McMillan & Wife: Season 6, Episode 1

All Bets Off (5 Dec. 1976)

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Mac goes on vacation in Las Vegas to meet his girlfriend, a tennis professional (the first of six "girlfriends-of-the-week" who highlighted the "McMillan" series"). While she's preparing ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Drake
Lt. Bodine
Van Doren
Jason Evers ...
Roland Merrill
Charles Drake ...
Web Hilliard
Dick Haymes ...
Fred Wesley
Randy Baine
Chief Paulson
Jenifer Shaw ...
Cindy Walker
Jeff Lindquist
Richard Stahl ...
Desk Clerk


Mac goes on vacation in Las Vegas to meet his girlfriend, a tennis professional (the first of six "girlfriends-of-the-week" who highlighted the "McMillan" series"). While she's preparing for a banquet at a Vegas tennis tournament, she's met by a man who presents her with her stepson's prize ring ("if I had been less civilized, I would have given you his finger to go with it"). The stepson, it appears, is being held hostage for the priceless diamond necklace the tennis pro is wearing, the last of her inheritance from her late husband. Mac quickly finds that it's a scam (the stepson was holed up with his girlfriend and was tricked into giving over the ring). Before the con man responsible for the theft can be found, he's murdered with a gun belonging to the tennis pro. Now Mac must clear his girlfriend of the murder and recover the necklace. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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This episode drew a 23.5 rating and 37 share (about one rating point behind "Columbo," the network's number one hit), astonishingly high for a series that had been written off as dead the previous season and had been delayed until after the November sweeps so it wouldn't drag down the Sunday Mystery Movie's average rating. NBC quickly scheduled three more episodes to run in January. The bottom fell out of the ratings (it didn't help that the Janaury 23 and 30 episodes went up against "Roots"), and the show was shelved again until March. The series had an average rating of 17.5 for the season, which taken as a whole was acceptable (and ran ahead of "McCloud" by two rating points), but there was no saving it, "McCloud" or the unfortunate "Lanigan's Rabbi" (brought in as a midseason replacement for "Quincy," which was going it alone as a weekly series). See more »

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No longer a wife
23 June 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the very beginning of this first show of season six of McMillan&Wife it is mentioned there was no longer a wife. It is told us that Susan Saint James was killed in a plane crash. Nancy Walker left the show as well and Rock Hudson new housekeeper is Martha Raye her sister. So the shows of this last season have Hudson involved with a new girl friend each show.

This show has Jessica Walter a tennis pro who had married a millionaire and retired. Now she's a widow and has gone back on the tennis circuit because she didn't get as much as she thought she would in the inheritance. Some of her last solid assets were her jewels and remember Marilyn Monroe's advice about diamonds being a girl's best friend.

Those go in a well executed robbery with Walter the victim of an extortion where she believes her stepson Jeffrey Byron is kidnapped for ransom. Of course he shows up late at a planned appointment having no idea what was going on.

If mystery is the key there was no mystery involved because I knew almost from the start who among a list of suspects that includes Byron, Norman Alden, Dick Haymes, Jason Evers, and even police lieutenant Dane Clark of the Las Vegas PD was the brains. Two accomplices wind up dead and one wounded. Even Walter herself is suspected.

But any watcher of mysteries can tell you also who the culprit is. Never good for a mystery.

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