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87th Precinct: Line of Duty

Detective Kling is forced to shoot and kill an armed robber while off-duty one night with his girlfriend. Even though the shooting is ruled justifiable, Kling begins coming unglued because of the incident.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Monday October 23rd, 1961

Director: Don Weis
Writer: Evan Hunter

  • Currently 6/10
6/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Dal McKennon
As Dr. Blaney
Dennis McCarthy
As Richards
Margie Regan
As Claire Townsend
Michael Fox
As Grossman
Anita Sands
As Terry
Ben Hammer
As Brecht
John Clarke Bowman
As Bobby Matfield
King Calder
As Monoghan
Richard LePore
As Karl Harrod
Walter Burke
As Danny Gimp
Main Cast
Robert Lansing
As Det. Steve Carella
Ron Harper
As Det. Bert Kling
Norman Fell
As Det. Meyer Meyer
Gregory Walcott
As Det. Roger Havilland
Episode Notes
Margie Regan makes her first appearance in the recurring role of Claire Townsend, the girlfriend of Detective Bert Kling. In the novels on which the TV series is based, Claire was killed off. Author Ed McBain would later say that he received his highest number of letters in protest ever because of that plotline.

The character of informant Danny Gimp frequently appeared in the novels although this episode marks his only appearance of the TV series.

Episode Quotes
Claire: Bert, the car's the other way.

Carella: (to Kling) He shot first. You just remember that.

Meyer: (about the shooting) You don't get over it. You adjust to it.

Meyer: I've always said--where would we be without you lab guys.

Claire: (to Kling) Bobby Matfield didn't have to kill you. You're doing that yourself.

This one is kind of cliched with the old tired plotline about a detective forced to kill a young criminal and nearly coming unglued with guilt. This one has been done to death in nearly every police drama.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
Warning: 87th Precinct season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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