Kojak: Season 4, Episode 5

A Need to Know (24 Oct. 1976)

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Kojak's team snares child molester Dettrow, who they are forced to release because he has diplomatic immunity and is helping out the FBI. Kojak won't give up on nailing the arrogant serial ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Frazer ...
George Savalas ...
Carl Dettrow
Donald Mosher
Yuki Shimoda ...
Jess Osuna ...
George Rhine
The Psychiatrist
Rudolph Willrich ...
Cafe Owner
Jason Matzner ...
Ernesto Gonzalez ...
Mark Russell ...
Vince Conti ...
Lee Lawson ...
Mrs. Chambers


Kojak's team snares child molester Dettrow, who they are forced to release because he has diplomatic immunity and is helping out the FBI. Kojak won't give up on nailing the arrogant serial sex offender, and doubts the FBI's pledge to keep Dettrow under wraps. Dettrow's psychiatrist counsels Kojak that such a compulsive is most likely to nab a child when he's under pressure. Kojak's shields tail the elusive Dettrow to prevent another molestation, so when they spot the East German embassy chauffeur sweating through a furtive meeting with a Red Chinese, Kojak fears Dettrow will soon snatch another boy. Written by David Stevens

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Diplomatic Immunity
20 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Kojak episode opens with the Manhattan South Detectives conducting a sting operation to get a pedophile. Stavros really looked right at home selling ice cream from a cart. But their quarry strikes soon enough and as he starts shepherding a kid out of the Tribeca park they're staked out in the trap is sprung.

Who's caught in it is Hector Elizondo and he's got a big surprise for the Manhattan South squad. Turns out he's a chauffeur for some Eastern European country and has diplomatic immunity. Al Freeman, Jr. of the Feds comes huffing and puffing to spring Elizondo.

But to deport, definitely not. They're working on something with him and the safety of New York's kids apparently isn't their top priority. Not like that stops Telly Savalas.

Before the death of J. Edgar Hoover you could never portray and FBI man as anything less than a straight arrow saint. After that there was an overeaction. It was almost SOP to portray Feds as dumb and arrogant. Freeman's part had some shades of gray in it, he's not real happy about letting Elizondo indulge his pedophilia, but orders are orders.

An interesting Kojak episode to say the least.

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