Joe Friday is bombarded by matchmaking co-workers, Fred Lindsay and Ben Romero. His voiceover transitions to business. On the homacide scene the victim is Lindsay from auto theft division. The barkeeper tells all he knows in a flashback drama. A bartender does the same, a flashback from his perspective. We learn how the cop at the bar makes his move to make a stand. Voiceover interspersed with action tells the story.
The always dramatic, Chief Backstrand wants the 2 bit punks to not see another sunrise. Meanwhile, Joe has to tell Lindsay’s wife the bad news. Back at homacide, Ed Backstrand has the plan all mapped out, and revieews details in the war room. The chief has his Heavily armed men, going in after these punks, and with not much time until sunset.
Loaded for bear, Joe gives details of the paramilitary operation. Cops are all chomping at the bit to get the cop killers. With the chief leading the way, they evacuate the building. The signal is given that it’s all clear in the building, and even the whole block. It’s Backstrands show from here on.
Action explodes in one of the most dramatic shootouts in Dragnet history. Tommy guns, tear gas, and crooks who fight to the last man before being taken alive.. Did their standoff manage to see another sunrise, as Backstrand wanted? Listen in to get the final word from Joe Friday and Ben Romero.