Co-exec producer, Robert Cochran. Supervising producers, Joel Surnow, John Peter Kousakis. Producer, David Greenwalt. Director, Bruce Kessler; writer, William Bigelow; camera, Robert McLachlan; editor, Gene Ranney; art director, Gary Myers; sound, Gordon W. Anderson; music, Walter Murphy; theme, Mike Post.
Cast: Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Jason Schombing, John Cygan, Richard Kind, Tiffany Salerno, Kevin Dobson, William McManus, Evan Tylor, Ken Roberts, Dayna and Justine Cornborough.
Eastridge police commissioner Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis) does some pretty dumb things in William Bigelow’s teleplay, but then nobody comes out with clean hands on this one. Maybe the Commish is getting tired.
Scali’s ex-partner FrankBottrell (Kevin Dobson), sent to prison 10 years ago thanks to Tony’s testimony, is released and heads for Eastridge and revenge.
Tony meets him and his wife (Tiffany Salerno) at the bus stop, but Frank’s in command as he carefully sets up Tony and his family.
Tony jumps in feet first as Bottrell works his game of making Tony look guilty of just about everything but spitting on the sidewalk.
The plot’s workout is silly, but acting is generally presentable, with Dobson looking taut and Chiklis looking desperate and determined. Director Bruce Kessler keeps the thin script moving along at a good clip, and tech credits are good.
Series usually puts Tony in corners he has to squirm out of in order to win the day. But this episode does bring up the subject of the commissioner’s common sense: As Dobson’s Frank observes, “He’s out of control!”