Police Story: Season 1, Episode 18

Wyatt Earp Syndrome (5 Mar. 1974)

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Officer Nations is feeling the strain, in both his job and his personal life, of trying to solve all the world's ills from his patrol car.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Curt Nations
Dr. Ross
Scott Brady ...
Di Marco
Barbara Nations
Arthur Franz ...
Michael Baseleon ...
Phillip R. Allen ...
Mr. Peters (as Jim Murtaugh)
David Roy ...
Boy Driver
Clark Howat ...
Man (as Clark Howatt)
Bert Kramer ...
Jack Bailey ...
Bruce Fairbairn ...
Jerry / 1st Student


Officer Nations is feeling the strain, in both his job and his personal life, of trying to solve all the world's ills from his patrol car.

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Drama | Crime




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5 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Perhaps the best episode of the most realistic cop show on TV.
24 June 2009 | by (San Antonio,Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

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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