S.W.A.T./The Killing Ground

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The Killing Ground
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate February 24, 1975
Written by Rick Husky
Directed by Harry Falk
Produced by Rick Husky
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The Killing Ground is the first episode of the first season of S.W.A.T..

Starring: Steve Forrest (Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson), Robert Urich (Officer Jim Street), Rod Perry (Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay), Mark Shera (Officer Dominic Luca), James Coleman (Officer T.J. McCabe)

Guest Starring: Geoffrey Lewis (Jack Bonelli), Jesse Vint (Dallas), Bill Lucking (Ray West)

Co-Starring: Annette O'Toole (Rita Bonelli), Taylor Lacher (Rob Duran), Mel Scott (Sam Hanks), Kenneth Toby (Sergeant), Terry Lumley (Mary Duran)

Featuring: Keith Walker (T.V. Announcer), Stephen Coit (Doctor), Pat Patterson (Bartender)


Plot Overview

Lt. Dan Harrelson, known to everyone by his nickname of Hondo, is in charge of the LCPD S.W.A.T. team, a group of specialized cops who aid the regular police in extraordinary situations. Hondo and his right-hand man, Sgt. Kay, nicknamed Deacon, arrive at a sniper situation where a cop is critically wounded. There he meets the cop's partner, Officer Jim Street, and eventually convinces him to join the unit, as well as sharpshooter T.J. McCabe. The team is rounded out with the addition of Officer Dominic Luca, a former narcotics officer. Now, the team is ready to track down the sniper, who specializes in killing cops.


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