In this remake of a "Police Story" episode from that show's first season (but with a different outcome), an old pensioner celebrates the Christmas season by robbing banks through trickery, ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Suzanne 'Pepper' Anderson
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Lt. Bill Crowley
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Det. Pete Royster
Ed Bernard ...
Det. Joe Styles
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Q. Waldo Mims
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Mrs. Volusia
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Captain Red Barnes
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Ted Felton
Vera Stough ...
Mrs. Hamilton
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Carolyn Fromson ...
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Leon Nocatee (as James McKenna)
Paul Schumacher ...
Levy
Ben Frommer ...
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Allen Fife ...
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In this remake of a "Police Story" episode from that show's first season (but with a different outcome), an old pensioner celebrates the Christmas season by robbing banks through trickery, usually donning a Santa suit and passing a note claiming he has an armed partner (or, in one case, getting a sidewalk Santa to stand by while he robs the bank in civilian clothes). The old man lives very quietly, except that he's a forceful advocate for the elderly. Pepper and Crowley begin to suspect that he's not pulling the robberies for himself, but to benefit other old people. Written by Peter Harris

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14 December 1977 (USA)  »

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All the show's strengths come together for Christmas
25 December 2016 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

  • "Police Woman" has a tendency for uneven results, sadly. Acting,
writing, direction as well as how well the basic sentiment of the plot has held up since the 70s can vary drastically even within a single episode. But in the final season, they managed to produce a genuine gem that in a better recalled series would be held up as an annual holiday classic.

  • Lloyd Nolan, is perfectly cast as "Waldo," a social security
pensioner who casually runs rings around both seasoned local police and the FBI. The opening teaser manages to giveaway all the major plot points, but can't undercut the impact of just how charming it all plays out as you sit back and watch. I won't spoil the experience by over sharing more.

  • A handful of the era's goofy bits do a good job of dating the story.
Like scenes when the detectives turn to their fancy com-poo-ter to analyze the crime pattern and predict the next crimes. Seem more like wishful thinking than reality even today. And the story point about the old lady who lives on cat food is based on a well intended 70s myth about the plight of the elderly, that fell apart as soon as people realized cat food tins cost more than human tuna cans. But the story's core about the forgotten and the discarded, the old and the poor is as timely in 2016 as 1977. A stand out episode worth keeping a lookout for when (with luck) it airs more regularly during future holiday seasons. Merry Christmas to Waldo, Pepper and you.


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