McMillan & Wife: Season 5, Episode 7

Point of Law (7 Mar. 1976)

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In the last "McMillan and Wife" episode (Rock Hudson carried on with "McMillan" for one more year), Mac goes into uniform as a Navy lawyer on a murder case. The woman on trial is a single ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Police Commissioner / Lt. Cmdr. Stewart 'Mac' McMillan
Nancy Walker ...
Commander Campbell
Captain Robert Stiles
Scott Thomas ...
Harleigh Boone
Lt. Don Corbett
Susan Anspach ...
Lt. Kit Boone
Jack Porter
Robert F. Simon ...
Military Judge
Hamilton Camp
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Captain Emerson
Andrea Howard ...
Joanne Nelson
George Pauling


In the last "McMillan and Wife" episode (Rock Hudson carried on with "McMillan" for one more year), Mac goes into uniform as a Navy lawyer on a murder case. The woman on trial is a single lieutenant who claims she shot a man who broke into her on-base house and tried to rape her. The prosecutor doesn't believe her story, and neither does Mac -- but for very different reasons. The unusual-caliber pistol that fired the fatal shot isn't Navy issue, and the dead man was working for the Judge Advocate General's office. Mac calls on the San Francisco Police Department, which uncovers a smuggling ring and a reason the woman would have lied in her testimony. Written by Peter Harris

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7 March 1976 (USA)  »

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At the 90-minute mark, Mac, Enright and some San Francisco cops wait in a railway car for smugglers to transfer their loot. The smugglers show up, one of them draws a gun, and is killed in the ensuing firefight. The smugglers' leader draws his own weapon, jumps out of the railway car and tries to make it to his own automobile, blazing away at Mac in the process. The smuggler fires eleven shots from a six-gun (and doesn't appear to be out of ammo) before Mac pins him against the car with a railway wagon. See more »

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A lot more than a horny sailor involved
13 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Both Susan Saint James and Nancy Walker left the McMillan&Wife series with this episode which has Rock Hudson putting in his two weeks of Naval Reserve duty as a Commander. The base commander Andrew Duggan hands Hudson a real hot potato. As a lawyer Hudson is assigned to the Judge Advocate General's office where he is assigned to be defense counsel to WAVE officer Susan Anspach who is accused of murdering her lover Stephen Young.

The story is that she shot him in self defense when he tried to rape her. That quickly falls apart. But there's a whole lot more to it than some horny sailor.

Prosecuting is William Daniels who has a prejudice against reserve officers. He's one nasty customer in court. But in the end Daniels and Hudson have a mutual respect develop.

The episode itself isn't one of the better ones. The Navy's conduct in this whole affair is very suspect and the questions aren't really answered in the show.

As for Anspach she was lucky that she had a lawyer who could draw on the resources of the San Francisco PD.

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