Two hour episode. Ex-cop John Ryan marries wealthy widow Pauline Medford, with Sheriff Bill Gillespie as best man. Drunken Trina Mallin, one-time girlfriend of Ryan, almost breaks up the ceremony. She tries to extort $50,000 from him to keep quiet about a long ago incident. Trina's present lover and bankrupt lawyer, Tommy Harwood, wants her to leave Sparta with him, but she has other plans. John and Pauline set up Trina as a DUI driver, inadvertently causing a fatal accident. Trina is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Gillespie and Chief Hampton Forbes cooperate in the investigation.
Did You Know?
In another example of foreshadowing a death, while leaving to go eat with Capt. Skinner, Carroll O'Connor
remarks "Fat Eddie- the man who laughs at heart attacks." O'Connor would die of a heart attack 6 years later in 2001. See more
While talking to the Chief, Sgt. Shepard says the gun was a 44 Colt Magnum. There is no such caliber, it is a 44 Remington magnum or usually just called a 44 magnum, which was introduced in the 1950's. The 44 Colt was a caliber introduced in 1871 and used in revolvers in the old west. See more
Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
My condolences, Ms. Ryan.
When originally broadcast on CBS, a black screen appeared in between the intro teaser and the opening title with the caption "In memory of Hugh O'Connor 1962-1995". See more