Shannon.
[Harry grimaces]
Lt. K.C. Trench: He a friend of yours?
Harry Orwell: [nods] We were cops together in San Diego.
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Walking through sentimental terrain
21 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Full of sentimentality, this episode follows Harry around Los Angeles as he tries to help his ex-wife simultaneously pay off a blackmailer and avoid a murder rap, against the backdrop of a heartbreak story of two people in love who can't live together.

The story begins with Harry's former partner from the San Diego Police Department getting murdered in a motel room in Los Angeles. Harry's ex-wife Elizabeth is somehow involved. Through flashbacks, Harry recalls their happy courtship but also her dissatisfaction with his police work. The present-day story is about finding out who murdered Harry's partner John. The evidence leads to Elizabeth, who had hired John to be the go-between to pay off her blackmailer. It also involves Elizabeth's current husband, who's about to be appointed to the state supreme court. Harry ultimately tracks down the blackmailer and saves the day.

Harry Orwell was a wonderfully fleshed out character. His scenes with Elizabeth, with Lt. Trench, and even with John's wife Jessie provide insight and details about him. And actor David Janssen's portrayal was a thing to behold.

What's eventually revealed is that Elizabeth had to make the hard decision of leaving Harry because his job was coming between them. She cares deeply for Harry, and with hindsight, seems to regret giving up on their life together. Throughout the episode, we sense Harry's sadness over his failed marriage. And in the end, he watches her walk away from him again, and silently and somberly looks down in thought.

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