Aired February 20, 1988
Efrain Figueroa as Sgt. Esteban Gutierrez
James Crittenden as Sgt. Joe Bill McCandless
Madlyn Rhue as Sgt. Annie Hartung
|Executive Producer Jay Bernstein
Producer John Ziffren
Co-Producers Robin Bernheim, Robert Bielak
and William Cairncross
Written by Elia Katz
Directed by Jerry Jameson
|Summary by Arrow
So. Calif. / USA
| HPD is called to difuse a hostage situation and Joe and Levon are able to enter the home and end the situation. After a short scuffle, they realize that both the hostage and the man who had been holding him are very ill.
As they wait at the hospital, the Knights learn that they were exposed to radiation. They are told by a government official that they came in contact with someone who had been handling a radioactive stone used in medical diagnostic equipment. Joe and Levon are in no danger, but the two men from the house die. The stone is no longer in the house so now Joe and Levon must find the stone before anyone else is hurt.
A persistent reporter complicates things and eventually Joe and Levon are forced to promise her an exclusive after the stone is found in exchange for her co-operation.
The stone changes hands several times and, when another man dies, they learn that the stone is far more dangerous than the government official has led them to believe.
The final man to have the stone calls the station and demands a million dollars in return for the stone. When Joe tells him it will kill him, the man merely laughs and demands two million dollars instead. The man eventually realizes he is dying and calls the station once again. Levon tells him that there will be no payment and the man says he will crush the stone and leave the dust somewhere where many people will be affected. As they listen to a tape of the conversation, Joe and Levon realize the man was calling from their building. They find the man on the roof just as he is about to drop the crushed stone into the ventilation system.
As the government official works to suppress any news of the situation, Joe and Levon quietly take the reporter off and give her an 'anonymous' story.
|updated May 19, 2008|