In this episode we, the viewer, get a little education on what happens to the human body when you are involved in a head-on auto collision going 55 miles per hour. They show photos of the cars but not any gruesome bloody sights of people. However, the description of how one is impaled, having feet cut off, lungs punctured, etc., is extremely powerful and dramatic. It's a speech I won't forget. One just prays that they never get into a serious auto accident.
Later in the day, Friday and Gannon get called out to a scene in which two elderly people were run down by a dark blue Lincoln. The two cops interview everyone they can to get an accurate description of the car and, perhaps, the driver.
Most of Friday's and Gannon's assignments involve a lot of routine stuff, which this program shows every week. It is not an action program, not like something you'd see today. It's more of a behind-the-scenes procedural program.
Another thing: boy, when Joe Friday (Jack Webb) bawls you out, you get a tough lecture. I've heard Friday do it to a few guys but in this episode, he really lays out a guy who killed two elderly people. The perpetrator, who was going about 60 mph in a 30-miles per hour zone and ran over two people, killing them, and then fleeing, says "So what? It's not like they had a lot of years to live anyway."
That sets off Friday big-time who gives a very powerful speech about drunk drivers and shallow people who have no respect for human life, much less driving laws.
That's really the subject of this episode, drunk driving, an act that still causes a lot of problems to this day.
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