Officer Tommy Bates, a close friend of Monahan's, is accused of killing a young car thief who goes berserk after crashing into Bate's police car. Although the signs point to the young man ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Off. Tommy Bates
Mr. Harris
Richard Stanley ...
Billy Harris
Off. Ed Waters
Charlie Truesdale
Commissioner Parker
Stack Pierce ...
Sergeant Murray
Paca Thomas ...
Dr. Herb Carlton


Officer Tommy Bates, a close friend of Monahan's, is accused of killing a young car thief who goes berserk after crashing into Bate's police car. Although the signs point to the young man being under the influence of PCP, there is no trace of it in his blood. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worst when Monahan is suspended for roughing up the young man's accomplice prompting a lawsuit by lawyer Charlie Trusdale, the head of a civil rights organization. However, Quincy finds out that the young man was a chronic user of the drug and thinks that he was experiencing a delayed reaction to all the years of abuse of the drug. Quince also suspects that he might have been responsible for the horrific murder of a butcher the morning of the attack. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Drama | Mystery | Crime





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15 February 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The patrol car in the opening sequence is seen with the number "012" on the roof. After the patrol car is rammed in an alley by another car, the number changes to "73". The "012" cruiser is stock footage from another show, Adam-12. See more »


References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Quincy meets his social crusader match
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Dark Angel begins with a veteran LA cop, Tommy Bates (Neville Brand) and his rookie partner, Ed Waters (Michael D. Roberts) pulling their patrol car into an alley to have lunch. Moments later, two strung out teenagers driving a stolen car erratically pull into the alley and slam into them head on. The teenage driver, Billy (Richard Stanley), jumps out of the vehicle and begins attacking the officers before running off only to be chased down and die suddenly when Officer Bates apprehends him. The other teenager claims police brutality lead to Billy's death and Quincy (Jack Klugman) is called in to conduct the autopsy, but he cannot find traces of PCP in Billy's system during initial testing and his findings confirm he died as a result of blunt force trauma. This casts doubt on the police officers, and the media as well as a public rights advocate, Charlie Truesdale (William Daniels), jump all over the case. Quincy suspects there is more to Billy's death than the initial autopsy revealed which leads him to investigate further to get to the truth and hopefully salvage the career and reputation of a good cop.

This is a fairly decent episode where Quincy is back in the coroner lab and a lot of the twists and turns of the story come as a result of his autopsy findings which I like. My only criticisms here are that there isn't much of a mystery as we pretty much know what happened from the opening scenes, and I also found William Daniels' character to be over the top and highly annoying. If you think Quincy is bad when he goes off on a social justice rant, he is nothing compared to the righteous Charlie Truesdale!

Overall, a reasonably entertaining Season 4 episode that is well worth viewing.

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