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
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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