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The Fifth Victim
Season 6, Episode 9
Airdate December 9, 1989
Production Number 5609
Written by Kevin Droney
Directed by Michael Preece
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The Fifth Victim is the ninth episode of the sixth season of Hunter, and the one hundred eighteenth episode overall.

Starring: Fred Dryer (Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter), Stepfanie Kramer (Det. Sgt. Dee Dee McCall)

Also Starring: Charles Hallahan (Capt. Charles Devane)

Guest Stars: Bill Smith (Sergeant Sal Drasso), Rick Giolito (Detective Frank Buchanan), William Joyce (William Sedgwick), Michael Champion (John Calder), Laurie Prange (Cindy), Don Galloway (Bart Muller), Richmond Hoxie (Stansfield)

Co-Starring: Kirby Tepper (Piano Bar Player), April Ortiz (IT Technician), Mark Phelan (Himself)


Plot Overview

A task force assembled to investigate the serial killings of homosexual man nabs a suspect, a local painter who admits to all but one of the killings. Strongly suspecting that man's death was the work of a copy cat, Hunter is assigned to re-open the investigation into his murder and soon begins to suspect that the victim's sexual preference had nothing to do with why he was killed. He also discovers a shocking secret about one of the task force members, an ambitious young detective who's after a position in the Commissioner's office. Meanwhile, McCall has to look into other members of the task force, including Hunter's nemesis, Sgt. Drasso, to find a possible security leak related to the case.


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The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Sgt. Sal Drasso, played by William Smith, interrogates a friend of his, Bart Muller, played by Don Galloway, as to whether he knew murder victim Mark Sanger, to which Muller replies that he didn't know him. Galloway is best-known for playing Sgt. Ed Brown on Ironside, and one of Ironside's other assistants was a man named...Mark Sanger!

Memorable Moments