The Chief is sure that a man just released from prison is responsible for the murder of a policeman, but as determined as he is to prove it, the man in question is equally determined that it will never be proved. With this in mind he persuades a woman of dubious reputation to become close to Ironside, so that she can assassinate him.
The meanest outlady in the US is coming to Dodge, at least that\'s what Festus has heard, but it\'s really Emma Grundy out to retrieve her seven orphans from Titus Spangler and take them back to the orphanage where they belong. The town finds it ludicrous that these children have never had a Christmas and plan on putting one on in the Long Branch. The problem arises when Mrs. Grundy arrives, and she has her own personal reasons for not giving the children Christmas. Kitty steps in to solve the problem single handedly and ends up messing things up worse than they were.
After taking the wrong bike from school and when her grades begin to slip, Jan learns she may need glasses. Meanwhile, Mike\'s anniversary gift to Carol is a portrait of the six kids. The trick is getting the kids to the photographer without Carol finding out.
The son of an old friend, fearing that his father\'s life is in danger, asks the Chief to go to Tokyo. Once there Ironside finds his old friend wheelchair-bound as a result of an accident, and begins to work on his own theory about who might have hired a hitman to kill such a respected old man.
1.Benny Quickie: Pub Bore\n\n2.Benny\'s Ballad: \"Gypsy Rock\"\n\n3.Fred Scuttle: Chief Drama Director and Dialogue Coach\n\n4.The Dimpton Drinking Club\n\n5.The Ladybirds: \"Say A Little Prayer\"\n\n6.News At Ten with Reginald Boozenquet\n\n7.The Great Pretender\n\n8.Benny\'s International Bloopers\n\n9.Closing: Yakkety Sax
Ed discovers that a man sought on assault charges is Bernie Simmonds, a man who was in his class at school. Whilst pursuing the investigation he meets again with Ann Garfield, his first love; now widowed with two small children. Love, it seems, is set to blossom twice; unless Ann knows more about Bernie than she is letting on.
The conclusion to this three parter. Dillon kills the guard that was gunning for him and the passengers take the train back over. The only problem, all the fuel has been destroyed so they have to get more fast. Festus and Newly are still out with the gold leading the men from the train on foot. Dillon\'s legs are numb and Doc has no choice but to operate whether he cripples him or not. Leaving the gold shipment and taking the mules, Newly and Festus head back to the train to try to get it going. Sinclair has the men push the wagon back to the train and gets there in time to keep it from taking off. Beth tells Sinclair about Matt Dillon, but Dillon\'s faster than a gun even lying down and ends up killing him. The train takes off leaving the bad guys and all their gold sitting at the tracks with no way to get anywhere.
Garth and Dale survey rangeland for the Forest Service and see a young white stallion challenging the older black leader of a horse herd; Garth predicts the white horse will soon succeed. When he does, driving the injured black stallion away from water, Lassie tries to lead him to safety before he collapses.
As the train moves along to Denver we meet several passengers. One is a Pinkerton man handcuffed to Beth Tilton, a woman who doesn\'t want to go back to Colorado to her husband. The other, Allie Dawson, is a young girl that Newly befriends who does not believe in violence. The train is taken over by Jack Sinclair, an old enemy of Matt\'s. Matt had shot his hand off before sending him to prison. Making it look like Matt is a dead body in the baggage car, he is safe for now with Doc standing guard, but it can\'t last long. Kitty senses trouble when Beth starts cozying up to Jack Sinclair and worries she\'ll tell him what she knows. Warning her that she\'ll do anything for her man, Kitty watches Beth like a hawk. Festus and Newly are forced to help load the gold shipment on the wagon and when they get it loaded they end up driving off with it luring the gang out on foot to chase them. Beth tells one of the guards about Dillon in the back, and he goes to kill him.
Uncle Charley is persuaded to fill in as a Cello teacher to a small group of reluctant young music students. His teaching methods leave much to be desired as he makes sure that they practice and practice for the upcoming recital.
A policeman is killed, and his murderer is subsequently shot by the dead man\'s partner; and when it transpires that both officers were at the Police Academy with Ed, Ironside becomes involved. When he begins investigating, the Chief discovers that the second death was no murder, but a set up.
Mike befriends Henry Newton, who flies a Curtis Pusher at airshows under the name \"\"The Flying Grandpa,\"\" when his aircraft breaks down in the Holden pasture. His long involved tall tales of bravery during air feats impress the boy, but bother Garth, who thinks Newton\'s lies might backfire. And when a bear charges Newton and Mike, the elderly man finds out they do.
A hidecutter starts trouble in the Long Branch and Matt comes to the rescue throwing him out of town. When Festus goes up to fetch Dr. Chapman, he finds the old scudder there himself. Offering to buy Doc a drink, he can\'t resist and they surprise everyone down at the Long Branch. While they are all excited to see Doc, Matt is out checking the town and ends up shot in the back by the hidecutter he just threw out. Doc\'s homecoming is ruined when he realizes that if he tries to remove the bullet he could paralyze Matt and he doesn\'t want to be the one to do it. So, he contacts a surgeon in Denver, and loading Matt in the baggage car of the train, Kitty, Doc, Festus, and Newly all head for Denver along with a Federal gold shipment.
Polly fears that Chip is losing interest in her as a woman, and she takes some very dramatic steps to remedy the situation. Ernie gets the impression that the marriage is on the rocks when he finds out she is sneaking away from school and making mysterious calls to a man named Andre.
A string of deaths at a convalescence home leads the Chief to go undercover as a patient, whose two children (Fran Belding and Ed) hint that they wish he were \"\"no longer their problem\"\". It soon appears that violence and murder are considered due care by certain members of the staff.
Ron and Lassie return home from a trip to find Mike has adopted a raccoon from the wild animal park--and \"\"Rags\"\" is immediately jealous of Lassie. Soon dog and raccoon are embroiled in a feud, endangering both of them on a house construction site.
1.Benny Quickie: Hotel Lift\n\n2.Benny\'s Ballad: \"The Beach at St. Tropez\"\n\n3.Benny\'s Bloopers\n\n4.New England 1635\n\n5.Chow-Mein: At Home with Henry McGee\n\n6.St. John Bossom: Poet\n\n7.Cruising on the S.S. Rumpo\n\n8.The Ladybirds: \"River Deep, Mountain High\"\n\n9.Fun in the Kitchen with Johnny & Cranny Faddock\n\n10.The Movie Shakers: Mervyn Cruddy\n\n11.Closing: Yakkety Sax
Ed is shot during a raid on a jewellery store, and his life is saved by a stranger who vanishes as soon as the authorities arrive on the scene. When it later transpires that the stranger is a soldier gone AWOL following the murder of a colleague, Ed is determined to prove him innocent of all charges.
Katie Douglas takes a job singing in a small coffee house, but both Steve and Charley have their doubts about the man she is going to work for. After meeting the owner\'s wife, they realise she is in very good hands.
While in town picking up a gift for Garth, Ron is knocked unconscious when an earthquake strikes, and when he comes to, Lassie has escaped from the truck. As he and the dog search for each other, Lassie helps fellow animals dislocated by the quake, and Ron enlists his father in the search.
An art critic, Dale Kingston, kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. All the clues lead to the dead man\'s first wife. Can Columbo correct the Lieutenant\'s error before it is too late?
On a day out with Mark, Ed finds a body in the park, but when Homicide arrives it has gone. Teased by his rival, Homicide Sergeant Larry Mullen, Ed is anxious to prove that there really was a body, but the Chief would rather have him working on a kidnapping case with the FBI. It soon appears, however, that the two cases may in fact be the same one.
Barbara\'s natural enthusiasm bubbles over into an embarrassing evening for Steve and some of his business associates. Barbara explains to Steve that adrenalin gets her going in competition, and she is apprehensive when he is asked to play in his work\'s bowling team for fear she will make him lose concentration.
Fran Belding\'s cousin Bobby commits suicide, and a note left behind seems to suggest that he could not live without her love. A series of other notes then follow, suggesting either that he is still alive, or that somebody is trying to make her suffer for apparently having sent him to his death.
Childless young marrieds Chip and Polly Douglas suddenly find themselvs the temporary guardians of several young children including the triplets, when Katie flies to Peru for a weekend rendezvous with Robbie. Meanwhile, Steve, Barbara and Charley go on a camping trip and Barbara isn\'t exactly Mrs. Daniel Boone -- as Steve eventually finds out.