CTVA US Crime - "The Rookies" (Spelling-Goldberg/ABC) Season 2 (1973-74)

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Starring Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville, Kate Jackson, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Michael Ontkean
Season 2 (ABC) (1973-74)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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ABC Mondays 8:00 pm Eastern

2.01 [024] The Rookies: CAULDRON
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.28
10-Sep-1973 ABC Mon
Written by Webb Morris, William Blinn
Directed by Harry Falk
Guest cast:
John Saxon ............ Farley
James Sikking ......... Captain Gentry
Michael Baseleon ...... Tate
Vince Howard .......... Photographer
Vern Rowe ............. Bartender

2.02 [025] The Rookies: MARGIN FOR ERROR
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.26
17-Sep-1973 ABC Mon
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Hoke Howell & Robert Harland
Directed by Harry Falk
Guest cast:
Claude Akins .......... Buck Sanborn
Jean Allison .......... Mrs. Simmons
Sidney Clute .......... Seymour
Tom Falk .............. Herm Watson
Charles H. Gray ....... Andy Simmons
Parke Perine .......... Smitty
Eric Server ........... Doctor
Robert Walden ......... Joey

2.03 [026] The Rookies: DEADLY CAGE
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.27
24-Sep-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 15Apr74)
Written by Hal Sitowitz
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest cast:
Thom Carney ........... Sandler
Victor French ......... Crazy Marvin
Robert Hooks .......... Barney Miller
Robert Karnes ......... Sergeant Older
Robert Phillips ....... Crane
Ford Rainey ........... Warden Mason
William Watson ........ Sergeant Dunson
Richard Yniguez ....... Freddy

2.04 [027] The Rookies: FROZEN SMOKE
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.30
01-Oct-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 25Mar74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Robert I. Holt
Directed by Harry Falk
Guest cast:
Walter Brooke ......... Karl Halley
John Travolta ......... Eddie Halley
Scott Jacoby .......... Tim Halley
Sally Carter Ihnat .... Mrs. Potter
William Kirby Cullen... Wally Skidmore
Charles Shull ......... John Skidmore
Judy Farrell .......... Ruth Skidmore
Kristen Gipson ........ Saundra Potter
Annette O'Toole ....... Pregnant Woman
Robert Harland ........ Desk Sergeant
Synopsis:
An assignment to juvenile detail is meant to be an easy tour, but the
duty proves particularly trying for Willie, who encounters more pain and
death than he's emotionally prepared to handle. [RF]

2.05 [028] The Rookies: GET RYKER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.25
08-Oct-1973 ABC Mon
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by William Lansford
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest Cast:
Joseph Campanella ..... Joseph Mannley
Robert Donner ......... Ned Collins
Thalmus Rasulala ...... Tony Ross
Bill Williams ......... Captain Whitfield
Sid McCoy ............. Sergeant Carter
Synopsis:
An unusual glimpse into the very private life of Lieutenant Ryker,
who's recovering from a murder attempt by an ex-con determined to
rub him out. [RF]

2.06 [029] The Rookies: CRY WOLF
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.24
15-Oct-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 10Jun74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by William Blinn
Directed by Harry Falk
Guest cast:
Joan Blondell ......... Mrs. Darrin
Pat Harrington Jr. .... Arnold Winkler
Ken Swofford .......... Felker
Anthony Eisley ........ Ben Kendall
Shelley Morrison ...... Mrs. Felker
Bill Quinn ............ Workman
Sheila Rogers ......... Mrs. Winkler
Robert Harland ........ Desk Sergeant
Synopsis:
A lonely widow with a reputation for crying wolf gets a slow reaction
when she reports sighting prowlers. [RF]

2.07 [030] The Rookies: JUSTICE FOR JILL DANKO
a.k.a. - "A Matter of Justice" (copyright title)
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.31
22-Oct-1973 ABC Mon
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Robert I. Holt
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Guest cast:
James Olson ........... Steve Wainz
Joseph Bernard ........ Roy Barbour
Francis De Sales ...... Dr. Mauer
Bill Ewing ............ Ricky
Willard Sage .......... Woodard
Claudia Bryar ......... Mrs. Mayson
Judson Pratt .......... Allen Mayson
Richard Bull .......... Maitre d'
Synopsis:
A philosophical question about the uncertainty of life is raised by
a gunman's wild shooting spree. The answer is important to Mike
and Jill, who lost their unborn child in the fray. [RF]

2.08 [031] The Rookies: BLOOD BROTHER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.29
29-Oct-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 13May74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Robert Holt [RF]
written by Mann Rubin (on copyright)
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Guest cast:
Glynn Turman .......... Jimmy
Mitzi Hoag ............ Miss Hopkins
Herb Jefferson Jr. .... Phil Walker
Dennis Redfield ....... Roger Bridge
Laird Stuart .......... Armored Car Guard
Synopsis:
Terry lends a helping hand to his cousin, a disabled veteran who was caught
in a gambling raid and has few prospects for a desirable civilian job. [RF]

2.09 [032] The Rookies: CODE 261: RAPE
Spelling-Goldberg  prod. 33
05-Nov-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 05Aug74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Robert Beverly, Hal Sitowitz
Directed by William Claxton
Guest cast:
Mark Slade ............ Bernard Amazeen
Jan Shepard ........... Claire Amazeen
Tannis G. Montgomery... Bobby
John Dennis ........... Bartender
Terry Lumley .......... Linda
Kim Hamilton .......... Duty Nurse
Boyd Red Morgan ....... Powerful Man
Robert Harland ........ Sgt. Older
Synopsis:
A rape victim's anguish and the failure to prosecute the rapist plague a young girl. [RF]

2.10 [033] The Rookies: PRAYERS UNANSWERED, PRAYERS UNHEARD
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.32
12-Nov-1973 ABC Mon
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by William Blinn
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest cast:
Johnny Brown .......... Huggy Bear
Patti Cohoon .......... Martha Young
Florida Friebus ....... Sister Elizabeth
Gwynne Gilford ........ Sister Veronica
Larry Golden .......... Howard Talbott
Wayne Heffley ......... Father Channing
Sammy Jackson ......... Bookstore Owner
Jennifer Leak ......... Sister Anna
Wendy Wagner .......... Gay
Ben Frank ............. Furniture Man

2.11 [034] The Rookies: DOWN HOME BOY
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.34
19-Nov-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 24Jun74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Paul Savage
Directed by Leonard Horn
Guest cast:
Jim Nabors ............ Corley Curlew
David Canary .......... T.J. Curlew
Billy Green Bush ...... Rogers
Dabbs Greer ........... Billy Levinson
Tom Tully ............. Daddy Curlew
Marty Ingels .......... Emcee
Michele Nichols ....... Young Fan
Jason Wingreen ........ Station Attendant
Lincoln Demyan ........ Guard
Synopsis:
One of two brothers is under orders to kill the country singer whom
their father holds responsible for their sister's death. [RF]

2.12 [035] The Rookies: LOTS OF TREES AND A RUNNING STREAM
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.37
02-Dec-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 17Jun74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Alvin Ganzer
Guest cast:
Richard Hatch ......... Cleve Andrews
Annette O'Toole ....... Bank Teller
Olan Soule ............ First Clerk
Sam Edwards ........... Second Clerk
Olive Sturgess ........ Nurse

2.13 [036] The Rookies: ANOTHER BEGINNING FOR BEN FULLER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.35
10-Dec-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 06May74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Sandor Stern
Directed by E. W. Swackhamer
Guest cast:
Leif Erickson ......... Ben Fuller
Michael Christian ..... Frank Pinder
Lee Paul .............. Tim Duvall
Ned Glass ............. Harry Chester
Les Lannom ............ Gifford
Charles Lane .......... Dealer
Marjorie Bennett ...... Mrs. Gleason
Barbara Bostock ....... Secretary
Bill Walker ........... First Man
Bob Gibbons ........... Second Man
Synopsis:
A former police lieutenant, long since retired, is creating a furor in
the department. He insists on joining the investigation into a
murderous attack on his best friend. [RF]

2.14 [037] The Rookies: SOUND OF SILENCE
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.36
17-Dec-1973 ABC Mon (rerun 03Jun74)
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Richard Landau
Directed by Richard Newton
Guest cast:
Joseph Perry .......... Joe Mifune
Sissy Spacek .......... Barbara Tabnor
Bettye Ackerman ....... Ellen Tabnor
Jeane Byron ........... Mrs. Mann
Ted Eccles ............ Keith Briggs
Jason Evers ........... Ben Tabnor
Jared Martin .......... John Jordan
Ann Noland ............ Angie
Joe Direda ............ Driver

2.15 [038] The Rookies: TRIAL BY DOUBT
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.39, Trial of doubt - or - Trial by Doubt
07-Jan-1974 ABC Mon
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by James Basler
Directed by Richard Newton
Guest cast:
Malcolm Atterbury .... Red McPherson
Fionnula Flanagan .... Judy Karcher
Scott Walker ......... Peterson
Howard Platt ......... Genty
Rayford Barnes ....... Knebel
Hank Brandt .......... Fave Karcher
Barry Cahill ......... Austin
Antony Carbone ....... Muren
John Chandler ........ Prisoner
Synopsis:
Willie's fellow officers lose confidence with him when he fails to fire
on the man who shot his partner. His only hope of defending his
judgment lies in finding an elusive witness. [RF]

2.16 [039] The Rookies: THE AUTHENTIC DEATH OF BILLY STOMPER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.38
14-Jan-1974 ABC Mon
Produced and Developed by William Blinn
Written by Paul Edwards, William Blinn
Directed by Gene Nelson
Guest cast:
Ester Anderson ........ Pamela Hines
Rex Holman ............ Junior
Joe Maross ............ Sergeant Ray Saltonstaff
Frank Marth
Troy Melton ........... Hacket
Steve Sandor .......... Billy Stomper
Keith Walker .......... Doctor
Sally Frei ?
Trish Mahoney ?

2.17 [040] The Rookies: THE LATE MR. BRENT
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.42
28-Jan-1974 ABC Mon (rerun 29Jul74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Sy Salkowitz
Directed by Barry Shear [RF]
Directed by Gene Nelson (on copyright notice)
Directed by Barry Shear Nelson (on copyright description)
Guest cast:
Darleen Carr .......... Pip Brent
Matt Clark ............ Joey Hughes
William Smithers ...... Pete Martin
Olive Sturgess ........ Nurse
Frank Whiteman ........ Howard Brent
Synopsis:
Disturbing questions are raised by the death of an apparently innocent
man in a police shoot-out. [RF]

2.18 [041] The Rookies: THE TEACHER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.40
04-Feb-1974 ABC Mon (rerun 01Jul74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Robert I. Holt
Directed by Gene Nelson
Guest cast:
Don Johnson ........... Al Devering
Strother Martin ....... Teacher
Nick Nolte ............ Tommy
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Tippy
Ann Doran ............. Mrs. Coleman
Damon Douglas ......... Ed
Paul Sorenson ......... Bank Guard
Ron Stokes ............ Patrolman
Synopsis:
Drama about an unusual kind of teacher, an ex-convict who’s giving
three young proteges on-the-job training in the finer points of crime. [RF]

2.19 [042] The Rookies: EYEWITNESS
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.44
11-Feb-1974 ABC Mon (rerun 26Aug74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Frank Telford
Directed by Barry Shear
Guest cast:
Donald Barry .......... Officer Kellogg
Wendell Burton ........ Larry West
Dick Crockett ......... Officer Foley
Robert Harland ........ Sgt Older
Lurene Tuttle ......... Aunt Lou
Frank Arno

2.20 [043] The Rookies: SOMETHING LESS THAN A MAN
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.43
18-Feb-1974 ABC Mon
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Irv Pearlberg
Directed by Phillip Leacock
Guest cast:
Dane Clark ............ Joe Daley
Don Gordon ............ Caras
Paul Pepper ........... Mahoney
Johnny Seven .......... Smitty
Bill Williams ......... Captain Johnson
Bill Zuckert ?
Abe Vigoda ?

2.21 [044] The Rookies: ROLLING THUNDER
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.41
25-Feb-1974 ABC Mon (rerun 22Jul74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by James Basler, William Blinn
Directed by Ed Abrams
Guest cast:
Brad David ............ Chet
Lorraine Gary ......... Lynn
Andy Parks ............ Eric
James Luisi ........... Del Bonner
Jim Poyner ............ Boy
Robert Harland ........ Sgt Older
Mathias Reitz ......... Harper
Dorrie Thompson ....... Virginia
Synopsis:
Two teenage police cadets prove a challenge to the Rookies. One is
gung-ho but corruptible: the other is in the junior cadet program to avoid
being sent to a disciplinary camp. [RF]

2.22 [045] The Rookies: TIME LOCK
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.46
04-Mar-1974 ABC Mon
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Dan Ullman
Directed by Lee Philips
Guest cast:
Wanda Bailey .......... Yvonne Grant
Tyne Daly ............. Lucille Baker
James Carroll Jordan... Roy Macklin
Sari Price ............ Ruth Simpson
Robert Walden ......... Mark Haines
Lee de Broux .......... Woody

[--] 11Mar74 preempted for "Marlo Thomas Special"

2.23 [046] The Rookies: DEATH WATCH
Spelling-Goldberg prod. no.45
18-Mar-1974 ABC Mon (rerun 27May74)
Produced by Douglas Benton
Written by Alvin Boretz, Hal Sitowitz
Directed by Phil Leacock
Guest cast:
Anthony Zerbe ......... Ralph Sneed
Paul Jenkins .......... Towers
Bridget Hanley ........ Arlene Talbot
Paul Smith ............ Lou Talbot
Keith Atkinson ........ Dr. Miller
Susan Brown ........... Secretary
Victoria Carroll ...... Dr. Ramsey
Mary Jackson .......... Woman
Hal Sitowitz .......... Boy
Synopsis:
An escaped convict is spreading a deadly viral meningitis while on a
search for the ex-wife he plans to murder. [RF]

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Summer Reruns: ABC Mondays (25Mar74-02Sep74)
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[--] 25Mar74 rerun of 2.04 "Frozen Smoke" (first aired 01Oct73)
[--] 01Apr74 - no details
[--] 08Apr74 - no details
[--] 15Apr74 rerun of 2.03 "Deadly Cage" (first aired 24Sep73)
[--] 22Apr74 - no details
[--] 29Apr74 - no details
[--] 06May64 rerun of 2.13 "Another Beginning of Ben Fuller" (first aired 10Dec73)
[--] 13May74 rerun of 2.08 "Blood Brother" (first aired 29Oct73)
[--] 20May74 - no details
[--] 27May74 rerun of 2.23 "Death Watch" (first aired 18Mar74)
[--] 03Jun74 rerun of 2.14 "Sound of Silence" (first aired 17Dec73)
[--] 10Jun74 rerun of 2.06 "Cry Wolf" (first aired 15Oct73)
[--] 17Jun74 rerun of 2.12 "Lots of Tress and a Running Stream" (first aired 02Dec73)
[--] 24Jun74 rerun of 2.11 "Down Home Boy" (first aired 19Nov73)
[--] 01Jul74 rerun of 2.18 "The Teacher" (first aired 04Feb74)
[--] 08Jul74 - no details
[--] 15Jul74 - no details
[--] 22Jul74 rerun of 2.21 "Rolling Thunder" (first aired 25Feb74)
[--] 29Jul74 rerun of 2.17 "The Late Mr. Brent" (first aired 28Jan74)
[--] 05Aug74 rerun of 2.09 "Code 261 Rape" (first aired 05Nov73)
[--] 12Aug74 - no details
[--] 19Aug74 - no details
[--] 26Aug74 rerun of 2.19 "Eyewitness" (first aired 11Feb74)
[--] 02Sep74 - no details

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