Numerous bits of evidence indicate McMillan's former girlfriend shot and killed her husband, but the commissioner wants all of the facts before an arrest is made. (Script recycled and expanded from "...
Attorney and US Navy vet Stewart "Mac" McMillan is appointed Commissioner of Police for the city of San Francisco. He often handles the very high profile cases personally. Helping him out on many of them is his wife Sally, who's father was a detective for the SFPD. In fact, Sally gets so involved that she often puts herself in harms way. They are often assisted by Mac's loyal, but somewhat inept assistant Sgt. Charlie Enright and their hard drinking, smart mouthed live in maid Mildred. Sadly, a few years after Mac's appointment Sally dies in a plane crash. Also, Mildred quits her position and is replaced by her scatterbrained sister Agatha. Also, in later years Enright is promoted to lieutenant.Written by
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In many episodes Sally is seen wearing a football jersey as a nightgown. The jersey is an authentic early-1970's era San Francisco 49ers jersey. Her jersey sports the number 18. This was the jersey of 49er Gene Washington, a wide receiver who played for the 49ers after being drafted in 1969 until 1977. Washington was a 4 time Pro Bowler (69-72) and 3 time 1st Team All-Pro in 69.70 & 72. Interestingly, Washington would later make a guest appearance in the season four episode McMillan & Wife: Guilt by Association (1974). See more »
Police commissioners are administrators, not investigators. They would not have the time (and potentially lack the ability) to solve crimes. In fact, the involvement of the commissioner in an active investigation would likely be used by the defendant in any appeals if they were convicted. See more »
Re the comment: "I was surprised that posters mentioned Hudson's homosexuality as somehow influencing perception of this show in hindsight. Hudson was gay; Mac wasn't. If straight men can play gay characters, why can't the reverse be true? Why must someone's private life interfere with a role?" I was merely responding to the one reviewer citing Hudson being gay and then characterizing Mac & Sally's relationship as "sexless." After seeing the pilot again on the recently released DVD, I can say it was anything but! The two characters seem to be hugging, kissing, making out, etc., almost all the time (there's even a rather risqué - for 1971 TV - scene that has a clearly naked Susan St. James taking a shower behind a fogged stall window).
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