The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
16 Sep. 1973The Big Job
Inspector Lewis Erskine has a new partner, Special Agent Chris Daniels. The FBI men lead the bureau's investigation of the robbery of more than $4 million in cash and negotiable securities in Dallas. One lead is an ex-con who tipped Erskine that a big job was being planned. One member of the gang who pulled off the robbery had tried to recruit the ex-con but he refused. After the robbery, there is an attempt on the ex-con's life. Another clue is one of the robbery participants cut his hand and has a rare blood type. Erskine and Daniels criss cross half the country in ...
30 Sep. 1973The Confession
Abel Norton, personal manager for diva singer Darlene Clark, snaps. His son has died in an operation. Darlene had told Abel she'd arrange for a top surgeon to perform the operations but -- unconcerned with others -- never bothered to follow through. Now, Abel has kidnapped Darlene's daughter as the singer prepares to open a show in Las Vegas. Erskine and Daniels have to cope with a less-than-cooperative Darlene while trying to apprehend the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Abel has an unusual ransom demand -- he wants Darlene to tell the audience about a hit-and-run accident in ...
7 Oct. 1973Break-In
Harlan Slade, with a record of plotting bank jobs, escapes from prison and goes on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Erskine and Daniels take the lead in the bureau's investigation. Their main lead is how Slade has a number of family members in Kansas. But Slade already is planning his next caper. He is targeting Scottsdale, Arizona, near Phoenix, one of the wealthiest American suburbs. He has a bank in mind and his plan is underway.
14 Oct. 1973The Pay-Off
In Detroit, an agent for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization is gunned down while investigating the Organization's smuggling of illegal immigrants. He survives but because a federal officer has been assaulted, the FBI assumes command of the case. Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's probe. Meanwhile, the main witness to the shooting has been bought off. But an Organization boss decides the witness should be silenced -- permanently.
21 Oct. 1973The Exchange
Two men rob a horse racing track of $250,000. They earlier kidnapped the wife of the head cashier to ensure his cooperation and to provide inside information how to accomplish the robbery. Despite their preparation, the heist goes back and the men are forced to hide their haul at the track. They now want the cashier to get the money for them. But the FBI is already on the case and Erskine and Daniels apprehend the cashier. Erskine takes the place of the cashier in a bid to win the freedom of the kidnap victim.
28 Oct. 1973Tower of Terror
Michael Staley, a mentally disturbed Korean War veteran, is determined to show he is important. His former sergeant in the service, now a criminal, is imprisoned and recently killed a guard trying to escape. Staley plants a bomb in a Minneapolis high rise building and sends an anonymous note to the FBI demanding his former sergeant be freed. Erskine and Daniels lead the bureau's efforts to find the bomb before it's too late.
4 Nov. 1973Fatal Reunion
Hamilton is the leader of three men who have stolen a large amount of bonds from bank messengers. Hamilton, while waiting for a deal to fence the bonds, goes back to his home town. There, he revisits his high school sweetheart, Margaret. Meanwhile, Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's investigation and are running down the three participants in the robbery. Hamilton's two confederates are apprehended and the FBI men are now tracking down the leader of the operation.
18 Nov. 1973Rules of the Game
Tully, a small cog in the Reno branch of the Organization, is in legal trouble. The feds have a witness who can put him in prison. Tully's son attempts a hit on the witness, who is severely wounded. The Organization is not pleased and its operative, Brimmer, tells Tully he wants the son to take the fall. The Organization concludes the son needs to be eliminated. Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's efforts to bring the son in alive.
25 Nov. 1973Fool's Gold
In St. Louis, a gold cross dating back to the Crusades is stolen. Erskine and Daniels oversee the FBI's investigation of the crime. Meanwhile, a series of double crosses take place. The FBI men must move fast because one ex-con, who has become involved after the theft, intends to melt the cross the down.
9 Dec. 1973The Killing Truth
Ten years after a controversial espionage trial, the son of one of the defendants tries to kill the judge. Erskine and Daniels head up the FBI's investigation of the attempted killing. The FBI men want to prevent a second attempt on the judge's life. But the bureau investigators must delve deep into the earlier case to find the clues they need.
16 Dec. 1973The Bought Jury
Mario Dracus, a New England boss for the Organization, is on trial. He expects to be convicted but, suddenly, is free when a mistrial is declared. Dracus is among the most surprised people in the federal courtroom -- this is not his doing. The FBI investigates whether the jury has been tampered with. Erskine and Daniels, in the course of the probe, confirm that some of the jurors have been threatened. The FBI concludes the bought jury was a way for the Organization to get Dracus out of the way so younger members can take over.
30 Dec. 1973Ransom
Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's investigation of a kidnapping case in North Carolina. The FBI men quickly discover nothing is as it seems. The target isn't as rich as he's supposed to be. The kidnap victim isn't as innocent as she's supposed to be. The kidnappers are aware of personal information they shouldn't have. As the FBI press forward with their investigation, it becomes clear the suspected kidnapper is mentally unstable and dangerous.
6 Jan. 1974A Piece of the Action
Erskine and Daniels investigate a St. Louis trucking company. The Organization uses trucks from the company to hijack shipments from other trucking firms. The Organization also takes a cut of the profits of the St. Louis company, which gains more and more business as its competitors are driven out of business. The owner of the St. Louis company begins to crack under the pressure and seeks a meeting with Erskine -- a meeting the Organization will seek to stop.
27 Jan. 1974Selkirk's War
Selkirk, a former Army officer, is bitter that he was never promoted beyond major. He breaks out two prisoners from the stockade of an Army base in Arizona. As Erskine and Daniels investigate, it's clear that Selkirk has an impressive collection of weapons. The two prisoners were labeled "incorrigibles" by the Army and their expertise includes demolition. Selkirk's target is a $750,000 Army payroll -- and he has the means and the intelligence to pull off the job.
3 Feb. 1974The Betrayal
Frankie Geller escapes from a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Geller had agreed to take the rap for the Pittsburgh arm of the Organization in return for his family being taken care of. But that didn't happen and his wife killed herself. Geller now is seeking revenge and wants to expose Organization secrets. His primary target is Price, the Organization leader who led the double cross. Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's manhunt for Geller and are racing to find him before the mob does.
17 Feb. 1974The Animal
Ben Sillman, an East Coast hitman nicknamed the Animal, pulls off an escape from a federal courthouse, where he is being tried for income tax evasion. He shoots two federal marshals. Erskine and Daniels head up the FBI's manhunt, working with Tom Colby, Erskine's former partner who now agent in charge of the bureau's west coast office. Sillman is on the outs with the East Coast mob and tries to force a West Coast mobster to help him flee the country. Complicating the FBI's search is the fact Sillman has kidnapped a woman for possible leverage.
24 Feb. 1974The Two Million Dollar Hit
Erskine and Daniels are on the trail of a gang that has stolen $20 million in travelers checks. The gang has been promised 10 percent, or $2 million, upon delivery to a fence. The fence, however, will now only pay $500,000. The gang's leader has other ideas. The FBI tries to catch up to the gang before the travelers checks can be transported to Hong Kong.
10 Mar. 1974Diamond Run
Danzer, a self-described "nobody," has pulled off a stunning theft of diamonds. He is on the run from Becker, hired by the owners of the stones. Danzer steals a plane but is forced to crash land after a gunshot from Becker has pierced the fuel tank of the airplane Danzer has stolen. Danzer, desperate, kidnaps a blind woman as he attempts to flee the United States. Erskine and Daniels lead the FBI's investigation, seeking to apprehend Danzer before he can get into Mexico. The FBI men are racing Becker to get there first. Becker has his own ideas what to do with the ...
17 Mar. 1974Deadly Ambition
Ernie Cahn leads a holdup of an armored car near Detroit. Cahn and his confederates had first stolen explosives from a National Guard armory which they then used in the heist. But Cahn, brash and arrogant, traits that will prove his undoing. Erskine and Daniels lead the bureau's hunt for Cahn. But Cahn may not survive long enough to be apprehended by the FBI. Cahn's employers have concluded he's a liability and plan to have to him killed.
24 Mar. 1974The Lost Man
Erskine and Daniels pursue Greg Davidson, who escaped a federal prison just one year before his five-year term was up. Davidson was convicted of trying to blackmail a congressman. It turns out that the blackmail plan was devised by Mason Hammond, a prominent columnist and author, as a way to get out from under his gambling debts. Davidson wants revenge on Hammond and is determined to get it.
7 Apr. 1974The Vendetta
Rudy Keppler, a New Orleans mob boss, has been hiding in Haiti for a year after rivals tried to kill him and murdered his brother Richie. Keppler now decides to return to the U.S. to avenge his brother's death. Erskine and Daniels are assigned by the bureau as Keppler arrives and a struggle ensues for control of the New Orleans branch of the Organization.
14 Apr. 1974Confessions of a Madman
In Maryland, a woman graduate student is stabbed and is in serious condition. Because of the crime occurred on U.S. government-owned property, the FBI launches an investigation. Two other students at the same college were slain previously and all three victims belonged to the same sorority. Erskine and Daniels take charge and are joined by a woman FBI agent who graduated from the same college and belonged to the same sorority. The FBI has three suspects and the woman FBI agent will be endangered before the case is concluded.
28 Apr. 1974Survival
Erskine and Daniels spearhead the FBI's manhunt for Belson, an escaped federal prisoner. Erskine captures Belson but, just before that, Daniels is critically injured because of a high fall. The Jeep and the radio of the FBI men has been disabled because of rifle shots fired by Belson. Erskine, miles from the nearest town, must try to bring in Belson while keeping Daniels alive. The devious Belson bides his time, waiting for the right time to strike.
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