Kojak: Season 1, Episode 13

Death Is Not a Passing Grade (30 Jan. 1974)

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Kojak is a guest instructor at a police science class. One of his students is committing burglaries with his brother-in-law and likes to leave false clues at the crime scene. These include ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Frazer ...
Diane Gordon
Jack Murdock ...
Victor Campos ...
Det. Gomez
George Savalas ...
Sgt. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Wayne Heffley ...
Det. Steiglitz
Allen Joseph ...
Mr. King (as Allan Joseph)
Darrell Zwerling ...
Mr. Scott
Eddie Lo Russo ...


Kojak is a guest instructor at a police science class. One of his students is committing burglaries with his brother-in-law and likes to leave false clues at the crime scene. These include a pen with Kojak's name on it and even Kojak's hat. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Lt. Theo Kojak: [to cab driver] If anybody asks you where you took me, you tell them.
Cabbie: Right.
Lt. Theo Kojak: Don't make it easy, have them pay you for it.
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Showing the teacher up
22 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In one of his earliest roles James Woods gives a powerful performance as a psychotic kid who is taking one of Kojak's criminology classes at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At night he and his brother-in-law Jack Murdock are pulling off a series of heists and even leaving false clues that are driving the robbery squad batty. But on one of those heists at a jewelry store, the owner surprises them and Woods has to kill him. That puts him in direct conflict with Telly Savalas and his day job at Manhattan South Homicide.

Woods throughout his career has taken a patent out on playing smart alecks his most famous being Roy Cohn. His role of the Vietnam veteran who has a burning hatred for cops since his police officer dad took a powder on the family and the badge.

People like Woods's character here and Roy Cohn in real life are always having to prove they're the smartest one around. Many times they are, but eventually will meet someone smarter. In this case Woods met up with Telly Savalas.

Good Kojak episode and a great chance for those who like James Woods to see him in an early role that he fills out well.

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