What is it about homicide? “It’s far more interesting than vice or burglary,” says Lt. Shirley Ridgeway, a middle-aged widow played by Canadian actress Kate Reid. “And believe it or not, you meet a better class of people.”
At least that’s true if you’re a character in a 1970s TV movie that’s blissfully unconnected with reality. Even though she works for the Los Angeles Police Department, Lt. Ridgeway’s world consists of a homey office where she’s supplied with a cute young uniformed patrolman, Manny Reyes (A Martinez), as a kind of personal batman. “He’s a beautiful boy,” she sighs, before explaining he used to run with an East Side gang. Now they water plants, fill out crosswords, arrange her hair appointments (“I look worse than my passport photos!”), and debate whether to attend the opera or a baseball game (together!) while waiting around for the next murder in Bel Air. No East Side Gangs for them.