This episode wins a commendation for having the weirdest prop that made it on to Dragnet - a taxidermy bull's ear. That is a far-out detail, I have to say.
This episode also gives us another peek into the closet of bad guys with cool ties.
It's also another story of someone "making book". I still have no idea what bookmaking is.
"This is the city-- Los Angeles, California. For the taxes they pay, Angelenos demand certain services.
They want their streets kept clean, they want a fire department that's ready for any emergency, and they want to know that their security is being guarded by a police department that dedicated to their protection. In any good-sized group of men, you're liable to find a bad one once in a while.
But when that one happens to be a policeman, it reflects on every man in the department-- including me. I carry a badge."
Never-before-seen footage of a garbage truck rolling by:
New footage of a big red fire engine rolling through Los Angeles:
This is footage used again and again shot on part of Universal's back lot:
Hanging out in our very spare PAB sound stage with Art Gilmore:
Clark Howat shows up:
I AM SITTING ON YOUR DESK
Sequence of Bill and Joe's car rolling through L.A.:
As usual, all roads lead to a soundstage:
Hey hey - right of frame - there's the apartment house with orange squares that we've seen before:
Here is another new-to-the-series establishing shot, snazzy:
He's a bullfighting enthusiast. Let's check out his set:
He talks to it the way the log lady talks to her log.
OK. Playtime is over.
Time for the bad guys to wear cool ties and the good guys to wear conservative ties:
I'M HERE TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE CONSERVATIVE NECKTIE CLUB MEETING
We've got trios of stripes at today's meeting.
Art Balinger has a very conservative wide stripe to go with his glasses.
Steve Carlson is also showing some thin stripes.
As per usual, Joe brings sobriety to the tie styles of the day.
GENTLEMEN, YOUR CHOICE OF NECKWEAR DEFINES YOU AS A MAN.
Alfred Shelly holds it down with an exceptionally skinny style.
The judges debate the winner of Coolest Necktie '67.
The winner of the coolest tie goes to Peter Duryea.
Now for the time in Dragnet history in which Gannon points at things on a chalkboard:
I JUST DON'T GET IT
Officer Philip Waverly
Suspended from duty.
Now serving his sentence in the California institution for men, Chino, California.
Aired 14 December 1967
Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon
Steve Carlson as Officer Phil Waverly
Peter Duryea as Ted Clover
Clark Howat as Lt. Roger Mairs
Art Balinger as Dep. Chief Simon
Art Gilmore as Capt. Merton Howe
Alfred Shelly as Sergeant Hugh Binyon
______ as Stenography Lady
Art Direction - Russell Kimball
Set Decor - John McCarthy & John Sturtevant
Costumes - Vincent Dee
Written by Sidney Morse
Next week's episode is a special Christmas Dragnet.