Meet Pete, Linc and Julie: The Mod Squad. This trio consisted of rich, long-haired Pete Cochran, Lincoln 'Linc' Hayes from the tough streets of inner city Los Angeles, and beautiful flower child Julie Barnes, a runaway from San Francisco. They're recruited by police captain Adam Greer (Tige Andrews) for a covert unit that will help bridge the generation gap. Each week these three cops with love beads wrestled with criminals and their own consciences. They may have been the 'fuzz', but they were determined to never compromise their values. They were The Mod Squad!
It took only one season for old-school cop Capt. Greer (Tige Andrews), and his new-school undercover Mod Squad
to bridge their generation gap. In the season opener, "The Girl in Chair Nine," a psychic tells Julie (Peggy Lipton) that she has two men in her life; that would be Pete (Michael Cole) and Linc (Clarence Williams III). But there is a third, she corrects him: Capt. Greer. And in the episode, "An Eye for an Eye," the trio get involved when Greers new girlfriend is kidnapped, culminating in an emotional scene in which Linc must stop him from crossing the line in confronting a suspect. Later, Greer thankfully proclaims of his young charges, "This is my family." Too touchy-feely? Not to worry; theres plenty of groovy cop-show action in these 13 solid episodes. As Julie observes at one pont, "When somethings happening, youve got to go where its at," and the youngsters come to the aid of a Mexican urchin used by two thieves in a series of robberies, try to cool tensions when a black student is killed during a college protest, investigate the murder of a washed-up country singer, and expose a phony healer. One case hits real close to home when Pete is framed for murder. Two welcome returns in this seasons first half are Marvin Kaplan as kindly Sol Alpert (one of the passengers on the ill-fated airplane in the Season One
episode, "Flight Five Doesnt Answer"), whose cousin is revealed to be a bigoted slumlord in "In This Corner-Sol Alpert", and the trios trusty Woody station wagon, which has a heroic last hurrah in "The Death of Wild Bill Hannachek." Notable guest stars include Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family
) as a woman traumatized by her husbands suicide in "Lisa," Maurice Evans as a charming con man in "Never Give the Fuzz an Even Break," and a quite fetching Tyne Daly as a waitress in "Hannachek." From a Raquel Welch reference to covers of songs by Poco and Carole King, The Mod Squad
is stuck in the 60s. But the seamless ensemble lifts it beyond time capsule status. As Capt. Greer says at one point, "Like the kids say, 'Its something else.'" --Donald Liebenson