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City of Passion: Part 3 

All the separate stories culminate in one exciting conclusion. McCall's fight to appeal her entrapment accusation uncovers corruption at the hands of the LAPD commander, who resigns amid ... See full summary »

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Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter
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Sgt. Kitty O'Hearn
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Lloyd Fredericks
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Cathy Navarro
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Claire Fredericks (as Margaret Gibson)
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All the separate stories culminate in one exciting conclusion. McCall's fight to appeal her entrapment accusation uncovers corruption at the hands of the LAPD commander, who resigns amid the controversy. The teenage girl Hunter had been keeping tabs on is murdered by a member of Judge Unger's cult. The judge is arrested by Hunter. Kathy Navarro drops her lawsuit against the LAPD and she & Brad reconcile. Lloyd Fredericks, known as "Bigfoot", is arrested after he beats and nearly rapes Sgt. McCall. Mrs. Fredericks takes her own course of action against him. Written by Anonymous

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The Big Letdown
11 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Los Angeles cop Detective Sergeant Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer) had units watching the home of serial rapist 'Bigfoot' (Frederick Coffin) but he somehow slipped out, found his way to her home and attacked her. Injured by the behemoth she nevertheless was able to fight him off but is reluctant to report the attack. It ties in with her having been accused of entrapment of Superior Court Judge Warrick Unger (Robert Reed) after she busted him for solicitation.

McCall questions whether her word will be believed even though her doctor (Rosemary Forsyth) attempts to convince to report it. Having been raped years earlier the attack brings back the feelings she had, not only the trauma but the questioning of her credibility and the sense that her fellow cops wouldn't look at her the same way again if identified herself as a victim. She resolves to find a way to settle it differently.

McCall's colleague Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) ties Satanic cult ritual murders of underage prostitutes to Judge Unger (Robert Reed) via his henchman 'Scarface' (Hank Stone) but struggles waiting for the judge to incriminate himself with something he can take to court to secure a conviction. Unger has powerful friends and is a jurist himself. Any miscue jeopardizes the district attorney's attempt to convict.

Sgt. Brad Navarro (Erik Estrada) struggles to reconcile with his estranged wife whilst doing his job. He and his partner Sgt. Kitty O'Hearn (Shelley Taylor Morgan) are part of the 'Bigfoot' investigation though it appears that only McCall is making any headway and the Navarro/O'Hearn tandem are almost completely superfluous.

Some complaints about the Sgt. Navarro character question why he is in these episodes and where it ties in with Hunter and McCall and the crimes they are investigating. Beyond the simple answer of trying to increase ratings via inclusion of the former star of a hit cop show there are various practical reasons which enhance the plot and the character study. But those involve actually making said guest star more than a bit player which they didn't do. They didn't even use Navarro as a red herring.

In getting someone who was a remarkable hero on another cop show it subconsciously invites the audiences to compare him or her to the hero of the show he or she is guesting on. If the protagonist can be seen besting this guest character portrayed by an actor who famously played a heroic character having all the same strengths it suggests that the hero of this newer show is better. Said guest actor can broaden his or her range in this very different role showing vulnerability in the characterization.

Whether they were going to do that and abandoned it remains unclear. The 'City of Passion' storyline trilogy could have been something special if they had properly followed through with it. The mesmerizing and perfectly paced first episode showed a ton of promise. The second episode realized some of that potential. But this concluding episode was a huge letdown.

Instead of McCall getting attacked by Bigfoot why not have made it O'Hearn or even Navarro's wife that got attacked. The plot and set-up for that attack could have easily been worked in to accommodate the difference. As for the cult O'Hearn or Navarro could have been killed protecting the witness Stacey. Or either of O'Hearn or Navarro could have been in on it with the cult. One or both of those would at least have given them something to do.

O'Hearn & Navarro would disappear after the storyline ended as would Judge Unger's case and his links to high-level officials in his cult. Go figure.


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