After being shot while on a stakeout, Mac witnesses a murder in the hospital while partially under sedation while awaiting surgery. Everyone thinks Mac's story is a hallucination, but he's convinced one of the doctors murdered a patient.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jim Vale
Nurse Fisher
Dr. Gunther
Dr. Eisner
Dr. Alec Janetta
Liam Dunn ...
Dave Duncan
Nurse Roz Beach
Hal England ...
Carl Bruin
Billy Shields
Chief Inspector Hines
William Torrio


Mac and crew receive a cryptic note from undercover officer, Trigamundo, during an investigation into the state's largest drug ring. At a stakeout of the Embarcadero Hotel, where a large drug buy is supposed to take place, Shields shoots Mac; Shields is taken into custody. But, their real target the top man, a.k.a. The Possum, is "tipped off" not to appear for the buy so he eludes capture. At the hospital, a wounded Mac is lying on a guerney in a corridor, heavily sedated and awaiting surgery, when Mac hears cries coming from a nearby room. Mac staggers towards the cries and sees two masked orderlies smothering a man with a pillow. Mac tries to stop them, but he is groggy and has lost a lot of blood. When Mac awakens from surgery, there are no dead bodies which support his hazy memories. Hospital personnel try to convince him and Sally that he dreamt or hallucinated the entire incident. But did he? Mac stubbornly leaves the hospital and he and Enright continue investigating. A fresh ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 January 1976 (USA)  »

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When Dr. Janetta runs through the glass window, he starts going face forward (when shown from the front); but when the shot switches to inside the room, he is leading with his shoulder. See more »


References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

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Rock takes one for Schuck
11 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Our where the action is police commissioner of San Francisco decides to personally supervise a drug raid where a very big dealer is supposed to make an appearance. No drugs, no mr. big dealer, and Rock Hudson takes a bullet for John Schuck. All they have is a cryptic message from their inside man.

Who turns out to be a patient at the same hospital that Hudson is taken to for his surgery to remove the bullet. While under anesthesia awaiting the operation Hudson sees a murder committed. Of course the staff says that's just not possible. But Rock has the scent.

So some hospital employees are both running a drug ring and have a murder on hospital premises. Among the doctors are Macdonald Carey, Michael Constantine, Michael Tolan, and Dick Sargent. There's also one nasty orderly around who is doing a lot of the dirty work.

Susan Saint James actually helps big time in this one. A chronic patient played by Liam Dunn won't give information that Hudson needs. But when Susan questions him he's just a fount of knowledge. Her interrogation technique is the best scene in the episode.

Worth seeing for that alone.

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