Barnaby is hired by the family of a man who supposedly died in Vietnam, but later they hear a rumor that he may have deserted, along with another soldier. They want him to find out if it's true. Barnaby tracks the soldier who was with him but he runs away. While chasing him, the man shoots, Barnaby shoots back and hits someone, killing him. Barnaby is relieved of his gun as the D.A. considers whether to charge him or not. Barnaby considers dropping the case but the man's wife asks him not to. J.R. has Betty do a check on the man he shot and learns that he and the one they were looking for served together in Vietnam. Which makes him wonder if it's coincidence. Two men who knew the one Barnaby killed are also looking for the man Barnaby is looking for.
Did You Know?
This is the one and only episode in the two-year reign of chief censor Van Gordon Sauter where the good guy is allowed to kill a bad guy - by accident. While pursuing a thug into a parking garage, Barnaby fires a warning shot into the ceiling. The slug ricochets off a ceiling beam, caroms out the door and drops a witness (who is a spy for the villains) in his tracks. Much of the rest of the two hours finds Barnaby having to deal with his new role as a "rogue killer" private eye and having his gun confiscated, meaning he must use other methods to catch some pretty nasty criminals. See more