The Rookies/Lamb to the Slaughter

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Lamb to the Slaughter
Season 4, Episode 1
Airdate September 9, 1975
Written by Skip Webster
Directed by William Crain
Produced by Skip Webster
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Lamb to the Slaughter is the first episode of the fourth season of The Rookies, and the seventieth episode overall.

Starring: Georg Stanford Brown (Officer Terry Webster), Sam Melville (Officer Mike Danko), Bruce Fairbairn (Officer Chris Owens), Kate Jackson (Jill Danko)

and Gerald S. O'Loughlin (Lt. Eddie Ryker)

Guest Starring: Tom Atkins (Brad Gifford), Jeff David (Augie Baker), David Nash (P.G. Larken)

Special Guest Star: Virginia Kiser (Paula Walker)

and Introducing: Matthew Laborteaux (Jody Gifford)

Featuring: Carl Byrd (Dean Raynes), Jim Gruzalski (Detective Stone)


Plot Overview

Ryker takes a protective interest in a young boy who's left temporarily orphaned when his father is busted for burglary. The kid at first resents the Lieutenant, but soon grows closer to the veteran cop, which angers the father. The man's cohorts spring him while he's being transported to the courthouse. All they really care about is getting their share of the money, which the man insists he's got safely stowed away, but before he does anything else, he wants to 'smoke' Ryker for driving a wedge between him and his son.


Arc Advancement





The Show

We learn that Ryker's parents were killed in a car accident when he was six years old and that he grew up in an orphanage.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments