When San Francisco Chief of Detectives Robert Ironside is paralyzed by a shot from an unseen sniper, he convinces the Police Commissioner to appoint him a Special Consultant. After assembling a team to help him, Ironside sets out to solve his first case by bringing the sniper to justice.
Ironside and his team investigate a robbery at a racetrack.
Featuring: Madlyn Rhue
as Margaret Blackwell ("And" (end credits))
A killer covers his tracks by committing a murder while a serial killer is on the loose in San Francisco stalking women.
Featuring: Bert Freed
as Det. Vince Keeley ("And" (end credits))
To bring in a contract killer, Ironside makes it appear that his most recent target, a crime lord turning state's witness, is still alive.
Ironside comes to the aid of an old friend, Francesca Kirby, who works on TV and is receiving death threats.
Featuring: Quincy Jones
as Les Appleton ("And" (end credits))
A close friend of Ironside's in the force is killed, and all the evidence makes it seem that he was on the take. Ironside sets out to prove his innocence and find his killer.
Two prisoners break out of their cell and take first Ironside and then Eve hostage.To prevent them from harming anyone, including him and Eve, Ironside has to help them escape police headquarters.
Ed refuses to accept that an apparently accidental death is that, and risk his career to get at the truth.
Star running back Charles "Bat" Masterson has a big family problem - his brother Joe, who has got himself into gamblers for thousands of dollars. Joe's a two-time loser, so when an accident propels lowlife Georgie Main out a window, Bat decides to take the fall, even though it means the end of his football career and probably jail. But Bat has to convince Ironside he's the guilty party, and that may be hard to do.
Guest Stars: Ivan Dixon
as Charles "Bat" Masterson |
A man hires a detective to locate his estranged wife, so she can sign papers relating to their shared business venture. She's willing to sign them; they mean a deal that will net both parties millions. So when the detective is murdered, Ironside is at a loss for an explanation. But he went through the academy with the man, and won't give up. His one advantage may be a witness - the elevator doors opened onto the murder scene. But when Ironside finds the witness and realizes she's blind, he's stymied. Or is he?
On the top floor of Comus Towers a collection of art awaits patrons. The alarm goes off, and the guards arrive to find one man unconscious, one man dead, and a valuable painting missing. The thief apparently went out a broken window - or did he enter that way? That means he either climbed thirty stories or somehow flew in fifty mile per hour wind gusts, while carrying a forty-pound work of art. Ironside will have his work cut out for him, and the killer isn't finished...
Samantha Dain, young and apparently happy, nevertheless takes a fatal plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge 200 feet into the cold bay below. Only Ironside thinks she was murdered, but his chief evidence of this is flimsy at best: a sympathetic note she sent him while he recovered from the injury that left him paralyzed. Bit by bit he works to uncover the ugly truth of her death.
Car thefts are up, and recoveries down. The Commissioner already forced out the first lieutenant in charge of the investigation, and now his replacement is in trouble. There's one person the commissioner can turn to: Ironside. The first question to answer is where the cars are going. The second might be: are the thieves getting help from the police – from a corrupt officer?
Ironside attends a graduation party for Tom Stowe, who has put himself through Stamford. Years earlier, Ironside's intervention helped Stowe off the wrong path and motivated him to succeed and achieve. Then one of Ironside's colleagues enters with a warrant naming Wally Stowe, Tom's father, a murderer! It seems that nearly twenty years ago in New York, Wally (then Frank Tomlecek) murdered his employer and fled. Ironside decides to investigate the case, and the more he learns the less he likes what he learns.
Guest Stars: Victor Jory
as Wally Stowe / Frank Tomlecek |
Uncredited: Walter Coy
as Chief of Police Paul Wilson
Ed Brown meets a girl, Elaine Moreau, while in Las Vegas working a fugitive warrant. They go back to her place, and suddenly she flees. When Ed runs outside in baffled pursuit, someone hits him over the head, and he wakes up in an alley, wallet missing. Chief Ironside and the team fly out to see him in the hospital, and are inclined to believe Ironside's Las Vegas colleague, who holds that this is some sort of confidence game. But Ed doesn't believe that, and works to convince his friends. It doesn't help that local law enforcement is buried under the high profile killing of prominent local Jim Cardoff.
Yuri Azneyeff, a champion caliber member of the Russian track team, disappears while training near San Francisco. The Russians turn to the San Francisco Police Department, and the commissioner turns to Robert Ironside. Ironside must decide first whether Azneyeff disappeared on his own, or had help. Then he must decide which of the various interested parties he can actually trust...
Millionaire Marcus Weathers created Second Force in response to what he saw as growing problems with lawlessness and disrespect for authority. Then someone murders his second-in-command, Buck Dennison. Ironside must cooperate with a man he believes is working toward a police state. He has no choice – if the police can't solve this murder, it will strengthen the credibility of Weathers and Second Force. Which might be exactly what the murderer wants...
Mike Benny lies dead on the floor, a mobster who came to the usual bad end. Ironside caught the case – and one of the suspects is Sam Noble, who just got out of prison, had a history with the victim, and saw him just before his death. He's also Sam Noble, the man who befriended a very young Mark Sanger, giving him ice creams and small change. Ironside and his young helper face off over whether Sam Noble has rehabilitated, or has returned to a life of crime.
Detective Sergeant Ed Brown happens to be nearby when he hears an officer needs assistance call. The arrest is of Frank Vincent, a thoroughly unpleasant drunk who starts fights and hates cops. He swears he'll “get even." The next day someone guns down Briggs, one of the officers who arrested Vincent. Did Vincent commit this murder? Ironside isn't sure. Then Connell's car explodes; Connell was the other man who arrested Vincent. Now Ironside is sure – but the only way to prove it might be to put Ed out where Vincent can take the expected shot at him...
Detective Fred Hickman has a plan for the rest of his life. Unfortunately for policeman Larry Riley, that plan involves $150,000 of a bank's money – and Riley catching a bullet when he tries to interfere. The shooting roused the force; all the escape routes are closed. So Hickman agrees to surrender, but only to Ironside. It's a trick; he intends to use Ironside and his special van, one of the few vehicles that can exit the city unquestioned, to escape to the new life he has planned for himself and his family.
Ironside's friend Carl Anderson, a psychologist, has collected examples of art from five San Francisco artists. Following a chess match, he offers Ironside a different challenge: one of the artists is in a dangerous state of mind, where just a slight shift could lead to murder. Forty-eight hours later, Ironside returns to his friend's house. Anderson has been knifed to death, taking to his grave the answer to his tantalizing question. Ironside is more determined than ever to puzzle his way through the artists' minds to the truth.
After Ironside correctly guesses the ending to a suspense film in three minutes, the team leaves the theater. Mark and Ed go to retrieve the van, and before they return, two thieves race from a jewelry store. Eve chases them, is fired upon, fires back... and kills one of them – who turns out to be just seventeen years old. Wracked with guilt, she must help the team determine what happened... one last case before she ends her police career.
Singer Tommy Cusack made the mistake of borrowing money from racketeer Roy Faber, whom the SFPD has been trying to put away for nearly a decade. Faber knows Cusack can't afford to pay so he sends his lackey Luther Zahn to extract a favor: Cusack's help with a bank robbery. Ironside correctly guesses the nature of the crime Faber's men plan and prevents it. Now Cusack's in a fix. Faber blackballs him from the city's clubs, then sends men to beat him. But Faber's in a fix, too. Cusack knows enough to put him away, if he'll testify. Trouble is, people who testify against Faber seem to develop health and memory problems...
Barbara, a woman who helped Ironside through his recovery from the attack that paralyzed him, comes to him with a problem: she believes someone is trying to kill her. But she doesn't know who he is or why someone might want her dead – because before a year ago, she has no memory of her past. The police found her, badly beaten and with no memory, and a hospital patched her up, and... no one came looking. Ironside begins looking into her past, eventually discovering her real name... and that she's wanted for murder.
At Bay College, Ironside presents a seminar on crime fighting, prompting a common question: what about the perfect crime? Ironside advises the students that looking from the outside it is much easier to see the mistakes of others, and be sure one would not make such blunders. As Ironside leaves campus, a sniper shoots a student. Investigation turns up nothing until Ironside realizes the key to solving this crime depends on discovering the sniper's real motive, which he has masked with some clever misdirection. To flush him out, Ironside uses misdirection of his own.
Ironside waits to board a plane that will take him to Los Angeles and the National Police Officers Convention, a gathering he has not missed in over twenty years. Just before he boards, the plane explodes! Was someone after Ironside? Or another passenger? After eight grueling hours investigating this explosion, Ironside returns to his van and discovers an abandoned baby and a cryptic note, “Keep my baby until...” Investigating the plane's passengers, Ed Brown discovers an apartment provisioned for a baby, and a picture of the abandoned child. Could the two mysteries be one mystery?
Ed and Eve visit Freddie's, a house steeped in psychedelia, drugs and sex. They're looking for runaways, but Ed finds a lot of trouble, instead. He's accused of using excessive force when Barbara Chase, one of the women living there, is beaten. Worse for him, her father is prominent litigator Eldon Chase. With Ed suspended, Ironside, Eve and Mark must work to discover what really happened. Barbara tells her father she was only there to help people, but is she telling the truth? When Barbara later dies, Ed's problem gets worse and Ironside's investigation gets much harder.
Mark's girlfriend is murdered and he seeks out the killer. However, when the chief suspect turns up dead, Mark is arrested for his murder.
Ironside is forced to testify against a friend and his former partner, Vietnam military hero, David Larkin, who is accused of murdering his wife when he finds her with a lover. The Chief tries to make up for it by clearing the man, but Larkin's fellow officers have their own plans to get justice.