Four cons escape and their longtime prison guard dedicates himself to bringing them back personally, frustrating Stone and Robbins who are perpetually one step behind the man who knows his prisoners' every probable move.


Kenneth Gilbert


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Richard Hatch ... Inspector Dan Robbins
Cliff Gorman ... Sgt. Eddy Earl Mack
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Jerry Washington
George McCallister George McCallister ... Billy Telson
Christina Hart ... Nancy Telson
Richard Lynch ... Harry Kraft
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Joe Kimberly
Davey Davison ... Susan Mack
Ray Sharkey ... Benny Lester
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Wes
Hal Buckley Hal Buckley ... Evan Taggart
Barbara Collentine Barbara Collentine ... Mrs. McCandless
Lou Tiano Lou Tiano ... Cabbie
Jerry Hardin ... Inspector Carson


Four convicts, Washington, Telson, Kraft and Kimberly are going to a high school to speak to the students. Kraft sees a man with a gun, he takes it and uses the guards with them as shields. Later one of the guards tries to take them but is shot. Stone and Robbins arrive and learn that Washington and Telson only had a year or two left to serve while Kraft and Kimberly have longer sentences. Later the car is found and the other guard, Sgt. Mack is found. He tells them that Kraft and Kimberly are probably working together because Kimberly has some money stashed out of the country and Kraft is out to get the one who's responsible for his arrest and conviction. Washington is a druggie who's going to try to score. And Telson is going to locate his wife who stopped visiting him and answering his mail. Mack offers to help but Stone says they can handle it. But Mack feeling that they used him to escape sets out to find them himself. He finds Washington who runs and gets hurt. Stone warns Mack ... Written by

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

2 June 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are several stock scenes used while Malden and Hatch are driving. At 25:48, they are driving a car that has an emblem medallion on the front grill. When they park a minute later, the car has no grill medallion.

At 34:41, they are shown driving, but it's actually the vehicle used in the first season with Malden and Douglas with their standard 191 CYW license plate.

Also, at 36:38, after picking up Sgt. Mack (Cliff Gormam) they are shown driving down a hill with a cable car passing in front of them. You can clearly see there are only two people in the car. A moment later, you can see the third person, Sgt. Mack, in the car.

No doubt, there are other stock scenes used in the episode as well. See more »


Sergeant Earl Eddie Mack, California Dept. of Corrections: I have a job to do, Inspector. Just like you, only mine's a little different. You arrest them, testify against them in court, and then send them to me for the next five-to-ten years. And I have to live with them.
Inspector Dan Robbins: But you don't have to brutalize them.
Sergeant Earl Eddie Mack, California Dept. of Corrections: I don't brutalize anyone. All I do is keep them there. The ugly things that happen inside are the things they do to each other, which are exactly the things they'd be doing to innocent people if they were out on the streets. Now if you object to ...
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