Assigned to homicide detail, a killer and burglar is still at large. It’s up to Joe Friday to find him. With signs of rain in the night sky, Joe and Ben wonder if the ball game will be called off, when the call comes in. At the crime scene, Joe describes what he finds in voiceover. The man is in shock as he tells how he and his wife came home to an intruder. Neighbors in the hotel are interviewed, but will they offer any further help? A nervous neighbor is full of lies.
Joe and Ben take Tommy to have his arm bandaged up, and continue to test his story. As suspicious as he seems, Mr Bennam claims it wasn’t Tommy in his room. The trail turns to the missing gun, and other lab work. The more the evidence ties Tommy to the scene, the more that Bennam insists it was another man.
A lab tech picks up on a clue as a confrontation between the two men is staged that Joe didn’t detect.
After days of interrogation, Tommy’s story is too consistent, but doesn’t explain how some of his clothes were at the crime scene. With the right kind of pressure turned up, Tommy begins to crack, and spills the beans about his real story, and relationship to the old man. Will Benham be caught in his own lies? Especially when the cops have him re-create the events of the crime? Joe is a step ahead of his story, and catches him off guard.