The Rookies/Invitation to a Rumble

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Invitation to a Rumble
Season 4, Episode 11
Airdate November 18, 1975
Writer(s) Hal Sitowitz
Director(s) George McCowan
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Invitation to a Rumble is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of The Rookies, and the eightieth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Eric Kilpatrick (Lee Kirby), John Calvin (Wally)

Special Guest Star: Richard Beauchamp (Stuch)

Also Starring: Esther Anderson (Pamela), William Elliott (Truck)

Co-Starring: Ian Sander (Eric the Red)

Featuring: Judith Maeve Walker (Sandy), Faith S. Groom (Nurse Jane)


Plot Overview

The cops arrive at a rumble between two rival street gangs, causing members of both gangs to scatter. Terry chases after one gang member, the brother of an old friend of his, but is struck by a car driven by other gang members and is critically injured. The gang members load Terry into a car and dump him somewhere else. The guilt-ridden kid he was chasing returns to help him, leading him to be marked for death by his fellow gang members.


Arc Advancement




Esther Anderson, William Elliott and Ian Sander don't really appear in this episode per se, but appear in flashbacks from previous episodes. Esther Anderson's footage is from "The Authentic Death of Billy Stomper", while William Elliott and Ian Sander appear in footage from the series' premiere episode, "Concrete Valley, Neon Sky", which was also about gang violence. There's also flashback footage from "An Ugly Way to Die", the first episode featuring Bruce Fairbairn.


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