Manny Mandell, involved in a shootout with a fleeing felon in which his partner is fatally wounded, receives a Police Department medal as a result. The survivor's guilt is bad enough, but ... See full summary »

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Barry Shear

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Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Rick Kelbaugh (as Richard K. Kelbaugh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Curtis 'Manny' Mandell
Cameron Mitchell ... Taggart
Diane Baker ... DeeDee Mandell
Eddie Egan ... Ron Butler
Shelly Novack Shelly Novack ... Phil Peters
David Ladd ... McRyan
Ken Swofford ... Lieutenant
Kim Richards ... Linda Mandell
Laraine Stephens ... Lynn Lewis
James Darren ... Roger Lewis
Martin Milner ... Grady Dolin
Michael Warren ... Officer Hopper
Lyman Ward ... Officer Harris
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ... Sgt. Snow
Harry Caesar ... Henry Wiggins
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Manny Mandell, involved in a shootout with a fleeing felon in which his partner is fatally wounded, receives a Police Department medal as a result. The survivor's guilt is bad enough, but as a medal winner he finds the expectations overwhelming. Written by dav3id-2

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remade as Police Story: Cop Killer (1988) See more »

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A wonderful and ground-breaking episode...but the ending could have been better.
9 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I enjoyed seeing this episode for two reasons. First, familiar TV detective Mike Connors ("Mannix") and cop Martin Milner ("Adam-12") are stars of the show. Second, it's one of the earliest shows I've seen, if not the earliest, to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in policemen.

Early in this two-hour episode, Manny Mandell (Mike Connors) is nearly killed and he sees his partner (James Darren) killed right in front of him. He is able to kill one of the perpetrators and captures the other...but the psychological damage has been done. In addition, when Manny is treated like a hero and is given a medal, he can't help but wonder if he could have done something differently. After all, his best friend and partner is now dead...and folks keep congratulating him! As a result, he's falling apart inside but keeps up a brave face. He also has become hesitant...something potentially lethal to a street cop.

The show really gets the symptoms of PTSD right--the relationship problems, the anger, the fear, the drinking and, ultimately, the suicidal ideation. Unfortunately, the whole thing wraps itself up too neatly AND Manny never gets any therapy! Still, a very compelling and thought-provoking episode....well worth seeing.


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