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 »



(created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), (as Robert Swanson)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Drake
Lt. Bodine
Van Doren
Roland Merrill
Web Hilliard
Fred Wesley
Randy Baine
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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5 December 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


When Roland Merrill stops to talk to Mac while he is inspecting Jeff's Pantera, he is shown to be standing in shadow. But when the camera angle changes to the other direction he is suddenly standing in bright sunlight. See more »

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A bit of frustration
25 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They decided to get rid of Sally for this final season of the show. That is really too bad. I do have a complaint that, although they did make mention of the fact that Sally died in a plane crash, they once again have made no mention of the baby they had at the end of season 4.

One of my complaints from season 5 was that there was absolutely no mention of the baby at any time during any of the shows, not even the one with the earthquake that had damaged their home. They were trying to keep the show hip and I understand that, but they most certainly could have continued mentioning the baby periodically in the same manner as they did for the season 4 finale.

I am also not sure that he would have been so ready to start dating again only 8 months after Sally died. Those two were very close and I speak from my own experience, that when I lost my husband I was devastated for more than 2 years before I could even remotely start living normally. It was even longer than that before I started to date again and I only did so because I had a young child to raise.

The episode was overall pretty good. A lot of little twists and turns.

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