Perhaps the best episode of the most realistic cop show on TV.
This episode was originally title "The John Wayne Syndrome," but due to obvious reasons, the name was changed. It is reported that the LAPD adopted the episode as a training film at the academy. Cliff Gorman plays a patrol officer at the point early in his career, (and very true in reality), when many cops become their job, and are consumed by the emotional attachment to "saving all victims and arresting all the perps." When he feels his college student wife, played by Kim Darby, is no longer emotionally available, and lost in the abstract world of academia--while he lives day to day in the gritty real world of life and death on the street--he snaps. (You'll have to watch it to get the full impact.) This episode (and for that matter, the entire series) is a must-see for viewers who think NYPD Blue or Law and Order are "cop" shows. Consultant Joe Wambaugh added much of the authenticity to the show; on the heels of The Choirboys and The Blue Knight. IMHO.
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