The Rookies (1972–1976)
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The Commitment 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 2 October 1972

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Gillis is severly injured during an armed robbery. The doctors inform him that further surgery could leave him paralyzed leaving the police officer not knowing what to do.

Director:

Michael Caffey

Writers:

Rita Lakin (created by), William Blinn (developed by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Georg Stanford Brown ... Officer Terry Webster
Sam Melville ... Officer Mike Danko
Michael Ontkean ... Officer Willie Gillis
Kate Jackson ... Jill Danko
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Ryker
Darleen Carr ... Nancy Leigh
Bo Svenson ... Bud Reeves
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Vester Benson
Dabbs Greer ... Studio Guard (as Dabs Greer)
Vic Tayback ... Gus Caldwell
Arlene Golonka ... Store Clerk
Larry J. Blake ... Auctioneer
Virginia Capers ... Mrs. Gibson
John Zaremba ... Doctor
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Head Nurse
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Gillis is severly injured during an armed robbery. The doctors inform him that further surgery could leave him paralyzed leaving the police officer not knowing what to do.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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References The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) See more »

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Willie may be paralyzed
5 December 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Willie is volunteering as a Little League umpire when he is shot as two men rob the food stand. The bullet may paralyze him unless he has a risky operation.

A great episode, fine performance by Michael Ontkean and a lot of things going on to make this a fast moving, engrossing show. One of the robbers is a big guy called Bud (Bo Svenson, who later played in Walking Tall sequels) and a creepy little guy named Vestor, he's the one who shot Willie. It seems Vestor is a horror movie buff, which helps Terry and Mike to track him down. Darleen Carr plays Willie's fiancee, but she breaks it off by the end of the episode because she cannot bear to be a cop's wife. She later returned in two other episodes in different roles. Other guest stars are Arlene( Mayberry RFD) Golonka as a book store clerk and Vic Tayback (later on Alice) as a suspect. Willie of course makes a miracle recovery in the end.


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