Sikes is preparing to take a well-earned vacation to Hawaii when a murder case sparks a memory of his early days in uniform. A young woman has been murdered after being injected with sodium pentathol – more commonly known as a “truth drug” – reminding Sikes of a serial killer who he failed to stop several years ago; trying to save the life of a hostage, Sikes laid his gun down, only to watch the helpless woman shot before his very eyes. What drives Sikes insane with anger is that sleazeball reporter Burns is playing into the killer’s hands: anonymous tips are leading Burns to grisly murder scenes and messages from the killer, all of which make it into the next morning’s paper without Burns providing any useful information to the police. Captain Grazer, worried about Sikes’ obsession with the case, has to order Sikes to take his vacation; instead, Sikes goes rogue, making good on his insistence that a case like this demands a bit of vigilante justice. But in the process of trying to exorcise the ghosts of his past, Sikes may be putting Burns in line to be the next victim.
Guest Cast: Jenny Gago (Beatrice Zepeda), Tobin Bell (Brian Knox), Robert Alan Browne (Foreman), Ivory Ocean (Dutchman), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Michele Lamar Richards (Lois Allen), Robert Balderson (Wounded Officer), Heather McComb (Cyndy), Eva Von Widman (Nurse Adele)
Notes: Jeff Doucette is demoted to a guest star in this episode, having appeared in the opening credits – but very few episodes of the show itself – for virtually the entire season.
LogBook entry by Earl Green