The Rookies/Reluctant Hero

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Reluctant Hero
Season 4, Episode 12
Airdate November 25, 1975
Written by Jock MacKelvie
Directed by Fernando Lamas
Produced by Skip Webster
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Reluctant Hero is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of The Rookies, and the eighty-first 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: John Ritter (Officer Hap Dawson), Bert Remsen (Lucas Dawson)

Special Guest Star: Jack Colvin (Wolfe Burdett)

Co-Starring: Tom Lacy (Vaughn), Wayne Grace (Morrison)

Featuring: Frank Geraci (Milo), Sam DeFazio (Barnes), Charles B. Hayward (Malone)


Plot Overview

As a favor to his good friend and former partner, Ryker takes his son under his wing, despite his finishing last in class at the Academy. Partnered with Mike on special assignment, the young cop accidentally takes down a notorious international hit man, wounding him and putting him in the hospital. The killer, whose pride was wounded by being taken down by a rookie cop, wants to kill the young man, and he kidnaps Jill as part of his plan.


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