Dragnet Season 2
S02 E01Sep 11, 1952
The Grenade Sep 11, 1952 A surly teenager throws acid on the back of another student (played by a teen-aged Jan Michael Vincent), then crashes a party armed with a live hand grenade.
S02 E02Sep 25, 1952
The Shooting Board Sep 25, 1952 Joe stops at an all night launderette to buy cigarettes and interrupts a burglar working the coin changer. When he shouts ""Freeze,"" the criminal comes up shooting. Joe returns fire, hitting the man, who flees with the help of his girlfriend. He's later found dead. When SID tries to find the bullet fired at Joe, they come up empty and Joe faces a shooting board with no proof the man ever fired at him. A great surprise ending.
S02 E03Oct 9, 1952
The Badge Racket Oct 9, 1952 Three con artists have been swindling businessmen from out-of-town by posing as a prostitute and two policemen. The detectives set a trap as Gannon pretends to be a manufacturer from Lincoln Nebraska.
S02 E04Nov 6, 1952
The Bank Jobs Nov 6, 1952 A nervy bank robber uses innocent women to help commit his crimes. Friday and Gannon are nearly sidetracked when one of the victims lies about her involvement and later proves to have a criminal record of her own.
S02 E05Nov 20, 1952
The Big Neighbor Nov 20, 1952 In this lighthearted, well-written episode, Bill invites Joe to dinner and a football game at his home in Eagle Rock. The only problem: Gannon's neighbors keep interrupting the visit with petty, and not-so-petty, problems.
S02 E06Dec 4, 1952
The Big Frustration Dec 4, 1952 Sgt. Carl Maxwell, a frustrated fellow detective, goes AWOL; Friday and Gannon have three days to track him down before Maxwell loses his badge for good.
S02 E07Dec 18, 1952
The Senior Citizen Dec 18, 1952 A series of daring daylight house burglaries are taking place; perpetrated by an octegenarian who uses the wedding and obituary notices in the paper to select his victims.
S02 E08Jan 1, 1953
The Big High Jan 1, 1953 An elderly businessman, concerned about the welfare of his grandchild, informs Friday and Gannon that his daughter and son-in-law are using marijuana regularly. The young couple make no apologies for their lifestyle, which inevitably leads to disaster.
S02 E09Jan 8, 1953
The Big Ad Jan 8, 1953 An ex-con named Steve Deal contacts Friday and Gannon when a classified ad that he placed, offering to do ""anything"" for money, results in an offer to commit murder. Friday goes undercover as Deal.
S02 E10Jan 15, 1953
The Missing Realtor Jan 15, 1953 A woman real-estate agent is missing and turns up dead in a vacant home. The detectives' one suspect - the woman's ex-boyfriend - is cleared; then credit card bills for purchases made after the woman's death start appearing.
S02 E11Jan 22, 1953
The Big Dog Jan 22, 1953 A purse-snatching dog? This is the case Friday and Gannon must solve. Making things more difficult, victims give different descriptions of the four-legged thief.
S02 E12Jan 29, 1953
The Pyramid Swindle Jan 29, 1953 A female con-artist uses an evangelistic approach to lure buyers into her pyramid scheme. The Bunco division can't charge her with false advertising, so they prosecute her for operating a lottery.
S02 E13Feb 5, 1953
The Phony Police Racket Feb 5, 1953 Friday and Gannon investigate a scam involving a phony LAPD newsletter, which comes with a card for subscribers entitling the bearer to preferential treatment from the police.
S02 E14Feb 12, 1953
The Trial Board Feb 12, 1953 An officer accused of taking a bribe has chosen Sgt. Friday to represent him at his trial board hearing. Witnesses saw the officer accept the money, but he insists it was for the payback of a loan made years ago.
S02 E15Feb 19, 1953
The Christmas Story Feb 19, 1953 A statue of the child Jesus was stolen from a church. Joe and Bill have to get it back by Christmas. They have less than 48 hours. Briefly appearing in this episode is Barry Williams, best known as Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom THE BRADY BUNCH.
S02 E16Feb 26, 1953
The Big Shipment Feb 26, 1953 Drugs are found aboard a plane that has crashed in the San Fernando Valley. The pilot is quickly traced, but in order to force him to name his connection, Friday and Gannon ask the press to sit on the story for a few hours.
S02 E17Mar 5, 1953
The Big Search Mar 5, 1953 Two small girls, ages three and five, are missing. Their mother is certain that her ex-husband, an alcoholic, has kidnapped them. However, he is now in recovery and has no knowledge of the girls' whereabouts. The search seems hopeless until Friday and Gannon, acting on information from a former neighbor, follow a hunch.
S02 E18Mar 12, 1953
The Big Prophet Mar 12, 1953 Friday and Gannon are convinced that ""Brother"" William Bentley's Temple of the Expanded Mind is just a sham - a front for Bentley to sell LSD to the students of a nearby elementary school.
S02 E19Mar 19, 1953
The Big Amateur Mar 19, 1953 Citizens are full of praise for Officer Gideon C. Dengle - they want to bestow him with awards, honors and home-baked cookies. There's only one problem: there's no such officer in the LAPD.
S02 E20Mar 26, 1953
The Starlet Mar 26, 1953 A teenage runaway, intent on becoming a star, has instead wound up in pornographic films. Acting on behalf of the girl's aunt, Friday and Gannon try to find the young ""starlet.""
S02 E21Apr 2, 1953
The Big Clan Apr 2, 1953 Sgt. Friday is offered a bribe to assist a gypsy family trying to gain control of the gypsy community.
S02 E22Apr 9, 1953
The Little Victim Apr 9, 1953 When a nine-month old child is beaten, Friday and Gannon investigate the parents, who are more concerned about their failing relationship than their baby son.
S02 E23Apr 16, 1953
The Squeeze Apr 16, 1953 An ex-con accused of extortion is interrogated. He calmly and smugly insists that he is innocent, but Friday and Gannon have a surprise for him: taped conversations and a voice analysis device.
S02 E24Apr 23, 1953
The Suicide Attempt Apr 23, 1953 Friday and Gannon learn that a young man has called his mother from Hollywood ""to say goodbye."" With the help of the man's sister, the two detectives trace the impending suicide to a hotel with over 1,200 rooms.
S02 E25Apr 30, 1953
The Big Departure Apr 30, 1953 Petty theft from drug and hardware stores leads to a group of four teens who are determined to start their own nation on a remote island off the California coast.
S02 E26May 7, 1953
The Investigation May 7, 1953 Friday and Gannon are screening applicants for the Police Academy. One seems to have all the right qualifications, except that six months are missing from his application.
S02 E27May 14, 1953
The Big Gambler May 14, 1953 Over $100,000 has been embezzled from an industrial company. An investigation of the employees leads Friday and Gannon to a habitual gambler.
S02 E28May 21, 1953
The Big Problem May 21, 1953 Community relations is the theme, as Friday and Gannon try to narrow the gap between the Department and the citizens it is sworn ""to protect and to serve."" The gap is especially wide between African-Americans and the primarily Caucasian LAPD, as demonstrated when a young - and slightly militant - black man barracades himself in his apartment rather than submit to a traffic warrant.
S02 E29May 28, 1953
The Big Fourth May 28, 1953 Several babies are stolen in the city.
S02 E30Jun 4, 1953
The Big Market Jun 4, 1953 A bandit starts robbing people at local markets.
S02 E31Jun 11, 1953
The Big Friend Jun 11, 1953 Friday and Smith are torn between two suspects when a man reports that his wife has been strangled.
S02 E32Jun 18, 1953
The Big Barrette Jun 18, 1953 Friday and Smith search for the brutal killer of a 21-year-old woman.
S02 E33Jun 25, 1953
The Big Dance Jun 25, 1953 Friday and Smith are looking for two thugs that seem to have disappeared from the city.