Kojak has cultured an informant to solve a series of gangland killings. An assistant chief inspector, often passed over for promotions, sees an opportunity to achieve the position of ... See full summary »
Kojak has cultured an informant to solve a series of gangland killings. An assistant chief inspector, often passed over for promotions, sees an opportunity to achieve the position of commissioner he so desperately desires. He moves in on Kojak's investigation, though he is sabotaging it and is a danger even to himself. Kojak tries to sidestep him but risks an inquiry launched by the vengeful senior officer (played by Danny Thomas). After a successful capture of the gang bosses, the truth comes out at the inquiry, but Theo is gracious, not gloating. Written by
In the series finale Telly Savalas as Lt. Theo Kojak has a real thorny issue to deal with. He's been working an organized crime case with a woman informant played by Susan Tyrell and these things are never by the numbers. Still patience is required.
But it's Kojak's patience that is getting tried. One of the chiefs from 1 Police Plaza is jumping into the case and screwing it all up. As he outranks Kojak you can only do so much maneuvering around him. Even Dan Frazer as Kojak's immediate superior Captain McNeill can't help him that much.
Danny Thomas in a departure from his usual comedy roles plays the chief who is like a fifth wheel on an automobile. It seems years ago he was a young policeman of promise who rose rapidly through the ranks. But sad that the police bureaucracy can be unforgiving. He offended a prominent politician and his meteoric rise to the top was stalled. So he's been hanging around for years waiting for a chance to redeem himself.
He sees this case as his opportunity and his interference is both resented and counterproductive. But how do you handle it.
Thomas is wonderful in the part and believe me I can cite some examples of police who also got waylaid in their careers for similar things. What Thomas should have done was take the hint and retire, but he was too proud and too stubborn to do it.
After the case is concluded the coda finale with Kojak and Thomas at a police inquiry is superbly acted and staged. Shades of The Caine Mutiny as another reviewer said.
A really good finale to a fine series.
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