McMillan & Wife: Season 4, Episode 1

Downshift to Danger (29 Sep. 1974)

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When multi-millionaire Maxwell Abbott dies, he arranges for 5 couples to participate in a winner-take-all automobile rally using his collection of classic cars. The prize: the vintage cars ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Jerome
Al Potter
Derek Quigley
Hildy Brooks ...
Louise Noland
Sheriff Farraday
Gwynneth Jerome
George Noland
Dr. Tom Wheatley
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Maggie Potter
Della Wheatley
Joe Smith


When multi-millionaire Maxwell Abbott dies, he arranges for 5 couples to participate in a winner-take-all automobile rally using his collection of classic cars. The prize: the vintage cars themselves, valued at nearly $2 million. McMillan was an old friend of Abbott's and he's pledged the collection to the police benevolent fund if he wins. It soon becomes apparent that someone is prepared to win at all costs. Forced to use Sally's old car after someone disables the classic Corvette they were supposed to use, the McMillan's set off but not before others have found their vehicles tampered with and someone phones in a bomb threat. The sabotage continues and McMillan wants to call the race off. He gets little support from the others who all have their own reasons for wanting to win the prize. When one of the participants is killed, McMillan finds himself dealing with a case of murder. The motive may not be as obvious as first appearances would suggest. Written by garykmcd

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There were several family connections in this production. The director, Lou Antonio, is the brother of Jim Antonio, who plays Dr. Tom Wheatley. Mrs.Wheatley is played by Barbara Bosson, who was the real life wife of Steven Bochco, the Executive Story Consultant for the show. Hildy Brooks, who played Louise Noland, is the real life wife of Lou Antonio. See more »

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Sports Car Rally turns deadly
21 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Nick And Nora Charles of the 70s, Rock Hudson and Susan St.James are once again working off the clock and out of their jurisdiction during a sports car rally a murder happens. At stake at this rally is a collection of classic sports cars in near mint condition. They'd bring a pretty price to the winner if they win.

It's a team effort because both husbands and wives are in the various car which gives St.James an opportunity once again to be involved.

In fact the McMillan sports car is the first one sabotaged because someone didn't want the San Francisco Police Commissioner on the scene. I guess because the perpetrator knew of Rock Hudson off the clock involvements.

In fact the best scene is Hudson with his trusty aide John Schuck observing him actually doing the work of the commissioner in administering the department, in this case trying to plan a budget. Hudson looks so bored, no wonder he likes to personally involve himself in select cases, just like that chief he has in his department, Robert Ironside.

In McMillan And Wife 95% of the time you could tell the perpetrator by looking at the cast and seeing who the big name guest star is. But in this case it's the why as well as the who that is of interest.

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